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Zem Joaquin
Zem became Huffington Post’s Editor at Large of Home and Lifestyle after the company she founded became part of The Huffington Post in 2014. She started to share her deep passion for the intersection of style and sustainability. Zem is a strategy & design advisor for Obvious Ventures, eBay, NRGenergy, Barnraiser and numerous other conscious companies. Mentored by William McDonough, Zem is a founding board member of The Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute and longtime board member of Global Green USA where she founded their annual San Francisco Gorgeous & Green event.

Twitter: @zem & @ecofabulous

Entries by Zem Joaquin

Kamen's Clock

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 10:35 PM

You know the saying "two steps backward, one step forward." Inventor Dean Kamen is obsessed with challenging norms. His Two Steps Forward clock is genius, yet determined to discombobulate. From the man who seceded from the nation when America challenged his wind-powered island comes a timepiece with true personality.

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Let There Be Light or Not

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 10:24 PM

Our homes and our offices are getting smarter by the day as the Internet of Things -- the internet of everything -- becomes increasingly ubiquitous. Soon we'll be able to control even the heat and light that streams through our windows with just the push of a button.


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Glassbaby: A #Worldpositive Company

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Ever dream of traveling the country in a Ford Transit, spreading joy and good will by candle light? Well that is exactly what Williams College graduates Mericos Rhodes and Izzy Greer are doing with their glassroots tour. In 2015, glassybaby will give away $1 million dollars to nonprofit giving partners,...

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This Is The Fabulous (And Eco-Friendly) Tailgate Party You've Been Waiting For

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 6:00 PM

With the football season kicking off, I'm pretty psyched about the new solar-powered, LEED Gold 49ers Levi's stadium! I'm going with a bunch of friends this Sunday so I'm looking forward to throwing an ecofabulous tailgating party. Here's how you can create your own version from...

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Celebrating Oscar Week With Red Carpet, Green Dress

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 11:22 AM

For anyone not asked up to the podium, Oscar week is best known for unparalleled celebrity sightings, decadent party-going and the gowns that keep Joan Rivers in business.

Actress/activist Suzy Amis Cameron created her own Oscar-worthy week when she enticed her friends to celebrate the Red Carpet Green Dress...

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Good Mourning

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 2:26 PM

My adrenals are shot, my digestive system is shut down, my heart is broken, my world is spinning and I can't make any of it stop. Two weeks ago I got a blow that hit so hard I buckled. My best friend -- my male best friend, which because we...

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The Best Skin Care Lines to Give Mom on Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 10:34 AM

Mother's Day should be a day to celebrate the beauty of the most significant, though occasionally wrinkle-inducing, relationship of one's life. As a daughter and a mother, I encourage the idea of pampering. Having reviewed thousands of "natural" skin care lines, I have found a few...

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5-Part Web Documentary on Stylish & Sustainable Building (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 5:44 PM


For the last few years I have been designing showhouses that help contextualize what it means to truly live an "ecofabulous" life -- one without sacrifice of aesthetics or ethics. Though 18,000 designophiles walk through Dwell on Design, I wanted...

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15 Top Eco-Friendly Yoga Products for National Yoga Month

(3) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 6:54 PM

September is National Yoga Month, and as the month comes to a close it seems high time to offer a guide of ecofabulous' favorite companies and products. While yoga can be incredibly good for you, many of the products that support your poses are anything but healthy. Shouldn't...

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CGI Commitment Brings World One Step Closer to Safer Products for Future Generations

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 4:15 PM

This year's Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (CGI) has been all about commitments that will make a positive difference around the world. Yesterday, during the Market-Based Solutions for Protecting the Environment session at CGI, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (formerly the

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Dedicate Time to De-Grease: Commit to a Weekend Without Oil with these Top Petroleum-Free Products

(14) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 3:21 PM

Most of us understand the correlation between oil and cars - transportation accounts for 40 percent of our petroleum consumption. What many of us are not as conscious of is the amount of oil-based products we use every day. Nearly 10 percent of U.S. petroleum is used to make plastic...

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Community Coup: Chickens Are the New Dog

(8) Comments | Posted October 3, 2009 | 4:18 PM

I'm completely fascinated by a recent phenomenon that I have not only observed, I have become an unwitting participant as well. It seems that chickens are the new dog. There are a variety of breeds - some beautiful, some homely, but whichever someone has, they are apt to be fiercely...

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Rain, Rain, Don't Go Away

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2009 | 1:46 PM

Albeit a bit late in the season, rain has finally wet the pavement in California. No crazy storms, just refreshing, replenishing rainwater to make our reservoirs a little less barren. All this good news makes me want to do a little jig à la Gene Kelly. But the PVC-laden umbrellas,...

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This Valentine's Day, Green is the New Red

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2009 | 4:10 PM

Some say love is blind, but unfortunately that rings true in more ways than one. Valentine's Day, national Hallmark holiday or not, is supposed to be a day of love, sharing time with the one you care about (or dropping a secret admirer note for the one you're pining over)....

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'Tis the Season... For Toy Recalls

(3) Comments | Posted January 7, 2009 | 3:26 PM

After all the wrapping paper has been recycled, what was inside the packaging should continue to bring joy. However, toy recalls on the morning after leach some of the fun out of playing Santa. Choking hazards and protruding pieces in many playthings have long been deemed unsafe, but 2008's toxicity-related...

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4 Ways to Minimize your Carbon Snowshoe-Print

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2008 | 1:10 PM

Last week I packed my husband and our two kids into a rented 4-wheel drive and took the pilgrimage to Lake Tahoe, a popular ski resort 200 miles north of San Francisco. As we ascended the mountain, my daughter noticed that the rain was replaced with white specks. Her innocent...

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Melamine is Mean Stuff

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2008 | 2:02 PM

Last week, I was at my daughter's friend's fabulous Asian-themed birthday party. Since the father is an event planner, it was no surprise to me that no detail was missed, including bowls filled with the popular White Rabbit rice candies, imported from China. Shocked, I grabbed the bowls and asked...

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Top Holiday Traditions that Warm the Heart, not the Planet

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2008 | 6:00 PM

The holidays are such a wonderful time to connect with family and friends. We gather around fires sipping cocoa, swapping stories and opening presents. People you may not have heard from in months or years send you photo cards of their maturing children. You may even receive a gift basket...

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Trash Talk

(7) Comments | Posted December 16, 2008 | 12:16 PM

I'm not one to trash talk, but our current state of affairs has backed me into a dirty corner. In 1960, the average American produced 2.7 pounds of waste per day. According to the EPA that number had increased to 4.5 pounds by 2003 (I'd assume that number hasn't gone...

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Earth-Friendly Education Grows Greener

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2008 | 9:20 AM

Last week I accompanied my children to a theatrical performance at their school. It was undeniably cute and funnier than the average elementary presentation, but the surprising thing was the subject matter. The engaging production dealt with global warming, but made the topic charmingly relevant to children. Later that day...

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