Publisher's Letter

Published on March 29th, 2014 | by Publisher, Natural Awakenings New Mexico

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April 2014 Publisher’s Letter

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”
~ Robin Williams

And party we shall. This month’s enticing gatherings include a Soul Quest Labyrinth Walk in Santa Fe, the ever-popular Earth Day and World Day for Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Then it’s on to de-clutter and detox our bodies and homes in a true spring clean.

Unlike glossy magazines, which some people think look and feel snazzy, Natural Awakenings elects not to release toxic chemicals into the environment. Our family of 90 magazines across the country currently prints more than 1.5 million monthly magazines, so our decision, honored by like-minded advertisers and readers, counts. Together we celebrate and support the integrity of our cherished planet every day of the year. Your go-to community resource for naturally healthy living purposely sets the example for what industries refer to as “best practice,” printing on 100 percent recycled, uncoated, non-glossy paper using only natural soy ink. Every magazine also posts digitally for screen fans.

Natural Awakenings practices what we preach in other ways, too. Our monthly departments of eco-tips, green living, global and health briefs are devoted to growing awareness of what we can all do to forward sustainability at the local level. Here are some simple things we can do all year round.

Recycling: Let’s load up the recycling container and also cut back on the volume of stuff we think we need to begin with.
New car purchases: Consider a hybrid, electric car or motorcycle, and bicycle and walk more.
Eat less meat. Reducing meat consumption significantly reduces the family’s carbon footprint.
Replace light bulbs: Cold cathode fluorescent lights, the next generation of improved lighting, contain 85 percent less mercury than earlier models and saves $80 to 250 a year over a conventional bulb.
Using cold water for laundry: Save up to $60 a year in powering a water heater.

Have fun loading up your April calendar with local happenings listed for this happy springtime month in our print and online editions.

Let’s party!

Andrea Williams, Publisher

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