About

OUR MISSION

COCO ECO celebrates a worldly appreciation of an eco-chic lifestyle, highlighting an emerging and sophisticated culture that doesn’t compromise ethics for aesthetics. Sustainability is embraced and luxury, once known as superficial, is re-considered as multi-dimensional with regards to its everlasting impact on health, family, community and the planet.

COCO ECO endorses a stylish world of people, brands, and places all contributing to a better world. Beyond the glamour of fashion, beauty and celebrity, we illustrate critical issues facing today’s global community including; climate change, health, conservation, animal welfare and human rights, via engaging and aspirational content designed to entertain, educate and inspire.

At COCO ECO, we take our environmental and social responsibility seriously and in an effort to only bring you authentic content, rigorously research the brands we partner with to ensure their core ethics. We will never sell-out and promote companies other than those who legitimately share our philosophy, ecological commitment, and philanthropic principles.

COCO ECO MAGAZINE is printed on FSC ((Forest Stewardship  Council) Certified paper, from managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits, and with soy ink to minimize our footprint on the planet.

Living in ecological and social awareness includes many different facets of our every day lives, and is a state of mind born of deeper consideration of what we’re choosing, where it’s come from and where it’s going once discarded. It is as easy as a few simple changes, but it’s our experience that once you delve into this world your entire perspective will shift, and it will be an exciting journey of little compromise. It’s a far evolution from the founding grass-roots movement of environmental awareness, and is now defined in a global landscape of artisans, bespoke designers, a new breed of eco-warrior celebrity and products that defy past connotations of being “green.”

WHAT WE SUPPORT

~ ECO CONSCIOUS

~ ORGANIC

~ HUMAN RIGHTS

~ FAIR TRADE

~ CRUELTY FREE

~ PHILANTHROPIC

~ MADE IN THE U.S.A.

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MEET THE TEAM

ANNA GRIFFIN, Founder & Editor In Chief

Anna Griffin, Coco Eco Magazine’s Founder, Publisher, and Editor-In-Chief, is a native of London, England. Her background includes a career in modeling, journalism and broadcasting, which took her around the world from the UK to the US, S. E. Asia, and beyond, before settling in L.A. and launching Coco Eco Magazine as a digital page-turner in 2008.

Anna took the brand to print in 2014, answering to a growing demand for the magazine. In producing content from concept to final delivery, she oversees a global team of industry-leading journalists, stylists, photographers, and contributors, for print, web, short film and live events, that promote the ultimate in eco-luxe and sustainable culture.

Projects include working in South Africa with the Lawrence Anthony Foundation to highlight the endangered rhino population and poaching epidemic; Co-producing an eco-couture runway show with Jeff Garner of Prophetik at prestigious London Fashion Week; Producing film content distributed on Virgin America’s RED system and the Virgin Mobile platform, and curating eco-inspired installations for global brands such as Lexus Hybrid Living and the W Hotel Group. Anna is driven to raise  awareness to the world’s current environmental and social challenges, and highlighting an adventurous, eco-chic lifestyle of no compromise for people and planet.

In her spare time she sits on the Board for Recyleacrossamerica.org, has contributed to the Huffington Post, and been featured on NPR, NBC, Fox and CBS nationally, establishing a reputation as a trusted eco authority and influencer. When not traversing the globe in search of new adventures, Anna can be found rescuing dogs from death row or chilling with her two “pound” pups, Bashful and Hunny.

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FIONA TEDDS, Editor at Large

Fiona has bounced between the United States and England since birth and currently calls New York her home, after relocating from California in order to pursue a Master’s Degree in Fashion and Textile History. She has worked in many different areas of the fashion industry, initially in retail in Los Angeles, where she was involved in the production and sale of gowns to luminaries such as Dolly Parton, Carol Channing and Divine. Returning to Coventry, England where she had been educated, she began working in the local theatre’s costume department and that ultimately led to her moving to London to work for many years at the Royal National Theatre and later at the Royal Court Theatre. A move into freelance styling, sparked by her appearance on the London club scene, found her working with presenters at Fox TV in the UK and also extensively behind-the-scenes at London Fashion Week.

Relocating to Southern California, Fiona worked in the hospitality industry, learning a great deal about fine food and wine. She then took her marketing skills and fashion knowledge to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, working initially with the Los Angeles campus before moving to San Francisco. But working in education fed her the desire to increase her own knowledge, so she enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, working as a contributing writer at Downtown Magazine during her degree program. She is now delighted to be part of Coco Eco magazine.

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AHLIA BETHEA, Social Media Director

As Social Media Director for Coco Eco Magazine, Ahlia’s main goal is to keep #CocoEcoMagazine trending! Ahlia will always be a New Jersey girl at heart, but was overjoyed when presented with the opportunity to relocate to sunny Los Angeles.  She is a proud USC Trojan with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Communication Design. She is a workout enthusiast with a passion for exploring the world through activism. She has traveled around the world volunteering, researching, and experiencing, yet nothing brings her greater pleasure than tending to her family garden with her dog, Wynter, at her side.  Ahlia began her career in Social Media and Marketing consulting for startups in New Jersey, but later expanded to companies in Washington, Miami, and finally California.

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NICHOLA ZED, Travel Editori31_Nichola_Zed_profile_Image.JPG

Nichola Zed is the Executive Officer for the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts, launched by Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness to support the performing arts in Australia. She has lived and studying in Paris, Florence, Brussels and London at some of the most respected contemporary art galleries and public relations organizations. Nichola has a background in business development, architecture, public relations and gallery management, and with this abundance of experience she is the Travel Editor for Coco Eco Magazine. She writes about everything from travel to endangered species, and is passionate about creating stories that will educate and inspire.

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BETH DOANE, Features Editor

Beth is the Features Editor at Coco Eco Magazine and you can also find her writing in The Huffington Post and Darling Magazine. In 2008 Beth founded the fashion brand Raintees. Every Raintee plants a tree in an endangered forest and the Raintees Vision Collection features artwork drawn by children and sponsors them to attend school. Today, Raintees has planted over 40,000 trees and helped provide an education for youth in over 20 countries. While donating supplies to remote areas of Central and South America, Beth collected an array of inspirational stories that became her award-winning children’s book, From the Jungle. Her remarkable journey has captivated audiences at TEDx, the United Nations, Google, and the National Mall in Washington, DC. She has also been featured in National Geographic, Glamour, InStyle and other top tier publications. Learn more about Beth at Bethdoane.com.

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KELLY GIBBONS, Features Editor

KELLY GIBBONSKelly Gibbons spent more than a decade in the fashion and entertainment industries where she launched national campaigns and shaped global offices for brands like Rebecca Minkoff and Halston. She created strategic partnerships and charitable initiatives for BCBG and H.E.L.P. Malawi Foundation to build schools in Malawi and brought Vanity Fair, Brioni and Artists for Peace & Justice’s together to aid development projects in Haiti. In 2013 she launched Main & Rose, the elite communications firm known for an all-female team of senior publicists, agents and managers who help brands like Motorola, Vivienne Westwood, Room + Board, and A-List celebrities excel.  Kelly concurrently writes for Coco Eco Magazine and sits on the Advisory Board for UN Women Los Angeles Chapter. When not in the office she can be found exploring new destinations all over the world.

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EVA BLOOMFIELD, Vegan Editor

10553739_10101153195408975_6521433269159949751_o.jpgEva hails from the blustery-but-beautiful city of Chicago and has been living in the ever-stunning Los Angeles for the last half decade. A writer and explorer with an [un]healthy appetite for all things vegan and cruelty-free, Eva runs Dirty Rotten Vegan — an eco-lifestyle blog that covers food, fashion, beauty and travel. She’s a tea addict, yoga and biking enthusiast, and has an unquenchable thirst for travel, great films, delicious novels, and social change.

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COURTNEY GERRING, Contributing Editor

CouIMG_7496.jpgrtney was born and raised in the US and quickly learnt that her love for travel and adventure would take her far. She is a graduate of FIU in Miami, Florida, where she spent most of her time planning events and developing her communication skills.

Courtney landed in Doha, followed by a stay in Italy, where she obtained an MBA in Design, Fashion, and Luxury Goods. Today, Courtney is the face of Per Lei Couture boutique and spends her time between NYC and Doha. A passionate PR and communications expert, she finds herself lucky to spend her days communicating about beautiful fashion with designers from all over the world. A strong believer in healthy eating and daily exercise, Courtney practices a sustainable lifestyle no matter where she is traveling in the world.

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SASS BROWN, Contributing Editor

Sass Brown is Acting Associate Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Originally from London, England, Sass established herself as a designer with her own signature collection selling in the UK and across Canada. As a researcher, writer, blogger and educator, her area of expertise is ethical fashion, in all of its various expressions, from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycle, reuse and new business models. She has published papers, spoken, taught and advised women’s cooperatives, educational institutions, governmental agencies, NGO’s, SME’s and the creative industries in Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Chile, Sri Lanka, Korea, China, Italy, France, US, Canada and the UK, on the topic of sustainable design. Brown communicates and promotes the best in eco fashion design, through a multitude of media, most notably her books; Eco Fashion and ReFashioned, her website, Ecofashion Talk, and her journalism.

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 WENDY WILKINSON, Contributing Editor

Wendy ID-3The well-used phrase “write about what you know,” proved to be prophetic words for writer Wendy Wilkinson. Capitalizing on her love of cooking and all things Caribbean, Wendy co-authored MORGAN FREEMAN & FRIENDS: Caribbean Cooking For A Cause (Rodale, October 2007). A celebrity-infused destination cookbook to benefit the victims of Hurricane Ivan, MORGAN FREEMAN & FRIENDS, features island stories, reminiscences and shares recipes from such renowned chefs and notables as Ben Affleck, Orlando Bloom, Kenny Chesney, Katie Couric, Tom Hanks, Daisy Fuentes, Alicia Keys and Alfre Woodard, to name a few.

A horse owner and lover for more than 30 years, Ms Wilkinson is the co-author of the New York Times best-selling book People We Know, Horses They Love. Teaming up with Today show correspondent Jill Rappaport and renowned photojournalist Linda Solomon, People We Know, Horses They Love is the first book of its kind to reveal through personal stories and intimate photographs the ties that bind notables in the film, music, television, literary and equine world. The book profiles 30 renowned celebrities including; Robert Redford (cover), Morgan Freeman, Hilary Duff, Richard Gere, Kim Novak, Dennis Quaid, First Lady of California Maria Shriver, horse gentler Buck Brannaman and the US Olympic Equestrian Team, among many others.

A free-lance writer for more than a decade as well, with a Master’s degree in Journalism, her work has been published in many national and regional publications including the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine, Fit and Fit Yoga, Horse Connection and Colorado Springs Style magazine. Ms. Wilkinson is currently crafting celebrity cover and travel stories for Cowboys and Indians magazine profiling such celebrities as Jeff Bridges, Christie Brinkley, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Harmon, Hugh Jackman, Lou Diamond Phillips and Morgan Freeman, in addition to authoring celebrity stories for Coco Eco Magazine.
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JILLIAN BAUMGARTNER, Contributing Editor

headshotJillian grew up in Southern California and trained as a classical ballet dancer throughout her adolescence. She studied psychology in Santa Barbara, California, and additionally film studies and theatre arts became a part of her educational repertoire. She developed a career in fashion merchandising and soon began styling under BCBG Maxazria, Lucky Brand, and the Santa Barbara Polo Club. Yoga has been a crucial aspect of Jillian’s young adult life, and she and several other yogis opened up the Westlake Village Lululemon in 2013. Jillian’s food and environmental sensitivities have been a catalyst in her health and wellness activism. She educates on an intimate level, with full transparency, and she is passionate about connecting with each reader as an individual.

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KELLY CALAGNA, Contributing Editor

27ef868543abf9c4e16439c1aeb8f0bd.jpgBorn in Los Angeles, Kelly Calagna has always maintained an active lifestyle. Growing up she was an avid equestrian competitor, participating in Three Day Eventing, and later in Polo Cross. Today her athletics include running, hiking, paddleboarding, tennis, cycling, swimming, fencing, and cross-training. This year she competed in her first Spartan race as a top finisher.

Kelly is a graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, with degrees in Communication Studies, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. After graduation, her passion for animals lead her to Zimbabwe for several months to do African Lion research to further conservation efforts for Africa’s most iconic species. She has also worked for another nonprofit in Washington, D.C., supporting the process of aiding people with mental illnesses through legislation.

Kelly still has her childhood horse, Justin, and a rescued lab-mix named Marley. On the weekends the three of them can be found trekking through the Santa Monica Mountains together.

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CAITLIN HAMILTON, Contributing Editor

Headshot2Caitlin Hamilton is a zoologist at heart and a science journalist by training.  Although she hails from the rural and ruggedly beautiful Scottish Borders, she currently calls London her home.  She works in the communication department of Cancer Research UK, and embraces all that the capital city has to offer, although she undeniably spends rather too much of her day in the infamous underground system.
An avid traveler, Caitlin has been lucky enough to travel, volunteer, and experience life in over 30 countries.  She spent an unforgettable summer in Zimbabwe, where she made lifelong friends with CocoEco’s Managing Editor, Kelly Calagna.
Interested in everything, and always keen to grab the opportunities that life throws her way, Caitlin is thrilled to contribute to this wonderful publication. Check out Caitlin’s blog at caitlinham.wordpress.com.
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 Kerry Benjamin is an esthetician and skincare expert known for her innovative approach to common skin concerns. After a lifelong battle with eczema, Kerry left a successful career in Silicon Valley to pursue her passion for skincare. Eager to increase her understanding of the skin’s natural healing processes, Kerry achieved advanced certifications from PCA Skin, Envy Medical and Mesoesthetics, and the International Dermal Institute. In 2010, Kerry opened the StackedSkincare Spa, a private and exclusive skincare oasis in Santa Monica, California.
Kerry’s skincare spa services are a favorite among celebrities, editors, beauty bloggers, and influencers. With clients clamoring to experience the results of her custom treatments at home, Kerry developed StackedSkincare—her signature product line designed to provide the same transformative results achieved in her popular spa treatments. Kerry concurrently is a contributing editor for Coco Eco Magazine.
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STAR NOOR, Contributing Editor

 

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KRISTEN ARNETT, Contributing Beauty Writer

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SOPHIE ULIANO, Contributing Writer

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MARCI ZAROFF, Contributing Writer

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KATE BLACK, Contributing Writer

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LAUREL HOUSE, Contributing Writer

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LISA ODENWELLER, Contributing Writer

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EMMA DUNLAVEY, Contributing Photographer

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UDO SPREITZENBARTH, Contributing Photographer

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RUSSELL BAER, Contributing PhotographerRUSSELL BAER

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GARY HARVEY, Contributing StylistGARY-HARVEY

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ALI LEVINE, Contributing Stylist

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ANNIE ING, Contributing Make Up Artist

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