"What an awesome place this is! I can't wait to suck up as much knowledge as possible about pursuing my dream! Thanks for providing such a wonderful guide!" -Laura
Read More Testimonials»

On the New Directions Blog

Young Adults and Addiction: The Benefits of Inpatient Care

For many young people, drug use and experimentation is a rite of passage of sorts. However, experimenting with drugs and alcohol is far from harmless, and can often result in lifelong...

Read More About Young Adults and Addiction: The Benefits of Inpatient Care»

Our Going Green Experts

Ron Dembo

Ron Dembo

Professor, author and founder of Zerofootprint.net

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Josh Dorfman

Josh Dorfman

Author and radio show host known as The Lazy Environmentalist...

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Jennifer Hattam

Jennifer Hattam

Journalist and blogger at The Green Life

Shared by First30Days View Profile»

Meet all of our New Directions Experts»


The latest news on this change — carefully culled from the world wide web by our change agents. They do the surfing, so you don't have to!

Green Jewelry...Literally!

Green Jewelry...Literally!

Gold is out, green is in! Eco-consciousness is impacting all industries, which means you can find almost every consumer product in a green version...and now that includes jewelry! But not jewelry that is produced in an eco-friendly manner. Rather, this jewelry is literally a living thing. Curious?
As the Icelandic product designer, Hafsteinn Juliusson, puts it, it’s “an experiment in drawing nature toward man, as nature being the presupposition of life.” So far he has stuck to two products: rings and “brass” knuckles, both of which are silver with what looks like moss growing upwards.
Do you think this particular green idea is forward-thinking in terms of “going green,” or more of a consumerism gimmick? Or maybe just a designer’s artistic vision? Lastly, would you buy it?!?

Posted: 9/11/08

But it's "art," everyone! Kidding. It IS kind of silly. My mom gave me this tiny vase strung on a necklace that she used to put little flowers in when she was a "hippy." Now I get to wear it! I like that idea better. :)

  • By aliciak
  • on 9/16/08 12:27 PM EST

It's definately a gimmick and the brass knuckles are silly.


That's ugly. I understand going green and buying green jewelry, but gosh. Who wants grass on on their knuckles??? Not me!


That's wild! (No pun intended). I think the brass knuckles are a bit over the top, but the ring is a cute idea.


I'm sure it's a consumerism gimmic, but I would absolutely buy the brass knucks or that guy's ring. How cool!