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LETTER TO YOU At the start of the year when forecasting the magazine’s content for 2013, BE LIKE WATER was born as the summer issue that would highlight some of the critical water issues facing our planet. It was also an irreverent nod to Bruce Lee and one of my favorite quotes eloquently surmised in the words, “Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend,” and my personal desire to learn to go with the flow a little more. Little did I know some of the life changes that were upon me this year, and the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual agility I was capable of. At times during the last few months, I have had to remind myself to “be water,” and have found myself wondering if life is in fact imitating art? As usual, this is a very special issue. They all are, but with each one comes its own unique journey from conception to delivery. BE LIKE WATER sees a rush of new and brilliant talent bringing their voices to COCO ECO, and we welcome amazing writers and artists from all over the globe including Sao Paolo, Milan, San Francisco and London. In addition, we are thrilled to welcome two incredible Celebrity Editors; amazing and brilliant women whom are both on exciting life journeys. Lovely past cover girl, Nia Peeples graces our pages with her inspiring LIKE WATER FOR LIFE article, and our gorgeous cover girl, Ashlan Gorse shares her account of diving with Great Whites, IN THE EYE OF THE BEAST.

Malibu at the stunning LEED Certified home of Shalane and James Respondek. It was an effortless and happy shoot, with a great crew and an awesome cover girl who was game for pretty much anything. Ashlan is the perfect face for a water issue with her current concern about sharks, and impending nuptials to Philippe Cousteau. I am thrilled with the results, shot beautifully by Russell Baer. In Fashion, we celebrate a quintessential day at the beach in CALIFORNIA DREAMING, as shot by talented photographer, Jen Rosenstein. Beauty gets sultry with ISLAND NIGHTS, and travel takes us on an eco chic tour of Marrakech, and to a retreat in the Algarve, Portugal. We’re also thrilled to feature Jason Mraz, Philippe Cousteau and Rob Machodo amongst others, in MEN WE LOVE. These guys are all engaged in fighting for a better world, passionately crusading on their own water campaigns. We hope you enjoy this issue, and have an amazing summer. In the words of the late, great Bruce Lee, and however it occurs for you . . . BE LIKE WATER! Anna.

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Next Gen Editor

Passionate about healthy non-toxic products that really work and a beautiful lifestyle, Brandie is on a mission to dispel the myth that natural and organic is only for granola eating tree huggers through her popular blog—Organic Beauty Talk. She is part of Lucky Magazine’s favorite bloggers in their Lucky Style Collective and her work has been published in Organic Spa Magazine, and D Magazine’s ShopTalk. An accomplished academic, Brandie believes that knowledge is power and power is the opportunity to influence and inspire. @OrganicBeautyTk 

Bruce Grayson was born and raised in LA, exposed to the art of make up at an early age by his father, Hollywood make-up artist, Dave Grayson. Growing up on movie sets, Bruce watched his father work with movie stars John Wayne, Michael Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Rita Hayworth and Bruce Willis. An Emmy nominated Make-up Artist, his celebrity and editorial work has been seen in many magazines including Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar and Vogue, and he is in charge of the make up departments for the Emmy Awards, the Grammys and the Academy Awards television broadcasts. He has also run make up teams for the Democratic National Convention, and worked for President Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton during both terms in the White House, as well as President Barack Obama.

Growing up in Scandinavia watching his mom applying her makeup and seeing the transformations, Simon quickly realized what his calling was. For 18 years Simon’s career has taken him all over the Globe, living and working in New York, Milan, Toronto, Copenhagen and now sunny Los Angeles. Clients include: Armani Exchange, Reebok, Max Mara, BlueMarine, Bazaar, The Backstreet Boys and more. As an artist it is important for me to keep learning and growing in my field. “Inspiration is all around me, in everything.”

Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder of Teens Turning Green promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. An award-winning ecopreneur, international orator, and media personality, Erin just graduated from New York University. This social innovator and vocal activist is on a lifelong journey to inspire her peers to take action and make the world a more sustainable and just place for future generations.




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Celebrity photographer Russell Baer has photographed the worlds most recognizable faces for the past several years. His photographs have graced the pages of most every magazine on newsstands today. This month’s shoot of Ashlan Gorse Siren of the Sea marks his 7th cover with Coco Eco. Russell appears regularly on television with his behind the scenes photo shoots, and was just  recently honored with the Certificate of Commendation from the United States Congress, for his works in Africa and Mozambique.

Jen Rosenstein is a photographer born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Her work is driven to help and educate people. Her work has ranged from photographing the Transgender Community, documenting the BP Oil Spill to shooting Ad Campaigns and photographing Jason Mraz and his life. She LOVES her cat so much, she named her new apparel line after her, The Esther Shop (

Spending most of his early life playing sports in Ventura County, and accruing many awards for athleticism including a national title for beach volleyball, Jonathan was also influenced by art since his father was a sculptor and potter. It wasn’t however until his father passed away suddenly in 2006, that Jonathan decided to tap into his own artistic abilities. In 2008, Jonathan enrolled in the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, California. By graduation, he was awarded the “Premiere Student Award” for his class. In 2011 he was also awarded “Los Angeles Hair Stylist of the Year from RAW Artists.” Jonathan says his style is ever-changing. “Some days soft and natural, and other days hard and edgy.”

Adriano Vanni lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. Work’s as a graphic designer, photo assistant and is a freelance at camera crews for the movie industry. Adriano worked at Brazilian Art magazine SELECT and had his first photo exhibithion at Brazilial photography gallery FAUNA GALERIA in 2011. His personall works are shot with an analogic medium format camera exploring intermezzo moments of time.





MINERAL FUSION EYE SHADOW TRIO STUNNING A color coordinated trio of richly pigmented, crease-free and blendable shades that can be applied effortlessly to the eyes. Formulated with Pomegranate, Sea Kelp, Green Tea and Vitamins C & E protect the skin from free radicals, while Aloe Vera soothes and calms skin. $24.99, MIDORI, IMAGINARY LINES, SAMOA 100% American-made and handcrafted in LA, MIDORI Handbags are hand screenprinted with water-based, eco-friendly paints and embellished with MIDORI luxury ribbon, designed to highlight each bag’s unique personality and graphic global-inspired print The quintessential beach tote. $193,

SOLO EYEWEAR, NOLIAWOODS Made exclusively for those who love life, the creamcoloured, Rayban-inspired Noliawoods, are hand-crafted with recycled bamboo templates, and proceeds from each pair sold fund eye-care for people in need. $89,


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RMS, SPF 30 BODY LOTION With the seductive scent of Vanilla Coconut, Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s new sunscreen collection is paraben synthetic and artificial ingredient free, utilizing the power of Zinc Oxide for broad spectrum protection. $22,

ELLOVI BUTTER: Made by hand with six ethically sourced sustainable ingredients from around the world, in Oakland, CA, Ellovi Butter is a luxurious and intensely hydrating all-over body moisturizer. Raw pressed macadamia nuts, hemp seed, marula, shea butter, coconut, organic non-gmo corn starch, and vegan certified. $26,

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NUDIST COLORBALM, NO 7 The love child of a lip stick and a lip balm, The Nudist gives lips a subtle boost of color and shine plus penetrating, nourishing hydration. Rich in organic omega oils and aloe, this luxury lip treat leaves stressed lips soothed, supple and protected. $19.50,

ISOLA, SEA SALT BODY SCRUB Capturing the essence of Jamaica’s nature in a jar, salt combined with Grape Seed Oil, Coconut Oil Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E, create a perfect blend that exfoliates, replenishes and nourishes. Paraben, Sulfate, Synthetic Dye, Petrochemical and GMO free, with a delicious scent of Coconut Grapefruit. $30,

RAVEN+LILY, SILVERLAKE CANDLE A scented hand-poured soy candle, infused with tropical scents of mango and grapefruit. Made in LA in partnership with the Los Angeles Downtown Women’s Center, providing job skills to previously homeless women.  All proceeds benefitting DWC. $22,

CITY LASH Increasing your lash line by up to 72% with no side effects, using clinically proven ingredients and the newest lash treatment technology, City Lash is safe, fragrance prostaglandin and paraben free, and not tested on animals. $79,

SPRAY DI SOLE, GRADUAL TAN This lightweight, Aloe-Vera based, gradual tan lotion delivers a healthy-looking color for a long-lasting, natural tan. Organic, vegan and streak-free. A perfect tan without a minute in the sun. $35,





PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jen Rosenstein ASSISTED BY Dani Kelly WATER PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jason Landis ASSISTED BY Jonah Landis ART DIRECTION BY Boom Nuanual STYLED BY Sarah Griffin Berns & Patricia Trinida D MAKE UP BY Simon Rihana at One Represents, LA HAIR BY JONATHAN MASON at artists by Timothy Priano, LA MODELS: Boom & Kevin B at Vision LA; Ariel & Carleen at Wilhelmina LA VESPAS PROVIDED BY Newport Italian Vespa Aprilia & Moto Guzzi, SHOT ON LOCATION IN MALIBU, CA.

Boom Tee: Kill City Jeans: Agave Shoes: The People’s Movement Watch: Sprout Sunglasses: SOLO Bracelets: Nissa Headphones: Marley Freedom Collection Ariel Bikini Top: O’Neill Shirt: Burning Torch Pants: Gypsy 05 Shoes: The People’s Movement Bracelets: Vanessa Mooney Cuff: Nissa Earrings: Hovey Lee


Kevin Tee: Kill City

Ariel Bikini Top: O’Neill Shirt: Burning Torch Pants: Gypsy 05 Shoes: The People’s Movement Bracelets: Vanessa Mooney Cuff: Nissa Earrings: Hovey Lee


Kevin Tee: Kill City Jeans: Kill City Shoes: The People’s Movement Watch: Sprout Sunglasses: SOLO Bracelets: Nissa Headphones: Marley Freedom Collection

Boom Tee: Kill City Jeans: Agave Shoes: The People’s Movement Watch: Sprout Sunglasses: SOLO Bracelets: Nissa Headphones: Marley Freedom Collection

Ariel Bikini Top: O’Neill Shirt: Burning Torch Pants: Gypsy 05 Shoes: The People’s Movement Bracelets: Vanessa Mooney Cuff: Nissa Earrings: Hovey Lee

Ariel Bikini Top: O’Neill Shirt: Burning Torch Pants: Gypsy 05 Shoes: The People’s Movement Bracelets: Vanessa Mooney Cuff: Nissa Earrings: Hovey Lee

COCO ECO | FASHION Ariel Top: Burning Torch Shorts: Standards + Practices Sunglasses: Zeal Cuff: Nissa Bracelets: Vanessa Mooney Earrings: Hovey Lee Necklaces: Viento, Vanessa Mooney Kevin Jacket: Jacob Holston Jeans: Sonas Denim Watch: Sprout Sunglasses: SOLO Bag: Marley Freedom Collection

Carlynn Top: Gypsy 05 Jeans: Standards + Practices Necklace: Vanessa Mooney Cuff: Nissa Hat: The Esther Shop Watch: Sprout Ring: Vanessa Mooney Boom Tee: The Esther Shop Jeans: Sonas Denim Watch: Sprout Sunglasses: Zeal Bracelets: Nissa

Boom Tee: The Esther Shop Jeans: Sonas Denim Watch: Sprout Sunglasses: Zeal Bracelets: Nissa


Kevin Boardshorts: O’Neill Watch: Sprout

Ariel Bikini: O’Neill Sweater: O’Neill

COCO ECO | FASHION Carlynn Bikini: Vitamin A Top: Gypsy 05 Boom Boardshorts: O’Neill Watch: Sprout Ariel Bikini: Vitamin A Jacket: Burning Torch Kevin Boardshorts: O’Neill Watch: Sprout

Boom Boardshorts: O’Neill Necklace: Model’s Own


Carlynn Bikini: Vitamin A Top: Gypsy 05


Boom Boardshorts: O’Neill Watch: Sprout


Boom Boardshorts: O’Neill Watch: Sprout


Ariel Bikini: Vitamin A Jacket: Burning Torch

Carlynn Top: Heidi Merrick Earrings: Hovey Lee


Kevin Sweater: Jacob Holston Jeans: Kill City Watch: Sprout Sunglasses: Zeal Bottle: SIGG Carlynn Top: Heidi Merrick Earrings: Hovey Lee Rings: Nashelle, Nissa Ariel Dress: Burning Torch Boom Jeans: Kill City Shoes: Timberland Bottle: SIGG


Boom Jeans: Kill City Necklace: Model’s Own Watch: Sprout


ANCHORS AWAY SPLIT TEE Ultra light, super soft and amazingly comfortable, this organic cotton tee is great for the beach, yoga or just lounging around. It’s made in California from 100% organic GOTS-certified GMO-free cotton grown in India, and dyed with low-impact, chemical-free dyes that require less water. Purakai makes eco-friendly clothing that help heal and protect the oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams, and was founded by a father (a lifelong surfer, spearfisherman and freediver who taught his children to love and respect the sea) and daughter. $28,

ARJUNA DELUXE TRAVEL HOODIE A “protective fashion company,” Arjuana makes pieces that “guard against the challenges of 21st century travel and urban living.” The founding collection is based on silver, which has antibacterial properties, helps guard against radiation from cell phones and such, regulate body temperature and improve circulation, and has long been used for protection, adornment and healing. The Deluxe Travel Hoodie is “the ultimate guard for your health, privacy and beauty, it shields you from germs, radiation, micro-climate changes, nosey neighbors and more!” It also happens to look really cool, no matter if you’re traveling or staying put. $600,

MARIE VERONIQUE ORGANICS PACIFIC TOPICAL MARINE TREATMENT I’m definitely not a beauty junkie, quite the opposite — few things bore me so much as shopping for products. This is why it makes me so happy to find something that actually works. Made with all natural marine ingredients (some of them patented), Marie Veronique Organics’ Pacific Topical Marine Treatment helps repair and renew your skin, from the inside out. It helps reverse the skin’s aging process, giving you youngerlooking, healthier skin in just three months. $375,

BIRDPROJECT SOAP As you use this lovely soap the black outer layer is washed away to eventually reveal a while ceramic bird handmade from Louisiana clay — serving as both a symbol or recovery and potent reminder of all the sea creatures affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (and other disasters like it). BirdProject soaps are made by a third-generation New Orlans soapmaker, using natural, locally sourced ingredients. Half the proceeds are are donated to non-profits that help clean up the gulf and care for affected animals. $24,


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UNSTITCHED UTILITIES COSMO LOW NAVY A good pair of sneakers are a must, especially in the summer. The Unpressed Collection by Unstitched Utilities are made from Tyvek, which makes them super lightweight and strong, but also casual and comfortable. The tyvek is made with recycled material, which gives the shoes a cool, distressed appearance. Since they contain no animal products, they’re also 100% vegan. $75, &

UNITED BY BLUE WAVES NOTEBOOK I like to always carry an old-fashioned notebook around (the notes app is just not the same) for drawing, jotting down ideas or remembering interesting things I come across. This note book by United By Blue is made from 100% recycled (unlined) paper with hand-sewn binding. By purchasing it you help UBB remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways around the world. $6,

IXIL MATEA WEEKENDER BY MERCADO GLOBAL No matter how many cute clutches I have, the big bags are the ones that always get used the most. The mix of ocean blue rope dye pattern and brocade fabric on the Ixil Matea Weekender by Mercado Global is unexpected, yet makes total sense. It’s hand woven by indigenous women in a community for returned refugees in Guatemala, enabling the artisans to overcome poverty and oppression. $298,

NATURALLY DYED SILK PYTHON PRINT PANTS BY THE L.O.V. PROJECT The L.O.V. Project philosophy focuses on being close to nature. I just want to live in these python print tie dye pants all summer long. The fabric is naturally dyed with a process that includes organic and natural resources like eucalyptus, mulberry leaves, lemon grass and pine cones. Each pair is handmade (in the US) and one of a kind. $184, &




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BOTTLETOP AUTHOR: Gary Kingsnorth PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Courtesy of Bottletop

Launched in 2002 by Cameron Saul and his father Saul, who founded the British luxury brand Mulberry. Bottletop celebrated a ten-year anniversary with an amazing event at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London. The Full Circle event and exhibition came together to celebrate ar t, music and fashion in order to raise money for the Bottletop Foundation, and disadvantaged children from all over the world. The exhibition was celebrated with ar twork by Hollywood A-lister James Franco, British ar tist Isaac Julien and Director of Victoria Miro, Glenn Scott Wright, with the opening night attended by Franco and British actress Tilda Swinton with her German-born ar tist boyfriend. Bottletop originally designed a unique bag for Mulberry, which was made with recycled bottletops from Kenya and lined with Mulberry leather. The bag was a huge success for the brand that are renowned for their luxury bags worn

on the arms of A-listers across the globe, being featured in glossy magazines across the world and raising money for education projects across Africa in the process. Bottletops’ Oliver Wayman, soon discovered a chain mail bag with a distinctly 1970’s Paco Rabanne look in Brazil, inspiring him to create a purse using recycled aluminum ring pulls. The best selling ‘Bellani’ was born, generating fur ther coverage for the developing label. The Bottletop Fashion Foundation was created in 2012, with Cameron Saul and Oliver Wayman funding the operation by raising money through contemporary ar t and music projects. In doing so they suppor t over 35,000 people each year in education projects in Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Kenya, Brazil and the UK. The Autumn/Winter 2013 accessories collection is taking the brand from strength to strength, consisting of the Leather Line, Silver Line and Enamel Line. The Leather Line delivers a stunning collection that combines beautiful natural leather from Bahia with hand-painted aluminum ring-pulls, and showcases new styles including “Daniella” and ‘”Juliana.”



TATIANA $500.00

RIO $600.00

ANJA $300.00

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RIO ENAMEL $600.00

Bottletop’s Enamel Line offers a contemporary edge, made from hand-painted pull-tabs in winter hues. The popular “Rio,” “Carolina,” “Tatiana” and “Anja” tassel bags are Limited Edition, enabling a team of dedicated female ar tisans to focus on the innovative craftsmanship and production in a safe and secure environment. This ensures the quality is second to none, and with experience working at Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Loewe, these guys know about quality. Combining this fashion pedigree with social cause and raising money for wor thy causes, the bags have been a success with Fashion Editors and A-listers alike, including Jessica Alba, Kate Moss, Livia Fir th, Jessie J and most recently the Queen of fashion, Anna Wintour. All bags are created and produced at their Atelier in Salvador, Brazil, with all profits going to the Bottletop Foundation. The Foundation fuses music, ar t and fashion to generate publicity and funding for teenage pregnancy issues, HIV and Aids, drug abuse and education, globally. Now that’s what I call fashionable!



SONAS DENIM, THE BROADWAY SKINNY Inspired by global music festivals and the quintessential pair of patchwork jeans, each pair is hand-made in San Francisco using over 50 different pieces reclaimed pieces of denim, and 10% of profits supporting animal welfare. Now that’s rock n’ roll. $198,

FROCK LA, SAMANTHA 100% Eco-friendly, organic, chic, and made in LA, Frock LA has created a beautiful and luxurious collection. With no attention to detail spared both esthetically and ethically, the Samantha is the perfect cocktail dress for sunset drinks, from Bali to Barcelona. $75,

POPMOLLY, BACK IT UP BLACK A modern twist on an old classic, accessories label Popmolly reinvents recycled rubber as a fashion choice, with their bold line of Candy Bags. Edgy, eco-friendly and playful. $95,


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HOVEY LEE, REEF A gorgeous statement piece guaranteed to turn heads, and inspired by the random geometry and inherent beauty of nature. Made of gold-plated, reclaimed brass, the Reef earrings are both sustainable and stunning. $88,

SPROUT WATCHES, CRYSTAL COLLECTION As one of the first companies chosen by Swarovski to feature their new panted lead-free formula in all crystals, this Sprout beauty is as sustainable as it is sexy. Made from biodegradable corn resin, natural mother of pearl, and with a mercury-free battery, this watch will have you naturally on time and on trend, all season long. $75,

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DOGEARED CHARMED, OM NECKLACE As Dogeared says, “A little charm will take you anywhere,” and this gold-dipped charm hand-cast in recycled sterling, is no exception to that rule. $92,

VITAMIN A SWIM, Vitamin A delivers chic, sleek “Green Bikinis”, using fiber made of reclaimed waste diverted from landfills. The Siren wrap top and Cosmo cinch back bottom in Masai are made of eco-luxe matte jersey. Sultry and sustainable for summer.

THE PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT, JADE Creating eco-conscious footwear and accessories, The People’s Movement stand for the fight against single-use plastics, donating 5% of profits to 5 Gyres. The couture-inspired Jade is an audacious shoe on a serious mission. $99.95,




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Throughout history, the ocean has played an important role as a major source of sustenance for many peoples around the world, and has also been used for transport to further commerce and growth.

Fashion is often accused of being all about the surface, ignoring what lies beneath. The same thing can be said for our oceans and waterways. What we see when admiring a gorgeous sunset over the Pacific Ocean or enjoy a cup of morning coffee by a crystal clear lake is, literally, only the surface. About 70% of the earth’s surface is water, and the deepest point in the ocean (the Mariana Trench) is taller

“Yet for all of our reliance on the ocean,” the NOAA states, “95 percent of this realm remains unexplored, unseen by human eyes.”

than the highest mountain. There’s a lot going on beneath that surface. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “the ocean is the lifeblood of Earth, driving weather, regulating temperature, and ultimately supporting all living organisms.” Throughout history, the ocean has played an important role as a major source of sustenance for many peoples around the world, and has also been used for transport to further commerce and growth. “Yet for all of our reliance on the ocean,” the NOAA states, “95 percent of this realm remains unexplored, unseen by human eyes.” We actually know very little about what goes on in those deep waters, which should give us even more reason to protect them. Fashion has not been kind to

There are fashion brands working toward making a difference in this area, through everything from material innovation to organized beach cleanups. our oceans, causing pollution directly through dyes and chemicals, and indirectly through factories and energy-intensive transportation. Then there’s also the story about that lost shipment of sneakers floating around in the Pacific Garbage gyre. The good news is that there are fashion brands working toward making a difference in this area, through everything from material innovation to organized beach cleanups.



UNITED BY BLUE The brand’s founder, Brian Linton, always had a strong bond to the ocean and its dwellers. In 2006, he decided to turn this passion into a business and started a company that sold a line of sustainably made jewelry and donated a percentage of profits to ocean conservation initiatives. He quickly grew frustrated, however, at not being able to see the results of these efforts first-hand and be sure that these donations were actually making a difference. So, in 2010, he started United By Blue (UBB), and decided to make hands-on-action an important part of the company’s mission. For every product sold, UBB will remove one pound of trash from our oceans and waterways. To do this, the company does not rely on third-party NGOs, opting to organize their own beach cleanups instead. “Not only does the UBB business model enable us to be the catalyst for real conservation efforts,” the company states, “it also allows us to develop a fun, engaging, and communityfocused brand. Our cleanups are the bedrock of our company,


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and allow us to engage with thousands of volunteers and inspire participation in the blue movement.” UBB’s designs are inspired by Linton’s own explorations growing up abroad and by that moment of discovering something forgotten. The nautical color scheme calls to mind weathered buildings in harbor towns, and secret hideaway spots, in places near or far. Many of the brand’s (organic, of course) tees feature subtle messages to be worn proudly in support of the cause. UBB is a Certified B-Corporation and recently introduced a product recycling program that allows customers to send their worn merchandise back and get money back. The actual dollar amount that you would get when sending something back is (cleverly) printed somewhere on the piece. The name — United By Blue — alludes to the fact that we are all somehow united by the world’s oceans, whether we realize it or not. This fact makes it all the more important to rediscover and restore this valuable resource, necessary to sustain life on earth.

ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN Based in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, Eco Swim by Aqua Green is a 4th generation family company with a strong community-focus. Although the company has grown significantly, selling internationally, they still design, fit, source, cut and sew right in Philadelphia. About five years ago, an internal green team was formed, initiating changes focused on innovation, well-being and sustainability. Some of these initiatives included simple changes such as a corporate ban on purchases of styrofoam, recycling of all paper, plastics, light bulbs and color cartridges. More complicated efforts include sustainable fabric initiatives with long term fabric suppliers. “When our great grandfather started this company 72 years ago, the oceans and beaches were cleaner places,” say Samantha and Alex, the current owners. “Four generations later, in a world with polluted water and dirty beaches, Eco Swim by Aqua Green is answering a call to restore our oceans’ health. By making our swimsuits in the US and using fabrics made from recycled materials, we are reducing our carbon footprint in the sand so that our beaches can be enjoyed by the next four generations.” Eco Swim uses a brand of fabrics called Repreve, made from 100% recycled materials such as PET and nylon. Using these recycled synthetic fibers helps keep plastics that would otherwise have been discarded out of landfills and oceans. It also helps conserve precious natural resources, as well as on manufacturing and shipping. By making their swimwear in the US and sourcing locally, the company says that they save over 96% fossil fuel. Since the collection launched in 2012, Eco Swim and the brand’s nationwide retailers have removed four tons of trash from our oceans and waterways through the incredible volunteerism and responsible corporate partnerships with our retailers. The company is a member of The Oceanic Society, a nonprofit conservation organization that works toward protecting

endangered wildlife and preserving threatened marine habitats worldwide. Eco Swim has also partnered with United By Blue (see above) to host several cleanups and remove over 3,000 pounds of trash from oceans and waterways. Eco Swim demonstrates a strong commitment toward material innovation, trying out the newest sustainable fibers and bringing them to market quickly. Just this year, the brand incorporated two new sustainable fibers — made from coffee and corn — into their collection. “The absolute best thing about using these new fibers, including Repreve recycled plastic fibers,” the brand states, “is that as a manufacturer we would choose to use them anyway due to their excellent performance and benefits. Each time we choose a new, more sustainable fabric, we make sure the quality is equal to if not better than conventional swimwear fabrics. The next best thing about using corn and coffee fibers is that they come from renewable sources. We work with our supply chain to make sure that not only their end use but whole supply chain is done in a more earth friendly manner.” Eco Swim’s collection ranges from sexy and cute to sporty and practical, ensuring there is something that suits everyone’s taste. What all the pieces have in common is that they will make you feel great about looking great on the beach — something every ecofashionista will appreciate.



An exotic vacation, a remote locale, the hot, sandy beach, the hotter nights‌it’s summer. With the heat lingering in the air well into the night and no shortage of dance floors and city streets to explore, beauty needs to hold up and stand out. Perfectly bronzed skin is in, with pops of color and a glow that will turn heads.

Author and Director: Leilah Mundt Makeup: Amy Clarke Hair: Heidi Garrett Photography: Ed McGowan Model: Valyn Dobson


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bermuda BLUES

Vibrant blue shimmer evokes the natural beauty of the surrounding water while a pop of sunny mango demands attention.

ORGANIC GLAM EYESHADOW SHIMMER BLUE Nothing says tropical better than smoky, azure eyes. This shimmer shadow is all you need to wow on the dance floor. $36.95

ROOTS ROSE RADISH GRAPEFRUIT AND YLANG YLANG FRAGRANCE This bright, fun fragrance finds its home in a gorgeous shell trinket, perfect for throwing in a clutch for midnight applications. $65

SPRAY DI SOLE LIQUID BRONZERWho says a self-tanner is the only way to faux tan! This liquid bronzer gives the appearance of a vacationed complexion, but washes off with gentle cleansing. $40


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RARE ELEMENTS MARULA COCKTAIL The first of its kind without any silicon, this cocktail of nourishing oils and rich moisturizers softens and sleeks hair. Spritz before styling for gorgeous, natural locks. $33




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golden GLOW

Radiate the day’s sun all night long with bold orangey- gold and perfectly wild locks.

MALIBU C SCALP WELLNESS KIT This revolutionary kit includes a scalp treatment that keeps skin fresh. Make sure to use it weekly throughout the summer to keep buildup away. $32

ORGANIC GLAM ORANGE BLOSSOM FRAGRANCE The ultimate decadence, a stunning fragrance with the light scent of orange blossom is summery and seductive. $269 organicglam STRANGE INVISIBLE LEMON AND NEROLI BODY LOTION Skin that has been sunned needs hydration that lasts. This is a super high quality one with a gorgeous citrus scent. $60

ILIA LIPSTICK CRAYON COME UNDONE Amazingly matte without drying, this crayon can be tucked in a purse or pocket for super-natural lips $24



hot,hot HEAT

Edgy liner and glossy lips are a classic club combo. Smoke out shadow to turn up the heat.

WELL PEOPLE PAGANIST LIP GLOSS #2 This yummy formula refreshes and nourishes lips, while adding a flattering glow. $21.50

ECO BROW BY MARCO OCHOA BROW COLOR IN LIZ The only brow product you will ever want to use, this tiny pot contains a phenomenal gel that defines brows and doesn’t fade. $24

STRANGE INVISIBLE PRIMA BALLERINA An intoxicating blend of rose, sage, lime and botanical musk, this fragrance is a lovely summer choice. $150


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JOSIE MARAN ARGAN TINTED MOISTURIZER Keep skin glowing with the power of argan oil and Josie’s remarkably effective mineral pigments. $38


ROOTS RADISH ROSE, ROSE LIP BALM Just lovely, this supernatural, rose scented lip balm is always on hand to banish chapped lips dried by the summer heat. $22 SPRAY DI SOLE, SUN GELEE FOR FACE AND BODY Simply amazing- this self-tanner is completely odor-free and comes with a high quality kabuki brush for a perfect application every time. $40

HONORÉ DES PRÉS, LOVE COCONUT Intoxicating and exotic, the coconut milk, coriander, vanilla and cedar is such a fresh scent in the hot months. $98

VERSO SKINCARE, SUPER FACIAL SERUM 4 Love your retinol but hate hiding it away all summer? This serum, containing a proprietary Retinol 8, is safe for use in the sun and is proven to be gentle on the skin. $120

PREVISE, SUN SHEER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 25 Truly the only cosmetic you need all summer, this sunscreen is effective and natural, a combination not usually found in this category. I use it liberally everyday without worrying that I will break out! $36


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MAY LINDSTROM SKIN, THE YOUTH DEW A delicious blend of decadent oils and skin treatment extracts, including Coenzyme Q10, is my favorite daily moisturizer for keeping my skin glowing. $120

DR. ALKAITIS, ORGANIC EXFOLIATING ENZYME MASK When my skin starts to take on that midsummer dullness, I use this mask weekly to lighten and brighten my complexion. $55

KJAER-WEIS, MASCARA With a subtle scent of rose, this mascara is super long lasting. Added bonus- the all natural formula is available in a refill so I never have to toss the gorgeous tube out! $38



island beauty at Home WRITTEN BY: Brandie Gilliam of Organic Beauty Talk PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Kelsey Foster

For most of us, hearing the word “islands” evokes thoughts of a much-needed vacation, clear blue waters, palm trees, cabanas, tropical fruits and relaxation. (Just in writing this first sentence, I’m compelled to check travel deals to some exotic destination.) There is an unparalleled beauty that comes with looking out over a vast ocean or watching the rhythm and motion of the waves as they come to shore, roll back out and repeat their oceanic dance. The following DIY recipes are reminiscent of the islands and full of ingredients that are tropical, fresh, fruity and floral in nature. They will have your senses at the beach with the sand under your feet and your skin feeling refreshed and glowing. Even more, they’re easy to do (yes, even the non-DIYer can make them), filled with items that are easily accessible (you probably have most of them in your kitchen) and low in cost. No blenders, food processors, expensive gadgets, waste or exotic formulations that leave you feeling confused and overwhelmed. Effective beauty doesn’t always have to mean complexity. Many of the best things in life are uncomplicated. So put a brightly colored sarong on and let’s get ready to bring the beauty and simplicity of the islands home!





1/3 cup pure fine sea salt 1 tbsp organic extra virgin coconut oil 2 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil ½ organic lemon, ½ organic lime and ¼ organic orange

I tbsp organic raw honey ½ tsp organic shredded coconut flakes

Benefits: Sloughs off dead skin, leaving it smooth, moisturized and soft to the touch. Directions: Start by placing sea salt in a small glass bowl or wide mouth jar. Add coconut oil and olive oil and mix together until smooth. Add a few squeezes of fresh fruit for desired amount and stir. If you don’t have coconut oil around, use all olive oil and you can always swap a couple of drops of organic essential oils in place of the fresh fruit juice for larger batches to keep longer. FLORAL FACIAL STEAM 2 tbsp Mountain Rose Herbs Facial Steam (organic comfrey leaf, chamomile flowers, organic rose petals, organic calendula flowers and organic sweet orange essential oil) Benefits: Deep pore cleansing, restoration and skin vitality. Directions: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Place hot water in bowl and add herbal flowers. Allow herbal flowers to sit in water for a minute or two. Drape towel over your head and place clean face directly over facial steam bowl with eyes closed for about 10 minutes. Rinse face and apply scrub or mask. 66

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Benefits: Exfoliates, purifies and hydrates skin. Directions: Pour honey into a small bowl, add coconut flakes and stir. Gently apply to clean dry skin in circular motions as a scrub and then rinse. As a mask, leave on clean dry skin for 10-15 minutes and then rinse. You can also substitute the coconut flakes for organic corn meal. If you don’t have any organic raw honey nearby and don’t want to order it online then go for local pure raw honey. RASPBERRY-MINT COCONUT WATER MIST or ganic coconu t water or ganic r a spber r ies or ganic mint leaves B enef i t s: Refr eshes and hydr ates sk in. Dir ec tions: Fill half of a small mis t bot tle wi th coconu t water. Dr op in a couple of r a spber r ies and mint leaves . Depending on the wid th of the bot tle neck , you may have to slice r a spber r ies . Keep coconu t water mis t r efr iger ated and spr ay on face and neck a s needed . B ecause you ar e using fr esh fr ui t , i t will only keep for a few days so f ill your bot tle accor dingly or

jus t dr ink what you don’ t use . You can also subs ti tu te the coconu t water for pur if ied f il ter ed water or jus t go wi th the mint leaves . TIPS:

• For all ingredients, shop your local grocery store (Whole

Foods, Trader Joe’s, Central Market, Sprouts), health food store, farmer’s market or online at shops like or • Support businesses that are doing the right things. I’ve found that buying the store’s private label organic brand or shopping online provides great savings on all of the oils, honey and coconut flakes. • For jars and mist bottles, recycle empty containers from some of your favorite products that you’ve purchased and used. Remove the labels and make your own or simply leave them plain. • Don’t forget to have fun and play with the ingredients. The idea behind these recipes is to show you just how easy and inexpensive DIY beauty really can be.


COCO ECO | BEAUTY PREVISE- NUTRIFY 1&2 Perfect for balmy summer days, this facial serum is lightweight and highly nutritious. The rare and delicate Daisy Flower Extract brightens skin and fights free radicals, while Hyaluronic Acid hydrates skin without causing breakouts. $48


summer skin SUTI-PURITY ORGANIC MOISTURIZING BALM This soothing and moisturizing balm cocoons the skin with what feels like pure organic love. It is especially healing for those overly dry and exposed areas, like lips, hands and elbows. $41

FARMAESTHETICSHERBAL HYDRATION COMPLEX The perfect hydrating masque, I love pplying this after a long day in the sun. The cooling sensation and invigorating scent make this my go to treatment for summertime. $47


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MUN- NO.1 AKNARI NIGHTTIME DREAM YOUTH SERUM This serum not only banishes dry, dehydrated summer skin while you sleep, it actually sends you deeper into relaxation with intoxicating Morrocan Rose Oil. $95

URBAN REMEDY GREEN JUICE This delicious juice is refreshing and packed with good for you ingredients. Drink one every day to keep cells oxygenated and revitalize skin from the inside out. $7.99


EDITOR LOVES Let’s face it, summer sun can wreak havoc on skin. It’s essential to hydrate to maintain a healthy sun-kissed glow all season long. These delicious treats are my picks to keep your skin quenched and gorgeous throughout these sizzling summer days and warm summer nights.


ILA-BATH OIL FOR GLOWING RADIANCE This mini vacation in a bottle hydrates and softens skin as you soak. The combination of Divine Rose, Tuberose and Vetivert nurture and calm skin and nerves. $75

INTELLIGENT NUTRIENTSLIP DELIVERY NUTRITION This certified organic antioxidant-rich lip balm is my best weapon against dry summer lips. For added hydration, I apply a generous layer before bed and wake up with a perfectly smooth and kissable pout. $24

MAY LINDSTROM SKIN- THE GOOD STUFF RADIANCE OIL A must for sexy summer legs, this handmade, nourishing oil with Cacao and Ylang Ylang is so decadent, you may just be tempted to taste it. It envelops your skin in moisture and a subtle gold shimmer that will leave your body in a state of glowing bliss. $110 BEAUTY | 69



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It’s official- nail art is more than just a passing fad. Both women and men have embraced this unexpected trend as a form of expression and, let’s face it, pure fun. Many a blog and hash tag are dedicated to our adventures in nail design, and celebrities like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna inspire the masses with their rock-star interpretations from nail art company, Minx. Created by Dawn Lynch-Goodwin and Janice Jordan, who left their careers and spent years developing Minx, the line features hundreds of fashion forward designs professionally applied by heat and pressure. The brand launched in 2007 with a custom collection for the then relatively unknown Lady Gaga, and a red carpet appearance on the one and only Beyonce. Minx’s latest collection, “Sextet”, is a magic collaboration with makeup artist, Donald Simrock, who’s celebrity clientele reads like a Grammy after party and includes legends such as Lady Gaga, Pink, Nicki Minaj, Madonna and Brittany Spears. Donald brings a bold, rock star aesthetic to the already edgy products. Music Icon Shirley Manson commented, “What I love about Donald is that he understands beautiful things

are much more interesting when they are also unique. He brought this esthetic to work with his nail designs for Minx, which are definitely eye-catching and unusually gorgeous!” Donald is no stranger to the rock-fashion scene. His work began in the European and New York nightclubs, and has proven to be an aesthetic that is both special and in high demand. “I photographed the entire collection in the moment that I was inspired, and specifically with this project in mind,” confided Donald.  “I really wanted to start with Minx using photographs. I tried to offer an urban view to the more natural elements, and a colorful, artistic view to the more industrial styles. I have started off with a collection of six patterns… And I’m really excited to see where we go from here!!” So are we. For a Minx manicure, go to and look up a stylist near you.



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Each and every ingredient in the Antipodes line is subject to rigorous testing. The sustainably cultivated plant extracts not only have to be certified organic or genuinely natural, they must also be effective.

Antipodes, the name alone evokes an ancient curiosity. Translated, Antipodes means opposite place on earth. Founder, Elizabeth Barbalich, came up with the name as a nod to the Australian and New Zealand based ingredients. I had to dig a little deeper to find out what made this New Zealand based green beauty company an international success. In the land of organic and green beauty, Antipodes is a super-star. They have broken through the “glass ceiling” of the beauty industry, standing proudly on the shelves next to some of the biggest mainstream brands in the world. With product names like “Hallelujah,” “Resurrect,” and “Reincarnation,” Antipodes has elevated the everyday skincare regime to a cathartic experience. When applying a generous dose of Antipodes products, one might question how they could possibly be 100% natural, and certified organic. Antipodes’ elegant collection of cleansers, serums, and creams glide across the skin with ease, not to mention, they smell absolutely heavenly. The packaging is effortless, represented simply by chic glass bottles, aluminum tubes, and tins, all with their own poetic names. Not surprisingly, the ingredient deck for Antipodes is as rare as it is impressive. Manuka, totara, kowhai and mamaku black fern are native to New Zealand and offer a powerhouse of nutrients to the skin. Antipodes has sourced potent skin-enhancing ingredients from around the world, like the vibrant Himalayan goji berry, South America’s wrinkle-reducing jojoba, Australia’s deeply moisturizing macadamia nut oil, and China’s Reishi mushroom of immortality. Their standards are high when it comes to packaging these rare and special ingredients. They use zero parabens, synthetic fillers, petrochemicals, artificial dyes, fragrance, mineral oil, or genetically modified ingredients. They also have a strict policy against animal testing of any kind. Then there are the results, backed by science and in-vitro studies; these products pack a major anti-aging punch. Each and every ingredient in the Antipodes line is subject to rigorous testing. The sustainably cultivated plant extracts not only have to be certified organic or genuinely natural, they must also be effective. As a result of this commitment to science, several of Antipodes key products are scientifically shown to significantly promote the production of Type I collagen, Type III collagen, and elastin at a cellular level. With the promise of results-oriented, scientifically proven, sustainable beauty products, it’s easy to see why Antipodes has developed a cult following and received numerous awards. In a time when science and organic skincare seem to play for opposite teams, Antipodes is bridging the gap with organic products that work wonders created on the opposite side of the earth.



Sweater, C Z Falconer,; Tahitian pearl necklace, Andrea Gutierrez; Leather embellished cuff, Calleen Cordero,

ASHLAN GORSE: siren of the sea When I first met Ashlan in April, we immediately bonded. She’s very easy to connect with, bouncing in at 5ft 11,” all smile and larger than life energy. She’s one of those girls who despite her celebrity status, you can’t help feeling you’d want as a friend, and during our meeting we immediately united over the recent loss of our beloved dogs. Sharing memories over coffee, Ashlan’s genuine love of animals was apparent, and I knew this authentic girl from N. Carolina was passionate to help those in need.




“One of the things that grips me the most is that the ocean provides the main protein source for 1.2 billion people on this planet, so if the ocean ecosystem is messed up . . . people aren’t going to have food.” Whilst talking about the shoot, she discussed her exciting news with us; that she was to become the next Mrs. Philippe Cousteau. Effusively sharing how they met, the romantic proposal in Paris and future dreams together as a couple, I wondered if marrying into the legacy of a family such as the Cousteau’s might be a little daunting? But Ashlan, a downto-earth girl who exhibits an infectious zest for life’s great adventure, is of course taking it all in her stride. Having left her role as E! Entertainment’s Newsanchor, she is turning an exciting corner taking her away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood, on an incredible journey to exotic locales around the world, assisting endangered species as she goes. Her current concern is the decimation of the world’s shark population, which are being savagely caught and de-finned at an accelerated rate, to feed an increasing demand for shark fin soup. During our interview she shared her recent experience diving with Great Whites, and why education is crucial to re-address our perception of these extremely misunderstood pre-historic creatures.


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COCO ECO MAGAZINE: Ashlan, what made you want to come and shoot with us today? ASHLAN GORSE: Well the reason why I wanted to this photo shoot was because of you and your magazine, and what you do. Seriously, when you think about the ecoconscious initiative, a lot of times people get in their mind a certain vision of a person. You know, it’s like someone who looks like a hippie, who maybe shops at Whole Foods, wears bad deodorant . . . CEM: I call it the hairy armpit, sandal and Patchouli brigade, but it’s not like that anymore. AG: Yes. And I think that through magazines like yours and these great companies who are actually coming out with good luxury items that are also environmentally conscious, you can still be a fashionista. You can still wear good make-up and smelling lotions, and it’s good for you and for the Earth. I’m so excited that this is where the mission has taken itself, so that’s why I wanted to be involved with this. I always say I was a “light green” person before I met my fiancé, but him introducing me to things in the world I wasn’t aware of, has made me more of a conscious consumer. CEM: Well you can be conscious, and still have a great life and be fashionable. There are no compromises anymore. AG: My skin is healthier and my hair is healthier. I have a really cool eco-focused car that’s really fast. It’s a BMW. You can still do things the way you want to do, and make a difference. Philippe always says, “Everything you do makes a difference. It’s your decision what kind of difference that is.” It’s true. Everything we do has a good consequence or a bad consequence, so let’s pick the good consequences.

Long Vest, Mike Vensel,; Swimsuit, Vitamin A,;   Necklace, Charles Albert,;  Rings, Andrea Gutierrez,


Sweater, C Z Falconer,; Tahitian pearl necklace, Andre Gutierrez; Leather embellished cuff, Calleen Cordero,


Sweater, C Z Falconer,; Tahitian pearl necklace, Andrea Gutierrez; Leather embellished cuff, Calleen Cordero,

CEM: So let’s back up. Philippe? AG: Philippe Cousteau is my fiancé, and we’re getting married at the end of September, at a chateau right outside of Paris. We’re very excited about it because of his FrenchAmerican heritage, and he proposed to me in Paris so we thought why not? We’re keeping it small and intimate. I have to pinch myself. My fiancé is Prince Charming, and I always thought that wasn’t in existence but it is. He’s really smart, he’s fun, he’s tall, he’s hot, and he saves the world. That’s his job. I still can’t believe it, but he is the best man besides my Father, that I have ever met. CEM: Amazing. Were you daunted coming into a relationship with a man with that kind of legacy, when you were “light green?” Has he helped guide you as you learn more about what’s going on in the world? AG: I’ve always been a conscious person. I recycled, I adopted my dog and thought I was aware of the environment, but it wasn’t until Philippe and I started dating that I realized I wasn’t looking at everything I should be. One of the best things about Philippe is he doesn’t preach to people. He would just do certain things like look at my shampoo bottle, and ask me, “Do you know there are sulfates in your shampoo bottle?” And I didn’t know what a sulfate was. Things like that I didn’t think of. I thought I was doing something good by buying something in a recycled bottle without thinking about what was in the bottle. CEM: What are some of the projects Philippe’s involved with at his non-profit, Earth Echo, which have inspired you? AG: I love that his main goal is to educate children because the world is what it is, and they are adopting a legacy of this planet as it is with a lot of problems. We can’t really solve them. The nex t generation are the ones that have to solve it, and it’s made me think about how we need to educate children in a different way. He’s also opened my eyes to what is going on in the ocean. Ocean cer tif ication was something I had never really heard of until Philippe and I star ted talking and went diving together. One of the things that grips me the most is that the ocean provides the main protein source for 1.2 billion people on this planet, so if the ocean eco-system is messed up (which let’s be honest it is), and if it star ts to have these disastrous consequences of f isheries collapsing, people aren’t going to have food. There’s a big problem with overf ishing right now, and the water’s not clean. I think that people forget that even if they don’t care about

the environment or animals and only care about themselves, that’s f ine but think about not being able to feed our selves or drink clean water. Ever y thing is connected. CEM: I know that one of your latest concerns are sharks. AG: Yes. I always wanted to go Great White diving. I don’t know why but I’ve always thought it sounded amazing. When I met Philippe, he asked if I had ever gone scuba diving which I hadn’t, so I went and got certified and had this amazing underwater experience. Anyone who has never gone diving, you have to do it. It’s a whole different planet down there. So Philippe asked me what I wanted to do for my thirtieth birthday and I said I wanted to do a shark dive, and about a year and a half later, we finally got to go. I love animals, and what is the most feared animal on the planet? The Great White, but going down there with these magical creatures, they’re just beautiful and they’re huge! I’m a giant person and for me to feel like a miniscule blip swimming next to an 18ft Great White, was just absolutely breath-taking. CEM: They’re completely misunderstood. AG: Yes. We only had seven fatalities worldwide last year, by shark bite. More people get killed by vending machines falling on them, literally, than by sharks. So it was so interesting to see these “beasts” in their own world, and they are not beasts, and to think we kill 70-100 million sharks a year, really changed my respect for them and of the ocean. They are the apex predator and help keep the oceans healthy. Like I said before, 1.2 billion people depend on the ocean for food, so if we keep killing off these predators the whole eco-system will go out of whack, and people aren’t going to be able to eat. CEM: Tell us why so many are being killed. AG: One of the main reasons is that people are afraid of them, but another is shark finning. It’s a practice that is still legal although a lot of countries are trying to outlaw it. In Asian countries shark fin soup is still considered a delicacy, even though shark fins are actually made out of cartilage and have absolutely no taste. They flavor the soup with chicken broth! Sharks are dinosaurs. They are the oldest species. What can we learn from them?


Sweater, C Z Falconer,; Swimsuit, Deja Soleil,; Watch, Sprout, Earrings, Hovey Lee,;Â


“You can still wear good make-up and smelling lotions, and it’s good for you and for the Earth.”

CEM: What are some of the things you are doing about this? AG: It’s about education and teaching other cultures and the youth about the ocean. One of the reasons there has been this huge hunger for certain things that are endangered, is because China has never really had a middle-class and Shark Fin Soup was reserved for the wealthy. Now that there is a middle class, more people can afford it and want it. So it’s about educating them and the younger generation that this isn’t what we should be doing, and that we need to save not only these animals, but also save ourselves. CEM: Do you think there’s a tipping point happening? AG: Absolutely. I think there’s a tipping point happening with a lot of things. The pendulum can only go so far before it starts swinging back in the right direction. Education is key. CEM: We know Philippe is on CNN and you just left E!. Is there perhaps a potential “Ashlan & Philippe following-sharksaround-the-world” TV show in the making? AG: I hope so. Philippe and I have been kicking around the idea of doing a show together, and are getting ready to take it out there. We would travel and help save the world. Take people to cool places where they can have these great experiences. There are so many amazing things happening around the world, and I think people are missing out on them, but we want to make it cool and sexy. Use the medium of TV to shine a spotlight on something different. CEM: Before we let you go, is there anything else we should know about? AG: I think everyone out there, next time you go to the grocery store or to the mall, or to buy a new car, just take a moment to think about what you’re doing. If you’re buying an actual product, just flip it over to see if you can pronounce all the ingredients, and if you can’t maybe you shouldn’t do it. It had been a long but brilliant day, with an incredible crew and an amazing cover girl. Ashlan is a breath of fresh air and brings fun, laughter and a “Yeah, let’s do it!” energy to life. As she prepares to set sail on her next big voyage, I’m excited to see the trail she’ll blaze as the new Mrs Cousteau, on her own personal mission to save the world.


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Swimsuit, Deja Soleil, ; Necklace, Jared Jamin,;



like a tall glass of water‌ Empowering the next generation through surf, education, film, and music, we celebrate the efforts of these men for their purpose, passion, and message of water preservation in and out of the waves.

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JASON MRAZ “One simple but powerful action we can all take is eliminating our disposable water bottle usage. We’re challenging our fans to ask themselves ‘do I need to purchase a bottle of water or can I use a reusable bottle instead?’” Entertainer and environmentalist Jason Mraz is making a difference in the music industry through his inspiring lyrics and green efforts. He believes, “each and every one of us is responsible for leaving the planet in a better condition than how we found it.” Partnered with REVERB and Brita’s Filter For Good Music Project, Mraz’s tours provides free filtered water stations. “One simple but powerful action we can all take is eliminating our disposable water bottle usage. We’re challenging our fans to ask themselves ‘do I need to purchase a bottle of water or can I use a reusable bottle instead?’” said Mraz. The stations are featured in an Eco-Village at each arena, which also houses information on local environmental organizations for volunteer projects. A philanthropist, he created the Jason Mraz Foundation, which partners with great non-profits in education, equality, and environmental issues. Organizations like VH1’s Save the Music Foundation for arts education, True Colors Fund for LGBT rights, and Surfrider for sustaining our oceans and beaches. His foundation also works with Jesse Billauer’s Life Rolls on, because Mraz feels “Jesse’s story is so powerful and just goes to show how being hopeful and believing in yourself can give you the strength to take on anything that life throws at you.” Writing new music never ends for Mraz, and he will be touring over four continents throughout the rest of the year. His passion for the arts and planet inspire his fans, and they are assured he “won’t give up on us.” Photo: Jen Rosenstein

PHILIPPE COUSTEAU “The influence young people have on their parents exponentially increases the influence that they have on consumer behavior, on businesses. They influence their parents in politics and who they vote for. Young people drive change in society, and choices in society.”

In sharing a message that speaks to his well known family legacy, Philippe Cousteau reminds us that the planet has only a finite amount of natural resources and that of these, “our most precious resource isn’t gold, isn’t diamonds and it isn’t even oil; it’s water.” Through EarthEcho International, Cousteau empowers our youth to take action that restores and protects what his grandfather Jacques Cousteau once named as our water planet. As an explorer, social entrepreneur and environmental advocate, Philippe has a mission to help people find hope and recognize their own ability to create change. When asked about EarthEcho’s educational and leadership programs he responded that, “The influence young people have on their parents exponentially increases the influence that they have on consumer behavior, on businesses. They influence their parents in politics and who they vote for. Young people drive change in society, and choices in society.” Accordingly, EarthEcho provides educators with teaching aids that explore our oceans as well as best practices for preservation. Taking an enterprising approach, Philippe recently announced a partnership with AdvisorShares Investments to launch the Global Echo Exchange Traded Fund on the New York Stock Exchange and also the formation of Global Echo Foundation. He is co-founder of Azure Worldwide, a strategic environmental design, development and marketing company. Philippe is also a special correspondent for CNN International where he hosts documentaries and reports on environmental and humanitarian stories. “What we do with fresh water and the choices that we make as human beings are both part of the problem and part of the solution. How our governments act, how we act at home, how we begin to demand that our societies value water as the most precious resource that it is determines what kind of future that we build for ourselves, and for our children.” NYSE: GIVE

Photo: CNN



JESSE BILLAUER They Will Surf Again holds a special place in Billauer’s heart. He believes “surfing has given me the most out of anything in my life. Being able to share that with others has to be one of the best feelings in the world.” A hero on the surf and a hero on the surface, Jesse Billauer is a highly sought after motivational speaker. He is the founder of Life Rolls On (LRO), a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injuries through athletic activities that are viewed as impossible.

Photo: LifeRollsOn.Org

Billauer started surfing as a young child, and became a professional top-rated surf athlete in his teen years. Fearful a car accident at 16 would end his career, the following year his career ended his dream. While surfing, he was hit by a wave and crashed head first into a sand bar, leaving him paralyzed and diagnosed quadriplegic. Thankful for life and a second chance, he wanted “to give back to the spinal cord injury community and start a foundation that didn’t exist at the time.” He founded LRO, a division of the Christopher & Diane Reeves Foundation, which also raises spinal cord injury awareness. The feature activities include They Will Skate Again and They Will Snowboard Again. They Will Surf Again holds a special place in Billauer’s heart. He believes “surfing has given me the most out of anything in my life. Being able to share that with others has to be one of the best feelings in the world.” Now touring across the globe giving inspirational speeches, one of his messages is, “No matter how bad things may appear, happiness is a positive thought away.” LRO’s next fundraiser is October 12th, 2013 in Marina del Rey, a gala called “Night by the Ocean.” Get involved with LRO through sponsorship, donations, volunteering, or spreading the word. Billauer stands strong as a leader for the spinal cord injury community and for many who need to be reminded that despite obstacles and challenges, Life Rolls On.


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Photo: Hydration Nation

ROB MACHADO Machado is aiming to have about five schools each year be part of the program to encourage slow growth and evolution over time. One School. One Nation. One World. Organized by the Rob Machado Foundation and Hurley H20, the Hydration Nation program places water refill stations in high schools to reduce waste. The program also creates profit by the sale of reusable water bottles to support programs that provide high quality filters to those in developing countries lacking clean water. Led by prestigious pro surfer and humanitarian Rob Machado, the admirable hands-on effort educates and provides tangible solutions to mitigate water resource issues worldwide. “At the end of the day, if we can eliminate our dependence on single-use plastic bottles and change a life, then we will continue to find ways to expand and inspire others to do their part. We believe that if one in six people do not have access to clean water, the remaining five can help,” Machado explains. “The filters we use are the same ones my friend, Jon Rose at Waves for Water uses. They are fiber membrane and are super easy to work. No batteries, no electricity needed. If you can carve a hole in a bucket, you can save a life. I’ve used

them in Haiti, Indonesia and Nicaragua… Pretty amazing science really.” Relief efforts are organized in conjunction with Waves for Water and RMF. Machado is aiming to have about 5 schools each year be part of the program to encourage slow growth and evolution over time. This fluid approach reminds us of the trademark surf style for which he is so dearly known. Supporters can also donate to an existing mission, start their own mission, or just buy a few filters directly by visiting the Waves for Water website. The price is roughly $50 and can provide enough water for 100 people, lasting approximately 5 years or more if properly treated.



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SAM GEORGE Viewers take away from the film the appreciation of the Hawaiian story, personified by this remarkable man who represents the very best mana, or spirit, of his culture.

Water creates life and an inspirational milieu for writer and director Sam George. Surfing for over 30 years, and editor for Surfing and SURFER magazines, he finds stories in the waves and gives them a voice through film and cinema. A screenwriter and filmmaker for almost 10 years, his credits include Riding Giants, The Lost Wave, and a gang violence-focused documentary entitled Crips and Bloods: Made in America. His most recent work, Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, is the story of a legendary surfer who died while attempting to save the lives of his crew after their canoe, Hokule’a, capsized. George felt “the opportunity to tell the story of Aikau was a once-in-a-life time deal. “ He is also personally linked to Aikau as a surfer who waved goodbye from the waters in Waikiki the day the Hokule’a left for Tahiti and never returned. He hopes “viewers take away from the film the appreciation of the Hawaiian story, personified by this remarkable man who represents the very best mana, or spirit, of his culture.” Celebrated at Cannes and releasing in the U.S. soon, his film Hollywood Don’t Surf, is a documentary that explores 50 years of Hollywood making surf movies; featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Frankie Avalon. George’s successes will be forever celebrated in the heart he puts into his work. With pride in all his great life works, he believes “the thread binding one accomplishment to the other is unbroken; the ride has lasted that long. And it goes on.”


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Raised a cowboy in Arizona, Wystrach enjoyed the nomadic life of surfing and performing as a musician around the world before settling in Southern California to pursue a career in the arts and entertainment field, eventually appearing in notable television shows including Weeds and 90210.


Actor Mark Wystrach describes his work with The People’s Movement (MOVMT) as “the best thing I’ve ever done in my life”. The People’s Movement creates stylish, eco-conscious footwear and accessories while also standing by their mission to control the damaging effects of single use plastics. The company uses organic, eco-conscious materials and up-cycled plastic bags cleaned from Bali and California. Raised a cowboy in Arizona, Wystrach enjoyed the nomadic life of surfing and performing as a musician around the world before settling in Southern California to pursue a career in the arts and entertainment field, eventually appearing in notable television shows including Weeds and 90210. He has also cultivated a following for his indie folk music project, The Young Whiskey. By also working with MOVMT, Wystrach finds much satisfaction in creatively contributing to a company that stands on a cornerstone of ethic responsibility. “The idea behind the design and styling is that you would want to wear the shoes even if you didn’t know what they stood for. They are timeless, edgy and comfortable,” Wystrach points out. MOVMT was born from the desire to create wearable goods for friends that reflected a shared fervor for design, travel and the environment. The company’s founders were humbly driven by less work, more time to surf and being the positive change they wanted to see in the world. MOVMT partners with 5 Gyres, a non-profit that enables systematic reduction of plastics through oceanic research, collaboration and action. The group is dedicated to stopping plastic pollution and it’s toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment. A portion of the company’s profits are donated directly to the Plastic Pollution Coalition. “We believe the coolest, most rock ‘n’ roll thing is to be educated, actually give a shit and do something to make this a better planet,” says Wystrach with a smile.

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WRITTEN BY: Written By Nicole Landers with Yvonne Lee PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Sarah Lee

These women exemplify the need to create much needed change for how we deal with one of the biggest issues today, WATER. There is not enough space in this issue to describe all they are up to in the world. As the editor for Women We Admire I am grateful for their insight, knowledge and ways they are moving with velocity to create real transformation. Please join us in creating a WATER Revolution.



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Their mission is to inspire and educate young people to live consciously with themselves, each other, and the planet. Since marr ying award winning f ilmmaker and oceanographer James Cameron in 2001, Suzy wanted a school environment that would stimulate and inspire her children to learn from a modern curriculum with a focus on sustainability. Frustrated with the education system that she felt was failing her son, Suzy created her own school. Suzy recruited her sister, Rebecca, a childhood development exper t and MUSE was born. Their mission is to inspire and educate young people to live consciously with themselves, each other, and the planet. The Calabasas, California campus is one of the greenest schools in the nations. MUSE par tnered up with Ecovations and took on the Living Building Challenge (LBC)—the industr y’s highest standards in resource conser vation and human wellness to transform the proper ty into a sustainable haven. The teachers give students individualized attention, shaping their curriculum around their interests while meeting California standards. The teachers integrate science, technology, engineering, the ar ts and mathematics into creative learning oppor tunities through the lens of sustainability called Green STEAM. MUSE emphasizes the impor tance of oceanography to encourage children to take an interest in protecting the oceans. The school regularly brings marine biology exper ts to speak on plastic pollution and other harmful substances in the ocean. “ We teach the children about utilizing the natural ecological order of our environment.


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We are actively cultivating environmental stewards!” Rebecca says. Over the last few years, Global MUSE has formed a worldwide network of schools that share a single, unif ied mission to educate their students in a way that makes them conscious of their impact on the planet. Suzy & Rebecca are on a worldwide tour to clean up environment issues, health issues but our educational system. For more information or to get involved log on to


Access to clean water is becoming increasingly scarce, due to climate change and geopolitical interests. Our growing dependency on bottled water has led to the privatization of water sources—reducing water access in developing countries.

second 1500 plastic bottles end up as garbage. This plastic pollution has detrimental impacts on human health and climate change. Through her activism, Russo champions progress by raising awareness about these issues and advocating behavioral change. Her hopes are to eventually eradicate plastic waste through education and leadership. The change begins with you, learn more and get involved at

Social entrepreneur, business leader, and mother, Daniella Dimitrova Russo co-founded the Plastic Pollution Coalition to put plastic pollution on the forefront of the global, social, environmental, and political discourse. The PPC is a global alliance of people, organizations, and businesses collaborating to end plastic pollution and its toxic impact on Ear th and all its inhabitants. Access to clean water is becoming increasingly scarce, due to climate change and geopolitical interests. Our growing dependency on bottled water has led to the privatization of water sources— reducing water access in developing countries. The 2006 United Nations Human Development repor t stated that over a billion people have inadequate fresh drinking water. The repor t also concluded that slum-dwellers in Manila pay more for their water than people living in London. (http:// pdf ) Russo’s belief that access to water is a basic human right compelled her to speak out and take action. This fabricated need and demand for bottled water exacerbates all issues with water access-- availability, privatization, and depletion of natural resources. It pushes corporations toward the continued destruction of communities—a destructive and unsustainable model. The bottled water industry is unregulated and despite boasts of added electrolytes, bottled water is often tap water packaged in designer plastic. The effects of this plastic is eternal—the Ear th Policy Institute repor ts that every




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Organizations like Oceana, Reef Check, Heal the Bay, and the Blue Ocean Institute understand that lasting change must also come from individuals’ decisions and seek to spread their message one businesses and one person at a time. Peeples said it’s all about making the effort to integrate little steps and lifestyle changes. Nia Peeples is a force to be reckoned with—an accomplished actress, singer and songwriter as well as a mom, an avid surfer, environmental activist. Peeples and her filmmaker and prosurfer husband, Sam George collaborate with organizations such as Heal the Bay and Reef Check to raise awareness about the damaging effects of human activities on the ocean. Over-fishing, the increasing acidification of the ocean, dying coral reefs, dead sea zones where nothing can grow, the huge floating plastic gyre the size of Texas are all indicative of the current challenges we face. Peeples thinks these problems stem from individuals and the lifestyles they choose. “What kind of footprint are we leaving from using plastic bags and bottles, to eating threatened fish species, driving gas guzzling vehicles, and using weed control poison on our lawns as we watch drip down into our sewers and out to our oceans?” Peeples said. Organizations like Oceana, Reef Check, Heal the Bay, and the Blue Ocean Institute understand that lasting change must also come from individuals’ decisions and seek to spread their message one businesses and one person at a time. Peeples said it’s all about making the effort to integrate little steps and lifestyle changes. Peeples brings recyclable bags to the grocery store, recycle, use organic house cleaning products and eat organic, sustainable, responsibly-raised food is all part of her efforts to implement an eco-conscious lifestyle on a family level. Although individual choices are the key to change, Peeples’ beautiful life philosophy that everyone is an important thread in the life fabric, stresses the need for a united pledge to protect our planet. “Together, WE create change.” To learn more about Nia log on to;


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Anna Cummins has over a decade of experience in environmental non-profit work, marine conservation, coastal watershed management, and sustainability education. To top it all off, she is a new mom.  “I have an 11 month old girl, I wonder if in her lifetime water issues will become more pressing in the US?” Cummins wonders.  “She exemplifies why we do this work – for the next generation”. Since learning about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”—a massive area in the Pacific where swirling currents trap floating plastic waste in 2001, Cummins has been fascinated by plastic pollution. What struck me to my core was seeing first-hand how our plastic trash devastates marine wildlife,” said Cummins.  Cummins wanted others to witness what she had seen.  In 2009, Cummins and her husband Marcus Erikson launched the 5 Gyres Institute geared to eliminate plastic pollution from oceans and watersheds. 5 Gyres brings people out on expeditions to do research so they can personally learn about the issues. Cummins said it’s especially gratifying and to see these people speak about their experiences in their communities. Cummins and her husband are also involved in projects to educate policymakers and working with companies to shift to sustainable practices. Cummins also made a disturbing discovery about the impact of

Cummins and her husband are also involved in projects to educate policymakers and working with companies to shift to sustainable practices. Cummins also made a disturbing discovery about the impact of plastic pollution on health. plastic pollution on health. Cummins tested her blood samples and found trace levels of four toxic pollutants—PCBs and DDT, chemicals known to stick to plastic in the ocean, in her system. When we consume fish that have eaten plastic laden with contaminants, they may be traveling up the food chains into our bodies. Mothers can transmit these toxins through breastfeeding and childbirth. 5 Gyres will soon be inviting people to join their 2014 expeditions across the North Atlantic Gyre. To get involved or learn more go to 




Imagine finding your passion at a young age and through hard work, making a career out of it? Pursuing her interest of oceanography, Washington worked toward becoming a marine biologist. To spread her love of the ocean and all of its inhabitants, Washington sponsors art and media projects to reach out to children. After winning the ROXY Follow Your Heart Tour in 2008, Washington and her mother founded an organization called the Big Blue & You. BB&Y’s mission is to educate youth about water conservation through service learning, visual arts and media. To raise awareness, they have hosted numerous filmmaking workshops where high school students create their own PSAs about water. BB&Y also host events like ‘Art by the Sea’-- an annual festival of dance and live music where local artists create recycled art related to the ocean. Water conservation is a critical issue and Washington believes that creative outlets are the best way to instill a passion for our planet within the next generation. Recently Danni co-hosted an educational video with Jaden Smith for his spring 2013 blockbuster film After Earth. “The opportunity to create a learning tool for teachers across the country to educate their students about global change and mass extinction was a privilege,” says Washington.   Since she was seven years old, Washington has idolized Will Smith and so it was another dream come true for her to collaborate with him and his family on this project to spread such a pertinent message.   “We are at a pivotal moment in history where the human race has a choice. Planet Earth will continue whether we’re here or not. Let’s take big steps together toward a brighter future for mankind. The moment is now and the choice is ours. “Danni is up to big things with Big Blue & You.  To get involved or learn more; and http://www.


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ALISON TEAL Photo Credit: Sarah Lee The daughter of a legendary Yogi Deborah Koehn and worldrenowned photographer David Blehert, Teal was raised to be conscious of the environment. When they weren’t scaling mountains and crossing deserts, Teal called “Hale Kai” or “Ocean House” in Hawaii home. A pioneer in Green Living, Teal’s father sought to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible with solar-powered appliances According to “the most powerful shaman in the world,”--a character in one of her films, water is the most valuable resource on the planet. “How could we pollute such a massive ocean?” Teal shares, “Through my adventures I’ve been blessed to get a firsthand look at just how important it is that we do not use the ocean as a trash dump and to protect our rivers.”  To Teal, the world is her school and playground so she implements eco choices in every aspect of her life. When surfing, Teal uses an eco surfboard and wears bikinis from sustainable, recyclable fabrics. Teal is also an ambassador for Sustainable Surf, a non-profit who developed the Waste to Waves program that recycles household waste into surfboards. Now grown up, Teal has created her own project, “Alison’s Adventures” a film series to educate through humorous entertainment. In each film, a local companion guides Teal through their culture, customs, survival, sustainability, and happiness. Each film calls attention to global, environmental and human issues and inspires viewers to be part of the solution.  Despite many sponsors “Alison’s Adventures” is a bare bones operation built on volunteer work. Currently Teal is trying to start showing her films at schools nationwide and just launched a campaign on Red Capes it’s a new type crowd funding site with only “do good projects”. To donate or to bring Teal to your school, visit or to donate to the crowd-funding project go to

As the child of adventure and nature photographers, Teal lived in some of the most remote locations on Earth. Described as being raised by shamans, snake charmers, 150-year-old yoga masters, and pre-Incan mummies, Teal continued to be fascinated by different cultures and documents her travels through film.


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Marrakech Get caught up in the eco side of Marrakech. A city of unexpected spaces bursting with color and energy. The eco-stylish side of Marrakech. No matter how disoriented one may become in the medina, just look for the Koutoubia Mosque, the city’s most prominent landmark. From the intricate design of the Koutoubia Mosque to the colors, sights and beauty inside the souk and the modern art-district of Gueliz, Marrakech is sure to be every designer’s next love affair. The city will take you on an unpredictable expedition, where one door may lead to a palace and another may leave you mesmerized at a Parisian inspired cafe. Written by: Courtney Gerring

Jardin Majorelle Photo: Eric Del Prete


shop RIAD YIMA This was originally a guest house, now converted into a boutique, museum and tea room. Located in the medina and conceived by Moroccan designer, Hassan Hajjaj, the Riad exhibits modern art deco inspired pieces. Hassan takes inspiration from his younger days when recycling everything was the norm. Based on his experiences, he re-designs traditional Moroccan pieces while blending in recycled objects. Dubbed the next Andy Warhol, this shop is a delightful escape from the dizzy streets of the medina. Near London, Check out Hassan’s designs at Larache: 30-32 Calvert Avenue- London

Peacocktail available at Peacock Pavilions. Photo: Maryam Montague


52, Derb Aarajane-Rahba Lkdima Tel: +212 (0) 524391987 E-mail:

PEACOCK PAVILIONS This hotel was created, designed and integrated into an olive grove in Marrakech. The owners have taken action to protect the environment by reducing electric energy consumption and decreasing water consumption, across their five guest-room property. A water filtration system purifies the water used for drinking, eliminating plastic bottles. It is a tranquil desert escape located within lush gardens and flowers, all watered by a drip system saving up to 70% of typical water use. My favorite garden was the bio spice, and as a guest you may just get a taste of their bio rosemary, or perhaps a hibiscus flower cocktail. Kilometer 13, Route de Ourzazate, Marrakech Tel: +212(0)664414653

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MARATERRE PORCELAINE TAJMOUATI Originating in Fes, the company migrated to Marrakech in 2008 with the original craftsmen. The boutique is an intimate experience filled with beautiful authentic Moroccan patterns from traditional to modern. Of course porcelain products are plentiful in the souks, but when looking for that perfect tablescape, authentic quality and service, Maraterre is the place. Besides high quality hand painting, you can customize a piece to fit your needs, and have it shipped to your door. Résidence Belle Vue N°22 Rue Sergent Levet Camp Ghoul, Marrakech Tél. : +212 (0) 5 24 42 24 18 33 RUE MAJORELLE Located in Gueliz, the modern and emerging neighborhood in Marrakech. Born as a concept shop in 2010, it is a quiet refuge from the hustle and bartering of the souks. The boutique is dedicated to contemporary design featuring Morocco’s famed craftsmanship. On display you will find a compelling mix of Moroccan fashion, homeware, and top selling funky zippered pouches. The concept is curated by stylist Monique Bresson, and is sure to deliver the vibrant colors, patterns and handcraft brilliance of Marrakech with a modern flavor. 34 Rue Yves Saint Laurent 40000 Marrakech, Morocco Tel: +212524314195 Porcelaine set available at Maraterre Photo: Maraterre Porcelaine Tajmouati

Outside of the boutique/Exterior View of the boutique. Photo: 33 Rue Majorelle



EARTH CAFE This is one of the only 100% organic restaurants in Marrakech, and is strictly vegan-vegetarian. The menu is based on the best selection of seasonal products, and every dish is prepared with organic ingredients with, of course, a hint of traditional Moroccan spices and natural herbs. Earth Cafe owns an olive tree plantation grown with natural methods, and locally grows their own organic produce and herbs. Tucked away in the medina, behind this door you will find your appetite fully satisfied. Derb Zawak, Riad Zitoun kedim 2 Marrakesh Tel : 212 (0)660544992

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KAOWA, SNACK & JUICE BAR Located inside the concept shop 33 Rue Majorelle, this is one organic stop you don’t want to miss. From beetroot to pineapple smoothies, the organic fruit and vegetable selections are endless. Kaowa is a snack and juice bar offering a complete menu of healthy, organic and fresh options from sandwiches to salads. We recommend to power up on your vitamins with the ‘Top Vitamine’ smoothie.

34 Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakech Tel: +212 5243-30072

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explore Inside Jardin Majorelle. Photo: Eric Del Prete

The flooring inside Badii Palace Photo: Courtney Gerring

JARDIN MAJORELLE This is the epitome of the artistic and mystical side of Marrakech. Enter the Jardin Majorelle and become mesmerized by the colors, the nature and tranquil environment. Designed in the early 20th century by French artist Jacques Majorelle and later purchased by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1980s, it is now the resting place of the famous fashion designer. This stunning 12-acre botanical garden filled with lush trees, sculptural cactus, and colorful local flora is a magical must-see. Don’t miss Saint Laurent’s Moroccan inspired motif collection located in the gardens.

BADII PALACE The Palace was constructed by Sultan Ahmed El-Mansour in the late 1500’s, and is a monument of the Saadian era. The walls and ceilings were encrusted with gold from Timbuktu, and the palace was the very definition of ostentation. Less than a century later the palace has been stripped bare and now survives as a ruin. Explore the palace and be inspired by the decaying colorful flooring and the views from the top. From here you can see the best view of the famous White Stork bird nests in Marrakech. Place des Ferblantiers, Marrakech

Rue Yves Saint Laurent Tel: +212 (0)5 24 31 30 47 LES BAINS DE MARRAKECH - HAMMAM Experience a real hammam (a traditional style “public bath”) at the city’s most sought after spots, Les Bains De Marrakech. This luxurious hammam gives you an intimate authentic experience, featuring 100% natural products such as rassoul clay, argan oil, shea-mango butter, and rose water. Definitely experiment with the traditional black soap and ghassoul body mask with plants, and don’t forget the new mud wrap room. From nature comes an authentic Moroccan hammam. 2 Derb Sedra Marrakech, Morocco Tel: +212 24381428

Outside Entrance to Les Bains de Marrakech hammam Photo: Eric Del Prete


get around The only way to navigate the medina is on foot. So get lost in the mystery, color, and winding lanes and just keep a close hand on your belongings. But most importantly breath in the sights, sounds and magic behind every door and every turn inside of the fascinating medina. Â As for the rest of Marrakech, use your big city skills and flag down a taxi, but be prepared to negotiate the price and be firm.

day trip OURIKA VALLEY This is the most accessible valley in the Atlas Mountains at less than a 45 minute drive from the city. It is famous for the 7 waterfalls at Setti Fatma and a lush valley with green terraced fields. The trip up to Setti Fatma is quite a hike, but a scenic one at that. Set in a peaceful Berber village this mountain town is far from the desert sand. Stay overnight at Kasbah Bab Ourika, voted one of the most eco-friendly buildings in Morocco.

Tnine Ourika- Ourika Valley Tel: +212668749547

Kasbah bab ourika resort in the distance. Atlas Mountains. Photo: Alan Keohane

get there Royal Air Maroc offers direct flights from New York and Los Angeles to Casablanca. A quick layover and you are a 40-minute flight to Marrakech Menara Airport. Flying from Chicago or Miami? American Airlines has you covered with a quick stopover in Madrid and two hours to Marrakech Menara Airport.

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At first sight of the Algarve and its signature blue sky, red sun kissed cliffs and the welcomed warm feel of hot air on my fair English skin, I immediately felt a sense of relief and anticipation of what was to come. My mother and I had fled the dull and depressing start to the English summer just over two hours previously, and were now descending into sunny Portugal to partake in a four day Fitness and Health program at the Longevity Wellness Resort in Monchique – only an hour’s drive from Faro. After our car had snaked and climbed up through the hills to the small town of Monchique, we arrived. The dark grey block exterior of the resort is functional rather than aesthetically pleasing but it does serve an important reminder, that this is a ‘holiday’ for the mind, body and soul where serious action to get all in tip-top condition is required. Inside, the intoxicating scent of local fresh lavender immediately engulfs you like the salty sea air does at the beach, lifting the spirits like an unannounced sugar rush. Views look exquisitely to the surrounding hills and forests, which stretch far and wide all the way to the coast –only twenty-minutes away by car. Once both sight and taste had been appeased, (the signature drink is a sublime yet subtle mix of Monchique’s own mineral water, hibiscus, orange and honey which is, incredibly refreshing for a weary traveler), it was time for a tour around the resort. The beautiful Chief Wellness Manager Teresa Malheiro facilitated this – her glowing appearance making us ever more eager to get started on our programs. The resort is equipped with two restaurants, medical rooms, spa, indoor heated pool and outdoor unheated pool, gym, steam and sauna rooms, and the best of all – rain showers – which shine warm infa-red light while spraying a mild “rain”, which is intensely scented with tropical

Throughout our five days we enjoyed nature walks, sessions of stretching, Pilates, yoga, Swiss ball, personal training, healthy cooking workshops fruits, making you feel as if you’re in a Herbal Essence ad. Our garden suite was complete with two bathrooms, a kitchenette, living area and balcony. After settling in we ate our first Longevity meal – grilled free-range chicken breast on leguminous, bell peppers and herbs. Light, yet, satisfying and deliciously fresh and aromatic. It was then time to savor the sun for a few hours by the pool while harmoniously listening to the gushing water from the waterfall that hypnotically feeds the pool beneath it. Next up was my initial Biophysical Evaluation & Fitness Assessment where my fitness, fat, muscle, water and body mass index were measured. From this, the staff devises a tailor made fitness and food program and you don’t have to think about a thing. Not even if you fancy a snack, because even these are prescribed twice daily. Every single, teeny weenie aspect is meticulously calculated to get you in the healthiest nic of your

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life. Including spa treatments. Today, mine was the Longevity body scrub with sea salts and lemon, which is sweet smelling and leaves you buffed to perfection, not to mention incredibly relaxed and only good for dinner and bed – the former of which my mother and I ate luxuriously in our bathrobes at our own dining table in our suite, before we bid bon nuit. Throughout our five days we enjoyed nature walks, sessions of stretching, Pilates, yoga, Swiss ball, personal training, healthy cooking workshops (and of course spa time)! A firm favorite was the Swiss ball class led by fitness trainer, Elier (who is brilliant, funny and full of energy and enthusiasm). You line up sitting on the ball facing Elier, and when the music starts you bounce on the ball to the beat – the trick being to do it slowly while engaging your core muscles. Of course we all wanted to bounce nineteen to the dozen, at which point Elier comically remarked to my mother; “Josephine you are getting over excited on your ball!” and at which point we all broke down into fits of giggles. Before leaving on day 5, I had my final Biophysical and was excited to see that I’d gained more muscle and lost fat. I looked and felt so much better in my mind, body and soul and we wished forlornly that we could stay forever.


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The Longevity Wellness Resort is a very special place that nourishes, nurtures, soothes, inspires and energizes. It is a life changing and life-enhancing place, which has changed the way I eat and exercise for the better. A DAY IN THE LIFE ON THE HEALTH AND LONGEVITY PLAN: 8:00 AM: Breakfast; Celery, parsley and pear smoothie, natural plain yoghurt, pineapple, and oats with a sprinkling of mint. Delicious and nourishing like all the food here. 9:30 – 10.00 AM: Morning Stretch by the pool An interesting and varied combination of stretches, which was a great way to wake up, tiered muscles.

gym. I was taken through several different strengthening exercises after 7 minutes run on the treadmill. Hard work but enjoyable. 1.00PM: Lunch; Smoked tofu with rocket salad, beetroot, soy sprouts, radish, cherry tomatoes and whole wheat rice. The portion at lunch is small leaving you feeling light and energized. The smoked tofu was very flavorsome. 15.00 – 16.00: Pilates; A challenging class focused on strengthening the abs. 16.00 – 16.30: Nutritional Consultation; Advice and answers to all your nutritional questions. 18.00 – 19.00: A Longevity Signature treatment in the spa.

10.30 – 11.30AM: Nature Walk A beautiful, peaceful walk through the hills with some steep inclines to get the circulation and heart rate up. 12.00PM: My First Personal Training Session. We did part of this session outside in the sun which was both novel and inspiring in comparison to the confines of my London GO | 117

COCO ECO | LIFE HU MINERALS Hydration is important for the body and HU Minerals Skin Spritz for face, body & hair, is filled with hydrating anti-oxidants and organic trace minerals.  We need an abundance of boron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium for strong teeth and bones, and this made in USA, 100% chemical free spray delivers all of these.  $48.99

NEWTON DISTANCE U SHOES These lightweight trainers conserve energy and water by using eco friendly inks and come in a shoebox made from 100% post-consumer waste. They are also designed so that your body learns how to move more naturally and build the muscles that actually prevent injury.  $155

ECO PILLOW Made from recycled materials using eco friendly production in New York these gorgeous pillows feature fun phrases and include zipper closure for easy removal and cleaning. $88.95


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FROM WAR TO PEACE From War to Peace recycles copper from disarmed nuclear weapon systems to create beautiful jewelry, accessories and art handmade in California. Many pieces support global issues like water conservation, deforestation and more. $29-$60

MALIBU C Malibu C haircare is formulated with pharmaceutical and food-grade ingredients that are free of sulfates, parabens, DEA and gluten. To reduce their water footprint, Malibu C also uses 100% vegan, plantderived ingredients that are freshly-activated for use. $30


EDITOR LOVES CURATED BY: Beth Doane Features Editor and Founder of Raintees Water conservation is the best way to reduce our demand for water while protecting our natural resources. These beautiful products are designed and produced with minimal impact on the planet and many give back directly to ocean and water conservation.

JUNIPER RIDGE BIG SUR CABIN SPRAY While synthetic fragrance production can be harmful to the environment and waterways, Juniper Ridge fragrance is made from sustainably harvested plants, bark, and moss found while hiking through California’s wilderness. A 100% natural aromatic snapshot of life on the trail made with  essential oils.  $65

LIFEFACTORY Lifefactory, known for their ecofriendly water bottles,  has teamed up with the U.S. National Park Service and GLOBALTAP to donate a filling station to limit the use of disposable plastic water bottles in highly-trafficked and environmentallysensitive areas. 22 oz for $24.99 PACIFIC CLEANSER  Pacific is made from the most potent ingredients form the Pacific Ocean and throughout the Pacific Rim. Before an ingredient gets added to a product Pacifc makes sure it does the right thing without causing harm to you or the planet.The entire company values water conservation and ocean preservation  uses natural, organic and fair trade ingredients, packaged in 100% recyclable materials $50.00

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Stepping out onto the moist boat deck, the glitter of the Pacific Ocean’s waves looked like a pool of diamonds. It had taken us nearly a full day boat ride to come to rest off the coast of Guadalupe Island where the elephant seals come to birth their young.  The thrill of excitement took over my body, tinged with a bit of fear, for I knew what creatures lurked in these waters…and I was there to meet them.

WRITTEN BY: Ashlan Gorse IMAGES BY: Michael Muller


Even with his massive length and girth he moved through the water with the grace and ease of a classic ballerina on stage.

Stepping out onto the moist boat deck, the glitter of the Pacific Ocean’s waves looked like a pool of diamonds. It had taken us nearly a full day boat ride to come to rest off the coast of Guadalupe Island where the elephant seals come to birth their young.  The thrill of excitement took over my body, tinged with a bit of fear, for I knew what creatures lurked in these waters… and I was there to meet them. I have never been afraid of animals: mammal, reptile or insect (except for the occasional giant spider in my bed -- that would scare anyone).  Growing up, my parents always encouraged my gift of finding lost or injured animals and getting them home but even my parents were nervous over this particular encounter.  Their daughter was going swimming with the most powerful and deadly being of the sea, the Great White Shark.   Going shark diving had been something on my bucket list since college.  I never really thought I would get to do it because 1) I didn’t think anyone would go with me and 2) what possible reason would a southern girl have for jumping off a perfectly good boat and into the water with these giants?  Well, I found both answers in one man, my fiancé Philippe Cousteau.  When Philippe asked what I wanted for my 30th birthday, the answer flew off my tongue at a rate that surprised even me.  I, Ashlan McKain Gorse, wanted to go diving with Great Whites. As we suited up for our first dive, the fear mounted.  It wasn’t a fear of the sharks but of the unknown.  As our cage left the deck and slowly descended into the cold blue abyss, I felt as though I was dying; water fills up the cage,

the frigid temperature seizes your lungs, your eyes can’t focus, everything is confusing. But as soon as we were fully submerged, I was re-born into a magical world, their world. There in the distance was a giant grey submarine, cruising in and out of sight.  I could hardly see him, but I could feel that he saw me.  After a few distant circles, he came in for a closer look at us.  Swimming directly toward me was a 16-foot male Great White Shark.  He had huge scars on his face and fins, memories of battles long past.  Even with his massive length and gir th he moved through the water with the grace and ease of a classic ballerina on stage.  His mouth was a sight to behold as even closed you could see rows and rows of razorblade sharp teeth sticking out.  But he was not scary, I felt no fear.  He was just a majestic creature, a dinosaur in fact, who was out for an afternoon stroll.   The next thing I knew, there were seven different Whites around us, swimming in to get a better look.  Some of the sharks were more aloof, others more curious and playful. They all had different personalities like puppies…well big, giant puppies with killer teeth.  But the one thing that stood out the most to me was their eyes.  Sharks have visible pupils, so when one would come to the cage, they would make eye contact with you.  I could actually see the sharks come up, scan us up and down and look me directly in the eye, peering into my soul.  I was so at peace with them, I got out of the cage and sat on top to just hang out in their company.  All sense of anxiety disappeared, along with the rest of the world.  It was just me and the Whites.

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I have never had an experience like that and I don’t know if I ever will again. These beautiful creatures are disappearing at a staggering rate.  Their evil persona in films and television are to blame for most of the fear the public has.  In 2012, we had only 7 fatal shark attacks worldwide.  The fact of the matter is more people are killed yearly by lightning or even vending machines falling on them.  But it’s not just people’s fear that is harmful to these ocean beasts; shark finning is to blame for the 90% population decline. The shark finning industry kills about 70 to 100 MILLION sharks a year.  Now even if you don’t like sharks and JAWS is your favorite movie, think of this: sharks are the apex predator of the ocean.  That means they help keep everything in the ocean in check.  A healthy shark population leads to a healthy ocean which equals healthy fish for the 1.2 billion people on our planet whose primary protein source comes from the sea.  If we continue to kill the shark population, the entire ocean eco-system will be thrown off with disastrous consequences for all of humanity.   I will forever see sharks in a different light after visiting their world, and I hope others will too.   They are gorgeous, powerful creatures who should be protected and free to rule the Oceans as they have for centuries.

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HOUSE OF MARLEY-EXODUS HEADPHONES Another one of our House of Marley favorites—these sleek Exodus headphones are comfortable and stylish while providing the listener with a quality audio experience. The Exodus’ ultra-plush cushions heighten the music and eliminate unwanted background music. Made with FSC-certified Beech wood, copper, leather, and recyclable aluminum, these headphones are as good as they look. The Marley House also donates 5% of its yearly sales to 1Love, Bob Marley’s charity organization. Now that’s music to our ears. $149.99

ZEAL OPTICS-KENNEDY SUNGLASSES Zeal optics made history earlier this year when it produced the world’s first and only plant-based lens. They’ve also revolutionized the optics industry by replacing harmful crude oil with castor oil from the manufacturing process. Zeal Optics proves that sustainability can also be stylish. We love these Kennedy sunglasses—especially in the tortoiseshell and sea foam green. We think the pop of color combined with the tortoiseshell’s sophistication make a perfect combination. We’ll be wearing these all summer long. $139

HOUSE OF MARLEYBAG OF RIDDIM Inspired by Bob Marley’s celebration of life and the joy of music, House of Marley created the ever-portable Bag of Riddim. Crafted with FSC-certified Birch wood and equipped with a sturdy canvas strap, this audio system lets you transport your tunes everywhere—perfect for beach trips and backyard parties. The 4” dual speakers and powerful amplifier runs on battery power for cord mobility so you never have to stop the music. We think that’s how Marley would’ve liked it. $299.99

YELLOW LEAF HAMMOCKS We can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day than just lounging around on a hammock with a drink in one hand and a book in another. Yellow Leaf hammocks come in a variety of gorgeous patterns and colors but you can really customize your comfort. You can design your own hammock and choose from eighteen colors—shades like mulberry jam and peacock blue. Yellow Leaf Hammocks are made in Thailand and provide a source of fair income to marginalized tribes. $179 for a Queen/$225 for a Custom Queen


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Water conservation is the best way to reduce our demand for water while protecting our natural resources. These beautiful products are designed and produced with minimal impact on the planet and many give back directly to ocean and water conservation. PAPERBLANKS VINTAGE VOGUE JOURNAL This eye-catching illustration of glittering showgirls was drawn by theater designer Alec Shanks in 1932 while he worked at one of the most famous cabarets in Paris. The dancers’ elaborate costumes and accessories exude opulence and extravagance but this Paperblanks journal definitely isn’t. Made entirely out of recyclable materials like forest pulp, the papers in the journal are acid-free. It comes in three sizes but we love the plume micro—we think it’s perfect for carrying around to jot down ideas. $6.95, and

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DOPPER BOTTLE Concerned about the waste produced by single-use plastic bottles, Dutch designer Rinke van Remortel created the Dopper bottle to encourage the use of recyclable bottles. The Dopper comes in blue, pink, orange, green, white, and red. The Dopper’s small and wide opening makes cleaning up easy. With its carabiner and strap, the Dopper bottle would be the perfect companion to keep you hydrated wherever your adventures take you. $16.25

SOLIO BOLT Perfect for the urban explorer and adventurist, this ultra-handy gadget fits in the palm of your hand and can be charged from an outlet, USB port, or the sun. Simply flip open the Solio Bolt, revealing the mini solar panels, then set aside somewhere sunny. It’s simple and portable—perfect for beach days, hiking excursions, and camping trips. It charges thousands of devices like smart phones, cameras, e-readers, and GPS devices to ensure you’re connected even when you’re unplugged. $70 Available online and at REI, Apple Store ECOALF-PORTO WEEKEND BAG Ecoalf designer Javier Goyeneche gives new meaning to the term recycling. Inspired by his son’s birth, he set out to create a truly sustainable fashion line out of recyclable materials. This Porto weekend bag is made out of nylon from recycled fishing nets and it’s chic and substantial enough to take on all your summer getaways. Its smart leather straps and handles add sophistication to the casual feel of the bag. It comes in navy blue, white, black, and blue. $275

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WRITTEN BY: Nia Peeples IMAGES BY: Jen Hunter-Lita’s World

Change is unavoidable, evolution, inevitable. Transformation is a choice. When I sat down to write this article about water, I thought I would be writing about my love of the ocean. How a wave is water caught up in the energy of the universe and how riding that wave, I feel one with all that is. It can be pretty profound. But as I continued contemplating water, really considering it, it struck me that water isn’t just waves of universal energy. It’s rain. It’s snow. It’s condensation and fog.  Water is an ocean, a river, a waterfall. Yet in all it’s incarnations, water is water: H2o. No matter what form it takes, hot or cold, calm or violent, liquid or solid, evaporating up or raining down, water is water. It never loses the essence of what it is, transforming from one incarnation of itself into another without effort or doubt.   Water is the most amazing element on the planet. ES·SENCE [es-uhns]   noun 1. the inward nature, true substance, or constitution of anything, as opposed to what is accidental,illusory I’m absolutely fascinated and intrigued at the thought of being like water myself. What if we could do that? What If we could experience external change, then without question or

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hesitancy, evolve rightly, retaining the essence of who we are? We’d always be comfortable in our own skin, whether it’s as taught as a baby’s behind or as weathered as an old saddle. We’d continue inspiring others through our own expression, transcending the uniform and adherence to certain rules required by our new job. We wouldn’t take it personally when our lover tells us we’re not right for him because ...we’re not. And we’re okay with that. What if we could ride the waves of change to a better, more right place, ALWAYS. No matter what happens; who comes in and out of our lives, how many friends let us down, which dream job we didn’t get, we would remain true to who we are. And we would be content because no matter what happens, we’re living authentically. We’re living as we were meant to live, fulfilling our purpose. We’re living like water. Water makes it look so easy.  But for us it can seem near impossible. We can be clipping along at a good pace, everything in place and then suddenly something changes. Or maybe it’s a handful of tiny changes that occur, one uneventful moment at a time. But one day we look up and we’re living in the wrong body, the wrong relationships, careers or lifestyles.  How does this happen? I mean let’s face it. Life is a moving breathing thing, as constant as the sea but just as unpredictable. Change is unavoidable, evolution inevitable. But TRANSFORMATION? That’s a choice. I actually looked up the definition of these words.


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CHANGE: to become different. (For better or for worse. There is no distinction) EVOLUTION: change over time. (Again, for better or for worse.) But the definition of Transformation, the definition I choose, lies in a quote by Mary Manin-Morrissey:

Transformation isn’t change, but finding the essence of who we are. Recently I was asked to do an episode of Celebrity Wife Swap. My first response was, “No, I can’t do reality TV!” As I began contemplating the “WHY” behind the “No” I realized it was my preconceived notion as to what reality TV is and what types of celebrities do reality shows. “Surely I’m not one of those.” I thought. But as they continued pitching the idea to me, I separated Nia from “Nia Peeples” and the idea began to intrigue me. I thought, “Wow, this might actually be a good thing for the family, an experience that brings us a little closer together or gives us a fresh perspective on our family life. We might learn something here.” So against the advice of some powers that be, I jumped. I said yes. And my family embarked on an intense couple of weeks trading me

puddle, it understood that it’s failure to remain an ice cube wasn’t a failure at all but being true to it’s very essence, it could begin again as the life giving water it is. Change is unavoidable, evolution, inevitable. Transformation is a choice. Retaining the essence of who we are through all the changes life delivers allows us to choose transformation rather than to merely be changed. Holding that essence through each and every challenge, through every event or happening or circumstance allows us to be the truest, most beautiful we can be and on a deeper level, the most beautiful we have ever been. To be like water is to go through life retaining the essence of who we are. That’s life. That’s water. Like water, for life.

for the 80’s pop icon, Tiffany. The experience turned out to be great for all of us. Being apart from one another, living by other people’s house rules, we gained a greater appreciation for each other as well as for the amazing unit we are. But surprisingly enough, there was much more to be gained by viewing the finished product. As we sat watching the show with family and friends, witnessing our family life unfold in front of millions; my husband surfing, my teenage daughter rolling her eyes, my son holding tightly to his musical integrity and Nia being Nia as opposed to playing a character, what I saw up on that screen for the most part, was honest and accurate. We were genuine. And it occurred to me that somehow through this thirty year career, the children, the marriages and divorces, through the births and deaths of close friends and family, through whatever successes and perceived failures, somehow, through some aspects of it, I had managed to retain an essence of who I am. And that essence has permeated the lives of my family and friends, and even our community. It’s not the changes in life that make us. It’s not even the decisions we make, right or wrong, up or down, left or right.  It’s our responses to those changes and our ability to honor ourselves through the process. If water had a mind, a consciousness, and tried to remain an ice cube in the heat of summer, it wouldn’t succeed. Then it would feel like a failure, rather than the life giving water it truly is. But if, lying there a


WRITTEN BY: Jodie Dalmeda PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Courtesy of B Team

They say in life it’s good to have a Plan B – a back-up plan. So when I received an invitation from Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz, Director of the Kering Group (which includes Gucci, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and Puma), to attend the launch of ‘The B Team’ at BAFTA (home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts), I expected something interesting, innovative and challenging. They didn’t disappoint. 134

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Mo Ibrahim, Cathy Galvin, Jochen Zeitz, Paul Polman, Richard Branson, Shari Arison, Strive Masiyiwa

So what is ‘The B Team’? The B Team is a non-profit organisation that aims to put people and planet alongside profit. They want to revolutionise the way businesses operate by looking beyond short-term profit. This event was streamed live online from BAFTA’s iconic Princess Anne Theatre to over 600 gatherings in more than 115 cities around the world. If ever there was a right time for business to act as a force for good, it is now, and this is what the B Team hope to achieve. People, planet and profit or ‘the triple bottom line’, was a phrase first coined in 1994 by John Elkington. He believed that companies should have three separate bottom lines:- profit and loss, people’s account and planet account. In a 2009 article, The Economist said, “What you measure is what you get, because what you measure is what you are likely to pay attention to. Only when companies measure their social and environmental impact will we have socially and environmentally responsible organisations”. Other leaders joining Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz on The B Team are:

Shari Arison, Owner, Arison Group Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation Arianna Huffington, Chair, President & Editor In Chief, The Huffington Post Media Group Mo Ibrahim, Founder, Celtel Guilherme Leal, Founder & Co-Chairman, Natura Strive Masiyiwa, Founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless François-Henri Pinault, CEO & Chairman, Kering Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Centre Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Coordinating Minister of the Economy & Minister of Finance, Nigeria • Zhang Yue, Chairman and Founder, Broad Group China Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair, The Elders (Honorary Leader) Mary Robinson, Secretary, The Elders and President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (Honorary Leader)

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Refreshingly, these business leaders and global figures, are leading by example, by starting with their own businesses. They’re not claiming to be perfect but are committed to making the necessary changes. Paul Polman of Unilever for example, launched the company’s Sustainable Living Plan in November 2010. The programme seeks to double sales and halve the environmental impact of its products by 2020. If they inspire other business leaders to be ‘change agents’ they have a good chance of starting that revolution, and being successful. “We want to start a global conversation on a “Plan B” for business. We are working with government agencies, the social sector, and business leaders to help get on top of some of the world’s seemingly intractable challenges. We are keen to listen, learn and share with others to build businesses that do what’s right for people and the planet,” said Sir Richard Branson. The B Team have a 10 point agenda, which comprises some of the areas they believe Plan B needs to address. The first item on the agenda is ‘The Right Aspirations’. This focuses on ensuring the right global incentives are in place to promote, inspire and celebrate business models that integrate people, planet and profit into their DNA. Other points include ‘True Accounting’ (that business is accountable to society for the true cost of every business practice - economic, social and environmental);


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‘Well Being’ (That business is a primary driver of holistic wellbeing, adding social value through evolving business models, employee welfare, health, citizen engagement and human rights). The remaining six are New Structures, True Returns, True Transparency, a Level Playing Field, Natures Model, Redefined Education, and the Long Run. The B Team will address three initial challenges: “The Future of Leadership”, “The Future Bottom Line” and “The Future of Incentives” to help focus business on the long term gain and benefits for people and planet. So how can we really make the shift from competition and consumption to collaboration and cooperation? The B Team is using the moral compass of FHPC - Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative - to keep them focused on their vision. A brilliantly simple, yet effective checklist. The good news is, this is a great tool we can also use in our daily lives whether in business or at home. How often do we complain or criticise, when we could recognise another’s efforts, listen and look for a creative solution to a challenge that will benefit all of us. Arianna Huffington said before the launch, “…Those of us in the media have to do a much better job at putting the spotlight on what is working. There is a real danger that by focusing exclusively on what is not working and what is dysfunctional,

we are missing out on spotlighting the leaders and organizations already taking steps to change the way we do business around the world…This is a moment of great possibility and opportunity for all of us to play our part in course-correcting, and leveraging the best parts of the spirit of business and entrepreneurship to bring about fundamental changes to the ways we do business -- for the benefit of individuals, communities, and companies.” Whilst it is easy to be sceptical and untrusting of global corporations, this could be a great opportunity for real and lasting change in our lifetime.

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HAIR PRODUCT Beach hair is the best – hands down. Imagine if you could have that coveted look without spending a day in the ocean and coastal air. John Masters Organics’ Sea Mist sea salt spray with lavender makes that a reality, giving hair extra body, texture, and volume with a simple certified organic spritz.

SOAP Clean your hands, clean the dishes, and clean up the oceans. You can do that and more with Method’s 2-in-1 dish and hand soap, as the sea mineral-based formula is packaged in the world’s first bottle made from post-consumer recycled and recovered ocean plastic collected by Method employees. Now that is eco innovation!

RICE CAKES Rice and seaweed are a match made in foodie heaven. Lundberg brown rice cakes are packed with fresh flavor and nutrition from a certified organic, nonGMO verified farm. Organic nori and sea salt add the perfect touch to these whole grain snacks. cakes/Organic_Tamari_with_Seaweed_ Rice_Cakes.aspx

SUNGLASSES Purchase sunglasses and change the world. With this goal, TOMS and charity: water have teamed up on a limited-edition eyewear collection. For each pair of the fashionable yellow-tipped frames sold, the “One for One” business will provide sight to one person and $10 towards water projects benefitting thousands of households in Orissa, India.


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EDITOR LOVES CURATED BY: Erin Schrode, Co-Founder, Teens Turning Green

Each of us can be powerful water and ocean activists in our day-to-day lives. Here are some simple places to begin… TOOTHPASTE Did you know that the calcium from sea coral is an all-natural tooth whitener? Coral White toothpaste not only freshens breath, but actually brightens smiles and re-mineralizes enamel. Harvested in the Caribbean using environmentally friendly practices, the ECOSAFE land-based coral minerals are not subject to underwater or industrial pollution – good news! https://www.coralcalcium. com/store/coral-whitetoothpaste-mint/

SEA SALT Sea salt contains a variety of minerals that are essential for a healthy, balanced diet – in addition to adding that mild, sweet flavor to foods. Big Tree Farms’ Balinese Pyramid Sea Salt is obtained through 100% natural solar evaporation on the eastern coast of the Indonesia island and has the magical form of a four-sided hollow pyramid.

WATER BOTTLE There is absolute no reason to ever use a disposable water bottle. This Klean Kanteen is durable, stylish, and supports the amazing solutions-based, handson, community-focused environmental education center that is The Ecology Center. Invest in one of these tools for change today. http://theecologycenter.

WATER FILTER I fell in love with a water filter at first glance. Did you even know that was possible? The SOMA Water Filter is an innovative, practical, and beautifully designed glass carafe with a 100% compostable water filter that is delivered right to your door via a subscription service. Say hello to the future of crisp, pure water at home.

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HYDRATING IN STYLE WRITTEN BY: Nicole Landers with Yvonne Lee IMAGES BY: Images courtesy of Sigg


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A true Swiss company, SIGG operates under the highest environmental standards in the country, recycling aluminum waste, and cleaning and reusing their factory’s water supply.

The good news is, today reusable water bottles are lining the shelves of every mass-retail store in all shapes and sizes. In spite of the inundated selection of bottles to choose from, the SIGG bottle remains a top seller. It’s not just the clean, sleek design or the high quality of the bottle that draws consumers to it but the values and principles it was built upon. When SIGG first started out in 1908, it was a general household goods manufacturer in its native Switzerland. By 1980, the company had evolved to specialize in premium, reusable bottles before they became mainstream—leading it to brand itself “the Original Swiss bottle.” SIGG bottles have garnered an impressive international following. Crafted out of a single sheet of aluminum, the bottle has no seams and is leak-proof, as well as being guaranteed to be taste-neutral with no strange aftertaste. Plus, their reputable commitment to community building, sustainability, and charitable causes continues to make the 105 year-old company an influential social trailblazer. On their website, users can choose from seven different caps with various size openings and tops to customize their bottles and fit their lifestyle needs. So your SIGG can fit your personality. For the outdoor adventurer SIGG has become a household name amongst hikers, bikers and mountaineers for its lightweight durability, but it has also become wellregarded in the art world. SIGG’s staunch belief in individualism

has driven the company to release a new collection of bottle designs every year. There are thousands of different design combinations to choose from. SIGG shoppers can choose from the original bottles bearing the company logo or bright-hued graphic patterns. Star Wars enthusiasts can sip from a bottle bearing Yoda’s image, and there’s even a collection celebrating the Chinese New Year. The company’s site describes its hope to transform their water bottles from mere containers, to canvasses of art and possibility. Since 1993, SIGG’s innovative designs have been featured in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. Two iconic bottles remain in the permanent collection, and new sample designs are also displayed there. In addition to aesthetic appeal, SIGG realized that the bottle design could further act as a platform to advocate change and promote community engagement. In its latest collaboration with skateboarding icon Tony Hawk, SIGG invited the public to create their own action packed Hawk-inspired design. The Tony Hawk design initiative was a global contest open to the public for those to submit their digital art work inspired by Tony Hawk, for a chance to have their design produced on a SIGG bottle and attend the annual Stand Up For Skateparks event taking place in October. In addition to collaborating with pro-athletes, SIGG has also partnered up with top musicians and fashion designers, to send a widespread message about LIFE | 141



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A true Swiss company, SIGG operates under the highest environmental standards in the country in recycling aluminum waste and cleaning and refusing their factory’s water supply.

consciousness that transcends beyond industries. Elite fashion designer Vivienne Westwood designed her own line of SIGG bottles, and in 2010 a bottle was featured hanging from a model’s bag as she strutted down the runway. SIGG also participated in the 2011 Reverb Campus Consciousness Tour with hip-hop musician Wiz Khalifa, educating college students about sustainable lifestyles. The SIGG bottle is also a hit among the jet set crowd of Hollywood. Stars like Jessica Alba, Gisele Bundchen, Natalie Portman and Zac Efron have been spotted toting the bottle around. Switzerland is one of the greenest and most eco-friendly countries in a world. A true Swiss company, SIGG operates under the highest environmental standards in the country, recycling aluminum waste, and cleaning and reusing their factory’s water supply. The company’s dedication to ecological preservation and sustainability is not just reflected in its practice, but in its products. SIGG’s premium bottles are made to last, and after its long lifespan it can be completely recycled. SIGG recently teamed up with American lifestyle brand, Cuipo, creating a collection of water bottles to preserve endangered rainforest land in Panama. The Cuipo bottles depict animals threatened by the deforestation of their natural habitat. Some bottles show cute graphics of a dolphin mid-leap and a dangling sloth for children, but there are also many with profound

messages. The design with an empowered fist acting as a tree trunk is a call to action, and a jaguar with the word RESPECT emblazoned underneath, sends a powerful message about conservation efforts. Each purchase comes with a special code, so buyers can see their contribution make a difference in saving parts of the rainforest. Under the leadership of CEO Patric Zingg, SIGG is poised to keep growing as an international brand. Zingg’s past as Vice President of the reputable Swatch Group (in which he serviced 86 countries), is a reassuring nod to his experience in the international market. Zingg is leading in origination of design and materials, constantly pushing the envelope. SIGG is as committed to the quality of their products as it is invested in social cause. With innovative collaborations, strong leadership at its helm and continued dedication to its mission, we’re excited to see what the next 100 years holds for SIGG.

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ASSETS WRITTEN BY: Heather Carter PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Courtesy of 5 Gyres, LAEO & Oceana

Water is arguably earth’s most valuable resource. H20 cleanses, hydrates, supports marine life, and is an integral part of our planet’s eco system. Coco Eco profiles four organizations that are dedicated to preserving our liquid assets.

A microbead from the Great Lakes from a scanning electron microscope.

5 GYRES Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen are the epitome of an eco power couple, with their union exemplified not only through marriage, but a mutual desire to save our waters from pollution. 5 Gyres was born of the collective passion of Eriksen, who has a Ph.D. in Science Education, and wife Anna who has over ten years worth of experience working in the environmental non-profit sector. The organization was founded in collaboration with Algalita and Pangaea Explorations, to research and communicate plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Their aim is at reducing plastics pollution through conducting research, and communicating their findings to raise awareness on the global impact plastic has on our oceans. Their mission is to employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres. Recently 5 Gyres undertook a study to discover the source of microbeads that were polluting our lakes and rivers. It was uncovered through their extensive research of the Great Lakes that the grain of sand like microbeads were the product facial scrubs containing. 5 Gyres launched a campaign to remove microbeads from commercial products. As a



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result, quickly Loreal, Body Shop, Johnson and Johnson, and Proctor and Gamble made commitments to stop using plastic microbeads in their products. The 5 Gyres for plastics team also recently sailed from Sri Lanka to Phuket, Thailand. It was the first expedition looking for plastics in that part of the world.   Learn more at LAEO The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization is an independent non-profit, international conservation and environmental group. Founded by the late Lawrence Anthony, an environmentalist, explorer, and Author. Anthony who sadly passed away in 2012 was a remarkable and passionate man who was best known for his pro-active, scientific based approach to solving environmental issues. LAEO’s latest work is a continuing reflection of its founder. LAEO along with the Science and Technology Board compiled a paper entitled A Call for a Twenty-First-Century SOLUTION in Oil Spill Response as an educationally proactive approach to the oil spill problems associated with drilling, transport, pipelines and storage mishaps. The analysis not only brings to light the dangerous flaws associated with current oil spill cleanup methods, but outlines technology that claims will not only save marine life, oceans, animals and people, but also save millions (and in BP’s case could have saved billions) of dollars in damages and cleanup costs to oil companies and local economies impacted by spills.  The research conducted by LAEO has forged a surprising common ground alliance between oil companies and environmentalists. The LAEO paper discusses ineffective handling of the Gulf of


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Mexico BP oil spill disaster when predominantly treated with the industry’s favorite spill killer--Corexit™. Originally developed by ExxonMobil, it is a toxic, hydrocarbon-based, oil-dispersant agent.   “These faulty guidelines and ineffective remedies for spill problems have resulted in industry officials with a 25-year addiction to chemical dispersants used in our oceans and who mistakenly think that these are the best tools for managing environmental damage and profit loss from oil spill fines,” said Diane Wagenbrenner, one of the paper’s joint authors and Advisory Board member of LAEO.                                                         The analysis makes an undeniable case that the use of chemical dispersant violates the Clean Water Act by contaminating the water column and seabed. Alongside publishing its industry guidance reform paper, LAEO launched a government and public education and awareness campaign on 20 April coinciding with the third-year anniversary of the start of the BP Gulf Oil Spill and Earth Month. The position paper and their ‘earth troops’ Oil Spill Response Action Kit can be found at OCEANA If Oceana was of the marine world, it would be the giant of the sea. Founded in 2001 by a number of foundations as an attempt to remedy the paucity of resources dedicated to ocean advocacy in the United States, Oceana was birthed with the vision that it would be solely dedicated to ocean conservation on a global scale. Oceana is now the largest international with offices in North America, South America, and Europe, which all collaborate on strategic, direct campaigns. Science is paramount in identifying problems and solutions. Oceana’s team of Scientists combined with the collective efforts of a team of

economists, lawyers and advocates enables them to provide tangible results for our oceans. Oceana honors others who advocate for the common goal by hosting the annual Ocean Hero Awards, with the 5th annual awards underway. After carefully reviewing hundreds of nominations for some of America’s most exceptional ocean stewards, Oceana selected an outstanding group of six adult finalists and six junior finalists hailing from all corners of the U.S. The public was invited to choose this year’s adult and junior winners by voting online. Lifelong ocean hero and Oceana senior advisor Alexandra Cousteau said, “I’ve been lucky enough to be around Ocean Heroes, like my grandfather Jacques Cousteau, my whole life. What I’ve learned is this: ocean heroes are everywhere. People young and old are working tirelessly to protect our seas all over the world. Oceana has selected an amazing group of finalists for this year’s Ocean Hero Awards, so please take a look at their stories and vote for the hero that inspires you the most.” To learn more about each finalist’s story and to vote for your favorites, visit


FORTUNE MAGAZINE BRAINSTORM GREEN Laguna Niguel, Ca April 29 - May 1, 2013

WRITTEN BY: Beth Doane PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Stuart Isett/FORTUNE Brainstorm Green

From April 29-May 1, 2013 in beautiful Laguna Niguel, California, Fortune Magazine gathered the worlds leaders in sustainability to discuss and attempt to provide solutions to some of our most pressing issues with an emphasis on “sustainable solutions.” The annual conference that launched in 2001 focused on the role that business can play, profitably, in achieving these solutions and highlighted the incredible work of CEOs and senior executives, investors, policy makers, environmentalists and thought leaders. Some of the 2013 participants included Harrison Ford,, CEOs Dan Akerson of GM, Rosalind Brewer of Sam’s Club, John Donahoe of eBay, Tony Fadell of Nest, and Robert McDonald of Procter & Gamble.

A moment with Harrison Ford at the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference.

The creator of the iPod and the Founder of Nest Learning Thermostat,Tony Fadell, talks about his latest invention and why product design is key to bringing focus to environmental issues.

Special Session panelist discusses design and innovation as catalysts for sustainability impact.

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WRITTEN BY: Nicole Landers PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Brandon Hickman

MUSE School held a fundraiser A Night of Discovery with James Cameron to benefit the Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) Program for the CA based school. “MUSE School CA was established to inspire and prepare young people to live consciously with themselves, one another, and the planet”, shares Founder, Suzy Amis Cameron. Invited guests had the experience of a lifetime to meet James Cameron and see the bright green DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submarine he co-designed and piloted on his historic, 2012 solo dive to the deepest place on the planet, the Challenger Deep. Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Susan Feniger served an organic dinner with a special selection of vegan cuisine from her Hollywood, CA restaurant STREET. For more information: &

Jeff King, Suzy Amis Cameron, James Cameron & Rebecca Amis

Deep Sea Challenger

James Cameron

Jeff King, Suzy Amis Cameron, James Cameron & Rebecca Amis

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Ziggy Marley

Heal the Bay Acting Executive Director Alix Hobbs with Dr. Murad and Jose Bacallao, Operations Manager at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

HEAL THE BAY ANNUAL BRING BACK THE BEACH GALA Heal The Bay, Southern California’s environmental group held its annual Bring Back The Beach Gala honoring former Heal the Bay president Mark Gold, Oscar winner and eco-activist Jeremy Irons and philanthropist Dr. Howard Murad, founder and CEO of Murad, Inc. The event recognized and honored Southern California’s environmental, business and entertainment community leaders who share love for the beach and dedication to ocean protection. The evening raised more than $1 million for programs that work toward clean beaches and oceans. Celebrity supporters include; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Smart, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Sharon Lawrence, Rachelle Carson Begley & Ed Begley Jr. Guests partied and dined under the stars as this years’ beach party while listening to a special acoustic performance by five-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley.

The Jonathan Club, Santa Monica CA May 16th 2013 WRITTEN BY: Nicole Landers PHOTOGRAPHY BY: HEAL THE BAY

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Sharon Lawrence

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Amy Smart

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OCEANA BEACH HOUSE Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica, CA June 8th 2013


In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8th Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working to protect the world’s oceans teamed up with Nautica, a leading global lifestyle brand creating the Oceana Beach House to celebrate in style. The affair was held beachfront at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, the only community beach house to be LEED Gold certified. The event was cohosted by Aimee Teegarden (CW’s forthcoming Star-Crossed and formerly on NBC’s Friday Night Lights), Keegan Allen & Tyler Blackburn (ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars) and were joined by celebrity supporters Elsa Pataky, Sam Trammell (HBO’s True Blood) and Maya Gabeira (Champion Big Wave Surfer). Guests enjoyed a live musical performance by recording artist Brett Dennen and DJ Benjamin Walker spinned the night away. For more information:

Elsa Pataky


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Sam Trammell

Brett Dennen

Aimee Teegarden


17th ANNUAL MILLENNIUM AWARDS WRITTEN BY: Nicole Landers PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Charley Gallay for Getty Images

At the Fairmont Hotel on June 8th in Santa Monica Global Green USA celebrated the 17th Annual Millennium Awards honoring environmental leaders sharing the commitment to work for a more sustainable, secure and green world. Celebrity presenters of the night included; Ed O’Neill, Ed Begley Jr., Fran Drescher, and Laura and Vanessa Marano. Fran announced her non- profit Cancer Schmancer is teaming up with GGUSA to create less toxic homes across the country. Joining Fran on the green carpet were many celeb friend of GGUSA, TV Actress Elisabeth Rohm and the elegant Film Actress Radha Mitchell just to name a few. The highlight was Los Angeles Mayor Elect, Eric Garcetti a former Global Green Millennium Award recipient who made one of his first post-election appearances. Move over President Clinton you may have someone following in your footsteps. For more information:

Fairmont Hotel, Santa Monica, CA June 8th 2013

Rachelle Carson & Ed Begley Jr.

Vanessa Marano & Laura Marano

Radha Mitchell & Elizabeth Rohm

Ed O’Neil, Fran Drescher, & Mayor Eric Garcetti


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Mayor Eric Garcetti & CEO Matt Peterson

Sebastian Copeland





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