Zem Spire Joaquin

Editor-in-chief of Ecofabulous.com, Environmental Consultant, Mom of TK

A former contributing editor at House and Garden and Domino Magazines, Zem Joaquin is Editor-in-Chief of Ecofabulous.com, 7×7 Magazine’s Queen of Green and KFOG’s Eco-Expert. Mentored by William McDonough, Zem is a certified BuildItGreen design and strategy consultant and Cradle to Cradle enthusiast who helps companies and individuals create beautiful, smart, sustainable spaces and practices.

"My life's mission came to me with unbelievable clarity. It's amazing how everything can change in a single moment. My approach was very holistic and thorough. I looked at every material in our house. I’m not going to lie to you: the changes weren’t cheap, and it took time and research. But I changed to non-toxic cleaning supplies, to organic mattresses, bedding, and towels, I removed carpets, I put in air and water filters. Was I obsessed? Yes—and I still am. Has our investment paid off? Let’s just say that my kids, who recently started a new school year, just came down with colds for the first time this year—astonishing in and of itself. In the past, it always turned into asthma after a couple of days; not this time. Actually, they haven’t had a single incidence in over a year and one half! And I’ve never felt better, too."

From HEALTHY CHILD HEALTHY WORLD. Reprinted by arrangement with Plume, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright (c) 2009 by Healthy Child Healthy World.

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