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SMART. SEXY. SUSTAINABLE.

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THE HOLIDAY ISSUE


EDITOR IN CHIEF CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER CREATIVE DIRECTOR DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA VP OF PARTNERSHIPS

ANNA GRIFFIN MICHAEL MOORE KAREN SNYDER NICOLE LANDERS LUKE TRIMMINGS COLIN J. SWEENEY

DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS

ANGELICA OTT

EDITOR-AT-LARGE

STARRE VARTAN

FASHION DIRECTOR FASHION EDITOR

MICHELE LLANOS SARAH GRIFFIN BERNS

ASSISTANT FASHION EDITOR

THUY NGUYEN

BEAUTY DIRECTOR

EMMA PEZZACK

BEAUTY EDITOR

LEILAH MUNDT

PHOTO EDITOR

EMILY PEREZ

EUROPEAN EDITOR SASS BROWN FEATURES EDITOR

BETH DOANE

EVENTS EDITOR

VICKI GODAL

NY EDITOR MEN WE LOVE EDITOR

JOHANNA BJÖRK NIKKI LIN

WOMEN OF THE WORLD EDITOR

NICOLE LANDERS

TAKE ACTION EDITOR

HEATHER CARTER

AUSTRALIAN EDITOR

NICHOLA ZED

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

ZEM JOAQUIN

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

ERICA J. EDDINGS LEILANI MUNTER KELLY GALLAGHER

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

JEFFREY FITERMAN NICK FALLON

ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER KEY HAIR STYLIST CONTRIBUTING HAIR STYLIST

GREG WHITEHEAD JUDD MINTER BRIAN BOWMAN MARILYN COLE TOM & TOMO

ASSISTANT HAIR STYLIST KEY MAKE UP ARTIST CONTRIBUTING MAKE UP ARTIST

TAYLOR KENT JULIANNE KAYE YESSICA FAMOSO ERICA RODRIGUEZ

KEY STYLIST ASSISTANT STYLIST

ADEEL KHAN SHAWNA KELLEY

COCO ECO MAGAZINEd is published by Coco Eco Magazine. a Copyright 2008-2011 Coco Eco Magazine. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without the written permission of the Publisher.


EDITOR LETTER TO YOU BY ANNA GRIFFIN CONTRIBUTORS COCO ECO EDITOR LOVES

FASHION ALL DRESSED UP!

With the holiday season and it’s accompanying events upon us, indulge yourself in confections of tulle, sheaths of silk, and of course the mandatory sequin creations shown on recent runways. Float by admiring party guests with your chiffon wings, and why not...it’s your time, Princess!

ECOLUXE LONDON NY FASHION WEEK BEST OF PARIS BEST OF ESTETHICA BEST OF MILAN NEW YORK EDITOR LOVES EUROPEAN EDITOR LOVES SPOTLIGHT ON FASHION: ULTRA, passionate people doing their bit for the future.

BEAUTY

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Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Trudie Styler, Rusty Roberstson, Leilani Munter and Nana Fosu-Randall

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DONNA AIR: A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

BEST OF 2011

THE EYES HAVE IT

Add some statement and you’ll be stealing the show wherever you show up...

COVER STORY

MEN WE LOVE BEST OF 2011

Sir Richard Branson, Sting, Aaron Cohen, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Wayne Pacelle and John Paul DeJoria

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LIFE MIGHTY BELO MONTE COVE DIARIES LESSONS FROM FUKUSHIMA ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT

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CONSCIOUS REVELLER GEN ART’S FASHION EVENT CONVERSATION WITH JANE GOODALL FRESH WATER IS A HUMAN RIGHT SUSTAINABLE FASHION’S NIGHT OUT SURF 24 SURFATHON ECO EMMY’S

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LETTER TO YOU THE HOLIDAY ISSUE

As we come to the end of a challenging year, we have an amazing opportunity to reflect on the changes we have personally and globally encountered. If there is one thing I have learned in 2011, it is that change is an inevitable and necessary part of life, and requires an intense dose of faith, passion and determination, often during moments of exhaustion, lack of inspiration, and doubt. However, in these moments we are able to define our character, and design our lives by staying true to ourselves, and our dreams. In embracing change, we allow for growth and new beginnings, when to resist it only keeps us stuck in the past.

and none more so than Cove Diary writer Leilani Munter, as she passionately seeks to save dolphins from slaughter in Japan, whilst Amazon activist, Beth Doane, fights for the rainforest and calls us to action regarding Brazil’s Belo Monte dam project. Leading eco journalist, Johanna Bjork encourages us to contemplate the important issue of nuclear power in a thought-provoking article, and leave it to five-time cancer survivor, Kelly Gallagher to make us giggle, yet inspire us to pause for thought in her guide to surviving the holidays.

During this year, we have witnessed the continual shift in weather patterns that have wrought ongoing damage through massive fires and floods. Politically, the upheaval in the Middle East has resonated a heavy weight in the quest for individual freedom. Financially, we have all been adversely affected by the on-going missteps in both the European and US money markets. I myself humbly admit to times when I have considered throwing in the towel, if not for the community around me that have encouraged me to keep going.To focus, push onwards and upwards, and find a new way forward.

We hope you are inspired to find your own moment of reflection, and enter 2012 with a renewed energy, passion and determination for a new beginning, a better self, and a brighter world.

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This issue is dedicated to the Best of 2011. Women that have overcome odds; men who have blazed trails; companies that keep the sustainable flame alive by creating products that cultivate environmental health and human happiness, and charitable organizations who stay committed to making the difference.

Happy Holidays,

Anna Griffin Editor In Chief, Coco Eco Magazine

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CONTRIBUTOR HIGHLIGHT

JOHANNA BJÖRK

BETH DOANE

BRIAN BOWMAN

HEATHER CARTER

Johanna Björk is the founder and publisher of Goodlifer, a web-based magazine dedicated to sharing ideas and insights into a future that is positive, enthusiastic, sustainable, achievable and bright. She believes that all truly good ideas are inherently sustainable and reports on innovative people, companies and organizations that are part of a global movement towards a conscious redefinition of “the good life”.

Beth Doane is a fashion designer, author, and consultant. She works with companies on how to be sustainable with their brands and manufacturing processes and is also founder of her consulting firm, Andira International, and CEO of the apparel brand, Rain Tees, which she created in 2008. Beth speaks all over the world about her work with tribal cultures in the Amazon and has been featured in press globally for her contributions to eco fashion and environmental causes.

Brian received the majority of his training with Redken, the leaders in the hair industry, recognized worldwide for instigating cutting edge hair techniques, styles and products, whilst balancing a proven and consistent track record of professionalism, knowledge, and design with a pioneering understanding of fashion and style. This led to him excelling at teaching and platform artistry at a national level. To date, Brian has styled numerous celebrities including Mariel Hemmingway, Chuck Lidel, Joe Perry from Aerosmith, Carmen Electra, and more.

Heather was an avid writer from an early age and studied English language and Literature at College in England.  At the age of eighteen she took advantage of her dual citizenship and returned to America where she attended the Walter Conkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Heather moved to Los Angeles in the Summer of 2009 to pursue her three passions, singing, writing and making a positive difference.  Heather is thrilled to join the COCO ECO family where she can combine the latter of the two and report on note worthy causes as our Take Action Editor.

NY Editor

www.goodlifer.com

Features Editor

Contributing Hair Stylist

www.raintees.com www.brianbowman.net

Take Action Editor


NIKKI LIN

EMILY PEREZ

MARILYN COLE

SASS BROWN

Hailing from the Windy City of Chicago, Nikki studied English Literature at Loyola University with a concentration in Creative Writing. She has furthered her education in Journalism at Northwestern University and also Screenwriting and Design Communication Arts at UCLA. Nikki has served as Senior Editor for FreshCoast Magazine, based out of Oakland and Los Angeles. She has extensive writing experience covering such topics as music, technology, culture, travel and eco-trends.

Emily Perez is a Los Angeles native who single-handedly made a bold career change into photography after over a decade invested in the film industry. A natural at story telling through the lens, she is one of LA’s emerging talents becoming known for her fashion editorial, celebrity portraits, and ad campaigns. Emily’s extensive cinematic experience in film behooves her in revolutionizing her edgy avant-garde style in photography.

Marilyn Cole, originally from New York, began her career in the Los Angeles area over 12 years ago. As one of ALTERNA’s top creative team members, and Celebrity Hairstylist, Marilyn has always been at the forefront of creative styling and trends. Along with her unique approach to design and hair color, education has always been the catalyst in her ability to bring the best to the beauty industry. Personally working alongside some of Hollywood’s most successful Celebrity Stylists.

Sass Brown is the Resident Director for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Originally from London, England, Sass established herself as a designer with her own signature collection selling in the UK and across Canada. As a researcher, writer and blogger, her area of expertise is eco fashion, in all of its different expressions, from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycle, reuse and new business models. She has published papers and spoken around the world on the topic of sustainable design.

Men We Love Editor

Photo Editor

Contributing Hair Stylist

www.emilyperez.net http://www.facebook.com/ ElektrumHairStudio

European Fashion Editor

www.ecofashiontalk.com


INDIGENOUS DESIGNS BLACK RIDING COAT Crafted from organic 100% cotton frise, this elegant coat features cable detailing at the neck, waist and hem. It fully buttons up to create a dramatic high neck. Low impact dyes and the fact that the tee is produced in a fair trade cooperative puts this garment in a category of its own. - $180.00 www.indigenousdesigns.com

NUDE SKINCARE - RADIANCE COLLECTION

THE ORGANIC PHARMACY - DETOX

This set contains the cult-favorite Cleansing Facial Oil and Replenishing Night Oil - two nutrient-rich oils that replenish skin, both day and night. The Cleansing Facial Oil effortlessly melts stubborn makeup without irritation to reveal a velvety soft, luminous complexion. The Replenishing Night Oil transforms skin overnight as it nourishes, hydrates and fights aging. Both formulas come packed with damage-resisting essential nutrients and antioxidants, as well as fragrant notes of rose, vanilla, and hazelnuts.

Pre-planning your January boot camp session and detox session? Looking for an all-natural way to glowing skin, happier moods, weight loss, and higher energy? TOP’s Detox is a 10-day powerful, yet gentle detoxification system. With superantioxidants, phytonutrients, and essential vitamins for cell repair. Comes with Detox body oil, and a skin brush, and promises rejuvenation!

- $78.00 www.Sephora.com

- $251.00 www.theorganicpharmacy.com

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP COMPANY - VANILLA AND CANDY CANE INDULGENCE One of my new favorite finds, Canada’s Rocky Mountain Soap Co, a 100% natural bath and body brand. Nourishing for the skin, and free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and petrochemicals, this indulgence smells good enough (and is clean enough) to eat! - $40.00 www.rockymountainsoap.com


COCO ECO EDITOR LOVES 2011: A Year in Review CURATED by: Anna

EMANI COSMETICS - ORGANIC SOY MASCARA

UTE DECKER CUFFMINIMALISM # 2, ARM PIECE

Utilizing natural pigments, certified organic extracts, and free of harmful dyes, chemicals, parabens and talcs, this vegan soy mascara delivers healthy, glossy lashes, perfect for any holiday soiree!

One of my favorite finds at London Fashion Week, Ute Decker designs architecturally inspired sustainable jewelry pieces. Sculpture meets fashion, brought to life in stunning in neckpieces, rings, and cuffs, and handmade using 100% recycled silver.

- $20.00 www.emani.com

- $1,900.00 www.utedecker.com

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD ANGLOMANIA + MELISSA SKYSCRAPER

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ZOYA NAIL POLISH IN IZZY

Pair hot vegan shoe line, Melissa, in collaboration with Dame Vivienne Westwood, and you have a shoe that is not only as ethical as it is chic. This simple yet elegant pump, from their Winter 2011 collection, is the perfect heel for the girl on the go!

With a seductive jewel tone red, with slight crimson undertones, and a hint of metallic shimmer, just perfect for the holidays. Toluene, formaldehyde and DBP (dibutyl phthalate) free keeping you beautiful on the inside and out!

- $179.00 www.saks.com

- $8.00 www.zoya.com


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ALL DRESSED

Up!

With the holiday season and it’s accompanying events upon us, indulge yourself in confections of tulle, sheaths of silk, and of course the mandatory sequin creations shown on recent runways. Float by admiring party guests with your chiffon wings, and why not...it’s your time, Princess!

PHOTOGRAPHY by: Emily Perez ASSISTED by: Greg Whitehead STYLING by: Adeel Khan ASSISTED by: Shawna Kelley MODEL: Alex Jay from Photogenics MAKE-UP by: Yessica Famoso for Nakeah HAIR by: Marilyn Cole for Alterna ASSISTED by: Taylor Kent Shot on location at 5th and Sunset Studios, www.5thandsunsetla.com With thanks to Keith Vallot


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Gown, DOUGLAS HANNANT www.douglashannant.com Necklace & Rings, MARGARET ROWE www.margaretrowe.com Heels, RENE CAOVILLA www.renecaovilla.com


Gown, LLOYD KLEIN www.lloydklein.com Rings, MARGARET ROWE www.margaretrowe.com Earrings, VINTAGE FROM DECADES MELROSE www.decadesinc.com Heels, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI www.giuseppezanottidesign.com


Gown, DOUGLAS HANNANT www.douglashannant.com Earrings & Bracelet, MARGARET ROWE www.margaretrowe.com Rings, VINTAGE FROM DECADES MELROSE www.decadesinc.com Heels, RENE CAOVILLA

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Gown, LLOYD KLEIN www.lloydklein.com Earrings & Bracelet, MARGARET ROWE www.margaretrowe.com Heels, ANDREW KAYLA www.andrewkayla.com


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ECO LUXE

LONDON WRITTEN by: Anna

Griffin PHOTOGRAPHY by: Yev Lazanik & Christin Witten, Green Lens Studio

September finally arrives, and I am on my way home for my first visit to London Fashion Week. Leaving LA, I am as giddy as a schoolgirl as I race to make my Virgin Atlantic flight to Heathrow, and experience the London fashion scene full on. It is after all one of the leading lights of the global Fashion Week caravan, and some legendary designers hail from this Mecca, including sustainable couture’s torchbearers, Stella McCartney, Katharine Hamnett, and Dame Vivienne Westwood. Even after my 12-hour flight, I feel alive and invigorated to be back and am immediately reminded of London’s spunky vibe. It’s a unique freedom, stemming from a cheeky, slightly-rebellious-in-a-schoolboy-sort-of-way attitude.This is as unique to the city as cockney-rhyming slang, and influences its creativity on a core level. Still fighting jetlag, my first morning at Fashion Week is intense. After negotiating my entrance to Somerset House, and the media/it-crowd frenzy at the British Fashion Council’s Esthetica Opening Brunch, I am ready for something calmer. It’s here I note that I am in London on behalf of not only Coco Eco, but also as an Ambassador for JP Selects, John Paul Dejoria’s sustainable e-commerce platform. Both brands have partnered with EcoluxeLondon, a British exhibition that showcases and promotes eco luxury as a lifestyle. For me as an Editor, this is where I will find the gold dust for Coco Eco that hasn’t yet reached US shores. A non-profit set up by Eco Couturiers Elena Garcia and Stamo, EcoluxECOLUXE LONDON | Continued


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eLondon is a beautifully curated, independent voice, and a refreshing surprise in the predictably fast-paced madness of LFW. It’s a relaxed space where un-preachy, happy, luxurious and fashionforward brands co-exist, and my first thought upon entering, is how serene it is. Standing in a softly lit room filled with ethical luxury and bespoke brands as far as the eye can see, nothing screams “eco,” although I know it is. Instead, Posh Graffiti’s beautiful reclaimed Javanese coffee trees frame gorgeous collections from environmentally aware fashion, accessory, and jewelry designers. Amongst my finds, architecturally sculpted cuffs from Ute Decker; chic city-girl bag brand MT Labels; sublime and stunning bridal from Sanyukta Shrestha; the luxurious silks of Elena Garcia; Linnie McLarty’s spiraling rings, and a white linen tux with recycled net train by Stamo. Other gorgeous labels catch my eye, such as sophisticated swimwear lines Olga Olsson and Agnes Valentine, Makepiece’s beautiful knitwear, and the current women’s wear collections from Outsider, and Hemyca. An innovative venture launched in June 2010, EcoluxeLondon promotes designers and their businesses to the media and trade industries, in addition to providing education regarding environmental stewardship.They also offer advice on marketing, sales, sourcing, production and legal issues, and hold surgeries and workshops to support all participants. Since launching, the exhibition has acquired wellrespected support from 2010 Ambassador Miriam González, wife of UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture. This year, for their third season, they have joined forces with British eco-beauty, actress and TV host, Donna Air. Enthusiastic to lend her support she tells us, “I’m thrilled to be working with such a wonderful group of people. What they are doing to promote sustainable fashion is amazing.” When I ask Co-Founder Stamo, about the exhibit’s mission, she candidly replies, “EcoluxeLondon was launched because eco luxury brands need more than a showroom in order to prosper. We need a whole support network behind these la28

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bels as this is the only way the industry and the general public will be able to see beyond the eco tags.” It’s true. We are in the middle of a global recession with Europe getting hit particularly hard, and times are tough for the fashion industry, particularly sustainable. Still, I am encouraged and inspired to see the positive attitude and showcase of 37 strong, independent ethical brands, whom are all forging forward despite current economic challenges. With the space designed to look like a luxury boutique, Ecoluxe also have the hard-core credentials to back up the beauty. Working with UKTI (UK Trade and Investment), UKFT (Fashion and Textiles Association), ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), the British Wool Centre for Sustainable Fashion, and Fairtrade Gold Foundation, amongst others, they are obviously more than just a pretty space! The two-day event closes with a presentation of the JP Selects Excellence Awards and 12 month contracts on JPSelects.com granted to winning brands, MT Labels, Ute Decker, Elena Garcia, Linnie McLarty, Sanyukta Shrestha, and Outsider. Before leaving, I ask Elena García, Director of Communications and Eco Couturier, her overall hopes for the future. “We would love to be able to work with well known brands and corporations. Ecoluxe has the potential to become a powerful brand, but we need the support to make it happen.”** ECO LUXE LONDON www.ecoluxelondon.org

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NY FASHION WEEK

AVEDA INSPIRES SUSTAINABILITY WRITTEN by: Beth Doane PHOTOGRAPHY provided by: AVEDA

There is perhaps nothing more exhilarating for a fashionista than a seat at the heart of New York Fashion Week. It’s a melodramatic, chaotic sea of high heels, big attitudes, celebrities, and glamour that would exhaust even the most seasoned and styled diva. So imagine being amidst it all trying to cover it from a sustainable angle and from the perspective that fashion can be meaningful, sustainable, create global change, and give back. At times, it’s not an easy task. What is inspiring, however, is that there are brands making a difference. With the glamour, there are also more and more brands giving back each year. This year, Aveda announced that for their sixth fashion week in a row they would be promoting their profoundly effective environmental initiative CatWalks for Water. NY FASHION WEEK | Continued


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The brand partnered with Christian Siriano’s runway show, among others, for the Spring/Summer 2012 fashion week and they have helped prevent approximately 7,300 plastic water bottles from being thrown away in landfills.

their designers’ collections, as so often animal parts are obtained in ways that are incredibly inhumane, and the food they provided at the shows was organic and/or locally-sourced.

Since it’s founding in 1978, Aveda’s mission has been to provide industry professionals with products that would be loved by their customer base while being friendly to the earth. Their hair care, skin care, makeup, and lifestyle products are botanically driven and have put them at the forefront of environmental sustainability, and it’s exciting to see them going from catwalks to creating great ways to continually create change each year through fashion.

Even the printed show invitations and programs were made using paper that is at least 20% post-consumer recycled.

Aveda even collaborated with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to supply free tap water at various New York City locations throughout Fashion Week. Among the designers who chose to work with Aveda were Jason Wu and Project Runway winner Christian Siriano. At first, some seemed confused and even shocked at Aveda’s decision to use tap water amidst reports that much of our tap water in the United States contains harmful contaminants, pesticide residue, chlorine and even traces of prescription medications. However, the Environmental Protection Commissioner, Cas Holloway, expressed that New York City actually has some of the best and most pure drinking water in the world and that so much of our bottled water is far more contaminated than our tap water, which is required to be tested constantly for safety.

For the Spring/ Summer 2012 fashion week, Aveda helped prevent approximately 7,300 plastic water bottles from being thrown away in landfills by providing limited edition EarthLust water bottles backstage.

Holloway was ecstatic to work with Aveda on increasing awareness of this fact, and on the effectiveness of the water system used by the DEP. Aveda also provided limited edition EarthLust water bottles backstage at their shows, each designed with the signature of the participating designers, and these limited edition bottles replaced the use of plastic water bottles, increasing the usage of NYC tap water. Aveda also does not support the use of animal fur or products in 32

Other ethically based brands and designers like Edun, by Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, also appeared on the runway this year. Edun features African infused prints with many refined yet fun pieces made solely by hand in Africa and designed to give back to African countries in desperate need of aid. Founded in 2008, together with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Invisible Children, Edun set up the Conservation Cotton Initiative Uganda and through Edun’s operations it’s able to build long term, sustainable growth opportunities by supporting manufacturers, infrastructure and community building initiatives where they are needed most. Edun also works continually to use its experience as an example to show the viability of trade with Africa and to use its voice to encourage others within the fashion industry to do business with Africa, helping to create long-term commercial and social development. Wherever Edun operates, it requires all factories to adhere to legal labour and health

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and safety regulations, as well as good working conditions. Edun engages independent auditors to conduct checks every six months to ensure its code of conduct is met and works with factory owners to recommend improvements. Also in attendance was John Patrick’s line Organic. He opted to show his collection the day before Fashion Week’s official launch, right in the West Village. For John, this new line is meant to serve as a powerful metaphor for the journey our planet is engaged in and his sustainable fabrics and eco dyes are completely in line with his personal philosophy. Finally, one of my favorites is Costello Tagliapietra, a brand that comes totally alive on the runway with stunning feminine pieces, elegant dresses and bold splashes of color perfect for spring and summer. They are also known for their innovative Airdye process which revolutionizes apparel coloring and uses up to 90 percent less water and 85 percent less energy than other conventional dyeing methods used within the industry. **

Aveda Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders with Allen Ruiz and N.A. Creative Director Ricardo Dinis

AVEDA www.aveda.com COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA www.costellotagliapietra.com EDUN http://edun.com JOHN PATRICK http://organicbyjohnpatrick.com

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Brown

The Paris Ethical Fashion Show is one of the largest ethical fashion trade events anywhere, featuring over 100 different labels from around the world, and includes runway shows, a range of special eco fashion exhibitions and associated conferences. Now in its eighth year, the Ethical Fashion Show attracts over 1,500 daily visitors, with the objective to demonstrate that ethical fashion can combine cutting edge design with social and environmental benefits.

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MARRON ROUGE

ULTRA

DEUX FILLES EN FIL

Working with recycled and natural materials, Marron Rouge craft a range of products from paper, measuring tapes, recycled tires and seatbelts, to produce a range of products that include home wares, jewelry and bags. Their unique range of bags, purses and totes are made from recycled car seat belts, and recycled bicycle and car tires, and is part of an ethical trade cooperation between India and France, that help support single mothers in Delhi, India. This recycled tire tube laptop case comes in various sizes, and features patch worked tire treads and contrasting stitching.

Ultra produce a ten-piece core wardrobe of interchangeable and multifunctional designs made from sustainable fibers and recycled materials. A high-end fashion initiative that promotes sustainability and seasonless style, the 10-piece collection is designed to satisfy 365 days of fashion demands. Made from organic cotton, silk, soy and bamboo fibers, biodegradable tencel, salmon skin leather and recycled polyester, the collection can be returned at the end of a year of use, and replaced with the latest Ultra 10 collection at half price.

Deux Filles en Fil designs a practical and fun-to-use line of accessories. Each leather bag, purse and accessory, unsnaps, studs or velcro’s to flat form. The bags are easy to assemble and disassemble, making them easy to clean, to care for, and to store. Adjustment of the side panels, allows you to change the shape and scale of the bag, and most styles feature removable and adjustable shoulder straps. The brilliant colors add to the quirky and playful nature of the bags, while the simple packaging style of the designs make for a modern practical accessory.

PHOTO BY: Michele Yong www.theultraultra.com

PHOTO BY: Veronique Pecheux www.deuxfillesenfil.fr

PHOTO BY: Gilles Hirgorom www.marronrouge.com

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JUX

JONANO

ANIMANA

Jux is the German word for fun, as well as the name of this Dutch knitwear fashion and accessories label. Characterized by minimal design, each of the pieces in the collection incorporate hidden pockets and contrasted stitches, as well as bright colors and unexpected shapes. The fall collection features functional, changeable pieces that can be adjusted and reversed at will. Working with organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, organic angora and recycled Coke bottles, Jux specializes in using new and sustainable materials, produced under fair labor conditions in Nepal.

An advocate of slow fashion, Jonano believes that style and quality are essential to sustainable design. Their mission is to create cohesive collections that appeal to those devoted to style and fashion, as well as the environmentally conscious. Producing a trans-seasonal collection, Jonano works with bamboo, linen, cotton, hemp, waste corn and peace silk. The collection features intriguingly wrapped and twisted dresses and tops in beautiful watercolor prints, alongside easy wear jersey knit pieces, produced in accordance with fair labor practices, and dyed using low impact dyes.

Animana produces fashion, accessories and textiles in Patagonia and the Andes using the rich local traditions of arts and crafts. Working with a cradle-to-cradle approach, Animana uses natural fibers, ancestral techniques, recycled and ecological materials, to minimize their environmental impact. Their designs feature the beauty of the natural raw materials they work with, while supporting local development through fair trade, and craft skill reclamation. Designs are simple clean and luxurious, in a natural and earthy color palette.

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LOWE-HOLDER

LOST PROPERTY

CHARINI

Originally mentored by the London College of Fashion’s Sustainable Fashion Center, Michelle Lowe-Holder produces handmade collars and cuffs through heritage craft skills form recycled materials. Evolving from her Ribbon Reclaim project based on historical ribbon art, Lowe-Holder maintains a vintage flavor combined with clean, simple, modern shapes. This seasons collection, entitled ‘Victorian Flowers and Cream Crocodiles’ is inspired by an abstract combination of beauty from nature, and incorporates vintage end of line floral ribbon and leather cut offs.

Lost Property of London discerningly transforms South American coffee sacks and salvaged leather into a range of eco totes, travel bags and clutches. The collection takes its inspiration from block typography and the imperfect beauty of handmade letterpress, with most styles incorporating the rough luxe aesthetic and reuse philosophy that is their signature. Favoring handmade techniques and natural finishes, the collection has an organic industrial aesthetic. The Belmont Eco Messenger bag is made from fair trade jute coffee sacks, and soft grain leather.

Charini produce a fair trade, luxury eco-lingerie collection by working closely with the traditional Sri Lankan hand-loom industry. Utilizing hand woven silk, along with hand crocheted buttons and Beeralu lace, the collection celebrates the lost heritage crafts of Sri Lanka. The collection includes retro cone bra’s coordinated with sexy long line panties in gemstone bright satin, as well as delicate handmade lace coordinates, none of which include elastics, plastics, harmful dying processes or metal. This piece in hand woven silk, mesh and handmade lace.

PHOTO BY: Lost Property of London www.lostpropertyoflondon.com

PHOTO BY: Will Whipple www.charini.com

PHOTO BY: Polly Penrose www.lowe-holder.com


Estethica is one of the most important eco fashion trade shows in the world. Their champagne brunch turns the main event space into a mosh pit that exceeds attendance and popularity over the mainstream event. Sponsored by Monsoon, Estethica is part of the British Fashion Council’s London Fashion Week. Established five years ago, this event has evolved to incorporate many of the edgiest, as well as the most important eco fashion labels from the UK and abroad. As an extension of the main London Fashion Week Trade Show, Estethica seamlessly integrate Eco Fashion into the industry.

NESTEROVAITE

EVA ZINGONI

FROM SOMEWHERE

Add part of a sweater, part of a jacket, a few scraps of a carefully selected fabric, mix all the ingredients together in artfully selected proportions, and you have a unique, one-of a-kind-scarf by Aiste Nesterovaite. Playful, quirky, artful and tongue-in-cheek, Nesterovaite produces wearable accessories for wearable adventures. Scarves come in a wide range of sizes, colors, styles and styles. This example is in a combination of pieced together button down men’s shirts, sweaters and suit sleeves, in varying tones of grey.

Eva Zingoni’s limited edition pieces are cut from surplus materials from Parisian fashion houses, and made exclusively in French workshops. With a respect for craftmanship and a desire to support and sustain local talent, Zingoni uses her extensive couture experience to fashion her designs entirely from recycled materials. Each individually chosen fabric goes to making a collection based around “egg” shapes and deconstructed forms. This piece in white and red silk crepe, has a contrasting bias border and batwing sleeves.

From Somewhere’s collections are made with luxury designer pre-consumer waste, reclaiming textiles as a design solution to an environmental problem. Each piece is individually cut, with an eclectic and original use of color and paneling, making From Somewhere pieces instantly recognizable. The beauty of each piece is its uncompromising balance between contemporary design and a poetic and ethical solution to waste. This retro inspired piece harks back to their beginnings, and is made from pieced knit and jersey luxury waste fabrics.

PHOTO BY: Simon Tanguay www.evazingoni.com

PHOTO BY: Will Whipple www.fromsomewhere.co.uk

PHOTO BY: duelhead.it www.aistenesterovaite.com


BEST OF WRITTEN by: Sass

Brown

milan

KM/A

BIONEUMA

BAGIGIA

Viennese label km/a embody the concept of the fusion of fashion, art and performance, while producing a beautiful, sophisticated collection, each season from a different, yet equally unique material. As a label, they consistently utilize non-traditional, discarded and end of life materials, to handcraft their unique one of a kind pieces. Employing a range of materials including roofing paper, rice and postal shipping bags, prison blankets, windsurfing sails and decommissioned parachutes, each item is individually handcrafted and unique.

Bioneuma is founded on a belief in eco friendly lifestyle choices, and combined with a love of manufacturing quality clothing. Emphasizing the purety of hand produced garments, the collection incorporates a timeless range of leisurewear made entirely from organic combed cotton. Clean lines combined with careful design, high quality materials and exquisite finishing, form the basis of the range. The collection also features the hand drawn artwork of famous Italian sculptor and painter, Guido Sgaravatti.

Inspired by a passer by on a cold day, casually carrying a hot-water bottle under her arm, on the terminally chic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, an Italian love affair began. Obsessed by the unexpected image, Bagigia was born, a leather clad hot water bottle shaped bag in a range of brilliant colors, embellished with a stainless steel stopper, a practical shoulder strap, and useful inner pockets to hold cell phones, pens and key rings. Entirely handmade, the skills required to make Bagigia rely on generations of Italian leather tailors, combining craft, skill and the finest Italian leathers.

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The Milan White show is one of the most cutting edge trade shows in Europe. Featuring hundreds of high end men’s, women’s and accessories designers, the show incorporates several specialized areas, including the basement at White which housed the most conceptual collections to be found anywhere, and selection by C.L.A.S.S. who represent a broad range of eco fashion talent. White also feature special art and fashion exhibitions that showcase the range of talent in the fashion and associated industries. This show is a feast for the eyes with inspiration and inspirational designers around every corner.

ALESSIO SPINELLI

BARBARA CONGINI

MEO FUSCIUNI

One of the winners of Vogue’s Who Is on Next Award, Alessio Spinelli produces a line of shoes entirely made by hand and produced in Italy. The interchangeable Ribbon Shoe incorporates a wooden sole and heel with leather tabs and straps allowing for the interchange of various jewel bright stretch satin ties. While the interchangeable heel collection also features various screw in heel types and shapes, making for a multi-functional and multi useful pair of shoes for any occasion and outfit.

Avant-garde, Danish designer Barbara I Congini’s ongoing environmental concerns shape and direct her collection, sourcing most of her fabrics from organic sources, she produces her collection in fair trade conditions, recycles, and works towards safer production methods. Her aesthetic is far from granola however, Congini’s designs are disturbingly beautiful, ethereal and fantastic. Totally monochromatic, bold in shape, varying in depth of texture and sheen, there is an infinite depth to her work. Her wrapping, twisting, draping, shredding and eccentric cutting is magnificent.

Artisanal perfumerers Meo Fusciuni, is an alchemic fusion of three different people and cultures of beauty. Fusciuni, which means spring in Sicily, is the product of memory, and the evocation of joy, artfully combined in a small glass bottle. Composed exclusively of natural, essential oils, Meo Fusciuni redefine the charm and tradition of the art of perfumery. Inspired by place and time, each perfume evokes a different location, from the bazaars of Istanbul, to magic of Morocco and the light of Sicily.

PHOTO BY: Alessio Spinelli www.alessiospinelli.com

PHOTO BY: Karina Jonson www.barbaraigongini.dk

PHOTO BY: Medo Fusciuni www.meofusciuni.it


KRISTINIT COCO COAT This cape-like coat, made from 100% organic wool, is a great investmentpiece for your fall wardrobe. It’s beautifully constructed and features deep pockets, and embroidered collar and cuffs. Wear it with a belt for a more tailored look. - $385.00 www.kristinit.com

LUCKY LARGE BUDDHA NECKLACE BY ALKEMIE Rub the belly of this Buddha and luck will be bestowed upon you. The peace dove symbolizes our desire for peace in this world. Handmade in Los Angeles using 100% reclaimed metal, this necklace can be worn long or doubled up short and is available in gold or silver patina. - $198.00 www.alkemiejewelry.com

RAVEN + LILY DANY: HOOP (FADE-OUT) EARRINGS These hoops are handmade from recycled metals (brass, silver, copper) and melted down war weapons. Proceeds help provide micro loans, healthcare, and education for the HIV-positive women in Ethiopia who make them.

RHINESTONE TRISECTIONAL CUFF BRACELET BY THEA GRANT JEWELRY Brooklyn-based designer Thea Grant works with materials ranging from vintage brass to sterling to gold-fill. Her pieces are both delicate and tough and toe the line between high fashion and heirloom. This piece would look as good with a thick knit sweater as it would with a sparkly party dress.

- $28.00 www.ravenandlily.com

- $195.00 www.bazzdegrant.com

COCLICO EIRINN BRUNCIATO BOOTS These sturdy fall boots are made for walking, the 2.75” heel is tall enough to make you feel dressed up but won’t make your feet hurt. Highly versatile, they’ll go just as well with a dress as with pants. - $398.00 www.shopcoclico.com

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NEWEDITOR YORK LOVES CURATED by: Johanna

AROMATHERAPY PERSONALS IMMUNE BOOST ROLL-ON This yummy-smelling aromatherapy oil helps keep sniffles away through a unique blend of pure and essential oils known to stimulate the immune system and combat colds. Just massage onto pulse point areas on the skin and breathe in the gentle aroma for an overall sense of wellbeing and restoration. - $17.00 www.nuworldbotanicals.com

SPROUT SCRUB Freshen up that dry cold-weather skin with this delicious scrub from organic skincare line Sprout. Coarse organic demerara sugar is mixed with exfoliating organic shredded coconut and moisturizing organic coconut oil. Works like a charm. - $22.00 www.sproutskincare.com

Bjรถrk, Goodlifer.com

TWO LOVERS AND AN ACORN RING SET This cute set of made-to-order rings is designed to be wedding bands. The Oak symbolizes strength, protection and durability and represents inner fire, courage and nobility of spirit. The acorn is alive and will grow given the things that acorns need to grow. - $295.00 www.simplywoodrings.com


THE NORTH CIRCULAR This luxurious hand-knitted scarf is produced entirely in the UK from organic wool. Knitted by one of North Circular’s team of talented grannies, and available in slate, gray and cocoa, it’s the perfect winter scarf. - £150.00 www.thenorthcircular.com

2ETN JEWELRY 2ETN combine Victorian opulence with a touch of the morbid in this one-of-a-kind vintage Czech glass and sterling silver necklace with a hand drawn graphite butterfly at its center centre. - $1,100.00 www.curtissteiner.com

TAMARA FOGLE The large Weekender bag by Tamara Fogle is made from a vintage German flour sack, trimmed with chocolate brown Italian leather, and closed with her signature ‘leather barrel’ clasp. Perfect for a holiday get away.

ANDY LIFSCHUTZ Andy Lifschutz’ one of a kind rings are all made from 100% reclaimed materials. This piece is set in a hand carved bronze setting features a breathtaking, brilliant blue Cobalt Quartz.

- £485.00 Short Weekender - £620.00 Large Weekender www.tamarafogle.com

- $288.00 www.andylifschutz.com

CIEL Ciel Liberty print silk undies are made from the upcycled leftovers of the famous Liberty print silk twill. This style in a 100% silk, purple tribal print, has side ties and makes for a sexy little holiday gift. - £26.95 www.sales@cielshop.co.uk

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Brown

JUNKY STYLING

HETTY ROSE

LUISA CEVESE RIEDIZIONI

Junky Styling’s Swoosh dress is artfully upcycled from men’s woolen suits and ties. Available in navy, black or charcoal, with contrasting tie colors, the dress is perfect for the festive season.

These bespoke shoes, are made to measure from vintage kimonos. This style, called Saya, features a leather lining and sole, is hand stitched and takes 6 to 8 weeks to cut, stitch and make to order.

- $195.00 http://junkystyling.bigcartel.com

- $£420.00 www.hettyrose.co.uk/shoes/ready-to-wear

Riedizioni bags, totes and purses are made from an innovative rubber-like material, combined with textile scraps. Each piece is unique, this piece in combinations of linen selvedge off cuts, encapsulated in plastic. - €340.00 At the MOMA Design and Book Store, NYC


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SPOTLIGHT ON FASHION!

ULTRA PASSIONATE PEOPLE DOING THEIR BIT FOR THE FUTURE

Ultra Spring/Summer 2012 collection.


WRITTEN by: Johanna

Björk, Goodlifer.com PHOTOGRAPHY provided by: ULTRA

Ever since I added to word eco-fashion to my vocabulary, I have wished for something like Ultra to come along. Something that is as cutting edge and inspired as it is sexy and badass. Organic cotton and muted colors are great, but sometimes a girl just wants to feel like a vixen. A clever vixen, with a calculator in my back pocket — that’s exactly how ULTRA’s clothing makes me feel. There’s a tech nerd factor in the innovative use of materials and cuts that mixes very well with a sexy coolness that could be compared to Alexander Wang or Celine. Lead by Tengku Jamidah and Anita Hawkins, We Are Ultra is a creative collective based in Malaysia.They started in 2009, with a blog where the group shared ideas about innovation that got them all excited. From the start they have been driven by sustainable design and now collaborate with artists, designers, companies and organisations “to create meaningful products, experiences and workshops from our own innovationminded point of view.” The collective currently also includes Malaysian SPOTLIGHT ON FASHION | Continued


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designers Jonathan Liang and Tengku Syahmi. ULTRA is just one of their projects. “ULTRA started of as a blog on all things sustainably related,” says Co-Founder Tengku Jamidah. “Blogging about it kept us inspired and informed, then Anita (the other Co-Founder) and I felt a little brave and decided to launch our little organic Bathcare range and sell a selection of ecofriendly lifestyle products that we felt was lacking in the market. It then evolved into a fashion line with Jonathan and Syahmi joining the team. ULTRA was always about passionate people doing their bit for the future, keeping it fun, happy and hip!”

immersing ourselves into different cultures and keeping it an adventure. The arts has had a major impact on ULTRA from Antioni films, Wang Qingsong photos, our ULTRA music contributors to She-Ra — princess of power.” The brand successfully funded its Fall 2011 collection through Kickstarter and has already showcased at major fashion weeks in Paris, London and Asia. In October of this year they won the Ethical Fashion Forum’s Innovation in Design and Sourcing Award.

“ We do whatever we love. Without defining ourselves and being multi-disciplinary it attracts collaborators and gives us room to grow”

When it comes to creativity, it’s sometimes good to surround yourself with likeminded, equally driven creative thinkers. “I feel that working as a creative collective gives us more room to explore and experiment with sustainability in a way Tengku that no one else has,” says Jamidah. “Anita and I always like to say that we work on projects that are fun and capture our interest. We do whatever we love. Without defining ourselves and being multi-disciplinary it attracts collaborators and gives us room to grow.” Now in their third season, ULTRA uses innovative materials like tencel, recycled PET, recycled polyester, organic wool, discarded tuxedos and salmon skin to create high fashion with a sustainable core. They also work with local tailors and support ethical production standards. So where do the people behind ULTRA look for inspiration? ”Everywhere,” says Jamidah. “Life experiences, my travels... usually coming from

Jamidah

When visiting We Are Ultra’s website, it’s easy to be confused, because these creative minds have many irons in the fire. Instead of going with the regular seasonal collection schedule, they work on specific projects. A recent one that stands out is ULTRA 10, a capsule collection containing ten highly versatile, modular pieces that can be combined infinitely. For example, there’s the 4-1 coat that can be worn as a shirt, a dress, or a skirt, and the 2-1 jacket that changes into a waist coat. The idea is that these are all the pieces of clothing you need to create enough unique looks for a whole year. Pieces can be sent in any time for mending, and after those 365 days have passed, you can even return your ten garmetns to be recycled in exchange for a discount on new wardrobe pieces. ULTRA has encouraged fans of their clothing to take the challenge of not wearing anything (except accessories) that is not from the ULTRA 10 collection. Photos of challengers and their outfits can be seen on ULTRA’

Flickr page. As Kuala Lumpur Design Week came to a close, ULTRA and their extended collective decided to get a group of friends together — designers, musicians, entrepreneurs and stylists — deck them out in top to toe ULTRA wan take them it out onto the streets of Changkat Bukit Bintang for an ULTRA Flashmob, another We Are Ultra project. The mobbers stayed out Into the wee hours of the morning. “It was such a joy to see the happy people enjoying the ULTRA work,” says the team. ULTRA’s designs would look right at home in the closet of even the most painfully trendy fashionista. They’re very now. But what about the future of eco-fashion? “I’d like to see it grow in a way that it becomes more affordable and accessible to people.” says Jamidah. SPOTLIGHT ON FASHION | Continued

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Ultra founders Tengku Jamidah and Anita Hawkins at the ULTRA 10 launch in Shanghai.

Jamidah holding an ULTRA jacket

As part of Kuala Lumpur Design Week, ULTRA organized a flashmob to take the brand out to the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

ULTRA 10 at the SOURCE Expo

ULTRA collaborated with Shiseido to design a limited edition perfume bottle that reflects the brand’s piece for the Weiling Gallery project.


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“Also I’m interested to see technology develop based on this movement, there’s pineapple fiber and milk fabric, how amazing is that? Also, the use of more ethical practices by bigger manufacturers. Garments without guilt is a good model, one that the corporations should emulate.”

ULTRA’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection

For Shiseido, ULTRA designed a special limited edition bottle of their signature limited Shiseido ZEN perfume. All proceeds from the sales of this perfume benefit the Japan Red Cross Tsunami Relief Program. In order to produce less waste, ULTRA produces everything on a made-to-order basis. They are looking into exploring alternate applications such as 3D-printing tailoring, kinetic harvesting and modular open-sourced designs, and are also currently working with UNHCR to provide production opportunities to refugees. Assuming you don’t have an aversion to the colors black or white, what’s not to love about this brand? We’re not sure, but we do know for sure that you will be seeing a lot more of ULTRA in the upcoming year. ** ULTRA www.weareultra.com

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EYES have it WRITTEN by: Emma

Pezzack, Beauty Director

There’s nothing quite like a set of fabulous lashes to pump up the volume on your party looks. Add some statement color and your sparkling personality to the mix and you’ll be stealing the show wherever you show up...

PHOTOGRAPHY by: Jeffrey Fiterman STORY by: Emma Pezzack, Beauty Director STYLING by: Adeel Khan MODEL: Colleen H at Photogenics MAKE UP by: Julianne Kaye HAIR by: Brian Bowman using Pureology JEWELRY by: Lia Sophia, www.LiaSophia.com LASHES by: Paperself, www.Paperself.com With special thanks to Kathleen Grede


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A bold use of color on the eyes is a sure fire way to attract attention when you want to be seen & heard on your party rounds. A tiny touch of faux lashes as well and you’re ready to command the floor.

PAPERSELF EYELASHES - DEER & BUTTERFLY

AFTERGLOW ORGANIC SATIN EYESHADOW MARVELOUS A ruby red with plum iridescence, this intense shade creates a bold and dramatic statement - not for the faint of heart. - $18.00 www.afterglowcosmetics.com

Inspired by the art of Chinese paper cutting, these unconventional eyelashes are intricately fashioned taking the art of false eyelashes to a whole new level. - $19.00 www.sephora.com

INTELLIGENT NUTRIENTS LIP DELIVERY ANTIOXIDANT LIP GLOSS - CLEAR With eyes this striking it’s best to let the rest of the face fall into relief lest you end up looking clownish. A clear gloss on lips is all that’s required and this one delivers as much antioxidant power as 8lbs of berries.

ECCO BELLA SOFT EYELINER PENCILS - LILAC A shot of pretty purple on the inside of the eye is a surprisingly fun and wearable way to add a punch of color & this lilac shade is great for everyone. - $15.95 www.eccobella.com

- $24.00 www.futurenatural.com

PHYSICIANS FORMULA ORGANIC WEAR JUMBO MASCARA Pump up some serious volume on your lashes to maximum effect with this mascara that boasts 5x the volume, length & definition you’re used to. - $9.99 www.ulta.com

VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY AURA MULTI-USE BLUSH - COURTESAN Keep the cheeks pretty and barely there with just the right amount of flush. - $28.00 www.vapourbeauty.com

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SHOW Stopper

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Neutrals are everywhere for Winter but your look doesn’t have to be drab. Add a pair of show stopping eyelashes like this set from PAPERSELF, and effortlessly transform from day to night.

BARE ESCENTUALS ESSENTIAL BROW KIT Groomed brows are never out of style and you don’t have to be a makeup artist to create them when using this handy kit.

PAPERSELF EYELASHES - PEACOCK

JUICE BEAUTY REFINING FINISHING POWDER

Inspired by the art of Chinese paper cutting, these unconventional eyelashes are intricately fashioned taking the art of false eyelashes to a whole new level.

Looking your most flawless during the festive season is no mean feat. This powder is packed with organic ingredients and antioxidants that have a lightweight finish while giving you an airbrushed look.

- $26.00 www.sephora.com

- $22.00 www.futurenatural.com

100% PURE FRUIT PIGMENTED LIP GLAZE - SULTRY Deliciously conditioning, the sheer neutral tone of this color is super sexy when worn with a dramatic eye and deals to any trace of winter chaffing. - $18.00 www.futurenatural.com

ORGANIC GLAM LIQUID EYELINER Whether your look is timeless or sexy, liquid eyeliners create a simple or dramatic look that’s only limited by your application technique. This one stays put until you take it off. - $33.95 www.theorganicpharmacy.com

JANE IREDALE WHITE/PINK HIGHLIGHTER Lining the inside rim of your eyes instantly makes them look bigger and brighter. This pencil can also be used to highlight the brow arch or cheekbones and the two colors make it a great multi-tasker. - $15.50 www.shopjaneiredale.com

- $32.00 www.bareescentuals.com


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Factor LASH Leaving no room for any doubt that you’re someone to take notice of, a bright turquoise eye will steal the show every time, especially when teamed with a set of fun and oh-so-fabulous lashes. PAPERSELF EYELASHES PEACH BLOSSOM Inspired by the art of Chinese paper cutting, these unconventional eyelashes are intricately fashioned taking the art of false eyelashes to a whole new level. - $19.00 www.sephora.com

JANE IREDALE CREAM TO POWDER EYELINER - JEWEL BOX Fun and versatile, these pigment-rich cream to powder combinations can be mixed into your own custom shades for brows, shadow, and eyeliner. - $27.00 www.shopjaneiredale.com

VAPOUR BEAUTY ILLUSIONIST CONCEALER Get set for the snap shots that you’re sure to be captured in this holiday season with this high pigment concealer that reflects light and seamlessly blends into your skin making it look smooth and clear.

ALIMA LUMINOUS EYESHADOW - AZURE This brilliant shade of blue will make your eyes pop. Densely pigmented it gives a strong dose of color without being over the top.

- $22.00 www.vapourbeauty.com

LOTUS COSMETICS PRESSED FOUNDATION

- $11.00 www.futurenatural.com

Get a soft, natural and photo ready finish with this organic pressed powder that applies silky and doesn’t look dry. - $30.00 www.lotuscosmeticsusa.com

TARTE PROVOCATEUR AMAZONIAN CLAY SHIMMERING POWDER - ROSE Designed to give a pretty, soft pink sheen to brow bones, decolletage, cheeks or anywhere else you want to add a subtle sparkle. - $30.00 www.tartecosmetics.com

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BEAUTY EXTRA!

Keep the

GLOW WRITTEN by: Beth

Doane

Fall is upon us, which means winter isn’t far behind, and for most of us that means the onset of a Vitamin-D deficiency and a vanishing sun kissed glow. The days of baking ourselves in baby oil or going tanorexic are officially over as well and we can all agree that skin cancer and the leathered look are never going to be cool, so what’s a girl without her summer rays to do? Luckily, we now have options that are safe, sure to work, and leave us feeling as sexy as a breezy summer day in the Caribbean sun. Check out some of our favorites and you’ll never say no to a summer glow again!

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FAKE BAKE We love it because it contains botanically extracted ingredients and no preservatives and it’s designed to enhance your skin’s own pigment, giving even the lightest skin a gorgeous natural glow. The deep cocoa color allows you to apply the product evenly, ensuring smooth, streak-free results every time. For those moments in the sun, Fake Bake even offers a unique, green-tea fortified sunblock — SOL Survivor — that provides essential skin protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays. All of their products moisturize, hydrate, and protect the body without clogging the pores or irritating sensitive skin and, since it’s not chemically based, have no harsh odors either. Their Color Guide Formula “Shows Where It Goes” and skin tans instantly as you apply, easy as pie. ** www.fakebake.com

CHOCOLATE SUN ORGANICS These uber-natural remedies and self-tanners are truly pure, right down to their organically grown herbs, essential oils, and distilled water based formulas. There are no artificial fragrances, only aromatic and essential oils, and they even went a step further and eliminated the common chemical compounds found in most products that still tout the organic label. They choose grapefruit seed extract as their main preservative and, of course, there is never any animal testing. The line includes luscious body scrubs, sensual cocoa candles, and of course self tanners, that left actress Kristen Davis raving, “I found this great organic self-tanner, called Chocolate Sun. It’s a lovely lotion that smells like chocolate and doesn’t streak.” We agree and fell madly in love with this sultry summer skin hero too. ** www.chocolatesun.net/products.htm

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NUXE HUILE PRODIGIEUSE

Multi-usage dry oil golden shimmer – It’s a plentiful dose of French glitz and total glamour. With this little bottle you can shimmer-ize your locks, legs, face, décolleté, and pretty much anything else you want. It contains 98.8% natural ingredients, including six superactivated precious plant oils (such as vitamin E, borage, St. John’s Wort, sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut, macadamia), plus golden pearls for a decadent hint of glimmer. It’s a major favorite of celebrity stylists and A-listers alike, and being preservative-free, silicone-free, and with clinical research showing that it improves the overall appearance of stretch marks, we are not surprised. Say yes to the shimmer! ** www.nuxe.com

SHESWAI

If there is one thing that screams of steamy summer days, it’s freshly painted pedicures. This polish is for the girl that wants to stay glam without the gross stuff found in most of the pretty paints out there. Founder Debbie was born and raised in Southern California, the land of sunshine and sandals. One inspired a quest for wellness and the other inspired a great pedicure. After working for several years in some of the best spas and salons in Los Angeles, Debbie created a collection of lacquer that’s fun, chic, and smart. Sheswai is always free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP’s, and their wood caps are made from sustainably harvested wood, grown on familyowned tree farms. They are also the first nail polish in the beauty industry to use a custom wood turned cap, thereby reducing the use of plastic. And to really top it all off: It’s made in the USA.” **

RMS LIVING LUMINIZER

Finally, for the face, to ensure bright eyes and sweet cheeks there’s RMS and Christopher Drummond. We can’t live without the RMS Living Luminizer, designed by celeb makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift and packed with organic minerals that create a super sheer superstar glow. It delivers pure radiance and luminosity while infusing the skin with a combination of enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. As Christopher Drummond states, “You will fall in love with his vegan bronzing powder that gives you the perfect mix of “bronze” and “glow” A little goes a long way, and not only will you get the perfect Brazilian skin makeover, but your skin will thank you for it throughout the year.” ** www.futurenatural.com https://www.christopherdrummond.com

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HAWAIIAN BLACK LAVA SALT There’s nothing like a long hot soak at the end of the day to relieve tension, especially when enhanced by this mineral rich blend of pure sea salt and purified volcanic charcoal that will soothe and detoxify all your cares away. - $6.99 www.dasfoods.com

BELMONDO TRAVEL SET With family roots in Italy, it’s no surprise that the star ingredient in Daniele Belmondo’s cult beauty line is none other than olive oil. Renowned for it’s superior antioxidant and hydration this lovely set is great for all skin types. - $64.95 www.belmondo.ca

ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY DETOX BATHING INFUSION We need all the help we can get at this time of year to combat the natural (and not so natural) elements. Two to three capfuls are all you need of this potent oil containing juniper berry, rosemary, grapefruit and geranium, to increase circulation, shift toxins and invigorate the senses. - $27.00 www.spacenk.com

LAVANILA ROLLER BALL SET Warm & inviting vanilla sets the tone for each one of these essential oil perfumes in purse-friendly sizes, so no matter what your mood or the occasion, this pretty mix has you covered. - $34.00 www.lavanila.com


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At the end of a year when I’m fast approaching burnout, harsh winter temps are taking their toll, and xmas festivities are eminent (and abundant!), I need all the help I can get to stabilize, energize and nurture my way through. Great as gifts or for some serious self indulgence, here’s what I’m loving now...

THISWORKS DEEP SLEEP GIFT SET

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A good nights sleep is one of the best beauty secrets there is, more so at this time of year when the late night party circuit can take its toll. This luxurious eye mask & sleep balm set will help you wake feeling and looking restored.

There are few things more decadent or impressive than a personally designed perfume from legendary botanical perfumer, Alexandra Balahoutis. Meeting with her client to get a deep sense of their personality and preferences, the formula is then meticulously crafted, perfected, and like a fine wine, given time to age.

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Natural beauty champions of the world, your message has been heard loud and clear. You now live in a world where luxe, high performance beauty need not come at the sacrifice of your health.  A world where you can have your jet black, waterproof, volumnizing mascara…and wear it, too.  With over eight hundred natural and organic brands introduced to the marketplace every year, organic & natural beauty is here to stay.  In 2011 we saw incredible advances in natural beauty, from cutting edge technology, to flawless and inspiring design. Let’s recap some of the star players from this year who have set the tone for what is sure to be a spectacular 2012. From Intelligent Nutrients came the groundbreaking Plant Stem Cell Science Renewal Complex.  Horst Rechelbacher and his genius team of chemists have harnessed the power of plant stem cells by reproducing and cultivating them in their lab. The result? A plant growth strategy that dramatically reduces their environmental footprint, and plants that contain antioxidant levels up to 1000 times those found in nature.  The serum fights free radicals, reverses aging and coerces skin to act youthful. 68

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The Über hip, bespoke line of skincare, Absolution, was launched stateside in 2011 and has seriously changed the look of “organic”. The concept is brilliant in its simplicity; mix various oils into your choice of face cream to truly customize your daily regimen. Each product is formulated with the highest quality, organic ingredients and is super effective for both women and men.  And the packaging suffice to say that natural never looked so cool. On the color front we saw two tiny lines that pack a big punch.  KjaerWeis, a creation from NYC makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer-Weis, wins the award for achievements in earth friendly packaging. Far from its recycled cardboard predecessors, the gorgeous cheek, lip and eye makeup cases are mini architectural art pieces that are meant to last a lifetime and are simply refilled when empty.The silver cases double as a mirror and come with a polishing cloth, and the color inside doesn’t disappoint either. A beautiful line of essential shades are made only with organic ingredients in a color palette that ensures something for everyone. Ilia Pure Lip Care, brainchild of Canadian Sasha Plavsic, provides conditioning, gloss and lipstick all in one tube, and has set the beauty world abuzz with its luscious organic formula and killer shades. Housed in recycled aluminum casings, there are just six to choose from which makes it easy for devotees to indulge in the entire line. Try the perfectly nude “Nobody’s Baby” with smoky eyes for a night on the dance floor, or the deep burgundy “Arabian Nights” to make your holiday party look a glamorous one. Finally, we look at one of the most toxic of all beauty categories; nail care.  Polish companies have been touting the “three free” for-

mulations for some time, but a truly non-toxic manicure? The team at Scotch Naturals has perfected this seemingly impossible feat.  Their water based polishes are not only the cleanest on the market, they are also available in thirty shockingly chic shades. Designed to condition nails while you wear it, time to toss out your chemical filled polishes of the past and start collecting these delectable little bottles of polish. ** ABSOLUTION

www.absolution-cosmetics.com INTELLIGENT NUTRIENTS

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PHOTOGRAPHY by: Nick Fallon STYLED by: The Professionals MAKE-UP by: Erica Rodriguez HAIR by: Tom and Tomo from Earth Salon for their own line, Earth Hairdressing LOGISTICS by: Mo Moshenin at Pink Umbrella Marketing Shot on location at Hampstead Heath, courtesy of the City of London Open Spaces Department. Many thanks for their cooperation. Thanks also to Storm Models, London, and our 70 COCO ECOthanks MAGAZINE November / December 2011 most| heartfelt and| appreciation to EcoluxeLondon.

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In my preparation to speak with Donna Air I find myself having difficulty putting a list of questions together. If I am honest, whilst I continuously scratch out questions, it dawns on me that my frustration might be out of a little tinge of the green-eyed monster. She is accomplished, beautiful, famous, a mother, and young. As a ‘young’ person myself I admit, I look at what she had done thus far with her life, and am amazed.To top it all off, when you meet her she is bubbly, amicable, Dress and shrug, ELENA GARCIA www.elenagarciastudio.com Ivory silk blouse and wool and silk jacket and trousers, OUTSIDER www.outsiderfashion.com Fairtrade gold brooches, LINNIE MCLARTY www.linniemclarty.com

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Donna Air is a 32-year-old Geordie, born in Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom. She lives in South West London, however we’ve been told that her acting career might be heading to LA soon. Air first became famous on the children’s BBC series ‘Byker Grove’ and since then she had been a presenter on TV shows such as ‘The Big Breakfast’, MTV, ITV’s ‘Pop Stars’ and has acted in the BBC’s adaptation of Lynda La Plantes ‘Supply and Demand’, Paramount Films ‘Still Crazy’ and the BBC’s ‘Hotel Babylon’. More recently she has evolved into a green life, and works closely with the Soil Association in Britain. She is actively involved in areas of health, beauty and fashion as well as being the face of EcoluxeLondon September 2011, a non-profit platform in London that promotes fashion-related eco-luxury brands.

By nature she is a tomboy despite her looks, and lives for her daughter - 8 year old Freya. Her natural energy is infectious and Elena from Ecoluxe shares that on the fashion shoot she “had a real laugh, was enthusiastic, and was effortless to work with.”

“I have to say that the women in my life inspire me on a daily basis. They are all so interesting and strong, and we are always there to give each other a boost.”

EcoluxeLondon is an exciting intiative launched in June 2010, which promotes designers and their businesses to the media and trade industries. Their aim is to raise awareness of ecological issues to the public, and they are thrilled that Air signed up to help. Elena García, the Director of Communications and designer of eponymous label Elena García Eco Couture, explains that Donna is the perfect person to represent the company this year. She supports sustainable fashion, and has an affiliation with both the London and international fashion crowds. Ecoluxe work with important VIP’s who represent their message, including 2010 Ambassador Miriam González, wife of Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg, and Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture in the UK. Previously it would have been the most established cluster of stars raising awareness, however now it is the younger stars lifting their game, and Ecoluxe describe Air as “engaging, and a breeze to work with.” As a 2011 Ambassador of their brand, Air has assisted in supporting smaller, independent fashion labels, whilst promoting the message of sustainability within the fashion industry. Donna Air is quintessentially attractive with blonde hair, pale blue eyes, light skin and a slender frame. However, what instantly attracts me is not her looks, but her ability to laugh at herself. The three things that really impress me is that she is chatty, felicitously so in fact. She also takes a genuine interest in important matters, and has 72

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Although Air has been labeled as a fun-loving party girl in days gone by, her tone is now more secure, aware and stable than I had imagined. She explains that it has been the birth of her daughter that really opened her mind to a healthy and sustainable life. As we discussed her move towards eco consciousness, she explains that, “I became a lot more interested in nutrition when I became a mom. I became aware of the connection between healthy food, and a healthy body and mind. I also wanted to set a good example for my daughter.” She has been working alongside Organic Food UK to raise the quality of food distributed around the country. She explains that Organic Food has already raised the standard of food sold in Great Britain, and that their biggest success has been in children’s nurseries where there has been no previous legislation governing the food available there. She also published the Grown in Britain Cookbook with the Soil Association in 2009, and tells me that it is now known that intellectual clarity and agility is improved when the mind receives proper nourishment. It seems that it is therefore a natural progression to extend her interest towards practices in ethical and sustainable fashion. When I ask her why

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she wants to be involved with the sustainable fashion movement she states, “I’m not 19 any more, and therefore there is no excuse for me to not try and make better choices. I also enjoy finding better ways of doing things, and I love fashion!” “I was really excited when a ‘friend of a friend’ organized a meeting with Ecoluxe,” she explains. “I actually really liked the designs from most of the brands and designers exhibiting, and the stand outs for me were Outsider, Elena Garcia, Stamo, Sanyukta Shrestha, and gorgeous jewelry from both Ute Decker, and Linnie McLarty.”

“Always recycle and never throw away old clothes...so helping out charities and organizations such as Oxfam in the UK, who take your old clothes and sell them cheap to raise money for aid in Africa and other third world countries, is something I think everyone should do.”

Air also wears more commercial eco brands such as People Tree, Noir, Stella McCartney, People Tree, and the coveted knitwear label from supermodel Lilly Cole, the North Circular. However she is now feeling more inclined to wear smaller, more bespoke designers such as, “The delicate silk collections by Elena Garcia, the bold and glamorous designs by Stamo, and fabulously wearable and fun dresses by Beulah, who I also hear the Duchess of Cambridge is a fan of!” Beyond ecoaware labels, she believes, “We should also acknowledge and recognize some of the positive improvements that the larger design houses and high stores have made to be more sustainable.”

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she extends this newfound awareness into everyday life. When I ask if she has any eco fashion and beauty tips, she replies, “Always recycle and never throw away old clothes,” and she is matter-offact about it. “The saying goes that one person’s trash is another’s treasure - so helping out charities and organizations such as Oxfam in the UK, who take your old clothes and sell them cheap to raise money for aid in Africa and other third world countries, is something I think everyone should do. As far as my beauty regime goes, I drink lots of water and always cleanse my face before going to bed no matter how tired I may be!” Her favorite eco beauty products are the Vapour make-up range by Content Beauty. She’s also a huge fan of the sublime products from Melvita - “Especially the Moistening Gel,” she whispers. Air reveals that it has been a life changing experience being a single mom. This 32 year-old mother’s face is warm, both because of her love for the camera and her natural beauty. Her epiphany to move to a sustainable existence has been gradual and as she explains her relationship with her daughter, you get a real sense that this woman is evolving into a ‘to be followed’ health and eco fashion role model. She explains that she is very conscious and that because children look up to their parents, you have to be cautious in the way that you behave around them.

Air goes on to explain that educating children about appreciating living an eco-life is, “A slightly grey area and a fine line because children are children, and you don’t want to put the world’s problems on their little shoulders. I tend to keep conversation light about the choices mommy makes and not dictate to her in the hope that she will naturally bear my guidance in mind as she grows up.” You get a real feeling that motherhood has been a very wholesome experience for this young woman. As we further discuss her daughter, Air explains, “She - Freya - definitely shares my love of food and understands clearly why I buy organic or local, given better taste, and effects on the planet, etc. She doesn’t quite understand the whole reason to buy sustainable fashion but it

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is something we are exploring together with our shopping trips. Just like any child she wants to buy what she likes the look of.”

“I know it sounds cliché but if I can inspire even just one person to make a change, then it has to be worth it.” What a great attitude!

I finally get the perfect opportunity to ask the question I’ve been wanting to: How does a busy, working single Mom on the go manage personal balance? She responds with, “Wine - lots of it!!! Obviously I’m joking, as all moms know it is a juggling act, and some weeks run perfectly whilst others can feel like I am just treading water!!” Air also enjoys yoga, movies, walking and anything active. She explains, “I love to travel, have a lust for life, and find fun in so many things.” We go on to discuss role models that she has had and she clarifies that, “I have to say that the women in my life inspire me on a daily basis. They are all so interesting and strong, and we are always there to give each other a boost. Women never fail to impress me. We are so adaptable to most situations.” As a strong woman I ask her if there is anything in particular that she would like to ‘imprint’ on the world, and she responds that she’s, “Pretty happy with the choices I’ve made and have no regrets.” I pry further and ask, “Donna, if you could change one thing, what would it be?” With thought, she responds, “If I could change one thing about my life (and be greedy), it would be time. It is so precious so I always try to use it wisely, but every woman I know will tell you there are never enough hours in the day. If I could change one thing, it would be to give us bonus time.”

“If I could change one thing about my life (and be greedy), it would be time. It is so precious so I always try to use it wisely, but every woman I know will tell you there are never enough hours in the day. If I could change one thing, it would be to give us bonus time.”

As we wrap up, I have to ask Air if the rumors I am hearing about her heading to Hollywood are true? “Yes, I’m very lucky. It’s such an exciting time work wise,” she smiles proudly. “I have lots of opportunities on the horizon. I am very happy and have been working on quite a lot behind the scenes. I have two business concepts I am launching next year.” Air has put her priority in health and wellbeing. As she explains, after becoming a mother she understands the need for a balanced, natural diet, and the benefits of companies like Ecoluxe for the environment. As an age of awareness evolves, it is encouraging to know that celebrities are advocating healthier living. Air even said herself,

Despite her evolution, there is still a sense of innocence about Air, which exudes in a genuine and open friendliness. She is proudly encouraging woman to understand that inner beauty is one of the most important ways to look good on the outside, via diet and lifestyle. As such she is a great role model for young woman, and her shift to being an advocate for the planet, inspirational.

As I admitted earlier, I started this interview process with a tinge of jealousy about this beautiful young woman that appears to have it all together. However, having interview Ms. Air, a vibrant, young single mother, who is striving to maintain a balanced and healthy life for her daughter, an impending big-screen Hollywood career, as well as her new role as an ambassador for Mother Nature, I am inspired. You just can’t help but like her and want to see her succeed. Maybe it’s the healthy food or interest in ethical couture but whatever it is, it definitely is a breath of fresh air!** DONNA AIR www.donnaair.com ECO LUXE LONDON www.ecoluxelondon.org


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It was difficult to choose only six women to represent our top leaders for 2011. This has been a year of tremendous global upheaval on many levels, and the list of issues needing leadership is long. However, as we have seen, there are many women stepping up to make a difference, and it is inspiring to witness the girls raising their voices, and in doing so, much needed awareness and change. We therefore honor and acknowledge not only the ladies mentioned in this article, but also every brilliant female we have featured in this column this year, as well as those we are yet to meet! WELLNESS GODDESSES | Continued


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DR. JANE GOODALL You already know that this pioneering conservationist and animal behavior specialist took an unobstructed look into the life of the chimpanzee, a dedication to the species, the life long friends that have kept her intrigued with curiosity ever since. Dr. Goodall provided us with our first perspective on Chimp behavior and communication, and has remained the source by which we develop our knowledge and opinions surrounding the Chimp family. She has outlined the startling similarities with anecdotes that remind us of our own, building a community of love around the subjects she is so passionate about. Telling stories about William, the funny one, who “once stole a blanket, dragged it up the hillside, then draped it over his head and felt around him like a child who has been blindfolded” gets people involved and builds a sense of relativity, begging the questionare we really so different? When she went to Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park back in 1960 to research chimpanzees in the wild, Jane Goodall shook up the scientific establishment. She found chimps who could make and use tools, like human beings; they’re not vegetarians and they clearly have individual personalities. Dr. Goodall has focused more and more on education in areas able to impact the Chimps.The Jane Goodall Foundation aims to “Contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promote sustainability to create a worldwide network of young people who care deeply for their human community, animals and their environment.” Now, Goodall, 77, travels 300 days a year to raise money and awareness for animal rights and environmental causes. She has recently made media appearances with Charlize Theron and Dave Matthews, a couple of the celebrities that support her efforts. Also be sure to check out “Jane’s Journey,” a new film about her extraordinary life, featuring never-beforeseen 8mm footage from her early African years and appearances by Angelina Jolie and Pierce Brosnan.**

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DR. SYLVIA EARLE

DR. SYLVIA EARLE

Touted by the New Yorker as “Her Deepness”, and the New York Times as a “Living Legend”, Sylvia is an accomplished oceanographer, author, or lecturer. She’s also Explorer in Residence of the National Geographic Society, Leader of the Sustainable Seas Expeditions, Council Chair for the Harte Research Institute at Texas A & M, Corpus Christi, Founder and Chairman of Mission Blue, and formerly the Chief Scientist of NOAA. As Dr. Earle so elThis hands-on woman who has led more than 70 expeditions, and spent more than 6500 hours underwater, including nine saturation dives, and the use of various submarines. As Dr. Earle so elThe ocean as we know it makes up over 97% of water on planet; unfortunately, the pollution of this resource has grown over the last several decades. There are now over 400 dead zones around the mouths of rivers the world over, but this doesn’t even include the frightening amount of plastic in the ocean. Most people are either unaware or just ignorant about these issues, and the role humans play in them. Sylvia launched MissionBlue,org at the acclaimed TED Conference in April, in order to raise awareness, as well as take action to protect Marine Protected Areas (Hope Spots) ranging from the deepest oceans to sunlit reefs. As Dr. Earle so eloquently explained, “Now, we all need to roll up our sleeves and get to it. We can forgive the people before us who didn’t know, and therefore exploited the trees or animals to the last great one, but we know better - and now we can take action! “ Sylvia’s next phase in her journey is to continue to aid our planet.** www.sylviaearlealliance.org

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TRUDIE STYLER This powerful woman is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to supporting humanity and the environment. A renowned film producer, founder of Xingu Films, an actress, mother, organic farmer, activist, environmentalist, married to Sting and with 20 years of work in preserving rainforests around the world under her belt, she founded Rainforest Foundation International in 1989 along with her husband. They both saw first hand what was happening in Brazil and focused on taking action with the indigenous people, later funding programs in other countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. In 1999, Rainforest Foundation FUND replaced Rainforest Foundation International and today the mission is to protect and support indigenous peoples, and traditional populations of the rainforest in an effort to protect their environment and fulfill their rights. The Foundation turned 21 years old in 2010, and to date, Trudie has raised more than $23 million for the cause. On one of her many visits to Ecuador she witnessed first hand the environmental damages caused by oil exploitation in the rainforest. “I met mothers in Ecuador who have to make an appalling decision: either to give their children no water or contaminated water, knowing that it will make them sick,” recalled Trudie. There are over 30,000 people and half are children that were exposed to oil contamination through air, water and land in the provinces of Sucumbíos and Orellana. This contamination has led to wide spread cancer, miscarriages, skin disorders and respiratory illnesses. After meeting the families first hand, Trudie enrolled The Rainforest Fund, UNICEF and the Frente de la Defensa de la Amazonia, a pilot project that brings clean water to areas with high levels of contamination, severe health needs, poverty and minimal access to basic services. She is truly unstoppable when she puts her energy behind something. With projects around the world in South America, Asia and now Africa, this incredible woman is committed to the protection of the world’s flora and fauna, and the indigenous communities and nations living in those habitats. With her energy, passion and zeal for life, if anyone can tackle this seemingly insurmountable issue for Africa and beyond, it’s Trudie!**

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LEILANI MUNTER

RUSTY ROBERSTSON

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LEILANI MUNTER

RUSTY ROBERSTSON

This eco advocate has redefined the boundaries of a successful woman, by carving out a space for people who break down the ordinary and create extraordinary examples for women everywhere. By combining her passions for racecar driving, vegetarianism and animal rights, activism and advocacy, you get Leilani Munter. A jack-of-all-trades and master of many!

According to Success Magazine, Rusty Robertson is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in America. She has won multiple accolades for her work in marketing, advertising, and public relations, and through her philanthropic associations she has raised over $200 million dollars.

How about putting that hybrid in the body of a supermodel that happens to have a university degree in biology? Enter Leilani Munter! This racecar driving super-genius eco-goddess has been an environmental activist for as long as she can remember. Leilani walks the walk and better yet, she drives it home at 100 miles per hour. While most racecar drivers would slap a promotion for Snuggies on their hood if it led to more sponsorship dollars, she refuses all investors and endorsers unless they are eco-friendly, and can prove it. Her determination to put green under the social spotlight has garnered quite the buzz. In 2012, Leilani is launching an “Eco Dream Team” - a 200 mph eco education project to spread awareness to 75 million race fans and compel them to reconsider their day-to-day decisions for our planet. “Instead of a racecar asking fans to buy something, we will be using the racecar to call the fans to action, inspiring them to make a difference,” she says. As a racecar driver, Leilani is out to prove that green isn’t just for hippies anymore. She is teaming up with 20 top partners that will collectively be her eco dream team from three categories: renewable energy, environmental organizations & non-profits, and companies who have stood out as leaders in corporate responsibility and stewardship for the environment. And all this as well as her regular visits and activism to save the Tajii dolphins in Japan. GO TEAM!**

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Rusty is a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer, a cutting edge research fund that is focused on finding a cure for the number-one killer in the United States: cancer. To draw attention to her cause, she co-produced Stand Up To Cancer’s two history-making televised events uniting the major television networks, celebrities, and prominent leaders in cancer research and patient advocacy. “It is crucial we bring issues like cancer to the public in a way that will ignite and activate,” Rusty states. Her journey is a personal one. When her mother passed away suddenly from undetected cancer, she was galvanized to do something. Rusty met with a cancer specialist who explained to her the intersection of molecular biology and technology. She focused on getting leading scientists to communicate with doctors through Stand Up To Cancer, so that more lives can be saved, and greater awareness raised. In her quest to stop cancer in its tracks, Rusty sums it up best, “Surround yourself with people that feed your soul, and drive your passion.”**

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NANA FOSU-RANDALL The former highest ranking African woman at the UN has been creating peace and prosperity for African women practically since she was born in Kumasi, Ghana in West Africa. Coming to the US when she was a teenager, alone and with practically nothing, she has been able to turn hardship into action through perseverance. For nearly 30 years, Nana worked with the United Nations, the last 18 years as the Chief Financial Officer with the Peace Keeping Forces one of the top members of the United Nations Secretariat, the highest-ranking women of color at that time. Through her work with the UN, she was one of the people responsible for the rebuilding and cleanup efforts following war and conflict situations in places such as Tanzania, Namibia, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Israel and Lebanon, and in Kuwait and Iraq during the Gulf War. She has seen much suffering during her service with the UN and has grown to believe that there is an alternative to war - the promotion of peace, the sharing of resources, and the creation of understanding among all people. Nana’s professional observations made her realize that violent civil conflicts always left in their wake widespread destruction of social and economic infrastructures, with a greater impact on women and children. These include poverty, disease, and lack of access to education. She commented that even though there is so much oil in Iraq that one can drown in oil slicks in the desert, some women and children go hungry. Everywhere, it is the women and children who suffer most in wars. In response to the suffering women, mothers and daughters of Africa, Nana and a group of her friends founded, Voices of African Mothers. Nana is currently engaged in a new project to promote sustainable micro-communities, that rely on permaculture and advanced technology to meet or exceed the Millennium Development Goals for African communities. She along with her team will be heading to Rio+20 the United Nations Environmental Conference to discuss this important issue, in addition to bringing attention to the urgent issue of land grabbing in Africa that is displacing hundreds of thousands of people throughout many countries in the continent. Even her own property in Africa has been under ‘siege’ as of late, by foreign investors who want to take control of her prime river front land. Nana will never sell this property, as it is home to many people, and could feed thousands more with it’s fertile delta soil. On December 1st, Nana will be hosting an evening discussion and dinner at the United Nations Church Center in NY** www.vamothers.org NANA FOSU-RANDALL


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As 2011 draws to an end, COCO ECO revisits some of the non-profits and eco-centric organizations profiled over the last year in Take Action for updates, and to see what 2012 has in store. TOMS SHOES: Toms was already becoming a household name when featured in Coco Eco, but now with an eyewear collection and distribution in over 125 countries the organization has become a movement.This December, a group of employees from TOMS HQ in Santa Monica, the TOMS Korea office, and volunteers embarked on an adventure to Argentina to hand place new shoes on the feet of under privileged children. On April 5, 2011, TOMS hosted their 4th annual One Day Without Shoes challenging people worldwide to go a day without shoes to create awareness. Broadening their scope of good doing, TOMS Shoes is also an official sponsor for 2011 Movember, turning November into a moustache growing month for men around the world to create awareness for prostate cancer.

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AMAZON WATCH continues to safeguard the rainforest and indigenous peoples that call it their home. Amazon Watch acts as a voice to people that otherwise do not have the resources to be heard on a global level. Since Coco Eco profiled Amazon Watch there have been many positive developments including a U.S court ruling against oil giant Chevron for the massive pollution of the Amazon rain forest incurred by the oil giant. It has been an 18-year legal battle that has gone before judges not just in Ecuador, but also in the United States and resulting in an 18 billion dollar fine against Chevron. The ruling serves as a major feat for Amazonian residents. CAUSECAST: Back in Issue 16, Coco Eco spoke with Ryan Scott founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Causecast, a leader in cause-related marketing between corporations and non-profits has since launched a Wikipedia for brand philanthropy. The site allows corporations to set up a website listing it’s charitable involvement and providing links to the charities it supports. Corporate social responsibility has grown in the past two years as major brands realize the financial benefit by associating their brand with a positive cause. “[Brands] can’t go out and toot their own horn about this stuff, it doesn’t come off right but we still want to go and put that information out there,” stated Scott. “There is a viable way of doing direct marketing on the Internet that is also ethical.” The site will also include the company’s employee volunteer programs, sustainability initiatives and corporate donation matching programs. SEA SHEPHERD: Since Coco Eco first profiled Sea Shepherd for Issue 17, the organization has continued to vigorously defend marine wildlife. Sea Shepherd has long battled with Japan over whaling

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and launched Operation Divine Wind in a bid to halt the killing. Japan proceeded to whale in the Antarctic with thousands spent on heightened security to defend against Sea Shepherd’s attempts to halt the killing.

and time into the creation of multimedia answers, articulate and thought provoking written responses, skillfully crafted visual presentations with photographs and drawings, and brilliantly insightful videos. These activities have become the basis for academic curriculums, extracurricular projects, chatter among friends, and dinner conversations with family, also abuzz on social media, where people can share ideas, happenings, resources, and more.” One lucky teen will be chosen out of ten finalists and be given the opportunity to put his/her ideas into action by joining with Teens Turning Green in 2012.

Sea Shepherd will return to the remote waters for their 8th Antarctic Whale Defence Campaign. A stronger anti-whaling fleet will intervene in early December 2011 to protect the great whales. Captain Watson has stated ‘They will have to kill us to prevent us from intervening once again,’ begging the question, are the Japanese willing to trade human lives as well as the whale for financial gain? Previous attempts saved more than 800 whales. TEENS TURNING GREEN was profiled in Issue 18. Teens Turning Green was a movement created by teens for teens. Coco Eco caught up with founder Erin Schrode to see how the green movement has progressed amongst the next generation. “Project Green Challenge has been the greatest work in the history of our campaign. This October, we launched PGC, a 30-day eco lifestyle challenge that offered up simple, fun, and high impact steps each day to guide students in the transition from conventional to conscious. Our goal was to inspire a powerful collective of doers that could then reach peers and inspire change among the masses – and we have found tremendous success! Part of Schrode’s success can be credited not only to her dedication, passion, and drive but to her ability to connect with youth, as she is her campaign’s target demographic. Schrode went on to explain how innovative ideas of the next generation have pushed the Teens Turning Green movement to the next level “During Project Green Challenge, students poured heart, soul,

CANCER SCHMANCER In Coco Eco’s most recent past issue featured Cancer Schmancer, Fran Drescher’s cancer foundation aimed at cancer prevention through early detection. New programs such Trash Cancer serve to educate and advise people on which household and body products are safest.** TOMS www.toms.com AMAZON WATCH www.amazonwatch.org CAUSECAST www.causecast.org CANCER SCHMANCER www.cancerschmancer.org SEA SHEPHERD www.seashepherd.org TEENS TURNING GREEN www.teensturninggreen.org


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2011 Sting, Wayne Sacelle, Sir. Richard Branson, Aaron Cohen, John Paul Dejoria, Dr. Anthony Fauci

WRITTEN by: Nikki Lin PHOTOGRAPHY by: As Noted

Coco Eco pays tribute to the Men We Love in 2011. We honor the accomplishments of six men who are well known for their professional endeavors, and less recognized for their work to help others. These gentlemen have all made significant differences by utilizing their influence and exemplary global leadership to exercise social vigilance. Join us for our Year in Review...

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STING An inspirational partnership in marriage and charity, Sting and wife Trudie Styler founded the Rainforest Foundation FUND (formerly known as the Rainforest International) 22 years ago. It all began with a promise from Sting to help the Kayapo tribe obtain legal rights to their native land in the Amazon region of Brazil. They succeeded in 1992, establishing the independence and tribe ownership of their homeland. The organization moved forward and started new projects in other countries like Costa Rica, Guyana, Belize, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Indonesia. Sprouting branches in the UK, Norway, and US, the Rainforest FUND has reached indigenous groups in Africa, Asia, and throughout the Americas. On the 20th anniversary of the Rainforest FUND, Sting returned to Brazil to help the Kayapo tribe lift their voices and stop a second construction attempt of a dam near their land. The Rainforest FUND continues to provide funding for legal representation; health, civil, cultural, and women’s rights; clean water, and land preservation in support of the indigenous people. Celebrating the 25th year of his solo career, Sting is currently performing across North America in his “Back to Bass” tour. Sting also hosts multiple charity concerts with other artists from all over the world, where the proceeds benefit the Rainforest FUND – their main source of funding. Trudie is also the UNICEF UK Ambassador, and the couple was honored in October 2011 with its annual Children’s Champion Award, for their work in women and children’s rights.** www.rainforestfund.org

AARON COHEN

AARON COHEN With special force, counterterrorist training and a giant heart… Aaron Cohen has worked for over a decade to end modern day slavery and human trafficking. His efforts began raising awareness with activists and politicians; but he quickly shifted his mission to “the real work on the ground of freeing slaves.” Cohen shares some of his experiences in his memoirs Slave Hunter, coauthored with Christine Buckley. Unsettled with thoughts of the victims they were unable to save, he continues fighting the war hands on. Cohen works with task forces and investigators worldwide to identify victims; and sometimes independently sets out on undercover missions to seek and rescue while exposing massive trafficking operations. Last we spoke with Cohen he had taken recent missions in the Himalayas of India in Central Asia, through the Middle East, and here in the United States. Cohen partners with organizations like AbolishSlavery.org and CATW International, offering rehabilitation and aide for many that were rescued over the years. His most recent efforts have been in Brasil, Mexico, and Haiti. Working with the Federal Police in Brasil, they are training human trafficking investigators and task forces to find Brasilian girls that have been sold in Europe and the United States. Meeting with Mother Antonia of Mexico and Baja First Lady Carolina Bustamente, they are planning special task force initiatives in Tijuana, which lead slaves into U.S. territory. “Following the trail of the victims from Tijuana to Las Vegas was an eye opening experience and we were able to identify a vast network, trafficking Latin girls to sin city. The last year has been difficult, but rewarding…and I can see that human trafficking is growing, probably much faster than any of us ever imagined.” ** www.abolishslavery.org

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SIR RICHARD BRANSON Sir Richard Branson is best known for his Virgin Group of over 400 companies, including Virgin Records, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, and countless others. Virgin Group’s independent charitable arm, Virgin Unite, believes “business leaders have a strong responsibility to reinvest the money they make into creating new jobs, tackling tough problems facing society and our environment.” Virgin Atlantic launched a new human trafficking initiative this fall. Virgin is the first airline to work with the UK Border Agency to train their cabin crews, target suspicious behavior in passengers, and take effort in ending human trafficking. Virgin’s “fun’draising” campaigns this year also helped to provide clean water to over 7,500 people in Kenya. As of October 2011, Virgin Atlantic was the first airline in the world to create a low-carbon aviation fuel. Working with Lanza Technology, steel production waste gases are captured, fermented, and converted into jet fuel. These waste gases normally become carbon dioxide in the air we breathe, but can now power the skies. Currently in pilot mode in New Zealand, Virgin Atlantic hopes to use it on flights within Europe in the next few years making this the new standard for the airline industry. Working with Wild Aid, Virgin Unite is helping to save some of our endangered wildlife. In India, there are only 1,600 Tasmanian tigers remaining. Branson believes “We must help ensure that not one more inch of land is lost for the tigers and that people in local communities can always live in peaceful coexistence with this beautiful creature and prosper.” Virgin Unite is also focusing on shark fishing and fin trade with California’s Governor Jerry Brown and the Marshall Islands, hoping to expand efforts further into the pacific rim.** www.virginunite.com

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WAYNE PACELLE Fighting for the furry and voiceless members of society, Wayne Pacelle is the CEO & President of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Merging and partnering with other animal protection organizations like The Fund for Animals, Pacelle has helped legislation initiatives affecting animals, like puppy mils, cockfighting, inhumane factory farming methods, and fur trade. In his best-selling book titled The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, he compares the relationship between humans and animals from years ago to the present. Pacelle believes “we must sync up our commerce with our values. We can achieve a high quality of life and robust economic activity without leaving a trail of animal victims in the process.” His daily blog, A Humane Nation, chronicles the victories of Pacelle, the HSUS, and its affiliates while shedding light on more issues that require society’s attention and assistance. This past fall, HSUS recently called McDonald’s into the ring for their partnership with pork supplier, Smithfield Foods. Calling this initiative “McFib,” based off McDonald’s seasonal sandwich the “McRib.” The HSUS investigated the truth about the gestation crates in which Smithfield’s pigs are confined, with barely enough space to move. McDonald’s animal advisor, Ms. Temple Grandin, even suggested McDonald’s cut ties with an organization that practices this form of cruelty. The HSUS has recently worked with leaders in the egg industry to make legislation eliminating barren egg cages, saved thousands of animals from cruel environments, continues providing refuge for animals at its numerous sanctuaries, and the list goes on. Pacelle promises that “here at the HSUS, we will never back down from a tough fight.” ** www.humanesociety.org

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JOHN PAUL DEJORIA

JOHN PAUL DEJORIA John Paul DeJoria provides an excellent example of a philanthropic leader. The story of his great success in establishing and expanding companies such as John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Spirits is well known. Early in his career he also established John Paul Pets, a pet care line whose proceeds go to various animal protection resources. Says DeJoria, “We support more shelters, more adoption programs, more animal cruelty free brands than any company that I know.” His belief is that “We have the privilege while we are alive of taking care of and preserving the entire planet. It’s part of our rent for being on the planet earth.” He also works extensively with the California Wildlife Association and the Sea Shepherd Society, Last Chance for Animals in addition to the World Wildlife Federation, the Humane Society, ASPCA and countless other organizations. DeJoria was awarded in early November with the 2011 UCLA Health System Humanitarian of Hope Award for his work with rock legends The Who for the launch of the UCLA Daltrey/Townsend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program. The program is based on the efforts of the Teenage Cancer Trust and seeks to provide the best possible care and support for teens throughout the physical and emotional challenges of living with cancer. When Coco Eco asked John Paul about the program he explained, “They don’t feel like they have a community so if they have a place to hang out it makes the healing process so much better, healthier and easier.” The Who, DeJoria, and other supporters such as Robert Plant and the Foo FIghters hope to encourage the youth to continue living and enjoying life.** www.paulmitchell.com

DR. TONY FAUCI

TONY FAUCI Thirty years ago this spring, the first cases of HIV were reported in Los Angeles, appearing soon thereafter in New York and San Francisco. Dr. Anthony Fauci has been involved from the beginning of this pandemic and has made influential contributions to the way we understand and live with HIV and AIDS. He has fostered public awareness, worked tirelessly towards bettering the lives of those who are affected and continues to serve as one of the key advisors to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues. As Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Fauci has played a significant role in defining the reality of those who live with the disease. In the early 80’s, Fauci and then U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop found their own budget and resources to distribute pamphlets to the public educating us on exactly how the virus could be spread. Under his vigilant watch for the last three decades, the average survival rate of affected patients has gone from a mere 26 weeks to an average of 50 years. ** www.niaid.nih.gov


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ECO CHIC

GUIDE to...

Vancouver

WRITTEN by: Anna Griffin In Association with Tourism Vancouver With special thanks to Jorden Hutchison from Tourism Vancouver, and Vancouver Style Expert, Catherine Dunwoody

Located at the southwestern corner of the coastal province of British Columbia, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan and innovative city, nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. With the smallest carbon footprint of any major city in the US,Vancouver is also committed to being the greenest city in the world by 2020, already drawing 90 percent of its power from renewable resources. The result is a beautiful, clean and modern metropolis, with an abundance of both outdoor and indoor activities to keep you entertained.


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STAY! THE LISTEL HOTEL

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With a commitment to a zero waste policy that includes turning all organic waste into compost, reusing all recyclables, and converting all non-recyclables into electricity, the Listel Hotel is setting impressive sustainability standards in hospitality. Located on Vancouver’s most eclectic street, close to vibrant stores and restaurants, and packed with original art, this chic 129-room boutique hotel is a cultural tourist’s dream. Offering modern rooms and suites complete with recycling bins, and void of wasted newspapers sitting at your door, or plastic bottles full of synthetic product sitting on your sink, instead opting to provide guests with first class bath and body products in recyclable containers. The Listel also has a reputation for creative partnerships including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and the Museum of Anthropology, and is home to O’Doul’s Restaurant, famous for its award-winning wine list, incredible West Coast menu, and some of the best live jazz in town.** 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5, PH: (604) 684-8461 www.thelistelhotel.com

THE FAIRMONT WATERFRONT Despite being a luxury hotel group, with unparalleled service and amenities, the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts also leads the way with their Green Partnership Program. Committed to environmental tourism, their focus is on carbon management, energy and water conservation, and waste management. At the Waterfront, they built Vancouver’s first green roof, and grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables, whilst also providing a bird sanctuary, and home to five honey beehives. A member of Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program, the Waterfront is committed to purchasing organic locally and responsibly harvested ingredients where possible, and offering organic wines from Rodney Strong Vineyards. With luxurious rooms providing stunning views of the Pacific (I watched a breathtaking sun rise), an extensive recycling program that diverts 60-70 percent of guests’ waste from the landfill, complimentary valet parking for hybrid/electric cars, and a General Manager who escorts guests for morning runs along the seawall, the Waterfront is a perfect choice for the discerning eco-traveler.**

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900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC V6C3L6, PH: (604) 691-1991 www.fairmont.com/waterfront

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EAT! CHAMBAR Husband and wife team, Karri and Nico Schuermans opened Chambar in 2004, with a vision to eschew pretension, offering guests a unique opportunity to enjoy fine food in a relaxed environment. Karri’s talent for marketing, combined with Nico’s genius in the kitchen, and seven years later you have a winner on your hands. The restaurant has earned an outstanding reputation for cuisine, service, ambiance and sustainability. They are certified as a “green restaurant,” and serve only sustainably harvested seafood through the Ocean Wise program. With a complete recycling program in place, Chambar is also on its way to being Vancouver’s first Carbon Free restaurant. Order the fries! Double fried, and sinfully delicious!** 562 Beatty Street, Crosstown, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3, PH: (604) 879-7119 www.chambar.com

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RAINCITY GRILL Since 1992, Eco Entrepreneur, Harry Kambolis and his incredible team have defined Pacific Northwest cuisine, to critical acclaim showcasing the best ingredients from their local waters as well as small family-run farms. A founding member of Ocean Wise, they pioneered the concept of the “100 Mile Menu,” inspired by the best-selling book, The 100 Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating. Pairing delicious local flavors courtesy of Chef Jennifer Peters, with their award-winning wine list, and you are in for a taste bud sensation. Include the hospitable and professional staff led by Restaurant Manager Terry Hayashi, and the breathtaking view of English Bay, and it’s an experience you won’t soon forget!**

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1193 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1C3, PH: (604) 685-7337 www.raincitygrill.com

O’DOUL’S RESTAURANT AND BAR At home at the artistically stimulating and tasteful Listel Hotel, on colorful Robson Street, O’Doul’s has been serving up a delicious combination of live music, wonderful cuisine, and great cocktails for almost 40 years, and is a true Vancouver classic. Executive Chef Chris Whittaker’s menu is West Coast eclectic, the emphasis on the bounty of local and Pacific ingredients, coupled with an award-winning wine list, and the very best performers on the city’s vibrant jazz scene. Committed to sustainability and local suppliers by sourcing ethically produced ingredients that are locally sourced and organic wherever possible, O’Doul’s are currently active members of Green Table Network, Ocean Wise, and Get Local BC.** 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5, PH: (604) 684-8461 www.odoulsrestaurant.com

CAFÉ MEDINA Medina is a quaint café serving connoisseur- savvy coffee, Belgian waffles for sweet sustenance and an eclectic alternative for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Daytime counterpart to sister restaurant Chambar, Medina offers Middle Eastern influenced fare crafted by Chef Nico Schuermans. The unique bistro-inspired menu is served in a chic, refurbished heritage space outfitted with local artwork and great music. The restored heritage space is outfitted with green building materials including an exceptional recycled glass bar top and palm wood paneling, whilst a product of the Schuermans who are well-known in Vancouver for their combination of fusing world-class cuisine with sustainable responsibility.**

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556 Beatty Street, Crosstown, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B 2L3, PH: (605) 879-3114 www.medinacafe.com Photo Provided by CAFÉ MEDINA


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SHOP!

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NICOLE BRIDGER Award-winning star of Canadian eco couture, Nicole Bridger has opened her first boutique in the trendy Kitsilano area of Vancouver. Known as much for her attention to detail and incredible use of draping techniques, as she is for her commitment to the environment and community, the interior of the store is as chic and sustainably minded as any of her divine collections.** 2151 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7, PH: (604) 730-1129 www.nicolebridger.com

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP COMPANY RMS has a commitment to only using 100% natural ingredients in the production of their gorgeous bath, body and skincare products, and feature divine scents like Spicy Mandarin, Lemongrass, Vanilla Candy Cane, and Lavender. With a guiding principle based on mindfulness for the environment, and removing toxins from people’s lives, they now have 10 Western Canada locations, and are growing.** 3057 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J9, PH: (604) 731-5701 www.rockymountainsoap.com

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TWIGG & HOTTIE Run by Glencora Twigg, Christine Hotton and Jessica Vaira of We3 Designs, Twigg & Hottie is an eco-chic boutique with an emphasis on high-end sustainable and local labels. Every attention to detail has been made in the curation of premium yet independent collections. Gorgeous knitwear from designers Sofia, and Ruelle, compliment hot-selling local denim line Second Yoga, and don’t forget this season’s essential pieces, courtesy of We3.** 3671 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N6, PH: (604) 879-8595 www.twiggandhottie.com www.we3.ca

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INDULGE! MIRAJ HAMMAM SPA
 In centuries past, the Hammam was known as the silent doctor, and the steam and body exfoliation, an authentic Middle Eastern tradition. Nowadays, it’s a mini escape from the stresses and toxins of everyday life, and a gentle yet effective cleansing of body, mind and soul. After relaxing in a softly lit steam chamber, I laid on Jerusalem gold marble whilst an esthetician exfoliated my skin with black Moroccan soap. After a gentle misting, it was time for a 15 minute Oriental Massage, before reclining on a velvet bed with silk cushions, and enjoying traditional Middle Eastern tea and sweet cake. Miraj Hammam was the first Hammam in Vancouver, and 30 years later is a little taste of the Promised Land, in the middle of today’s crazy world!** 1495 W. 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6H 4GI PH: (604) 733-5151 www.mirajhammam.com

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If you’re in need of a quick Mani Pedi whilst in Vancouver, stop by Pure Nail Bar. Whilst not a fully eco salon, they do sell and work with SpaRitual, which are vegan and DBP, Formaldehyde and Toluene free, as well as OPI. With 10 locations, you’re sure to find one in a part of town near you.** Kitsilano Location - 2137 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 PH: (604) 738-8990 www.purenailbar.com

SABAI THAI SPA
 If you are looking for a sanctuary where you can enjoy the benefits and pleasures of traditional Thai style therapies, and experience stress relief via ancient skills that soothe both body and mind, go to Sabai Thai Spa. Offering massage, body wraps and exfoliations, organic facials, and other treatments, I opted for the Thai Herbal Stem Massage, which combines traditional massage techniques with therapeutic herbs and essential oils bundled up in cotton stems. I closed my eyes and drifted off to Thailand whilst steamed compresses were applied and massaged onto my skin, and the oils and resins released their healing properties into my bloodstream, releasing toxins, and relieving all the muscle tension and joint pain I had walked in with. When I walked out, I was floating on a Zen cloud of paradise.Truly a miracle. Ask for Peerapan who is an Angel dressed in disguise as a Spa Therapist! Sabai Thai Spa offers three Vancouver locations, and carries a complete range of local and eco luxe beauty products.**

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Coal Harbour Location - 571 Cardero Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 3L2, PH: (604) 568-6227 www.thaispa.ca Photo Provided by MIRAJ HAMMAM SPA

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EXPLORE! WHEELING TOUR Rent a bike or a pair of rollerblades and self-propel your way around Vancouver’s Stanley Park seawall, marveling at Vancouver’s green, urban, ocean-wrapped sanctuary. An evergreen oasis, Stanley Park is rivaled as one of the great parks of the world. Majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees envelope a visitor as wildlife abounds.** Spokes Bicycle Rentals 1798 Georgia St West, Vancouver, BC, V6G 2V7, PH: 604.688.5141 www.spokesbicyclerentals.com

CLIMB A MOUNTAIN From the high vista of Grouse Mountain, you can partake of an incredible view of Vancouver, and be amazed by the new wind turbine the Eye of the Wind. The turbine has the capacity to produce enough energy to supply the needs of 400 homes over a year.** Grouse Mountain, The Peak of Vancouver 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC, V7R 4K9, PH: 604.998.5043 www.grousemountain.com

WATER ADVENTURE Travel by a 25-foot, First Nations canoe through the waters of Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm while guides from Takaya Tours - an Aboriginal eco-tourism company - share legends, songs and stories from their rich history and culture.** Takaya Tours Inc. 700 Apex Avenue, North Vancouver, BC, V7H 2R5, PH:604.904.7410 www.takayatours.com

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EXPLORE! WHALE WATCHING The waters that surround the Gulf and San Juan islands offer some of the most beautiful natural wonders in North America. And the chilly northern waters of the surrounding Pacific are a miraculous showcase of wildlife, with the orca whale being the star. At times, dozens of these massive mammals can be seen swimming, breaching and just playing together in the water. On some days, these pods can number nearly 100, making this area one of the best whale-watching spots in the world.The sight is magnificent and has helped build a cottage industry of tours for those who want to see the killer whales up close and snap a few pictures. The Vancouver area is lucky enough to be the watery home for much more than the local orcas; it is a migratory route for a variety of other whales, such as the majestic grey and impressive humpback.** Great Pacific Adventures, 811 Wharf Street, Victoria BC V8W1T2, PH: (250) 386-2277 www.greatpacificadventures.com

EXPLORE GRANVILLE ISLAND This vibrant urban oasis buzzes with life from dawn to dusk. Start your visit by exploring the Public Market, where the city’s top chefs source local ingredients from an array of vendors selling fresh produce and gourmet goodies. After a delicious lunch, sample house-made beer at the Granville Island Brewing Company, then browse the unique shops and galleries.** www.granvilleisland.com

DIP A PADDLE Get a view of the city from the water by kayaking your way through the waters of False Creek. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some of the seals, otters, eagles and fish that make this urban waterway their home.** Ecomarine Ocean Kayak Centre 1668 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S4, PH: 604.689.7575 www.ecomarine.com Photo Provided by TOURISM VANCOUVER

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ECO-RESORT

SPAS WRITTEN by: Leilah Mundt

Escape to the world’s most stunning resorts that are as healthy for the planet as they are for the soul. COCO PALM DHUNI KOLHU MALDIVES

Experience the height of pampering, with a commitment to being eco friendly, at this exotic island getaway. The Coco Spa offers an array of luxury treatments from around the world, including Ayurvedic, Balinese, Thai, and Indonesian. For the utmost in exclusivity, a sunset lagoon villa is the perfect choice offering in-room spa treatments, indoor/outdoor showers, and 24 hour butler service. www.cocopalm.com

BLUE LAGOON ICELAND

Located 40 minutes outside of Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon is a spa-lover’s paradise. This naturally occurring geothermal hot spring is high in silica and renowned for its healing properties. Products used at the spa are comprised of locally derived ingredients and the treatments are blissful. For an incredible experience, Blue Lagoon encourages people to visit in the winter, when there’s an average of 5 hours of daylight and the natural glow of the lagoon reflects off of a shield of steam created by the cold winter air. www.bluelagoon.com

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EVASON MA’IN HOT SPRINGS JORDAN

Located 264 meters below sea level, this palace of a resort is surrounded by dramatic rock cliffs and sits at the base of a waterfall. Enjoy a romantic dinner at the restaurant, which has a stunning view of the Dead Sea. Explore historical sites in Jordan during the day, or get pampered at Six Senses Spa. With many travel and leisure awards, as well as winning the award for the best environmentally friendly architectural project from the Jordanian Association of Engineers, guests will want for nothing during their stay.  www.sixsenses.com/evason

LONGITUDE 131 N. TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA

EVisit the aptly named Red Center in the vast Australian Outback and rent out one of fifteen Australian pioneer themed tents and get ready to explore this breath-taking scarlet wilderness. Take a sunrise walk to the base of the huge monolith Uluru and come back to a delicious breakfast and luxurious massage at Red Ochre Spa, a dip in the pool, or a cocktail at the Dune Center. Boasting a high number of awards for eco-sensitivity and surpassing exclusivity, this is a great place for someone looking for a unique, environmentally respectful adventure. www.longitude131.com.au

AMAN-I-KHAS RAJASTAN, INDIA

For luxury camping at its best, this little resort is comprised of 10 tents set outside of a national park. Dining is fresh and regionally inspired, with most of the vegetables coming from the vegetable garden onsite. Guided yoga and meditation sessions, paired with ancient, rejuvenating spa treatments guarantee a time of healing and reflection. Deer, gazelle, leopard, tigers, and crocodiles are common sights from atop the open-air vehicles that tour the park. www.amanresorts.com

CAVALLO POINT SAUSALITO, CA, USA

With a history that dates back to before the Golden Gate Bridge, Cavallo Point beautifully blends the charm of the San Francisco Bay with modern eco-sensibilities to create a one of a kind experience. The Healing Arts Center offers a rejuvenating menu, from traditional spa treatments like massage and mineral soaks, to the decidedly progressive, such as life coaching and guided imagery, for a truly replenishing visit. www.cavallopoint.com


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Belo Monte WRITTEN by: Beth Doane PHOTOGRAPHY provided by: Amazon

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The story of the Belo Monte dam is tragic, epic and catastrophic enough to draw attention from presidents, movie stars, billionaires, and millions of concerned human beings across the planet. It also mirrors the film Avatar so closely that even James Cameron flew into the depths of the Amazon to meet directly with the indigenous people this dam will affect. Despite the rising amount of negative international publicity for the project, the Brazilian government has announced they are moving ahead “at any cost” with the construction of the dam. They don’t realize just how great these costs will be for our future generations and our planet. The Belo Monte dam is set to become the thirdlargest dam in the world, constructed along the Xingu River in the state of Pará, Brazil. This dam complex dates back to Brazil’s military dictatorship and the government has attempted to build it through various series of national investment 106

programs over the years but this time it seems more real than ever. To create the dam, up to 80% of the Xingu River will be diverted from its original course, which means there will be a permanent and devastating drought on the river’s “Big Bend”, directly affecting the Paquiçamba and Arara territories of the Juruna and Arara indigenous peoples. Two huge canals 500 meters wide by 75 km long will be excavated, unearthing more land than was removed to build the Panama Canal, and the reservoirs and canals created for this dam will flood a total of 668 km2 , much of which is endangered tropical forest.The flooding will be so intense it will force more than 20,000 people from their homes and destroy their ability to hunt, farm, or use the earth they have depended on for millennia. So why is a project of this destructive able to come to life? Hydroelectric energy. This type of energy is now widely presented as a viable solution to Brazil’s increasing energy demands and is praised as a “clean energy development” and far safer approach for combating global climate change. However, Philip Fearnside of the National Amazon Research Institute (INPA) has calculated that the forests that will inevitably be flooded by Belo Monte’s reservoirs will generate enormous quantities of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than CO2. Not exactly as clean or green as the clever marketing and PR campaigns supporting the dam would have us believe. Belo Monte will also bring approximately 100,000 migrants to the region, yet only 2,000 of the jobs created for those migrants will be long-term and sadly, just like with big oil extraction occurring within other areas of the Amazon, the remaining labor pool will be forced

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to feed their families using means such as illegal logging and cattle ranching - two of the most severe causes of the mass deforestation plaguing these critical areas today. Another frightening side affect of the thousands of new migrants in the area is that social tensions are sure to rise as work becomes increasingly scarce, pushing these outsiders into indigenous territories and threatening tribal cultures and protected lands. The result of massive infrastructure of this nature is that indigenous communities suffer from contamination, disease, loss of their food supply, and access to safe water sources. There is also the risk of human rights abuses by illegal loggers, migrant workers, and land speculators which have also been witnessed for years through illegal oil exploration in neighboring countries. In truth, Belo Monte will be one of the most energy inefficient dams in the history of Brazil, producing only 10% of its 11,233 megawatt (MW) installed capacity during the 3-5 month-long dry season, an average of only 4,462 MW throughout the year, or 39% of its nominal capacity. Zoe Tryon, anthropologist, indigenous rights activist and ambassador to the non-profit Amazon Watch, which has worked tirelessly to halt the construction of the dam, stated recently in an interview with Coco Eco, “The construction of this dam is utterly heartbreaking. It will literally cause the extinction of the indigenous peoples living in the area, for they are so closely connected with their lands and this river that once they have been destroyed so has their culture and way of life.” Zoe also commented on how the dam does not make viable eco108

nomic sense, saying, “Twenty-five thousand people will be displaced in the building of the first dam, a six mile collision of modern industry with pristine, primary rainforest, and this is the Amazon, where the rivers are seasonal; they rise and fall with the rains. The people who live in this lush area are governed by the flows of nature, they read her signs and adapt to her, cultivating seasonal soils, and relying on the rivers fish for protein. Now this vast dam will come and block the river, flooding huge areas of alpha-diversity, which will be lost to all of us forever.” What’s so much worse and even ironic, Tryon added, “Instead of abandoning the project, the government intends to build up to 60 more dams upstream to try and keep the big dam going. Much of the energy will be going to support extractive industries in the region, particularly aluminum, rather than providing electricity for the people.” What will become of the Belo Monte project over the days, months or years that follow remains unknown, but it is clear that the more we continue to express our opinions and outrage through any means we can. As indigenous leader Sheyla Juruna states, “The government is not open to dialogue, so we will fight with our bodies and souls... to defend our lives and the life of our river.”**

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EXCERPTS FROM THE

COVE DIARIES WRITTEN by: Leilani Munter PHOTOGRAPHY by: Leilani Munter

I am happy to report another day of peace at the cove. No blood was shed in these waters today. In fact, since Sept 7, the day they slaughtered the first pod of Risso’s dolphins - there has been no killing. They did capture of a large pod of bottlenose a few days ago, but they pulled one dolphin out for captivity and set the rest of the pod free. But the lack of killing around here is not for a lack of trying; the dolphin hunters have been going out every day except one when the weather would not allow it. They have been chasing pods each day, but day after day, the pods have either escaped or they have been unable to locate a pod at all. 110

I have settled into a routine here. Every morning my alarm goes off at 4.30am, I brush my teeth, grab a coffee, put my hair in a ponytail and I’m out the door by 4.45am. I meet the dolphin hunters at the Taiji Harbor at 5am. I use the word “meet” loosely. I sit in my rental car in a parking lot across the dock from the Taiji Fishermen’s Union, and watch from afar as they have their morning meeting filled with cigarettes before they set out to sea in their boats to search for dolphins. The police meet me there every day as well. They know me quite well by now, as I do them. I even know one particular English-speaking policemen’s shift schedule. And they know my schedule as well. That’s when you know you’ve spent some serious time in Taiji. One of the most amusing moments of this trip was when the police pulled me over for the first time, (for not using my blinker), and as they walked away, one of them said, “Welcome back.” That’s when you know you are a regular in Taiji! We are even starting to have deeper conversations with each other, thanks to their good English (I’m working on my Japanese). A couple days ago, one of the policemen asked me, “Do you fight for other animals, or just dolphins?” The more time I spend here, the more I am in awe of the beauty of this place, and the more I can see the potential of what it could be without the horrific dolphin slaughter. If only they would turn these dolphin-hunting boats into dolphin watching boats - like Izumi Ishiisan, a dolphin hunter in Futo who had an epiphany years ago when a dolphin he was killing looked into his eyes. Ishii-san immediately retired his hunting boat and now takes tourists on dolphin watching trips. With it’s beautiful shrines, waterfalls, turquoise waters and

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incredible coastline, the juxtaposition of the horror of what happens here is difficult to grasp. This is my third trip here, and I know it won’t be my last. During this trip I experienced my first typhoon, which led to a very important lesson for me. For the first time in my life I had to live without clean water for several days. Living without access to water was an experience. I will never forget finding out there was no water in our hotel and going to the grocery store thinking I could buy some and then seeing all the shelves for water completely bare. Beyond drinking water, there was no water for the shower, sink, or toilet. It was an important lesson for me, and one I don’t think I could fully understand without having this experience. I will never take for granted the ability to take a shower, wash my hands or flush a toilet ever again. You truly appreciate the simple comforts in life. Yesterday I had my first ice cube in two weeks and I must say, it was a treat. When the owner of my hotel gave me a small bucket of ice, I felt like she was giving me a bucket of gold. I now understand water stress in a way in which I never could before. Over 1.1 billion people who share our planet live in water stress every day. I was lucky I only had to go through it for a few days. There is no better way to understand an issue than to live through it yourself.

On a more personal note, I am also grateful for my husband, who arrived at our home today from New Zealand after six months away, and because I decided to stay here with the dolphins in Taiji, I wasn’t there to welcome him home. I’m so glad that he loves the dolphins as much as I do. Leilani Munter is an environmental activist and racecar driver whose motto is “Never underestimate a vegetarian hippie chick with a racecar!”** LEILANI MUNTER

www.leilanimunter.com DOLPHIN PROJECT

www.dolphinproject.org

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Fukushima WRITTEN by: Johanna Björk, PHOTOGRAPHY by: As Noted

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On March 11, 2011, following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were flooded by a 49-foot tsunami wave. The plant lost of power and the reactors began overheating as the cooling systems stopped working. In the days that followed, the the plant experienced a full nuclear meltdown. What happened at Fukushima was the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The question now is not how we could have prevented this, because no matter how hard we try we can’t go back in time. Instead, we should ask ourselves what can be done to prevent something like this from ever happening again. Before Fukushima I, an avid environmentalist,was not entirely opposed to nuclear power. Despite growing up during the aftermath of Chernobyl, nuclear seemed like the least of the dirty power 112

evils. As long as it works like it’s supposed to, maybe that is true. But, when something goes wrong in a nuclear plant, it goes horribly wrong. Fukushima reminded us of this. After the disaster in Japan, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, who owns and operates Fukushima, and the Japanese government were hard at work doing damage control. Trying to prevent a PR-disaster while working to minimize the damage to people and the environment is not easy, and the public often felt that they were not given enough information. It’s only recently that a full picture of Fukushima’s fallout has begun to emerge. On August 30th of this year, the Japanese science ministry released a map showing contamination over a 100-kilometer radius around the plant. On the day of the accident, the government evacuated people within a 3-kilometer radius of the plant. On the second day, the evacutation-zone was expanded to a 20-kilometer radius. Late in March, residents within a 30-kilometer radius were told to prepare to evacuate and even though it was not mandated most did so. This area still is much smaller than that which the report showed was contaminated. People rarely want to leave their homes, but when lives are at stake wouldn’t it be better to be safe than sorry? Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has also published new estimates of the total radiation released in the accident. These figures, reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency in June, suggest that the total airborne release of caesium-137 amounts to 17 percent of the release from Chernobyl. The government estimates that the total radiation released is five or six percent of that from Chernobyl. This is good, but still bad. What about the oceans? They are already so jam-packed with toxins

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that eating fish seems like a death-defying action. A study by Ken Buesseler, a marine chemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution found that about two weeks after the earthquake, the plant released radioactive cesium into nearby waters to create levels that were one million times greater than they had been before the accident. By May, however, concentrations had fallen to about ten thousand times greater than normal, and remained constant through July. Still, based on the total amount of radioactive material released, the meltdown at Fukushima ranks as the largest accidental radioactivity release into ocean waters ever. It is second only to nuclear tests performed in the 1960s, but those count as voluntary releases. Experts cannot agree on whether these levels are higher than the safety threshold for humans and remain unsure about the long-term health effects of exposures due to the accumulation of radioactive material in seafood and ocean sediments. It would seem wise for us to be careful about consuming fish and sea vegetables from those parts of the world for a while. So what are the options? In the U.S. today, we have 104 working nuclear plants. Most of them were built in the 1970s or earlier. The good news is that as nuclear power’s reputation has become tarnished there are not many new ones are being built. The bad news is that the existing ones are starting to get old (which, in the nuclear world means “more dangerous”). The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced it will launch a comprehensive safety review of all the existing nuclear reactors across the United States, at the request of President Obama. The current administration, however, “continues to support the expansion of nuclear power in the United States, despite the crisis in Japan.”

Governor Peter Shumlin, who was recently awarded Beautiful Earth Group and Opportunity Green’s Green Governor of the Year Award PHOTO CREDIT: flickr.com/photos/vermontgovernor

According to a CBS news poll, public support for nuclear power in the U.S. is now at 43 percent, just a bit lower than it was immediately following the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. One survey found that 64 percent of Americans oppose the construction of new reactors, while another (conveniently sponsored by the Nuclear Energy Institute) found that 62 percent of Americans favor nuclear power as energy source and 35 percent are opposed. In Vermont, the only state that gives its Legislature authority to make decisions about nuclear plants, the Yankee Nuclear Plant is set to close in 2012 following a refusal to extend its 40-year operational license issued in 1972. Under the leadership of Governor Peter Shumlin, the state of Vermont fought, and ultimately won, a bitter battle against the owners of the plant, Entergy Corp. Despite reports indicating the opposite, Entergy insists that the plant is completely safe and reliable. Governor Shumlin says that he has made sure the citizens of his state know that for every dirty job he takes away, several green ones are created. There is enough clean, green technology out there today that we should not have to risk the health of ourselves and the environment to power our lives. By moving away from nuclear power, Vermont is on to a good start. Let’s hope the rest of the country follows suit.**


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ATTITUTE

Adjustment WRITTEN by: Kelly Gallagher PHOTOGRAPHY by: As Noted

....It’s 2011. I’m tired. Look at the gas prices? Are we done yet? Nope. I have 14372 emails in gmail. I can’t believe I got dropped by Blue Cross. The Holidays are here again. We know this because the Christmas decorations went up on Labor Day weekend this year instead of Halloween. I have no money for Christmas. He dumped me. Banks. Wall Street. Health care. Theoretically the end of the world could have been October 28th,the end Mayan Calendar you know? Retail wasn’t taking a chance on missing out on any potential dollar, I mean shopping, days. I really wish I had lost weight before I was going to see everyone. Who is going to be there? I just want to meet the man or woman of my dreams. Why do they always serve food that makes you look like a pig while you’re eating it? “Bitter party of one. “ Okay. MIND! STOP! This is what I’m talking about; the non-stop chatter inside our heads. I don’t know about you but I could benefit from a year-end attitude adjustment. Every year we make ourselves the same promises about the same things and set ourselves up for the same failures, that drive the same self -esteem issues. Are we ready for a change in this next new year? The old saying “You can’t fix a problem with the same mind that created it” is still true. So why not set out this Holiday Season with 114

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a winning strategy? And when I say “winning”, I mean setting achievable goals so that your mind and psyche register a win? What if we could get a grip on those chocolate covered candies and set attainable goals, and year-end promises before Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas or Kwanza occur? Even if you are super organized and disciplined there is always some nagging goal we always promise ourselves but rarely achieve. Quit smoking? Lose 5 lbs? No more coffee? No way. What if we could start our new beginnings now on a day other than January 1st? What if we could substitute healthy behaviors for negative ones? For those in search of true health and wellness, clearing the body, mind and spirit of all things negative is a process much like peeling an onion... ADJUSTMENT 1: THE COMMITMENT TO GET SELF CENTERED It’s time to.... Re-generate my passion Re-mind myself of who I am and what I stand for Re-focus my goals Re-commit to my truth Re-place old actions and behaviors with new ones It seems like the clock just starts to speed up in the fall and zooms to the end of the year like a racehorse to the barn. This year has been a big year for controversy and change. For many of us, the economic crisis, healthcare issues, falling credit ratings and globalization have strained our wallets, hearts, and relationships. We have been witness to war, extreme weather, catastrophe’s and numerous violations against humanity. It’s almost 2012. So as we enter the holiday season and the end of the calendar year, and not just any

calendar year, we have to stay mindful if we want to stay healthy and happy. That means different things to different cultures. But no matter who you are or where you are from it is a perfect time to stop, take a breath, figure out what we, as individuals, are grateful for, and choose our life with purpose. ADJUSTMENT 2: Choose our life with purpose Design your dream other wise you could be living someone else’s nightmare For some that thought might be like lighting a candle in a hurricane. The holidays bring joy to many and anxiety to others. Racing around, over committed, filled with mixed emotions getting ready for family gatherings and office parties. The holidays, where happy times, shopping lists, melancholy memories, party invitations, no party invitations, money issues, wardrobe choices and too much food, all collide. What do you do when faced with all those tempting delicacies everywhere you turn? ADJUSTMENT 3: Note to self. The body is my temple. Emotional eating not allowed this season. The desire to make everyone happy can leave us feeling depleted and burned out. It’s important to remember to take time for ourselves. ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT | Continued


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ADJUSTMENT 4: Take time for ourselves Get a massage, get quiet and make a list of what’s important to you before you make all those shopping lists and party lists. Personal goal achievement is what makes us happy. If we are happy with ourselves we generally make other people happy. While the numerous prophecies and predictions would have us believe it’s the end of the world, it seems like the beginning of a new more hectic world where we are constantly expected to learn the new app of the day while we tackle “iLife” issues on our computers, iPads, and iPhones. We sort through the paper bills and hope our online banking isn’t bouncing us into oblivion, while multiple email accounts fill up with webinars and discounted offers from Groupon and Living Social, every three minutes. Where else could I get four pole dancing classes for 50 bucks? A great stocking stuffer. Our holiday cards are now electronic. Everyone on facebook to dragon voice software is collecting our contact lists and personal information for every bit of “metrics” they can snag. And yes, it’s all legal and written in the fine print we no longer have time to read. What are they going to do with all that information they collect when everyone has the same information? Whatever. Now it’s time for gift116

wrapping the presents I wasn’t supposed to buy. ADJUSTMENT 5: Breathe. Oh and wait.The victim-laden childhood memories that flood in ruining the present by keeping us living in the past have got to go too. As Cher said in Moonstruck, “Snap out of it.” Unfortunately, our grandparents die, our parents die, tragedy occurs. The only thing in life that is certain is death and taxes. That’s what happens in this thing called life. We have a choice about the way we feel. Our parents did the best they could too. They were probably drinking too much just like we all do sometimes. However, eventually, if you are not focused on your own goal list, you can end up in the middle of a self-indulgent chocoholic binge that can overcome even the most disciplined of holiday shoppers. Sometimes all it takes is the Ave Maria or Jingle Bells playing in the background to send me into a self-indulgent bout of tears. ADJUSTMENT 6: I cry. And then I’m better. Up and out. So how do we keep grounded with so many things to do as the planet spins towards Christmas and 2012? How do we choose peace instead of holiday frenzy while we are faced with all these numerous choices in a down economy? I have been asking myself all these questions as I usually start panicking when the pumpkins come out in October, knowing that the end of the year is upon me, and the list of goals I made last year is incomplete. I have to remind myself to breathe. And then to breathe again. To make it worse, New Year’s Eve is my birthday so I put extra pressure on myself to fix everything that was broken in myself the previous year. No snickers from my friends and family please. As a Goddess in Progress, I can only hope to live each year better than the last. ADJUSTMENT 7: I force myself go to yoga and meditation in between parties and eating, and I promise myself I am not going to get caught

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up in the crass commercialization of this Holiday Season. I vow not to buy lots of useless presents for everyone I know, and remember back to my childhood days when the Nuns at Catholic School used to scold us for our excesses reminded us that we are celebrating the birth of Christ, not shopping. “However, please feel free to put your donation in the gift basket.” Sorry God. Bless me Father for I have... So in between the barrage of TV ads, Christmas music and thoughts of Nuns, eating and not shopping, this time instead of indulging and being filled with remorse, I got on a plane with my friends and went to Alaska to finish a longtime goal of writing two books, and starting a third. ADJUSTMENT 8: These items have been on my rotating goal list for quite sometime so I figured it was time to start crossing them off my list, and add items to my grateful list. ADJUSTMENT 9: I’m a five-time cancer survivor. I’m grateful. The biggest gift I can give anyone is the lessons that I have learned along the way. YEAR END REMINDERS I want to make every year better than the last year. Keep making grateful lists. Keep focused on the goals. We are zooming towards 2012. Is it the end of the world? I don’t think so. I think times are changing. It is the time of ascension, purification, clarity, peace, prosperity and oneness. When in doubt, remember Organic is in. Toxic is out. For the skinny bitches, it’s

not about dieting and starving to stay thin; it’s about lifestyle management and nutritious living: a thing of the present. Every minute is a choice. Remind self again that The Holidays are a time of joy, a time of giving, and a time of sharing with our friends and family. Change your mind. Adjust your attitude. It’s time to take charge of the past by living in the present. Happy Holidays. ** From ‘UGOTTAWANNA” a book in progress www.Ugottawanna.org


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GEN ART’S LEGENDARY

FASHION EVENT WRITTEN by: Anna Griffin PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED by: smart

car and Gen Art

Gen Art’s legendary Fresh Faces in Fashion, presented by smart car and Moroccanoil, closed out LA’s Style Fashion Week on October 22nd showcasing 11 of the brightest new ready-to-wear and accessory designers. Hosted by Zoe Saldana, a Gen Art alumna and actress, Fresh Faces in Fashion debuted these designers before a capacity crowd of 800 fashion-insiders, press and Gen Art. The newest stars of fashion on the runway included Chambers, Sticks & Stones, Funktional, and We Are Handsome-all of whom also designed custom wraps for smart vehicles. Jennifer Park of Funktional designed her smart wrap based on the Spring ‘11 collection, which “fuses together diverse tribal elements, including the angles and patterns seen in Native American beading and woven fabrics, as well as the shade of orange used heavily in Aboriginal art.”** SMART CAR www.smartusa.com GEN ART www.genart.org

Zoe Saldana


Smart Car design by CHAMBERS

Smart Car design by STICKS & STONES Chimpanzee at ease

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A CONVERSATION WITH

DR. JANE

GOODALL WRITTEN by: Vicki Godal PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED by: Jane

Goodall Institute

“A Conversation with Jane Goodall,” at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre honored Dr. Jane Goodall before the Jane Goodall Institute recognized and acknowledged the accomplishments of other true leaders. A large crowd gathered to hear Dr. Jane Goodall speak about her work before she honored others whose accomplishments she recognizes as true leadership. Renowned for her primatology and conservation work, Dr. Goodall founded the institute and UN Messenger of Peace to foster her message of hope. During the night, Grammy®-winning artist Dave Matthews paid tribute to Dr. Goodall through a special performance. Jane Goodall’s Global Leadership Award winners included the Honorable George Miller, U.S. Representative from California for Excellence in Public Policy; Dave Matthews for Responsible Activism in Media and Entertainment; Adam Anthony of Tanzania and Lauren Gibson of Indiana for Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership and The Walt Disney Company for Corporate Social Responsibility. ** JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE www.janegoodall.org ROOTS AND SHOOTS www.rootsandshoots.org

Dr. Jane Goodall


Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and Grammy® winner and awardee Dave Matthews on stage at the 2011 presentation of the Jane Goodall Global Leadership Awards.

This year’s winner for Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership, Lauren Gibson

Chimpanzee at ease

Grammy® winner and awardee Dave Matthews entertains the crowd at the 2011 presentation of the Jane Goodall Global Leadership Awards in Hollywood, CA


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FRESH WATER IS A HUMAN RIGHT WRITTEN by: Vicki Godal PHOTOGRAPHY provided by: Project

Freewaters

At Freewaters’ footwear company, co-founders Eli Marmar and Martin Kim aligned as social entrepreneurs committed to progressive innovation and styling. Although Freewaters’ exceeded the limits of footwear design, they wanted more. “At the end of a 14-hour work day, would designing cool products be enough to satisfy our souls? No, it’s not enough,” Marmar said. Enter ProjectFreewaters.org, their direct cause initiative, dedicated to providing safe drinking water around the world. The mission is simple: with every pair of Freewaters shoes sold, funds are allocated for the digging of freshwater wells around the world – the equivalent of clean drinking water for one individual for one entire year. To date, ProjectFreewaters.org has established five freshwater wells in western Kenya.** FREEWATERS www.freewaters.com PROJECT FREEWATER www.projectfreewaters.org

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Project Freewaters team digging a well in Kenya

Kenyan kids

Kenyan boy drinking water

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Sustainable FASHION’S NIGHT OUT

WRITTEN by: Vicki Godal PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED by: SFNO

Sustainable Fashion’s Night Out, SFNO hit NYC with an evening of eco-shopping, education and celebration, free and open to all, organized by the EcoSalon, Of Rags, the NYC Fair Trade Coalition and the Textile Arts Center, TAC. Guests browsed sustainable fashion lines at TAC’s Manhattan location like A.D.O Organics, Afia, Considine, Feral Childe, Global Goods Partners, LOVE IS MIGHTY, Of Rags, The Sock Hop and Wool and the Gang. Interactive displays followed the flow of clothing through the global marketplace. Eco-refreshments, music and a demonstration of fabric creation, moved the whole experience along the sustainable path. Sustainable Fashion’s Night Out is a collaboration that celebrates sustainability within the global economy of the fashion world.** SUSTAINABLE FASHION’S NIGHT OUT www.sustainablefashionsnightout.com

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SURF 24 SURFATHON HANGS TEN FOR CLEAN WATERS WORLDWIDE

WRITTEN by: Vicki Godal PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED by: As

Noted

Project Save Our Surf founder, actress Tanna Frederick, wearing an ecochic dress of recycled paper, cohosted the fourth annual Surf 24 celebrity surfathon in Santa Monica with world champion surfer Shaun Tomson. The event benefitted Santa Monica Baykeepers, Waves for Water, Inside The Outdoors and Tumelo Home. A gala followed the surf-a-thon, celebrating and honoring the world’s oceans with a blue theme, including a blue carpet and blue dress code and a silent auction. Approximately $15,000.00 was raised for the charities during the weekend.

Surf-A-Thon: Group Shot of Many of the celebrities and surfers who came out to surf for a great cause!

Project Save Our Surf is dedicated to conserving both our oceans and freshwater. Comprised of surfers, celebrities, individuals and businesses, Project Save our Surf creates initiatives in support of clean water organizations, locally and globally. ** PROJECT SAVE OUR SURF www.projectsaveoursurf.org Project Save our Surf founder Tanna Frederick wore a dress made of recycled paper at Award Winning singer Samantha Mumba performed during the Gala. the Gala. 126 | COCO ECO MAGAZINE | November / December 2011 www.cocoecomag.com


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ECO EMMY’S

WRITTEN by: Vicki Godal PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED by: As

Noted

The 5th annual Eco Emmys celebrated charity with goodwill in old Hollywood style at the art nouveaux mansion of legendary silent screen actress Mary Pickford. Showcasing eco-luxury lifestyle brands as Music Saves Lives performed to promote American Red Cross’ blood drives, “ECO Emmys Celebrity Chateau 2011”’ charities included Athena’s Cup, Fur Fitness Foundation, LA Animal Alliance and Yes! Best Liver Tumors. Mercedes Benz 2011 s400 hybrid test drives welcomed guests who grabbed eco swag bags in the Eco-Chic Style Lounge, as the USA Women’s Surf Team mingled in recycled plastic bottle bikinis by Odina Surfwear.

The message of hope from the Yes! Best Liver Tumors co-founder and friends

The eco bling guest swag included Green Suite Gift Bags,Targus backpacks and laptop cases, Nix Shoes and Sonas Denim.** DURKIN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP www.durkinentertainmentgroup.com

Author Pam Schmid at the 2011 EcoEmmys at the Mary Pickford Mansion

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Gown, LLOYD KLEIN www.lloydklein.com Rings, MARGARET ROWE www.margaretrowe.com Earrings, VINTAGE FROM DECADES MELROSE www.decadesinc.com Heels, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI www.giuseppezanottidesign.com

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Gown, DOUGLAS HANNANT www.douglashannant.com Earrings & Bracelet, MARGARET ROWE www.margaretrowe.com Rings, VINTAGE FROM DECADES MELROSE www.decadesinc.com Heels, RENE CAOVILLA www.renecaovilla.com

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Gown, LLOYD KLEIN www.lloydklein.com Earrings & Bracelet, MARGARET ROWE www.margaretrowe.com Heels, ANDREW KAYLA www.andrewkayla.com

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