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
~ HUMAN RIGHTS
~ FAIR TRADE
~ CRUELTY FREE
~ MADE IN THE U.S.A.
MEET THE TEAM
ALEXA GRAY, Contributing Editor
JILLIAN BAUMGARTNER, Contributing Editor
Jillian 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.
KERRY BENJAMIN, Contributing Editor
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.
STAR NOOR, Features Editor
Star Noor began her editorial journey first in the fashion and entertainment world as a writer and then editor, helping to build a fledgling magazine into a rising star. After years of working with MF Magazine she decided to use her art of writing to help change the world and was led to Coco Eco Magazine by her associate and longtime colleague, Alyssa Key of Love Brigade. Thrilled by the voice of the publication, she feels that she has found a home that is progressive and unique; one where she can combine her passion to inform the public of the multi-faceted issues that we the human race face, in the hopes of helping propel our cultural evolution into a better, more unified tomorrow.
As a journalist and fictional writer she finds that the Bohemian credo of freedom, truth, beauty, and love are above all else the essence of our human journey – the higher purpose for which we should strive to live by. Her goal in her body of work is to seek those stories whatever their conditions, causes and effects, and to convey them to the public in the most ethical, informative, and honest manner possible. ______________________________________________________
VALERIA HINOJOSA, Features Editor
28. Born and raised in Bolivia but has been living in sunny Miami for the past 8 years. Vegan. Yogi. Model. Activist. Adventure-seeker. Animal-lover. She was in the corporate world for almost 5 years and a year ago made the choice of switching the banking industry for a life of meaning. She started Water Thru Skin – Miami’s blog about a lifestyle with a conscience- with the goal of inspiring the readers to a mindful living. Since then, and for the past year, she’s been traveling the world visiting the most exotic, eco-friendly, animal-loving and soul-enriching places not only to acquire a vast knowledge of different cultures and exotic plant-based cuisine but also to promote new eco-friendly and cruelty-free brands, products and hotels she works with. In the past 1.5 years since WTS’ inception, Valeria and her team have reviewed and promoted over 150 brands and hotels worldwide. In November 2015, Valeria, after practicing a plant-based diet herself for 5 years, attended Matthew Kenney’s culinary school and graduated as a raw vegan chef. She also attended Fred Busch’s Power Yoga School in 2013 and graduated as a registered yoga teacher RYT®. Valeria is also an Ambassador for Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross. A brand aimed at sourcing diamonds ethically and contributing all profits to charities that help empower women worldwide. And WTS works with two different non-profits: Save The Elephant Foundation- Focused on rescuing elephants from human torture and providing them with a Nature Reserve Sanctuary in Thailand and La Ventana De Los Cielos- a non-profit in Miami focused on helping kids with special abilities connect with and learn through nature.
KRISTEN ARNETT, Contributing Beauty Writer
Kristen Arnett is a rare hybrid within the beauty industry, working an international makeup artist, beauty educator and brand consultant for over 15 years. She is one of a handful of artists in the world using a “green” makeup kit, and is the founding editor-in-chief of GreenBeautyTeam.com.
As an artist Kristen delivers high-performance results using non-toxic makeup helping keep clients’ skin looking spectacular under any circumstance — be it on runway shows, photo shoots or for live events, garnering praise from celebrities, top models and regular women alike.
Kristen is regularly featured as an expert globally in magazines, on television and as a speaker at notable industry events, sharing honest, practical advice from a pro’s perspective helping people live more vibrantly through conscious choices in natural, organic beauty and wellbeing. You can learn more about Kristen at KristenArnett.com .
SARAH ZIMMERMAN Contributing Writer
Sarah Zimmerman is a writer, communication expert, and faculty at the Ross School of Business, in Business Communication at the University of Michigan. Her published work and research covers numerous international business and tourism topics and prior to joining University of Michigan, she served on the writing team for an upcoming McGraw-Hill Business Management book. She has worked as an Academic Dean, and for the Royal Family in the United Arab Emirates where she built educational systems. Sarah also served as North American VP of a China-US economic development firm, and worked for a DC business lobby group focused on the western hemisphere. Prior to her education background she coordinated citizen exchange in Bosnia i Herzegovina following the Dayton Peace Accord.
KELLY CALAGNA, Contributing Writer
Born 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.
CAITLIN HAMILTON, Contributing Writer
SOPHIE ULIANO, Contributing Writer
MARCI ZAROFF, Contributing Writer
KATE BLACK, Contributing Writer
LAUREL HOUSE, Contributing Writer
EMMA DUNLAVEY, Contributing Photographer
UDO SPREITZENBARTH, Contributing Photographer
RUSSELL BAER, Contributing Photographer
GARY HARVEY, Contributing Stylist
ALI LEVINE, Contributing Stylist
BRIAN BOWMAN, Contributing Hair Stylist
ANNIE ING, Contributing Make Up Artist