Introducing our newest column, a roundup of our favorite shopping picks for women, men, the home, kids and more. This month, we go green.

Tarte cosmetics, born of a belief that glamour can be good for you, has joined forces with the Beauty Department (, a beauty site created by Lauren Conrad, makeup artist Amy Nadine and hair stylist Kristin Ess, to round up a kit of their four favorite must-have Tarte products. The Down to Earth kit ($49), available only during the month of April, includes LipSurgence lip tint, Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush and MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner, packaged in an eco-friendly quilted bag. For every Earth Day kit sold, Tarte will donate 20 percent of proceeds to, which provides clean drinking water to countries all over the world.

Kids can serve up a spot of tea (organic, of course) in Green Toys Tea Set ($27.99), made in the USA from 100-percent recycled milk jugs, BPA- and phthalates-free — even boxed in earth-friendly packaging. Toyology West Bloomfield,; (248) 562-7524. Also, Warren Prescriptions, Farmington Hills,; (248) 855-1177.



Inspired by the original sitting stool — a tree stump — the Stump chair ($85) is cut from the green wood of a tree trunk so the surface splits as it ages, then handcrafted of 100-percent raw FSC-certified ash or maple (depending on availability) by Kalon Studios in Gardner, Mass., formerly known as the “Chair Capital of the World.”; (877) 626-1012.

Love the idea of an organic produce co-op but crave the convenience of choosing individual items? Add to that the convenience of home delivery, and you’ve got Door to Door Organics. Formed in Colorado until its owner moved to Michigan (and recently expanded to Chicago and Kansas City), Door to Door Organics vets the best organic farms they can find, first locally (meaning it’s fresher and requires less fuel), and in colder months mostly in California, to offer 100-percent USDA Certified Organic produce, plus a selection of made-in-Michigan grocery items, including Food for Thought preserves, Higher Grounds premium roasted coffee beans and more. There is no delivery fee for Metro Detroit and neighboring suburbs. Sign up and order online, where you can also find loads of info on going organic, recipes and meal planners, meet the farmers, a blog and more.

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