FROM THE EDITOR

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Anna Griffin

Founder/Editor in Chief, Coco Eco Magazine

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Give Back
 

As we approach the holidays and the end of 2020, we’re all understandably fatigued. Living through Covid this year has been a stressful experience, and from coping with testing and illness to job loss and financial insecurity, to missing loved ones we might not have seen since last year, we are all challenged and looking for ways to feel better.

 

As this pandemic has brought us back to basics, it seems the perfect time to remember the old saying, that in giving we receive, and with that in mind theming this last Coco Eco issue of the year “Give Back,” was an obvious choice.

 

There could not be a more perfect cover girl than Gabrielle Reece to lead us. As a businesswoman, athlete, wife and mother she has a full life, but finds time to help those in her community who might need a little assistance. Aware of her many opportunities, she is refreshingly down to earth and in feeling fortunate, is naturally positioned to give back to others along with her husband, Laird Hamilton, in the spirit of Ohana. We had a stunning shoot at their home in Malibu, photographed by celebrity photographer, Jennifer Cawley, who created beautiful photos against a magical backdrop. The entire day was special, but the interview was an incredible gift as I got to sit down and talk with Gabby about life, her career, family, work projects, and what makes her tick. 

 

As we move through this month, we look forward to our Warrior Woman column with KTLA Anchor, Lu Parker, who shares with us her inspiration for being kind. Beyond a dazzling career that includes being Miss USA and her brilliant role as an Anchorwoman at Southern California’s number one news station, Lu’s focus is on her website, Be Kind & Co, and inspiring others to follow her lead. For our photo shoot to accompany her article, Wildly Kind, the theme was animal print, and as Lu is vegan so was our shoot. Look for it on December 8th.

 

Coming mid month is one of our favorite guys in the world of animal rescue, Founder of Marley’s Mutts, Zach Skow, who appears in our Men We Love column. Zach is one of those incredible people who took his own near death experience, and catapulted himself into being of service to others. Over ten years later, Zach and his team have saved thousands of dogs from death, often helping those with severe injuries, illness or seniors, who would otherwise be left behind. A constant source of inspiration, we’re honored to feature him in this very special issue of Coco Eco.

 

Throughout this month we will share our favorite gift ideas, as well as features on fashion, clean beauty, and wellbeing to keep you up to date with the best in our eco-conscious world. Our gift guides cover everything from giving back to veganism, beauty to home, and of course stocking stuffers, so there will definitely be great choices for everyone on your list.

 

From all of us at Coco Eco we thank you for your support this year, and wish you the happiest of holidays. We hope you will find joy despite the challenges we face, and while this won’t be a traditional celebration, that you are able to find a little peace as we close this year. Please be safe and sensible, holding hope in your heart as you remember that this too shall pass, and please look out for those in your community who might be alone or need a little help. The kindness of strangers can bring light during dark times, and in giving to others you will give more to yourself.

 

In love and gratitude,

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