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Ecocolo

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Who says an environmental magazine can’t look good? Like the cliche that eco-fashion is all about hemp sackdresses or vegan food is nothing more than tasteless tofu, it is time for the magazines representing Mother Earth to spiff it up. Ecocolo is a fabulous new Japanese eco magazine (there’s only been four issues so far) with a modern, fun and beautifully designed sensibility.

No, I can’t read Japanese, but there are lots of subtitles in english, and there are features on yoga, profiles of environmental activists (focusing on Japanese, but showing others as well), amazing layouts featuring recycled clothing and green fashion, sustainable architecture and design (like how different folks have made their work spaces green), fun products, and vegetarian/organic food.

You can get a little of the aesthetic on their website, but try to get a copy at your local international newsstand if you can. Ecocolo is worth seeing in print.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.