May 2020 – Letter From the Editor

May 2020

I’m writing this from my laptop, staying at home as you probably are as well. It’s interesting to see how the world has stopped, and yet how it is evolving at the same time. As humans pause, nature is thriving; there’s less pollution, animals are roaming the streets, and Mother Nature is resetting herself in many ways.

As we worked on this issue, we wanted to both provide a sense of normalcy, as well as address the current pandemic situation. That’s why, as you read the stories on the following pages, they range from eco-friendly swimsuits (hopeful for summer and trips ahead? Or if not, at least you can use them in your own backyard!) to inspirational words, to food and harmony of the Earth. We also still incorporated our annual May women’s theme.

Speaking of the Earth, we spoke with representatives from several cities around the Valley about their environmental responsibility, as well as how COVID-19 has impacted their locations environmentally.

We also showcase ideas for amazing sustainable weddings (don’t worry—we photographed this story before COVID-19). While many weddings have been postponed, hopefully the United States—and the world—will be getting back to normal in the coming months. How sweet will it be to celebrate life’s big moments! And how wonderful to be able to do so with these sustainable ideas that also honor the Earth.

We also share the story of a bakery that’s growing its own wheat. That’s taking responsibility for its food chain! Plus, a story on bees and what to do if you find a hive in your backyard. And finally, a representative from shares her thoughts on what life will look like after this pandemic is over.

I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy, and finding ways to honor yourself and Mother Earth during this time and always.

Environmentally yours,

Michelle Glicksman
Instagram: @MGlicksman

P.S. We love to hear from our readers! Send me an email at with your comments on the issue, the green industry, or story ideas.

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