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The San Francisco Green Film Festival

By Heather O'Neill
February 23, 2012
File under: Culture, Green Events

Next week from March 1–7, the San Francisco Green Film Festival kicks off its second season with a new crop of eco-friendly entertainment. The lineup promises to be a mix of amusing, thought-provoking and inspiring events, appropriate for the die-hard green warrior and the casual kitchen composter alike.

As the Bay Area’s only green festival dedicated to films and new forms of media, the San Francisco Green Film Festival is a weeklong exploration of green issues and sustainable living.

This year’s films include local premieres of 40 films from around the globe, with 50 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers. The festival will also feature special events, parties, panels and educational programs, inviting festival attendees to get involved and take action with environmental causes important to them. This year’s festival will take place at the San Francisco Film Society Cinema, located at 1746 Post Street in San Francisco.

On opening night, attendees can enjoy the “The Island President,” a new film by Bay Area resident Jon Shenk. Shenk chronicles the year he spent with President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he confronted a problem no other world leader has ever faced: the literal survival of his country and everyone in it, due to the devastating impacts of climate change. Witness the first chapter of his global environmental fight, a fight that, following his forced resignation on February 7th, has clearly only just begun.

After the film, attend an opening night reception with food and beverages and live entertainment.

Highlights of the 2nd Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival include:

  • San Francisco Premieres of Bay Area filmmaker Jon Shenk’s “The Island President”
  • Anthony Baxter’s “You’ve Been Trumped”
  • San Francisco premiere of a short film by Summer Rayne Oakes, who is billed as the world’s top eco-model.
  • World Premiere of Mary Liz Thomson & Darryl Cherney’s “Who Bombed Judi Bari?”
  • Sneak Preview of Emily James’s “Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws”
  • Launch of “Lights! Camera! Action Steps!” which links festival attendees who’d like to get involved with leaders in local environmental causes

For more information on the San Francisco Green Film Festival, click here. To buy tickets, click here.

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By Heather O'Neill
April 22, 2011
File under: Contests, Fashion


In her elegant new book, Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox, leading academic Sandy Black examines the way the fashion industry is changing to accommodate the environmental concerns of the twenty first century. Using case studies of designers, Black exposes the truth behind the clothes we wear, explores alternate fashion practices and assesses their feasibility.

Using fashion designer such as Katharine Hamnett, Marks and Spencer and Linda Loudermilk as examples, the book illustrates how eco-friendly processes are finding their way into the industry and tracks ethical fashion’s evolution from hemp shirts and rope sandals to high heels and haute couture.

Replete with stunning photography, the book is at once a history lesson and a peek into the future for any fashionista.

Eco-Chic continues Black Dog publishing commitment to the environment and to responsible design. To that end, the company is offering one ecomii a free copy of this beautiful book.

Just leave a comment here about how your commitment to the environment has changed your views on fashion. One reader will be selected at random on Friday, April 29.

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Recycle: The Essential Guide

By Heather O'Neill
April 15, 2011
File under: Books, Contests, Eco-Friendly Activities


Despite it being a mandatory practice in many communities, recycling can be confusing. What materials are recyclable? What happens to the materials once they leave our blue recycling bins? Is it really worth the time and effort?

Recycle: The Essential Guide is an indispensable handbook to recycling today. In clear, simple language and helpful visual aids, the book tackles everything you’ll ever need to know about recycling, from the urgency of resource depletion on a global scale to what individuals can do to reduce waste in their own home.

The book is a handbook for those who want to learn more about waste and how to reduce their carbon footprint.

To that end, ecomii will be giving away a gently used copy of Recycle to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment here on ways you have reduced waste in your household. The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, April 22.

But actually, everyone can come out a winner. Ecomii readers in the US and the UK can order Recycle for 40% off by emailing with their delivery address. Jessica will process the order and get back to you.

Good luck and happy recycling!

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Help Pass the Safe Chemicals Act

By Heather O'Neill
March 15, 2011
File under: Health

Kid-Safe Chemicals Act: 10 Americans @ Yahoo! Video

This year the Environmental Working Group is leading a very important environmental campaign – the drive to pass the Safe Chemicals Act in Congress. This legislation will revolutionize how we protect children and other vulnerable people from toxic chemicals – a long overdue change.

The video is a little bit long — about 22 minutes — but well worth the time.

To make a donation to EWG’s campaign, click here.

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Natural Beauty from a Natural Source

By Heather O'Neill
November 15, 2010
File under: Personal Care


At 39, I am at that wonderful age where every sin I have ever committed is showing itself on my face. Wrinkles, ages spots, uneven skin tone… you name it. There is a map of my all-nighters, a log of every visit to the tanning bed and evidence of way too many toasts appearing on my visage.

In short, the skin that I used to get compliments on is starting to look like an old bag.

Now that I am older and wiser I take care of my skin but what I have really been looking for is something to undo some of the damage. I have read a lot about skincare and argan oil has come up time and again as a cure-all for what ails your skin. But what is it?

According to Josie Maran, founder of Josie Maran Cosmetics, argan oil has several unique medicinal properties that help promote skin healing and longevity. It is exceptionally rich in natural tocopherols (vitamin E), phenols and phenolic acid, carotenes, squalene, and essential fatty acids. These substrates, according to Maran, serve as building blocks for the biochemical processes involved in skin healing. …read more of Natural Beauty from a Natural Source here

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