I finally got my mitts on a copy of the first issue Peppermint magazine, which completely exceeded my expectations. It's got a healthy dose of ethical fashion (some for the guys, too), eco facts and tips, art, events, cosmetics, tutorials and more, oh my! Particularly good things:
- The introductory note from editor and creator, Kelley Sheenan, titled "Ever felt like you just HAD to do something?" made me think I was reading about myself. Then I realised that, no, my name does not start with a K (though it does end in 'ley'), and unfortunately I hadn't started up an awesome responsible fashion magazine. She seems lovely though, she sent me an unexpected email when I ordered the mag saying that she loves my clothing! Heart.
- This quote, from Leila Connors Petersen, co-director of eco-documentary The 11th Hour (which I must rent sometime soon): "We learned that the earth is going to be fine. It's us, human beings, that are in big trouble. So, the environmental movement is not about saving the trees, it's about saving ourselves."
- The model in the main fashion spread (also on the cover) is absolutely gorgeous, and not in the stick-thin pretentious way. I love that they used a real girl, and I don't mean that in the sense that she's chubby and has 'inner beauty'. She really is beautiful exactly how she is.
Did anyone catch Tim Flannery on Enough Rope the other night? He is a scientist, writer and speaker on environmental issues. He has an ability to take complex environmental issues and make them easy to understand. Plus, with the great level of concern that he has about the earth, the fact that he keeps an optimistic view of mankind is quite admirable. Flannery and Denton talked about the climate problem, how to improve the situation, and what hope there is for the future. You can listen to the interview here.
On a final, completely unrelated note, Emiliana Torrini's new album is !!!!@($ awesome. Go listen, or your ears will be forever shaking their fists at you.