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30 mai 2013

MOOD: ONE OCEAN ONE BREATH par ISABELLE

Eusebio and Christina Saenz de Santamaria are professional freedivers –real athletes– who share their passion and work with photos and videos.

I just fell in love with these graceful and stunning images! But I can’t help thinking of the ocean, so powerful and yet so fragile. We HAVE to protect it. Which means: less plastic, less waste, less energy –turn off these lights you don’t rally need ;)–, and more recycling… Even cigarette butts thrown on the city streets end up their trip in the ocean. YES. And, they are NOT biodegradable. And, oh, as you probably know, they contain harmful chemicals.

So, while you enjoy these wonderful shades of blue, just think about it. It’s just a few simple simple actions to take, but if we all do, they will have a tremendous impact. Love xx

http://www.oneoceanonebreath.com

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10 avril 2013

JANE GOODALL-GOOD FOR US ALL par TIFFANY

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I recently saw Dr. Jane Goodall speak. I went with my mom, and didn’t realize that it would be the perfect mother-daughter bonding opportunity. The thing is, Dr. Goodall’s mother encouraged Jane at every step towards becoming the figure she is today.  Her message was clear : let children play in the dirt and teach them about how to take the future of the planet into their own hands because we’ve done a good job of making a mess of it. The interdependence between generations is a central part of Dr. Goodall’s legacy. Even in her acknowledgement of the depressing state of environmental affairs, Dr. Goodall’s discussion was joyful and hope-affirming. My favorite thing she said is, « It isn’t a good day unless something can be added to your store of memories. » I’ll take that advice.

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7 décembre 2012

WANTED: J.E.M. WONDERS par ISABELLE

Christmas is coming and this is what I put in my wishlist. I dream about these pure marvels called « Void » and « Maya ». They look even more beautiful when you know the gold used for JEM –stands for Jewellery Ethically Minded– did not harm people or nature.
So, what would be more precious than this gold? Love, maybe?

www.jem-paris.com

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30 novembre 2012

MOOD: WE ♥ STELLA par ISABELLE

« There has never in history of fashion been a British fashion house with a woman’s name on the label that has ever been truly global. »

That’s what Stella McCartney was told. But she couldn’t hear that -damn she was right- ; and even added another difficulty: sustainable production. Yet, Stella has just been named both ‘Designer Brand of the Year’ and ‘Designer of the Year’ at British Fashion Awards.

Thank you Stella for making fashion, beauty, femininity, creativity, glamour, compatible with a responsible business. And, congratulations.

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19 octobre 2012

WANTED: ANDREA CREWS ANIMAL TEES par ISABELLE

I just fell in love with these absolutely gorgeous tees, by activist Paris based brand Andrea Crews. Crying animals, what a meaningful symbol!
You can find them at La Cour, a quite confidential yet really cool store in Paris ; as well as at Colette.

www.andreacrews.com

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10 octobre 2012

MOOD: THE SMITH | MEAT IS MURDER par ISABELLE

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Heifer whines could be human cries
Closer comes the screaming knife
This beautiful creature must die
This beautiful creature must die
A death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER

And the flesh you so fancifully fry
Is not succulent, tasty or kind
It’s death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER

And the calf that you carve with a smile
It is MURDER
And the turkey you festively slice
It is MURDER
Do you know how animals die?

Kitchen aromas aren’t very homely
It’s not « comforting », cheery or kind
It’s sizzling blood and the unholy stench
Of MURDER

It’s not « natural », « normal » or kind
The flesh you so fancifully fry
The meat in your mouth
As you savour the flavour
Of MURDER

NO, NO, NO, IT’S MURDER
NO, NO, NO, IT’S MURDER
Oh … and who cares about an animals life?

21 septembre 2012

DEAR APPLE, INC. par ISABELLE

I love apple devices. I have never had any computer but Macs and I wouldn’t change. But I am aware that many times Apple has been rated as the worst environmental friendly company by Greenpeace. In the past 5 years I have sent 3 or 4 mails to the consumer services, explaining my desagreement. Never got any answer. Today I am sending a new one, but instead of sharing it only with some random hypothetic employee, I thought I could also share it with you. Here it is.

« Dear Apple, Inc.,

I have sent at least three e-mails in the past years and never got any answer. I know you are very busy, and I am too, but I still feel concerned enough to send another mail.

I am an Apple addict and I love your devices. Yet, I feel very uncomfortable with the environmental (non) policy of your company. Apple’s spirit is modern and « different », positive, and for me, it is not compatible with destruction. Yet, Apple, Inc. is NOT a good company in a matter of environment. How come?

How come Apple’s devices can’t get recycled properly, are programmed to be replaced instead of being repaired when sometimes just a little part is broken?

How come the new iPhone’s plug is not compatible with the cords we arleady have?

Have you ever heard about rare earth minerals, that are required to built electronic devices, and which extraction, mainly in Africa, takes the lives of hundreds of people -adults and children – and pollutes huge surfaces of ground?

What about planned obsolescence, how long is the iPhone5 programmed for?

How come the new Apple factory in North Carolina will triple its electric power needs, which will make it equivalent to the consumption of 80 000 american households?

What about iCloud, that requires more and more power… I used to LOVE MobileMe even though I had to pay for it. The free iCloud is not as good, actually; Where is my iDisk? Low cost + low tech (even in matter of coal energy), I call that « microsoftisation ».

A company is meant to make money, and the more they make the better it is. I totally agree with that statement. However, human and nature rights should come FIRST.

Designing and developing such intelligent devices requires a lot of intelligent employees. I can’t believe a company that makes trillions of benefits and hires so many intelligent people cannot find a solution for a more clever sourcing.

My phone company once called to propose the new iPhone5 for a bunch of € that I could totally afford. My answer was, because of environmental concern I’d rather turn down the offer (you can image the employee’s reaction over the phone :) ). Two friends of mine did the same. If I know three people who think that way, there are probably millions. Does that mean you could sell more iPhones and computers if they were greener products? Maybe. Times change…

Anyhow, I’d love to get this new iPhone5. But I won’t. Not yet. And I will make sure my old phone gets recycled, as far as it is possible…

Cheers,

Isabelle »

Well, I know this is a crazy idea but just in case anyone would want to send their own letter, this is the link to Apple services: http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

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4 septembre 2012

WANTED: GREEN COCONUT WATER 2DIE4 par CAROLINE

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The best coconut water on the planet, look no further, I found it! I think I actually tried them all…but they never match my idealistic requirements or « greenness »;), or divine taste, or just simply because perfection is illusory. But now I am not sure anymore….seriously: 100% raw, not heated, 100% organic, sustainable business and fairtrade, exquisite taste and beyond healthy! Sure we could expect a bottle that is not made out of plastic (although recyclable)…Bravo though!
www.harmlesscoconut.com

4 septembre 2012

WANTED: A NAIL POLISH THAT DOES NO HARM par CAROLINE

RGBOn the lookout for green innovative brands most of the time, I just came accross RGB. Having nail polish on my nails is not exactly an obsession, but a bottle of a cool red has been part of my beauty case for a long time. I’ve tried many brands that are water-based or that claim similar « reassuring » qualities to their formulas, but hey….they last for a day or two…Now, good news, not this one! I swear. My favourite is the « foundation » shade. RGB claims products that are cruelty-free (thank you!), contain none of the unhealthy and potentially dangerous chemicals such as toluene, DBP, formaldehyde or camphor. Not that this will save the planet, but at least we can say RGB is not heading towards the wrong direction;)

http://www.rgbcosmetics.com

1 septembre 2012

MOOD: HEAVEN IS EARTH par CAROLINE

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Just thought I could share that moment. That kind when one can feel filled with only the power of nature. It was at dawn in the desert of Joshua tree. And its « velvet breeze » was floating. Almost too much for the senses. Indeed it was heaven…

27 août 2012

WANTED: STELLA MC CARTNEY SWEATER par ISABELLE

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I think the brand is my favorite for this season. Not only because it is sustainable. I just love the colors, the style and the designs. Oh, this  sweater… and the shirt in the Fall Winter campaign are just perfect.

24 juillet 2012

PIETER HUGO | PERMANENT ERROR par ISABELLE

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In case you ever wanted to know what happens to your old computers when they are « recycled », go see this absolutely stunning exhibition at Musée de L’Élysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Pieter Hugo -who has previously been mentionned in this blog by Vincent- is a South African photographer. It is precisely in Lausanne that I first discovered his powerful portraits of Albinos, in 2005. I love these large format photographs, mostly of African characters. This technique requires a lot of patience and trust between the photographer and his subjects and their interactions are very well described through three still videos featured in the exhibition.

Pieter Hugo’s work is incredibly intense picturally speaking, but is also emotionally, socially and politically engaged. In this first retrospective, the Serie « Permanent Error » evidences the pervertion of « recycling programs ». I recommend.

« During 2009-2010 Hugo photographed the people and landscape of an expansive dump of obsolete technology in Ghana. The area, on the outskirts of a slum known as Agbogbloshie, is referred to by local inhabitants as Sodom and Gomorrah, a vivid acknowledgment of the profound inhumanity of the place. When Hugo asked the inhabitants what they called the pit where the burning takes place, they repeatedly responded: ‘For this place, we have no name’.

Their response is a reminder of the alien circumstances that are imposed on marginal communities of the world by the West’s obsession with consumption and obsolesce. This wasteland, where people and cattle live on mountains of motherboards, monitors and discarded hard drives, is far removed from the benefits accorded by the unrelenting advances of technology.

The UN Environment Program has stated that Western countries produce around 50 million tons of digital waste every year. In Europe, only 25 percent of this type of waste is collected and effectively recycled. Much of the rest is piled in containers and shipped to developing countries, supposedly to reduce the digital divide, to create jobs and help people. In reality, the inhabitants of dumps like Agbogbloshie survive largely by burning the electronic devices to extract copper and other metals out of the plastic used in their manufacture. The electronic waste contaminates rivers and lagoons with consequences that are easily imaginable. In 2008 Green Peace took samples of the burnt soil in Agbogbloshie and found high concentrations of lead, mercury, thallium, hydrogen cyanide and PVC.

Notions of time and progress are collapsed in these photographs. There are elements in the images that fast-forward us to an apocalyptic end of the world as we know it, yet the alchemy on this site and the strolling cows recall a pastoral existence that rewinds our minds to a medieval setting. The cycles of history and the lifespan of our technology are both clearly apparent in this cemetery of artifacts from the industrialised world. We are also reminded of the fragility of the information and stories that were stored in the computers which are now just black smoke and melted plastic. »

www.pieterhugo.com

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12 juillet 2012

OLIAFUR ELIASON « LITTLE SUN » AT TATE MODERN par ISABELLE

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The sun is -although we haven’t seen it for quite a while here in Paris- a tremendous source of power and sustainable energy. Olafur Eliason brings a new project about it to Tate Modern this summer. Developed over the last two years, Little Sun is a work of art that brings solar-powered light to off-grid areas of the world. It will feature a space on the third floor of the gallery, where visitors can learn about solar power, the global energy challenge, and its importance in and for life.

I personally believe we should go for sustainable energy, step by step, and give up shitty nuke power. I’m glad such a great artist brings the opportunity to open minds on this particular subject.

http://www.tate.org.uk

Photo below: « The Weather Project » with a huge light circle at Tate Modern in 2003. Love it.

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18 avril 2012

WANTED: STELLA MACCARTNEY SS2012 SUNGLASSES par ISABELLE

I don’t think I have ever mentioned Stella Mc Cartney on this blog before, although I love her organic cotton shirts. She is a vegetarian, never uses leather in her collections that are eco friendly produced. I just discovered the SS2012 Eyewear collection, here is a little preview. I don’t know how far they are sustainably produced, but I believe they look very good anyway.

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http://www.stellamccartney.com

12 mars 2012

POSSIBLE – IN MEMORIAM FUKUSHIMA par ISABELLE

This beautiful film speaks by itself and I won’t add much. I just have the feeling that Nature, although it can sometimes be a threat to human lives, is the only source of life. It brings us our everyday good food, wine and water. We should never forget to respect it, as we respect our dearest friends.
It is possible to go for a green future, WITHOUT NUCLEAR POWER, and I can’t help but being hopeful.
Warm thoughts to our Japanese friends.

www.love-pof.com

2 novembre 2011

TWENTY PEAS, YES PLEASE par TIFFANY

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Last week I went to Twenty Peas’ opening celebration. Lucky, lucky me. I heaped as much of what they were offering onto my plate, and greedily ate delicious butternut squash tart, soy bean sprout salad, roasted vegetables, and later a creamy celery and cauliflower soup. After I was done thinking about how good that butternut squash tart was, I attacked the pastry table which included multiple French toast squares and housemade Pim’s. The best was the little bag of mini financiers and jar of mini jam that were tucked in my pocket as a parting gift (which I happily devoured le lendemain matin).

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This good food is actually good food : fresh products that reflect the season, cheese from Neal’s Yard, wine from La Contre Etiquette. It all changes daily, and I can’t wait to go back to see what they’ll cook up next. Oh, and it’s the cutest place on earth.

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59, rue des Mathurins – 75008

(images courtesy of Léa et Irina)

2 novembre 2011

FOREVER NUCLEAR POWER? par ISABELLE

This video makes all of us want to cry, and yet, there is no sign of change in government policies. We all know nuke power is highly dangerous, yet new plants are still being built all over the world.

A long time ago, we believed radioactivity was revolutionary and absolutely safe. We used to manipulate radium as in the image below. We are now aware that radioactivity is harmful not only for our environment but also for those who are exposed. It is not just another common electric power process. It has to be handled with care, or not handled at all.
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But it is not. Many accidents have occured. And we are exposed. Take a quick look at this map displaying existing nuclear plants. Isn’t that enough? Scary, huh.

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Nuke power is not the sunshine of our lives. Unlike natural disasters, nuclear minor or major accidents can be avoided. Take action! Think how simple it is to save energy at home and at work. And if you believe this is not enough, you also can support organisations that fight everyday for a brighter future. Greenpeace, and the WWF are doing a great job, and need your financial support. So, stop complaining and DO IT, DO IT, GO!

Photo credits : Vintage transparent plate for projections in french physics class pictured by talented Vianney. Map via mapcruzin.com.

30 septembre 2011

JANE GOODALL, STYLISH QUEEN OF NATURE CONSERVATION. par ISABELLE

As you might know Jane Goodall is the woman who faught for the life of thousands of chimpanzees, before anyone else. She has been talked about recently during the « Jane Goodall Live » , a film tour accross the USA.

This post is a tribute to her work, of course, but also to her style and beauty. She’s been an important figure and influencer, for me, ever since I was a little girl watching animal documentaries on TV. She once again prooves that you can be an activist and still be feminine and keep a great style… Which is probably true the other way round : you won’t loose anything when becoming a nature defender. Like Jane, don’t be afraid, go green, go !

I love these pictures, they’re just amazing.

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Here is a timelapse video also infuenced by her commitment to nature.

A Timelapse Journey with Nature – Jane Goodall Version from Henry Jun Wah Lee

Check janegoodalllive.com for more info and tour dates.

14 août 2011

TORREY TORREY CANYON par ISABELLE

Le 18 mars 1967 le pétrolier Torrey Canyon déverse 120 000 tonnes de pétrole brut dans la Manche, créant ainsi la première catastrophe écologique due au transport du pétrole. Serge Gainsbourg en fait une chanson. 44 ans et beaucoup d’autres désastres plus tard, nous sommes toujours dépendants du pétrole. Une petite rehab ?

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On march 18, 1967, the Torrey Canyon supertanker spilled 120,000 tons of crude oil in the English Channel, causing the first major environmental disaster due to oil transportation. Serge Gainsbourg got inspired and composed this song. It was 44 years ago and many other catastrophies occured since then, but we are still addicted to oil and no rehab is planned (yet).

5 juillet 2011

WHAT IS THE ACCEPTABLE PERCENTAGE OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS ? par ISABELLE

Lately I took part in many conversations about what we should eat or wear, and how much cruelty to animals is bearable. It started with the lovely Barbara, who has been a convinced vegetarian since her childhood. When I told her I attended a Corrida, and actually liked it, she was horrified.
I totally understand your feelings, Barbara!

I also talked a little bit with Jeremy, happy owner of Sultan, a fabulous brand of menswear. He pretends he is not eco conscious, but I can tell you his collections are! The 100% made in France collaboration with Paraboots is amazing, I’ll mention it in an upcoming post. I loved the look of the shoes with seal fur, but I could NEVER wear them, because of the feeling a cute animal of an endangered species has been murdered so that my feet will look cool. When I told him, he answered his company only kill bad seals and let the good seals live. Ha ha ha, I sure believe that!

There’s also this article from the Fearless Blog, that I really appreciated. They say you don’t have to put labels on people, like, if you’re a vegetarian you’re supposed to act some way, whereas if you eat meat you’re a bad bad bad killer.

For my part I was raised in the countryside, where people grow animals. It sounds weird, when you think about it, to take good care of a Being everyday, and then when you’re hungry you just kill it.
Is this cruelty, or just life ?

Is it a crime to kill for food? I am not a vegetarian but I eat a very low amount of meat, that I choose of good quality and local. I am aware of the tremendous impact red meat has on our planet, and I personally don’t want to be part of that. Meanwhile, I am french and a food lover, and can’t imagine a parisian bistrot without a good steak frites on the menu! We have to keep that tradition, but with local and good quality products, and maybe less quantities. Besides, I suppose there probably should be a program to modernise slaughterhouses to limit the pain.
Also, animals kill each other, don’t they ? And we humans are part of the food chain, right?

Is it a crime to kill because you want to look good? I don’t know, but I would never buy fur or leather from an animal that was raised for this purpose. Yet, I love to wear vintage fur, and leather from animals that were raised for their meat in the first place.

Is it a crime to kill to maintain traditions? I don’t know, but for my part I have the feeling that cruelty is part of nature. I respect ancient traditions that are very close to sacrifices, because sometimes we need to be in contact with death and its symbolic power. Like, corrida represents the symbol of a risky fight for life. Like whaling on a tiny little boat, once in a year, as they used to in the ancient times, at the risk of the sailor’s lives. Confrontation with nature is part of our « human animality ». But using modern equipments to perform a masacre, like they do every year at the whaling in the Faroe Islands, how human is that?

Is it a crime to kill for pleasure? That, I feel, is totally unbearable.

In the end, I would place Nature’s rights above all. And since we’re part of it, we can kill, eat, but not destroy. This is my own private opinion, and I am conscious of my contradictions. Well, life is not in black and white! It’s more like in a technicolor movie. Yes, you can be an eco activist AND wear leather. There is no « 100% » cruel or « 100% » nice, there are only inbetweens!

I would love to get feedback on that matter.

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