Essential Essence

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screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-11-51-05-amBy Sass Brown, NYC Editor

VLTA is an environmentally conscious company that produces jewelry designed to hold essential oils inside. Designed from recycled metals, and ethically sourced semiprecious stones, VLTA jewelry is minimalistic in style, and geometrically expressed. Pronounced vol-tah, the brand is named after a meteorite that hit the Earth’s surface around fourteen million years ago. The six trillion megatons of force that pierced the Earth’s core reversed the magnetic poles and melted into a green, translucent glass now known as Vltavín, or Moldavite. VLTA are driven by the ancient connectivity threaded through all life, and brings inspiration to all creative minds, a reminder that we are equipped with the necessary tools to sustain a healthy existence.

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The brand, pride themselves on developing designs that embody sustainable practices, multifunctional use, and incorporate longevity and vitality.  From concept to creation, sampling to full-scale production, the entire process is handmade in the USA with all final touches completed in-house, and providing jobs to support the economy and reduce carbon footprint. All materials used are recycled and carefully sourced for the greatest sustainable impact. VLTA also strive to be a zero waste company.

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Founded by Matthew Pril and Irene-Marie Seelig in fall 2014, the partners have appreciation for minimal, multifunctional design. Both are native Californians, from very different professional backgrounds, each with their own unique skill set.  The pair  possess a deep interest in holistic medicine, recently becoming certified in Clinical Herbalism from the Natural Healing Institute.  As a collective, Matt and Irene’s professional work touches various industries including scalable loss wax, metal casting and fabrication, furniture design, accessory design and holistic medicine. “We have a shared vision to create premium products that remind us that we and our environment are equipped with the necessary tools to sustain a healthy existence.”

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People Of Berlin

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By Sass Brown, NYC Editor

People Berlin is a social clothing label that runs between fashion and art, and acts as a creative exchange for young people affected by addiction and mental illness. Bringing together people from different social backgrounds through a shared passion for design, the program joins forces to work together on shared fashion editions. Conceptual by nature, the output is highly expressive, and features unexpected layers, silhouettes and details that never the less make for a pleasing whole. The personal journey that is the final collection takes a full year of collaborative and personal work.

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Now in their second edition entitled Snow in Summer, the collection focuses on the meaning of home, and the attempt of fleeing from it. Snow in Summer embodies many and varied concepts of home, showcasing numerous possibilities of expression through the medium of fashion. Everybody’s journey to discover self starts at home, so for the young people participating in the Fashion Project People Berlin, the meaning of home is the starting point, one full of desires and fantasies.

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In Fall of 2016, People Berlin are showcasing the Snow in Summer collection at a pop up store in Berlin’s trendy Mitte district. With the intent of promoting and sharing the work of the program, everyone is invited to get to know the project. Acting as a bridge to fundamental discussions about fixed social norms and prejudices, the encounter will act as an important opportunity for honest feedback on the participant’s values, ideas and visual concepts. Revenue from sales at the pop up will flow back into the project.

Food Diary of A Single Girl.

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Artisan Fall Salad

By Star Noor, Culinary Editor

As the weather gets colder, it becomes harder it seems, for us to eat light healthy foods for our bodies crave warmth and comfort.  But eating healthily is essential to our well being, and in doing that organically and in a manner that is sustainable, is essential to the health of our world.  We must be conscious in the choices we make in the foods we eat, and where and how this food comes to us.

This recipe combines the health benefits of light cooking with the savory taste of sausage and the warm goodness of a medium poached egg.  Though there is some fat, due to the use of low fat oils, low fat sausage, and other ingredients, this recipe is still rather healthy.  Not to mention an overall well balanced diet, especially if organic and devout of all the toxins that normally bog down our unprepared digestive tracks, allows for a degree of good essential fats. The spicy fall sausage is packed full of protein and various nutrients which come from the various herbs used including red pepper, which is full of goodness such as keeping our hearts and immune system healthy.  Himalayan pink salt is also a much healthier and beneficial choice in sodium than even sea salt, and is much lower in sodium than ionized table salt.

In this recipe you may use any of either organic grapeseed, hemp, or olive oil you want but bear in mind that hemp oil has a nutty taste.  I used grapeseed oil in creating this recipe.  Please  note that all our recipes call for organic, sustainable, grass-fed, cruelty free, cage free food products.  We all have different tastes,  and here at Coco Eco we believe that we should embrace our differences and even celebrate them, consciously and respectfully.

Here’s the recipe . . . Bon appetite!

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Note: this recipe is for one serving, for each additional serving double the amount of each ingredient. 

INGREDIENTS:

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SALAD:

1 small head of Artisan lettuce

½ small onion, chopped

1 regular link of low-fat spicy sausage,  thinly sliced

¼ tbsp. garlic, minced

1 egg

Goat cheese for sprinkling

¼ cup white vinegar

2 cups water, boiling

1 tbsp. grapeseed or hemp oil

Himalayan pink salt and red crushed pepper to taste.

DRESSING

1 tbsp. low-fat mayonnaise

½ tbsp. white wine

1 tbsp. grapeseed,  hemp, otherwise olive oil

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Himalayan pink salt, and crushed red pepper to taste

Instructions:

In a small frying pan, sauté onions, garlic, and sausage until cooked through, about 7 minutes on medium high heat.   Make sure to add garlic last to avoid burning.

In a medium saucepan, heat water and vinegar to rolling boil.  Carefully crack the eggs and pour content into water.  Using a slotted spoon, gather the whites onto the yolk until you have an oval white egg. Ta Cook to preferred temperature, for this recipe the egg was cooked to medium.  You may also use an electric egg poacher, if you have one. Take the egg out of the water and set aside on a towel lined plate.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing.  Set aside In the refrigerator.

Plating:

On a dinner plate, pile the lettuce in the center.  Top with sausage mixture. Carefully place an egg on top.  Sprinkle with pieces of goat cheese, and drizzle with dressing. Serve.

½ tbsp. white wine

1 tbsp. grapeseed,  hemp, otherwise olive oil

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Himalayan pink salt, and crushed red pepper to taste

 

 

Escape to Paradise.

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By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief

Known for some of the best beaches and diving in the world, The El Nido area of Northern Palawan in the Philippines is geologically and biologically diverse, prompting the Philippine government to elevate the status of the area to a turtle sanctuary, marine reserve, and Managed Protected Area in recognition of its importance.

Away from the madding crowds, hectic city life, El Nido Resorts is a group of four sustainable island resorts in the El Nido and Taytay region. A stay at one of their resorts offers travelers traditional Filipino hospitality amidst the stunning beauty of this pristine, natural destination, recently receiving TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award for 2016.

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-4-06-44-pmLagen Resort, El Nido Resorts’ Eco-Sanctuary island resort, is intimately nestled between lush rainforest and a sparkling turquoise lagoon, serving as a wildlife sanctuary where time literally stands still. Guests can choose to stay in cottages overlooking the lush forest, on the beach, or in a dreamy water cottage sitting atop stilts above the water where the sunsets are magical. Each room incorporates recycled timber from old Filipino homes for floors and furnishings, while offering WiFi, iPod docks, and televisions, fusing the past with modern convenience.

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Whilst staying at Lagen, enjoy water sports such as paddle boarding, kayaking and wind surfing, hike one of the surrounding trails, or indulge in a spot of island hopping to one of the other resorts.

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Take a trip to the infamous Big and Small Lagoon in Miniloc Island and organize for a private boat, called a Bangka, to take you around. En route enjoy white sand beaches, limestone cliffs, coral, and sea life, including endangered turtles. The lagoons contain crystal clear water and jagged black limestone cliffs made from million year old fossils. It is in a word, paradise.

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El Nido’s Eco-Adventure Island, Apulit, offers exciting and enriching adventures in an idyllic tropical paradise setting, and exhilarating activities for the thrill-seeker. Climb and rappel down the 60-meter limestone cliff, with birds’ eye-view of the island; dive and discover sunken treasures with a Japanese ship wreck and a plethora of marine species, or roam the caves Apulit is famous for.

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On the other hand, relax on the beach, or take a leisurely swim in the calming pool.

photos_7094_744847When hunger strikes, Lagen Island offers sand bar dinners in the middle of the ocean and private beach experiences that include  sunrises and sunsets, sure to take your breath away.

096176133079203158005058176017027109199196152116El Nido Resorts embraces its leadership role in nature conservation, working closely with the community and local government  by assisting in  initiatives such as the prevention of illegal fishing, coral and reef fish assessments, coastal clean-ups, and environmental education campaigns. Each resort recycles, practices energy and water conservation, and champions the conservation of endangered sea turtles, with tag-and-release programs in cooperation with the Protected Area Office, and hatchling releases from nests safeguarded by resort staff.

lagenresortThough a long trek to get there involving at least two plane rides and one boat trip, as you arrive all thoughts and stresses of your long journey vanish, as you literally escape to paradise.

 

From the Road

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By Sass Brown, NYC Editor

From the Road was born out of a passion for off-the-grid travel, a love of indigenous cultures and a desire to create beautiful objects with soul. Founder Susan Easton travels the world to collaborate with artisans on decorative accessories for self and home, that celebrate the source. From the Road is founded on the belief that beautiful objects must embody more than aesthetic beauty, but encompass the people and place that gave birth to them. The world is full of incredible traditions, cultures and techniques, many passed down through generations, and all worth celebrating, valuing and continuing. Easton travels the globe to collaborate with artisans with traditional approaches, to create one-of-a-kind treasures.

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With an open mind and heart, Easton arrives at a destination without preconceived ideas of what to make, but instead designs and prototypes are developed in partnership with the artisans themselves. Each creative journey is influenced by the people and the surroundings encountered, taking time to meet people, and immerse themselves in the local culture. Out of these experiences, new products and creations emerge.

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From the Road document and record the process of conceptualization, design and production, connecting purchasers with the journey, enabling them to experience the culture, meet the artisans, and witness the entire process of creating modern heirlooms. Each collaboration starts with a conversation, and ends with a conversation piece.

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Eco Emmy Beauty

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By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief

Last night’s Emmy Awards dazzled with head-to-toe glam on some of Hollywood’s most exclusive celebs. For the rest of us, here’s how to achieve three of the looks for half the price and without the nasty chemicals, using eco-conscience brands such as Contesta Rock Hair and Ecco Bella.

LASHES: Prep your lashes for the event with Plume Science, an organic eyelash + brow serum that has proven to increase growth and strengthen lashes in 6-8 week of use. Simple application requires users brush the serum over lash lines and eyebrows once in the morning and once before bed for full, healthy results.

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HAIR: Emily’s hair is slicker than a snicker with a sharp part on to the side. For a similar look, finger-comb Contesta Rock Hair’s Molding Paste through hair before gathering it into a ponytail. The Molding Paste provides a strong hold with a glossy finish.

FACE: Add some striking detail to your beauty look with Ecco Bella’s violet eyeliner pencil and neutral camel eyeshadow. Seal the look with a light pink lip that will keep you colorful yet traditional.

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HAIR: For an up-do similar to Olivia Culpo’s, amp up the heigh with Contesta’s volumizing powder. Sprinkle some of this magical substance in the roots and break up with fingers until it’s completely dissolved.

FACE: Recreate this monochrome glowing look with Ecco Bella’s fawn eyeshadow, sunflower bronzer, and almond lipstick for a hint of color and shine.

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HAIR: Get Taraji’s sexy waves with Contesta’s curling milk which can be applied while hair is wet and left in to dry, no need to rinse. Once hair is dry, finish off by spritzing strands with Contesta’s Saltiness Spray, ideal for texturizing and volumizing.

FACE: Master this bold cat eye look with Ecco Bella’s royal blue eyeliner pencil, sapphire and galaxy eyeshadow, and peace lip gloss

These Boots Are Made For Walking.

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screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-9-26-26-amBy Star Noor, Features Editor

In life, we are but stories contrived of the decisions we make, and those which are made for us that propel us into what we humans call fate. Like any other human story, Kat Mendenhall’s eventual plunge into a new found career as a shoe designer with a conscious, and vegan eats guru, was like many other stories, serendipitous.

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For her, as fate would have it, her longstanding successful career as a telecommunications professional which had allowed her to raise and educate her daughter, became unfulfilling. She explains that as an empty nester, “I was finally in a position to make a change. I wasn’t exactly sure what that change would look like but I set out to find it…I was able to discover a few hidden passions that evolved into my new career. My advice for others would be: do what you have to do to pay the bills, but on the side work on the thing that sets your soul on fire. No one deserves to be stuck on an unfulfilling career path.”

This introspection, combined with extended education brought Kat to designing Western style boots, with all the flair and personality of the designer herself, and true to form she spares no detail or weight to quality. She is particular about the degree of costumer satisfaction she delivers to her clients, as she feels that is as important as the carbon footprint her company leaves while delivering high quality at comfortable prices products.

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She states, “We put a lot of effort in making our boots as sustainable as possible. The material itself is a high technology “polyurethane” and synthetic based material that contains no PVC; there is no off-gassing in the production. The USA facility where it is produced uses solar power, emissions control and energy reclamation systems, water based production, and power saver lighting. In addition to the material, our other components such as plastic or cardboard are used from recycled material. Our workshop located in El Paso, Texas is a small privately owned shop, not a production factory.”

In her business model, as well as her lifestyle she feels that:

Choosing a vegan lifestyle is also better for the environment. Factory farming is a huge contributor of waste and greenhouse gasses, which pollute our land, air, and water and contribute to climate change. Our land and trees are being destroyed solely for the sake of raising cattle. Lastly, we can no longer turn our eyes away from the unnecessary cruelty that exists towards the animals for the production of meat, dairy, and eggs. Most people have no idea about the severity of cruelty that exist and do not want to know. If they knew, then they’d have to deal with their conscious for being a contributor to such cruelty by consuming animal products. We do have a choice though, that choice is to reduce or eliminate animal products from your diet and eventually your clothes and shoes too. We know that animals are smart soulful creatures that feel pain and have friendships and companions just like humans. It doesn’t make sense to love one and eat the other.

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To some, this might be opinion hard to swallow, until Kat further explains the health reasons why her chosen path might be a better option for others as well, “Choosing a vegan lifestyle has so many positive benefits that can’t be ignored. Research has proven that consuming a diet of whole plant-based foods has tremendous health benefits. It has the ability to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic disease such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, which studies show can all be food-borne related.”   She goes on, “In addition, obesity is a risk factor contributing to these illnesses and studies show that people that consume a vegan diet vs. a diet in meat and dairy typically weigh less. America is getting sicker; we need to reverse our mentality to choose plants over pills.”

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Regardless of how you feel about her life motto, one thing is for certain, leaving a lower carbon footprint and consuming more sustainable materials than less is better for the world as a whole, and that includes you. Beautifully crafted and durable to last you more than one season, Kat Mendenhall boots are a stylish addition to any wardrobe coast-to-coast. These boots are made for walking!

 

 

Intelligent Beauty.

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By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief

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For the last two decades Ecco Bella have been creating breakthrough and clean formulas in skincare and cosmetics, launching under the guidance of CEO, Sally Malanga, who was driven by a passion for sustainable living. Continuing to break boundaries, Malanga and Ecco Bella have now partnered with Hollywood royalty’s go-to health and fitness guru, Tracy Anderson, innovator of the Tracy Anderson Method.

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Having honed and perfected celebrity bodies including Christy Turlington, Molly Sims, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, Jennifer Aniston, and Madonna, Anderson is now setting a new standard in beauty that celebrates the spirit of a healthy body and healthy world. Becoming the face of Ecco Bella, she joins Malanga in a new movement, Intelligent Beauty, with a focus on creating pure beauty products with a commitment to social responsibility, effective clean ingredients, and the environment.

Intelligent Beauty is an innovative approach to how women view themselves and their impact in the world. Ecco Bella and Anderson’s focus is on empowering women to boost their self-esteem while maintaining healthy, fulfilling lifestyles.

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Anderson says, “When I met Sally, her philosophy of speaking out for social causes and her gratitude to the natural world for our beauty and well- being, made me want to unite my fitness philosophy with her beauty vision. Sally is an advocate for nature and that’s what makes her the beauty industry’s best kept secret.”

“Every small purchase and decision we each make about what we use on our bodies or what we eat, affects not only us, but the entire planet,” Malanga shared.

“I believe in the vital need to get back to nature as much as possible with beauty. I also believe strongly in the feminine power to be expressive and artistic with make up,” explained Anderson.

tracy-anderson-for-ecco-bella-push-the-envelope-prAnderson and Malanga created the Discover Intelligent Beauty movement to ignite a revolution, helping women to discover innovative ways to beautify themselves and learn how being an Intelligent Beauty is easy on the planet. Now that’s what we call intelligent beauty.

 

A Passage To India.

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By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief

One of Aman Resort’s two stunning, Indian properties, the award-winning Aman-i-Khás, is located in Rasjasthan, set in a rugged brushwood forest on the edge of Ranthambore National Park.

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-14-17-amHome to tigers, crocodiles, leopards, jackals, sambar deer and some 300 species of bird, the park is also the setting for Ranthambore Fort, one of India’s oldest, dotted with Hindu temples, former palaces and reservoirs.

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-9-18-09-pmOnce the hunting ground of the Maharajah of Jaipur, the park has been a wildlife sanctuary since 1955 and is one of the best places to see tigers in the wild, with newborn cubs being spotted in 2015 increasing the population to over 60. Aman-i-Khás offers exhilarating, twice daily, tiger-tracking safaris in open-top vehicles, relaxed camel safaris through local villages, and bird-watching treks in the lush Banas riverbed.

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A Mughal-style tented camp, the 10 air-conditioned accommodations echo Mughal pavilions with cotton drapes separating sleeping, dressing and bathing sections. Overlooking a beautiful landscape that is home to abundant wildlife, the private Tents offer soaring living spaces decorated with classic furnishings.

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-04-32-amHarking back to the regal tent cities of Mughal emperors, the lamp-lit Dining Tent features a large communal round table and smaller intimate tables, and offers both Western and Indian cuisine.

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Meals can be tailored to suit your tastes, with the daily changing menu reflecting seasonal produce sourced from the camp’s organic garden. A picnic hamper on safari or a private bush dinner in a secluded spot with a private chef and local musicians are extraordinary experiences, as is an after-dinner cocktail at the camp fireplace, soaking in the serenity of the wilderness and the star-filled sky.

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The Spa’s two treatment rooms offer holistic therapies including traditional Ayurvedic treatments alongside massages, Reiki, scrubs, wraps and baths. Group and private outdoor yoga sessions are offered in a range of styles at isolated spots within the Rajasthani wilderness to encourage peace and unity. After yoga, soak in an aromatic bath made with herbs from the organic garden, in the comfort of your own tent, or relax pool side taking in the beautiful view.

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As anyone who has ever stayed in an Aman resort knows, a stay with this luxury hotel group is always an enchanting experience of wellness, tranquility and soulful exploration. Aman-i-Khás is no exception, and is a peaceful retreat connected with both history and nature, that will soothe, delight, and revitalize body, mind, and soul.

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#knotonmyplanet

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screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-3-29-11-pmBy Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief

On Saturday evening during NYFW, a bevy of the world’s most beautiful girls turned out to support the Knotonmyplanet campaign launch, according to DailyMail.com.

Models including Karlie Kloss, Naomi Campbell, Doutzen Kroes, Emily Ratajkowski, Joan Smalls, Martha Hunt, Sara Sampaio and Jasmine Tookes showed their support for the campaign, which aims to prevent the slaughter of elephants.

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Knotonmyplanet’s passionate spokesperson, Doutzen, who recently visited Kenya, told Vanity Fair, ‘We have to raise awareness that ivory should not be a product anymore. It’s something that should be looked at that is disgusting.’

‘Elephants are being slaughtered just for that, just for their tusks, and just being left. It’s such a sad thing to see and to even think about.’

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She urged friends to pledge their support by tying knots in photos and videos on their social media platforms, and spread awareness of the Elephant Crisis Fund.

Models such as Miranda Kerr, Gigi Hadid, Candice Swanepoel, Emily Ratajkowski, Cara Delevingne and Adriana Lima have already participated with Emily posting on her Instagram: ‘30,000 elephants slaughtered in a year? #knotonmyplanet. Please go online now to knotmyplanet.org to donate and share an image of YOU tying your knot.’

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The original 90’s “supers,” Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell have also joined the campaign, posing for #knotonmyplanet and Patrick Demarchelier by posing reunited, wrapped in a big bow.

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#knotonmyplanet is a campaign to support the Elephant Crisis Fund, encouraging us all to tie a knot and share to raise awareness of elephant poaching. 100% of every donation supports a coalition of vetted organizations focused on one goal: to Save Elephants Now.