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Director’s Note: Seen the Green?

Dear Readers,

Some days balancing my “do-gooder” nonprofit career and my after hours love of being a woman’s magazine editor becomes a rather difficult task – I am constantly juggling two very different worlds. Many of us within the South Asian American community are living that duality, e.g. going to med school but dreaming about running for politics or working as a consultant but wanting to start a fashion line. It seems we are all on a quest to find the happy medium.

Lucky for me, my two worlds have finally collided in the Spring Issue of SAPNA Magazine, which is dedicated to the “green” movement and finding our role in it. Though it sometimes seems like we are committed (rather over committed) to our roles and responsibilities, it is an innate feeling within each of us that we belong to something greater than our everyday tasks.

Whether you want to change the world, or change someone’s world, the first thing we all must do is change ourselves. It’s all about taking baby steps and our selection of green themed articles hopefully will inspire you to take the next step in your journey.

wear green…
If you thought eco-friendly fashion was not for you, check out our Eco-Friendly Gear Goes Glam photoshoot. You will walk away saying, green is not the new black, green is the new glam.

feel green…
Now that you have the right outfit in tote, writer Divya Guleria, shares Eco-Friendly Beauty Tips that will make you glow beautiful from the inside out.

eat green…
Spring is in the air…and at your local Farmer’s Market. Avneet Singh takes us inside the world of green food shopping and recommends the best venues in DC, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco in Green Your City

love green…
If your significant other has a “save the world” side or you would love to see one in them. Plan a date that is good to the earth – and make an impression of how you value your self and the world. You will love our suggestions in Green Date Ideas

inspire green…

In Saving the Planet, One Ethnic Dish at a Time , Vandana Makker spotlights social entrepreneur Ritu Primlani, the founder of Thimmakka, an organization that is “greening” ethnic restaurants. Her work speaks for itself: 19.4 thousand tons of solid waste diverted from landfills; 10.8 million gallons of water saved; 1.3 million dollars saved by participating restaurants – it’s truly incredible.

Here’s to happy mediums.

Reach for your SAPNA,

Natasha Khan
Executive Director
Sapna Magazine