San Francisco Green Film Festival: March 1-7

February 28th, 2012

Hey eco peeps. If you are looking for something to do this weekend other than watch a “Real Housewives” marathon on Bravo, think about filling your time with some deliciously green entertainment.

Next week from March 1–7, the San Francisco Green Film Festival kicks off its second season with a new crop of eco-friendly entertainment. The lineup promises to be a mix of amusing, thought-provoking and inspiring events, appropriate for the die-hard green warrior and the casual kitchen composter alike.

As the Bay Area’s only green festival dedicated to films and new forms of media, the San Francisco Green Film Festival is a weeklong exploration of green issues and sustainable living.

This year’s films include local premieres of 40 films from around the globe, with 50 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers. The festival will also feature special events, parties, panels and educational programs, inviting festival attendees to get involved and take action with environmental causes important to them. This year’s festival will take place at the San Francisco Film Society Cinema, located at 1746 Post Street in San Francisco.

On opening night, attendees can enjoy the “The Island President,” a new film by Bay Area resident Jon Shenk. Shenk chronicles the year he spent with President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he confronted a problem no other world leader has ever faced: the literal survival of his country and everyone in it, due to the devastating impacts of climate change. Witness the first chapter of his global environmental fight, a fight that, following his forced resignation on February 7th, has clearly only just begun.

After the film, attend an opening night reception with food and beverages and live entertainment.

Highlights of the 2nd Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival include:

  • San Francisco Premieres of Bay Area filmmaker Jon Shenk’s “The Island President”
  • Anthony Baxter’s “You’ve Been Trumped”
  • San Francisco premiere of a short film by Summer Rayne Oakes, who is billed as the world’s top eco-model.
  • World Premiere of Mary Liz Thomson & Darryl Cherney’s “Who Bombed Judi Bari?”
  • Sneak Preview of Emily James’s “Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws”
  • Launch of “Lights! Camera! Action Steps!” which links festival attendees who’d like to get involved with leaders in local environmental causes

For more information on the San Francisco Green Film Festival, click here. To buy tickets, click here.


Create Your Own ecosystem

January 9th, 2012

Are your notes and musings brilliant enough to last, I don’t know, FOREVER?

With a conventionally made notebook, you might be running the risk of being remembered for all eternity for this week’s grocery list or that note you left for your roommate (“Stop using my deodorant!”) when said notebook ends up in a landfill.

I can say with some certainty that my “exceptional” ideas (“Bring back the sneaker skate.” “Breed a non-shedding cat.”) aren’t usually remarkable enough to be revisited next week, let alone in the next century. This is just one reason a totally recyclable notebook is vastly appealing to me: It will go away.

Ecosystem journals, planners and notebooks are touted as having a unique past, present and future. The book’s past are its various parts, which are made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, while its present is whatever thoughts and ideas you record on the pages. Its future is in your hands: either recycle the book when you’re done or, if you are feeling like a smartypants, save it for future reference.

According to the company’s website, by using this paper in 2009, ecosystem saved 3,046 full-grown trees, 1,299,751 gallons of water and 283,974 pounds of greenhouse gases.

The notebooks come in a variety of styles — blank, lined and with graph paper — and can be customized to your heart’s desire. Just go to the company’s website and design your own notebook. Notebooks start at $6.95.


RuMe: For When My Lotion’s in Motion

January 6th, 2012

I have a problem with packing light. As in, it doesn’t happen.

Lately, my toiletries have become a significant source of weight in my bag. It seems that the older I get, the more I like to be prepared for anything when I travel. An unexpected illness? I’m the one with the Pepto Bismol, Advil and the nasal spray. A hangnail? I’m packing nail scissors and an emery board. Having a stressful travel day? Bubble bath, a travel candle and an eye mask. Check, check and check.

All of these toiletries mean that I have been guilty of using a ton of Ziploc bags when I travel, lest my moisturizer or suntan lotion explode mid-flight. I try to reuse them but inevitably they wind up getting torn or just plain gross.

Enter the RuMe Baggie, a reusable, water-resistant zip top bag that now holds all of my lotions and potions when I travel. Designed as a reusable food storage bag, the fabric is food safe, machine washable and made in a Fair Trade factory in South Korea.

Whether you plan to zip up some salted peanuts or some bath salts, the RuMe bag is a great alternative to a plastic baggie and is much much cuter. It comes in a variety of vibrant prints and two sizes: the classic baggie (above) and the Baggie All, which sports three zippered compartments.

The bags cost $4.95 and $9.95 respectively.


Stay Cool With GreenSmart

September 15th, 2011

I try to practice the adage that “less is more” on a daily basis. I am pretty successful at it, except when it comes to dessert. And cheese. And… cough… well, you know. But never mind about that.

In any case, when it comes to housewares I truly try to keep the clutter at bay, generally opting for multipurpose items or just doing things the old fashioned way rather than have a whole bunch of gadgets and gizmos lying around my house. So when GreenSmart threw its Manatee water bottle sleeve into a package with some other samples I thought, Meh, don’t need that. After all, who wants to keep the water in their bottle warm? Duh!

So, yeah, I’m not that smart. That the sleeve was also designed to keep beverages cold — EUREKA! — hit me halfway through Bikram class on Tuesday, a class during which I was fairly certain I would die from heat exhaustion. When I was finally able to find my Klean Kanteen through the blinding sweat, I discovered that the stainless steel bottle was the same temperature as the air… which, in a BIkram class, is roughly the temperature of the sun. The 110-degree water was less than refreshing. Read the rest of this entry »


Sweet Treats

September 9th, 2011

I am a huge dessert fan, as evidenced by the size of my ass. Actually my entire body seems to have expanded in the last few weeks after a two-week vacation, which featured Pabst Blue Ribbon and waffles as major food groups. In an effort to undo some of the damage I did at the buffet, I have been watching what I eat. But a girl needs her treats. Read the rest of this entry »


Get All in a Lather

August 22nd, 2011

I love me a multipurpose product. So when Kiss My Face sent me a soap that required months of testing because of its many uses, I was tickled.

Peace Soap is a liquid Castile — or olive oil — soap that can be used in the shower, to do dishes and laundry, even to wash veggies before eating. The soap is made from simple, natural ingredients, including coconut and hemp seed oils, which keep it from being drying. The Grassy Mint scent is mild and clean and leaves everything from your skin to your counter tops smelling fresh and delicious. Read the rest of this entry »


To Dream, Perchance to Float

August 17th, 2011

Is there a scent that transports you? For me, the smell of jasmine makes me feel all dreamy and floaty. And who doesn’t want to feel dreamy and floaty?

I also love candles but I think that most scented candles are, in a word, nauseating. Artificial scents don’t just smell gross, they are gross; the chemicals used to recreate the scent of a mountain breeze or an apple cobbler can be dangerous, especially for those with problems like asthma. Read the rest of this entry »


Here Comes the Sun

August 15th, 2011

My bathroom cabinet is where natural sunscreens go to die. I test them only to find that they rub on as white as clown makeup, or that they are too greasy or that they just don’t work. Frankly, it has been a big struggle over the last few years to find a healthy sunscreen — i.e. one without parabens — that works as well as their chemical-laden counterparts. Read the rest of this entry »


I’d Hate Her But I Loves Her – Josie Maran

April 25th, 2011

I know what you regular readers are thinking: Josie Maran, Josie Maran, enough with the Josie Maran. But seriously? She ain’t just pretty. She smart too.

She’s so smart, she makes me pretty.

I was already a convert to the whole argan oil thing that Josie promotes when, last summer, I found myself in New York City at the Sephora store on 86th Street. I meandered over to the Josie Maran counter to see if there was anything new in the line when it dawned on me that I hadn’t ever tried the tinted moisturizer. So I picked one up.

For some background, as someone who is just short of being an albino and as a woman who doesn’t want to age like her father’s childhood baseball mitt, living in California has been a big pain in my ass. Even here in San Francisco, the sun is just EVERYWHERE. Read the rest of this entry »


A Very Green Festival

March 4th, 2011

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the first annual San Francisco Green Film Festival, a labor of love for Rachel Caplan, the festival’s founder and executive director.

Caplan is the former festival director for the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, the first and largest showcase for ocean-related films in North America. After realizing that San Francisco did not have a green film festival of its own – shocking, right? — Caplan founded the San Francisco Green Film Festival to provide a forum for films and discussions that link media arts with environmental activism.

The festival kicked off with a kick ass event: First, a screening of the documentary “Bag It” at the Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema, then a fantastic party at the the beautiful LEED-certified Bently Reserve.

Wonderful from start to finish.

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