The inaugural 240-page Summer 2009 issue — which you can browse for free online — boasts gorgeous nature photography, artist showcases, and fashion spreads. Features with well-known eco-celebs — including an interview with vegan fashion designer Stella McCartney and a story on Bobby Kennedy Jr.’s work with America’s energy policies — fill out the issue.
Above also brings attention to less well-known eco-activists and artists. A piece on French artist Zineb Sedira’s photography, for example, highlights a project called Floating Coffins, which documents slowly-decaying abandoned boats in Mauritania. Her photography “works as a metaphor for a country that seems to have been discarded and left to rot.”
Some features seem to have only a tenuous relationship to environmentalism — including an ethereal fashion spread that seems vaguely nature inspired but doesn’t really feature eco-clothes — or, really, clothes at all, depending on your definition of clothing. Above, for example, is a “hair skirt” by Julia Reindell.
But other features are both eco-educational and eco-practical. An article on overfishing is accompanied with a helpful copy of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Sushi guide that readers can clip out and slip into their wallets.
Plus, this issue has cute aerogram-esque letter-envelopes readers can cut out and use as eco-stationery — since the magazine’s printed on chlorine free FSC-certified paper with veggie-based inks.
The quarterly magazine’s available for $10 at Barnes and Noble. Annual subscriptions
, unfortunately, will put U.S. residents back a whopping £53, (about $84) as the service is handled by a U.K. company.
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