December, 12, 13, 14, 2008



The Los Angeles Times Presents...

A groundbreaking event offering consumers one-stop shopping for green gifts featuring organic food; musical entertainment; and a speaker series with leading visionaries of the 21st Century.



*Arianna Huffington to keynote Festival's premier speaker series.

“Fearless in a Changing World”



Los Angeles, CA (November 13, 2008)The Eco Gift Festival 2008, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is the ultimate consumer marketplace for eco-friendly gifts, with more than 200 leading “green” companies exhibiting sustainable products for the global community. The event features a Speaker Series highlighting Arianna Huffington (Founder-Huffington Post), Michael Brune (Executive Director-Rainforest Action Network), Josh Tickell (award-winning filmmaker "Fuel"), Shallom Berkman (Founder-Urth Caffe), Blake Mycoskie (Founder, Tom's Shoes), Eco-designer Linda Loudermilk, Susan Olsen, aka Cindy Brady on the Children's stage– (“My Life As An Animal Rescuer"),  John Marshall Roberts ("Igniting Inspiration, A Persuasion Manual for Visionaries") and Mallika Chopra "The“Power of Intent to Affect Global Wellness” ( plus more. Musical Performances will include Tom Freund, Chris Pierce, Jillian Speer and The Luminaries.



·A one-of-a-kind “green” Holiday shopping experience in a festival like setting!


Building off of the overwhelming success of the inaugural 2007 event, Eco Gift 2008 projects attendance of 15,000 eco-conscious consumers over three days. Along with

the LA Times this year’s sponsors include KCRW radio, CBS Radio, Envirosax,Yoga Works, Natural Home Magazine, Yoga Journal, Plenty Magazine and Ideal Bite.


“We support the Eco Gift Festival's efforts to raise awareness and provide responsible, environmental solutions for holiday shoppers," said Los Angeles Times director of events and strategic partnerships, Bill Benjamin.


“We spend each year seeking out those companies that are the very best in class in terms of quality and sophistication, who also are committed to the well-being of people and the environment.” said Tommy Rosen, Founder of Eco Gift.  Brett Johnson, CEO of Eco Gift, added, “We are thrilled to present such a strong array of vendors backed up by first-tier media and corporate partners.”


This year’s gift selection at Eco Gift Festival will provide options for everyone’s holiday shopping needs in the following categories:


Accessories                            Baby Products                         Botanicals

Athletic Apparel                     Bath and Body                         Children’s Clothing

Conscious Media                    Eco-Fashion                            Fair Trade Goods

Cosmetics                               Electronics                              Food-Related Gifts

Gardening                               Housewares                             Health and Wellness

Jewelry                                   Toys and Games                     Yoga



*Buy it!  *Wrap It!  *Ship It!  *Gift It!

As a special feature, the Eco Gift Festival offers a One Stop Shopping feature. The

Los Angeles Times will be providing an “eco wrapping station” to assist shoppers

who then can walk over to our eco-shipping station for shipping around the world.



DATE:          Friday December 12 & Saturday, December 13 - 10:00am-8:00pm

                       Sunday, December 14 - 11am-8pm.


LOCATION: Santa Monica Civic Center -1855 Main Street ,  Santa Monica , CA   90401  

 *Tickets are $10 per day/$20 per week-end pass and free for children under 12 and seniors over 65.

* 10% of the profits from the show will be donated to select Los Angeles charities, including GLOBAL GREEN USA.

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  · Eco Gift 2008 is the perfect venue for eco-conscious gift options while teaching us

                                          how to live more sustainably.  




 About Eco Gift:

Founded in 2007 by Tommy Rosen, Eco Gift is the largest environmentally conscious consumer gift show in the world. Eco Gift delivers a stress-free holiday shopping experience unlike any other in the country. Presented in a festival-like setting, Eco Gift showcases world-class live entertainment, socially conscious speakers, an organic food court and on-site eco gift-wrapping and shipping. Eco Gift events provide attendees with access to the products of environmentally conscious companies from a diverse collection of industries such as Home and Garden, Health and Wellness, Bath and Body, Conscious Media, Jewelry, Cosmetics, Children’s Toys and Games, Athletic Apparel, Eco-Fashion, and Yoga supplies. The company holds its events to the highest standards of sustainability, employing green event experts, to ensure their own greening efforts remain at the cutting-edge. Eco Gift donates a percentage of its profits each year to various charities, such as Global Green USA and The Whole Planet Foundation. Currently held uniquely in Los Angeles , Eco Gift will expand to multiple markets in the United States and internationally in 2009.

· Eco Gift 2008 has the goal of achieving a zero waste event.






Friday June 6th & Saturday June 7th, 9am-6pm

The Green Gallery @ The Gallery Los Angeles kicks off Los Angeles Market Week! In an effort to continue to raise awareness of eco friendly, sustainable and humanitarian brands, The Gallery Los Angeles Eco Relations and Marketing brings you The Green Gallery, an industry event for buyers, media and stylists. As the demand for natural and organic products continues to grow, we have taken the initiative to support this positive change by promoting brands who strive to bring sustainability to our world. Featured sponsors include Hollywood Weekly, State of Mind Water and Drop In The Bucket. Proceeds from the sale of State of Mind Water will go to Drop In The Bucket, a charity dedicated to building clean drinking wells in Africa. The Gallery Los Angeles is the perfect venue to relax with a great glass of wine from the open bar, listen to live tunes from DJ Freelook, and connect with amazing humanitarians in the fashion industry.


Simple yet chic, smart yet sexy, this Italian Riviera inspired women’s line was created with the intent to give women the choice to wear eco-friendly fabrics while holding a high design aesthetic. Creator Sandy Skinner designs with the vision of creating an environment where humans, nature and animals live in harmony. With the use of tencel and 100% naturally grown bamboo which requires no pesticides, insecticides or fertilizers; Skinner utilizes these materials to create garments that are cool and comfortable. Located in Los Angeles CA, Ecoskin is committed to donating a percentage of its proceeds to animal and earth friendly charities.


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Apparel Project for Sustainable Living

The idea is simple; a better way for a better world. Re:volve, a men’s and women’s collection, is dedicated to promoting peace by incorporating positive messages on environmentally conscious tees. Born in Park City, Utah, Re:volve uses only sustainable materials and production processes, while adhering to fair trade practices. With the spirit of peace and creating a better earth for all, Re:volve donates portions of it’s proceeds to Waterkeeper Alliance and Peace Alliance.

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Protect the Element

As a mother, founder and designer Roshi Salim believes in the importance of wearing chemical free clothing. Produced in Los Angeles, CA, this collection of women’s and children’s sustainable couture is created with the intent of making a positive contribution to the planet by reducing the amount of chemicals in the manufacturing process of clothing. With the use of organic cotton, bamboo and natural dyes, Roshi’s mission of producing an eco-friendly collection has taken a step in the direction of a pesticide free earth.


HOPE: Helping Other People Everywhere

Promoting education and growth, HOPE is a humanitarian organization focused on supporting social projects across the world. In 2007 the HOPE Campaign sought to bring attention to the crisis in Darfur by collaborating with existing social projects focused on sustainability and development of this society. HOPE has teamed with SurViva, a T-shirt printing program that benefits orphaned genocide survivors in Kigali, Rwanda. Providing 100% bamboo shirts, artwork ready screens, additional print shop tools and funds for supplies, HOPE continues to support this organization by generating orders in the U.S.


Jungle Gurl

Swimwear designer Natalie Golonka has taken the art of swimsuit creation to a new level. Her concept is simple, take vintage fabrics collected throughout her life, and turn them into one of a kind pieces. Based in Silver Lake, CA, Natalie’s inspiration comes from a childhood spent in Fiji and the islands of Hawaii where her father, “Jungle,” still patrols the sea. The Jungle Gurl line is simple yet unique, sophisticated and sustainable. “I just want women to love their bodies” says Natalie, with the hope of helping women recognize their true beauty and strength within.


Threads For Thought

Created to provoke reflection and conversation about critical issues in today’s world, Threads for Thought seeks to inform buyers of the environment, Africa and world conflicts. Threads for Thought produces these men’s and women’s graphic tees with 100% certified organic cotton and strives to find new innovative ways of creating sustainable clothing. Portions of sales support 3 internationally recognized organizations, the International Rescue Committee, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and ENOUGH a project to end genocide and crimes against humanity.



Los Angeles based designer, Amanda Shi developed the name Avita from the Italian word “vita,” meaning life. Her vision is to create sustainable clothing that can be worn for work or play. Her designs merge touches of classic and contemporary and include sweaters, dresses and a variety of sheer overlays. Amanda’s women’s based line utilizes recycled, organic and earth-friendly materials, with the belief that luxury fashion can be socially conscious at the same time.


Panbeh Yoga Bags

Panbeh, translating to “cotton” in Persian, is a line of eco-friendly yoga bags created from organic cotton canvas. Designer Farimah Taghavi seeks to promote the idea of “living in a sustainable society”. Panbeh yoga bags both sustainable and multifunctional, not only can they be used for yoga, but can be used for the gym, the beach or just as an everyday bag.


Smart Glass Jewelry

With a passion to create beautiful things, owner and creator Kathleen Plate was inspired in part by a childhood spent learning to solder and work with stained glass. Stylish and socially conscious, Smart Glass Jewelry is made completely from recycled glass. Pieces that once took the form of beer bottles, Coca-Cola bottles, wine bottles, Aveda product bottles, Skyy Vodka, Perrier and Pellegrino, are transformed into wearable art. Each piece is handcrafted at Plates studio in Atlanta, Georgia. Earthy simplicity and uniqueness are apparent in each piece, appealing to all ages and occasions.

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Sea Bags

Located on the working waterfront of Portland, Maine, Sea Bags was founded in 1999 by Beth Shissler and Hannah Kuiak. The handmade tote bags are inspired and designed from recycled sails. Water resistant and robust, the bags are both stylish and functional. Not only is Sea Bags dedicated to sustainability, proceeds of the limited edition Tri For a Cure Bag go directly to the Maine Cancer Foundation. Whether it’s for everyday use or a trip to the beach, Sea Bags continues to grow in popularity and demand as fashionistas around the globe become more eco-aware.


Angel Court Jewelry

The Angel Court Jewelry collection is a collaboration of artistic expression by designers Angela Burgess and Courtney Taylor. Handcrafted in their historic loft, located in the heart of downtown Meridian, Mississippi, the creative ideas of these two women come together to form this unique line. Nontraditional, recycled objects are combined with antique elements to create pieces that are romantic yet encompass a rock and roll edge. A $1 donation will be made to Drop in the bucket for every two designs sold from the latest line “Proverb.”


State of Mind Water

Bottled from a gently filtered mountain spring located in a federally protected wilderness area in Utah, this pristine quality of water is completely environmental friendly. Each eco aware bottle advocates a positive message such as ‘love” and “compassion”, promoting the well being of our earth. Founder Laura Thereza knew from a young age she wanted to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, sparking the idea of State of Mind Water. The product officially came to market on January 1st of 2008, and has since grown rapidly in success. State of mind is a proud supporter of Drop In The Bucket and donates proceeds of each bottle sold to building safe drinking wells in schools and communities in Africa.


Drop In The Bucket

Formed in 2006, this non-profit organization is dedicated to combating the deadly water crisis in Africa. Drop In The Bucket has set out to better the water resources by raising money to build clean water wells with very little money in operating costs. Though we use water constantly, we think very little about it and its place in our lives; Drop in the bucket is committed to help raise awareness of these severe situations in Africa.

VeeV, A Better Way to Drink

VeeV is the world’s first Acai spirit and has grown in popularity since its 2007 launch. Acai, the national fruit of Brazil, is packed with nutrients and antioxidants, enhancing the taste of this one of a kind vodka. To help insure the sustainability of Acai, VeeV donates $1 from every bottle sold to the Sambazon’s Sustainable Acai Project.


The Wellness Bag

With a back ground in interior design, Melissa Graves initially created the wellness bags for her massage therapy clients. With positive feed back Graves soon decided to sell the bags in spas around the Los Angeles area. Graves creates each bag using recycled designer fabric and rice to produce natural heat therapy in chic styles. Every bag is individual and completely eco friendly. 


THE GREEN GALLERY is our way of creating awareness about the harmful effects occurring in the environment and to promote sustainability within the fashion industry.

We invite you to join us in creating a better future. Peace.

The Gallery Los Angeles, Inc.






Ethanol Denim - Green or Not?
by Joyce Chow
Ethanol Denim introduced it’s environmentally friendly premium denim line at the California Market Center in Los Angeles on April 9th, midst greenery, models and music by Prince’s very own DJ Rashida.


Glitterati Magazine, Jacques Cardin (JC) Cognac, and Hansen’s Natural Beverages were all in plentiful supply. Mum was the word on the models, which held their place, but differing from mannequins with a periodic move or crack of a smile.


Curious if Ethanol denim was actually green or if a buzzword was being used to sell denim, I spoke with the principles who referred me to each other and after several attempts, realized, that they were not interested in answering questions about their new denim line. Although the invitation was hoping to catch the attention of talent, stylists and press, no information about the denims were available.


So is Ethanol denim, actually green? The invitation promoted that it was environmentally friendly denim, so what does it mean to be environmentally friendly vs. green? Good question. Similar to many products that promote being green, whether or not the product and/or the company are green, and it’s importance in your buying decision, is up to you. Something was definitely green, the greenery.


(C) MBN 2008 Joyce Chow

Three Lollies Goes Organic!

The Makers of Preggie Pop Drops and Queasy Drops Have Two New Organic Products to Help Ease Queasy Stomachs.

Los Angeles, CA (April, 2008) -- With the country on the move towards a "greener" life, it's no wonder Three Lollies, the company that has been soothing the queasy stomachs of pregnant women worldwide, has made the leap to join the organic lifestyle.

"Three Lollies products have always been natural," says co-founder Dr. Jim Pathman. "So it was a simple transition to move from our natural products to the addition of two organic products: our Preggie Pop Drops and Queasy Drops."

The company's popular Preggie Pop Drops, used to calm morning sickness associated with pregnancy, and Queasy Drops, used to aid in the relief of nausea caused by anything from motion sickness to chemotherapy, have replaced the refined sugar and corn syrup used to make the therapeutic drops with all-natural organic cane juice and organic brown rice syrup. Both aforementioned products are Certified USDA Organic.

Doctor Tatyana Gurvich, Pharmacologist and Professor, had this to say: "There are many strong, safe and effective traditional medicines your healthcare provider can prescribe for nausea which will work very well. However, with the natural food industry becoming so popular, more and more people are turning to alternative medicine. Several different essential oils have been shown to be helpful in easing nausea associated with motion sickness, pregnancy and chemotherapy, such as those found in Preggie Drops and Queasy Drops."

The company's products are created using specific essential oils in flavors known to help ease stomach problems, and work along with aromatherapy, mode of delivery, and organic ingredients to combat a queasy stomach and ease the symptoms.

By using oils obtained from ginger, mint, lemon, raspberries and apples, Three Lollies has created a one-of-a-kind product for not only expectant mothers to use, but also for anyone experiencing the discomfort of queasiness.

These products, developed by healthcare professionals are available in a variety of flavors. The organic Preggie Pop Drops come in Sour Raspberry, Sour Lemon and Green Apple; the Queasy Drops come in flavors of Ginger, Peppermint and Sour Raspberry.

These products retail for around $5.95 for a package of 12 lozenges, and can be purchased online at or at retailers nationwide. Retailers can be found on the website by zip code.




Earth® Footwear: Good for You. Good for the Planet.™

Waltham, MA, April 2008 – A leader in the growing category of healthy shoes, Earth® today affirms its commitment to offer whole-body benefits in its footwear that will be increasingly underscored by a focus on incorporating eco-friendly processes and practices.

With this holistic dedication to both the health of the individual and the health of the environment, Earth is proud of its 2008 pursuit to develop footwear that is separate and unique in the marketplace in being both "good for you and good for the planet."

In a cultural climate with increasingly elevated consumer expectations, Earth is building on its reputation for offering stylish designs with healthy benefits. What distinguishes Earth footwear as ‘healthy’ is its standout attribute – KalsØ Negative Heel® Technology™ - incorporated into the design of every shoe. This unique sole design positions the toes slightly higher than the heels at a 3.7° incline. This small change shifts one’s body weight back, and makes a huge difference, generating the ensuing benefits of better leg and calf toning, tighter thighs, stronger core muscles, straighter posture, and better breathing. The cumulative effect of these benefits is a workout for the entire body - an experience that allows one to get more out of conventional walking, enabling one to ‘burn more calories with every step’.

Tantamount to Earth’s innovation in the category of healthy footwear is Earth’s commitment to ‘green’ innovation. Through continuous research and exploration of eco-conscious methodologies and ‘greener’ practices, Earth has made notable improvements in measurable areas of environmental concern - re-imagining packaging methods, and stripping-down unnecessary and potentially harmful materials that are the sources of unneeded waste in footwear.

As it relates to Earth’s product and packaging:

• 100% of the footwear line is developed using water-borne adhesives. As most solvents are classified as volatile organic compounds that have carcinogenic and ozone-destroying properties, using water-borne adhesives as an alternative greatly reduces harmful environmental run-off and adverse environmental impact.

The majority of the line’s quarter and footbed linings are constituted of post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Insole boards - in both closed-toe shoes and boots - are comprised of recycled milk cartons.

• All protective shoe bags are made from either abundantly available hemp or PLA (polylactide) - a biodegradable, thermoplastic polyester.

• All shoe packaging is glue-free, of a one-piece construction, made from 30% post-consumer recycled content, and printed using soy-based inks.

At it relates to environmental practices at the company level:

• All Earth consumer catalogs are printed on recycled paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international organization that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests by setting internationally recognized standards. Relative to conventional printing methods, Earth’s Spring 2008 catalog - printed on post-consumer recycled fiber processed without chlorine - preserved 494 trees, saved 209,499 gallons of waste water, and conserved 347,350,000 BTUs of energy.

• 2008 also marks the extension of Earth’s partnership with Earth Share, a nationwide federation that supports local, national, and international, conservation and environmental organizations who work to protect public health and land, air, water and wildlife. Earth will continue to contribute $5 USD to the organization for every pair of Earth brand footwear purchased and registered at (with a minimum $25,000

annual donation). Earth Share member charities include the Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and the National Audubon Society.

• Finally, at the community level, Earth employees will personalize outreach of the company’s sustainability platform through volunteer service at Waltham Fields Community Farm ( On Earth Day, a small group of Earth associates will engage in a day of service in the home town of its headquarters alongside stakeholders of the farm who provide fresh, naturally-grown, produce to local New England area food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. All participating Earth associates will receive a bamboo/organic cotton blend T-shirt with the messaging "Good for You. Good for the Planet".

"A commitment to the environment, and to sustainable business practices, runs up and down the organization, and is very much part of our DNA," comments Dave Aznavorian, Vice President of Marketing for Earth. "While many of our loyal customers may be out there ‘burning calories’, and feeling healthy while wearing our footwear, we’d also like them to feel confident that there’s consideration of the environment behind their product’s design. Our commitment to health is broad and far-reaching. Our plans are to advance this approach in line with the high expectations we hold for ourselves as both a responsible and sustainable business entity."

About Earth

Earth is a world-renowned footwear and apparel brand of Earth, Inc., based in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information or product imagery, please visit





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