Archive for the ‘Editor’s Note’ Category
Our June issue celebrates fathers and green guys all over the world. We applaud everyone who wishes to make better choices for their health and the environment, but we want to give a special shout out this month to the eco-conscious men out there.
Recently I was asked to be the maid of honor in my good friend’s wedding. On the day of the ceremony, the bridal party indulged in gel manicures, which require many coats of gel and time under UV lights to dry. As I was sipping water from my “Maid of Honor” embossed tumbler and enjoying the moment, I noticed the skin around my nails was burning while my hands were under the glowing light. This concerned me, but I soon forgot about the pain and chalked it up to nothing. I later mentioned it to my friend, and she remembered feeling the same stinging sensation. I then thought, “Wait, we’re knowingly putting ourselves through this?” I looked up the ingredients in nail polish and nail treatments and was taken aback. I knew nail polish wasn’t natural, but I certainly didn’t think formaldehyde was in it. Gross! It’s shocking to realize that I routinely put myself through harsh treatments and willingly expose myself to chemicals in the name of beauty.
In this day and age, it’s hard to imagine that there was once a time when recycling and reducing water usage or carrying reusable bags were considered absurd. These habits are becoming so normalized that they’re no longer seen as an inconvenient or senseless practice. The same goes for buying organic and local foods, which was once reserved for only wealthy or highly food-conscious people. It’s so refreshing to see supermarkets stocking shelves with healthier options and specialty health food and product stores becoming more mainstream. It reminds me that we’re all after the same goal of being better to the planet and to ourselves. With that in mind, we bring you our Earth Day issue.
In this issue, Green Living magazine brings you stories on how to unplug and reconnect with nature; the benefits of energy medicine; eco-communities in Arizona; and a woman whose passion for the truth contributed to the very first Earth Day. Also featured is a story on Waste Not, a local nonprofit company that saves thousands of pounds of perishable food which would otherwise be thrown away from restaurants and other establishments and delivers it same-day to people in need. Read about the Avondale tree planting initiative; 11 tips to reduce chemical exposure at home; and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Teen Conservation Leadership Corps. Additionally, we’ve included a followup Q&A with Jared Bucey, better known as the “Kid Against Chemo” and our cover story from the February issue. We received a lot of positive feedback from Jared’s inspirational story, but it also sparked some further questions from our readers. We hope to answer all your burning questions and more with the help of Jared’s mother Lisa, his naturopathic doctor Shaida Sina, and cancer experts Ty and Charlene Bollinger.
Growing up in a small town in California that was minutes from the beach and known for its strawberry fields, I still took the natural beauty of this planet for granted. As I grew older and moved from California to Arizona, I learned to love and cherish the variety of ecosystems and landscapes we have on this planet. I want to help raise awareness about the protection of our natural resources and the people and creatures that inhabit it, for both current and future generations. Here at Green Living magazine we aim to bring the concept of sustainability and living green to everyone regardless of income or lifestyle – green is for everybody
I’m very pleased to be the new Associate Editor of Green Living magazine and to be part of this wonderful publication. My entire life, I knew I wanted to work in publishing – reading and writing were my favorite hobbies growing up, and I quickly discovered I also had an eye for editing. I graduated with my BA in English Literature from Arizona State University in 2013, and caught a lucky break when my first job interview led me to a technical publishing company in Fountain Hills. I loved the work, but discovered the subject matter was not my passion. I met with Dorie Morales and discovered the breath of fresh air that is Green Living. Read more
When I arrived here at Green Living in September of last year, I could not have anticipated my stay being so short. It is with a heavy heart that I have decided February’s issue will be my last. I have enjoyed the opportunity to bring some cool changes to Green Living that I know will be continued on through Dorie, our driven Publisher; Crista, our innovative Creative Director; and Jeffrey, our dedicated Director of Operations. Read more
Happy New Year! I could not be happier to unveil our first issue of 2015! Since my arrival at Green Living in September of last year, many changes have taken place (have you noticed?) and many more are in store. We are working hard to ensure our content is well aligned with what you, our valued readers, want to see while continuing to bring you the latest on sustainability in all sectors on a local as well as global scale. Read more
Can you believe it’s almost the end of the year? Where did 2014 go? I am happy to say that this year has bestowed many blessings upon my family and me, and I hope it has done the same for you.
December is filled with the continuation of celebrations that often include family, friends and, of course, food. But we invite you to reprogram your thinking this year to focus on what the season means to you from a religious or spiritual standpoint, or something else entirely. Read more