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Green Living Guy Green Breakthrough Model 2017 Theresa Longo

This fourth, 2017 Green Living Guy Next Breakthrough Model of the Year was decided upon quite earlier than in most years. Frankly because there were no other choices hands down.

I mean there were other ideas but those people were famous and not Breakthrough. That’s why Theresa Longo is our beautiful, sexy, green, surfer, Italian (Miss Italian for North America) and one heck of a Model / spokesperson. She actually speaks out. That’s why she is the sensational Breakthrough Green Model for 2017.
Theresa Longo
Theresa’s appetite for green living is so apparent with the surfer girl attitude to life with real direction though. So cool and focused. Then she’s all on no makeup when not in front of a camera. Why? To busy surfing!

Her qualifications include live television and radio experience, event production, & PR.

Theresa flexes her knowledge of brand development and marketing while pursing a career in the international arts industry from offices in the heart of downtown Toronto. Skilled as a strategic marketing & planning expert, she travels nationally and abroad as a professional actor and corporate Brand Ambassador.

Theresa Longo represented North America on the World Stage at Miss. Italy of the World held in Italy. 

What Else Has Theresa Represented?

I love that Theresa supports several charities worldwide; as well as being a teacher to aspiring talent; lecturing on leadership and success derived through the consistent practice of achieving smaller goals with a bigger picture in mind.

Theresa Longo has been around the spotlight.

Theresa’s Love for Going Green

Theresa loves being green, being vegan and reducing her carbon footprint. She knows not eating beef reduced her overall carbon footprint. Theresa is an organic, vegan, non GMO eating machine who eats real, raw foods as well.

Also, in terms of environment, she’s known for regularly picking up huge bags of plastic and micro plastics on the Pacific Coast of Central America. 


GLG So what about your acting creds? Tell me more!

T.L. My demo reel is on IMDB. I memorized a 7 page script to film it in one take for the movie BLUR and it was at cinequest film fest last year. 

I was nominated best actress in a feature at Berlin Filmmakerfest in 2017.  That film was produced by Steve Schirripa of the Sopranos. Clifton Collins Jr is a director whose Video won “best rock video of the year at the 2016 Georgia Music Awards.”  Clifton Collins Jr directed me in Avenue of the Giants music video “#FTW For the Win” which won Rock Video of the Year at the Georgia Music Awards. 

By the way folks. There’s a clip she did as a waitress in a demo reel. Hilarious work. OMG

Plastic Cleanup

GLG: What was the mission like or what is your continued mission for cleanup. I mean you have a place in Costa Rica so what are you doing there to stop our plastic oceans?

T.L. It is so important for us to do our part along the shorelines. My motto is ‘if you see it pick it up,’. Also, ‘if the plastic is extra small, grab it all’. Micro plastics are deadly to animals like birds and fish. Larger plastic items can be deadly for whales. Whales eat by opening up their giant mouths and taking in whatever is floating within that patch of water, fish, plastic, car parts … you name it.

As Theresa also wrote on her blog:

On my last trip to the pacific:

Armed with a giant oversized bag from North America, I began filling it. I concentrated on a 50-100m stretch of beach each pickup. I emptied this bag 3 times after filling it. It would take 1-2 hours. Each day I would pick up the plastic,

I wasn’t getting all of it, but I was significantly reducing the volume that could surely be swept back out. The ocean is a wonderful body of life, it self cleans with it’s rotating gyres, essentially throwing out junk, much of which lands on shorelines (eventually). This bag can be filled 3x per day within a 50-100M stretch of beach. Every day there was always more plastic washing up. It happens every. single. day. >

GLG: So have you done TV too?

T.L. Yes, I have done TV, “Mary Kills People” “Baroness Von Sketch” as American Gods, Designated Survivor, including Movies KIN,(James Franco) ANON (Amanda Seyfried) and Business Ethics (Kurtwood Smith).

Kin comes out later this year, where I did an epic scene with James Franco giving a eulogy in it. I did a guitar solo in a film by Murray Foster and Mike Ford too a couple years ago, called the Cocksurelads about a British Boy Band. 


Besides being a model for some big makeup companies, in real life she doesn’t use makeup much. Longo only uses vegan makeup and has worked with some brands like Charlotte Elizabeth Organics,

Mining Minute

Theresa also has a YouTube show she does for a company mining for chromite in Northern Ontario; a $60 billion dollar (Canadian) project. They talk about sustainability and she demands to hold these companies accountable to the environment.  It’s an extremely informative video series.

Theresa also works with Natera, a hemp protein company and was recently at the Metro Convention Center Toronto for the CHFA East = Canadian Health Food Association East tradeshow.  She realized around 5 years ago when working closely with NATERA Hemp Protein and Hemp Hearts of it’s health benefits.

Here’s some fast round questions. 

GLG What’s your opinion of deforestation? 

TL. Terrible! Trees are a breath of life. We shouldn’t cut trees more than 100 years old. Always replace/ replant or save trees!

GLG Where do you see your contribution to the green scene with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics? 

TL. On my website and blog I often write about ethical, chemical free makeup brands. I also recommend these products to anyone who asks. The next step is to continue educating people about vegan make up brands through media and exposure.

GLG Where are you working on these answers as we speak?

T.L. I am loving DeeDee’s organic ice pops!  Deebee’s is a vegan popsicle made of natural fruits. They were the standout ‘pop star’ at the Canadian Health Food Show East tradeshow. 

I love when any product can rave about their products but Deebee’s can boast! “We craft our TeaPops and all of our products with real ingredients. No antibiotics, no hormones, no chemicals, no pesticides, no preservatives and no genetically modified ingredients”. AMAZING!

At this point, I want to congratulate Theresa. She deserves the award. Let’s enjoy watching her grow even more into the role of environmental celebrity, intelligent journalist and Green Living Guy 2017 Breakthrough Model.

Yet, I always appreciate when someone really affects how to even handle life differently.

Her strong Italian roots also brings a faith in G-d.  I always think we should look to a higher power, so to read that reassured me more.

Theresa’s quote was:   “Worrying is the opposite of trusting G-d – this is why I have no wrinkles on my face. “ 

Then Theresa wrote to me:

Never worry! 🙂 Life is meant to be happy, for sure.

That’s not just a green Breakthrough Model. It’s one with a heart, a mind and a body! Yet, when you get to know her, you realize Theresa is beautiful.

Historical Perspective and Congrats

This Green Living Guy Next Breakthrough Model award started with one post four years ago about our first Breakthrough Model Tara Mackey. So the award continued on.

When I select the awardee, it’s usually like an immediate yes in the heart and mind. It’s just an immediate connection and continued affirmations as I begin talking to and interviewing more the next Breakthrough Model. Every time I talked with her, Theresa took the time to respond with clarity, honestly and humility. She’s just all that!  Facts folks! So on behalf of all the previous awardees, the Green Living Guy fans and I say: Congratulations!!

Self Storage as an Option to Make Your Businesses Environmentally Friendly

Many businesses are attempting to implement environmentally friendly procedures. Some offices have done away with paper products as much as humanly possible. Others have swapped out old equipment for energy efficient counterparts. Some offices have even installed solar panels to reduce or eliminate their dependence on other energy sources. While these are all steps in the right direction, they don’t solve the entirety of the problem.

Businesses rely a lot on suppliers, external services, and shipping companies. Many businesses need resources for storing equipment and records, and when they do, they turn to traditional storage companies. The traditional storage industry generates a lot of waste, and by circumventing it, you’ll have a greater control over your environmental impact!

What’s Wrong With Regular Storage?

Regular storage companies, particularly those that pack and store your items on your behalf, create a lot of garbage. Packing materials and cardboard boxes typically aren’t reused. They’re designed to be used once and disposed of. These storage units use up a lot of electricity for lighting and climate control. 

There are so many alternatives now that using a regular storage company isn’t necessary. You have more options, including the ability to store things in an environmentally friendly way, when you opt for different methods. 

Taking Control of the Process 

When storing items on your own, you have the final say in the materials that are used. You can select reusable storage totes that can find a new purpose when they’re finally done storing whatever it is you need to pack away. There’s no reason to use cardboard – it’s ruined when it gets damp, and it winds up in a landfill. You can even purchase plastic storage tubs that are already made of recycled material, so no new resources are required to construct them.

Delicate items, such as electronics you need to store, can be packed with eco friendly packaging materials. Packing peanuts made from plant fibers completely decompose after they’ve been exposed to the elements, leaving no trace behind other than harmless organic material. Most paper towels are also biodegradable, so delicate items with smaller components can be wrapped in these rather than packaging paper.

Rather than tape, reusable plastic ties can be used to keep things together. When you’re done using them on one box, move them to another. You won’t need to go through rolls upon rolls of tape to get in and out of a few boxes. 

You can use these same methods to ship orders out to clients. You might even already have these materials on hand, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to use them. 

Using Sharing Economy Services

People often rent their extra space out to others who need it for storage. Sites like Spacer match people who need space with people who have space. You aren’t draining any more resources by storing your items at someone else’s home or business – they were already using it, so any electricity involved in the process was being used by the household or place of employment. 

It’s possible to find someone willing to store your business items who is already committed to being environmentally friendly in their own space. People who recycle or use renewable energy are part of the same efforts that you are. The sharing economy allows you to help each other out while maintaining important values, such as a concern for the environment. 

Whether you’re storing equipment or inventory, there’s almost always a better way to do it. As more and more businesses are committing themselves to the green initiative, going completely environmentally friendly will become less challenging. 

Samsung Trails Behind Apple in NewGreenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics

San Francisco, October 17, 2017 -The 2017 Guide to Greener Electronics (the Guide) was released today by Greenpeace USA, with rankings of seventeen of the world’s leading consumer electronics companies on sustainable manufacturing and design of IT products.

Companies were evaluated based on their transparency, commitment, performance and advocacy efforts in three critical areas: reduction of greenhouse gases through renewable energy; use of recycled materials; and elimination of hazardous chemicals.  

“Tech companies claim to be at the forefront of innovation, but their supply chains are stuck in the Industrial Age. We know they can change. Rather than fueling climate change, IT companies need to show the way forward, just like Google and Apple have done with data centers run on renewables,” said Gary Cook, Senior IT Campaigner at Greenpeace USA.

The average grade across the 17 companies evaluated in the Guide was a D+, demonstrating that the sector as a whole has work to do to resolve supply chain impacts and improve product design. Fairphone, based in the Netherlands, scored best overall with a B, followed by Apple with a B-. Dell and HP follow Apple and Fairphone with a C+, while eleven companies, including Samsung, Huawei and Amazon, fall in the D and F range. The full list of rankings can be found here.

Despite its central position as both the largest manufacturer of smartphones and one of the largest suppliers of displays, Samsung’s manufacturing system relies heavily on fossil fuels. The company used more than 16,000 GWh of energy in 2016, with just 1% coming from renewables, for example. 

Demand for consumer electronics continues to climb, with nearly 2 billion devices sold in 2016 alone. This drives demand for both finite mined materials and dirty energy. Meanwhile, e-waste is growing, due in part to the short lifespans of devices. The UN has estimated that e-waste globally will surpass 65 million tons in 2017–enough to bury San Francisco to 14 feet.

Key findings of the 2017 Guide to Greener Electronics include:

Supply chain driving demand for dirty energy: Up to 80% of the carbon footprint of electronic devices occurs during manufacturing. While Google, Apple and other internet companies are making progress transitioning their data centers to renewable energy, nearly all of the companies in the Guide have yet to address the rapidly growing carbon footprint and dependence on dirty energy in their supply chains. Apple is the only company thus far that has committed to 100% renewable power for its supply chain. 

Planned obsolescence as design feature: Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung are among the companies moving in the wrong direction on sustainable product design – many of their latest products are difficult to repair or upgrade. HP, Dell, and Fairphone are the notable exceptions to this trend, producing a growing number of products that are repairable and upgradable.

Poor supply chain transparency: Despite representing the majority of the environmental footprint for most electronic manufacturers, most companies publish little information on their suppliers, keeping their environmental footprint of their supply chain hidden from view. Of the 17 companies evaluated in the Guide, less than one third publishes a basic list of suppliers, keeping their supply chain hidden from view.

Lack of transparency and monitoring of workplace chemicals: To protect worker health and safety, all companies need to identify and eliminate hazardous chemicals used in the production of their products, and improve worker health and safety due diligence. Apple, Dell, Google, HP, and Microsoft are the only companies in the Guide that publish their list of substances that must be restricted in the manufacturing of their devices (MRSL), including known hazards benzene, n-hexane, and toluene.

“It is clear the impacts of the linear take-make-waste business model employed by device manufacturers extend beyond the concerns of e-waste. We need to see greater ambition, more transparency, and follow-through from companies to address the environmental impacts of their enormous supply chains. The current model cannot be maintained,” said Cook.

Greenpeace is challenging the IT sector to take responsibility for its rapidly increasing footprint on the planet by:

– Shifting their supply chains to be renewably powered;

– Reducing the cycle of constant consumption of more minerals and other resources by designing long lasting products that use more recycled materials, and;

– Detox their products and their supply chain by finding alternatives to hazardous chemicals.

Houston, Texas tech firm OWDT got recognized for becoming new Green Seal™ Green Office Partner

Houstons’ tech firm OWDT has been recognized as a Green Seal TM Green Office Partner.

OWDT joined the Partnership to tackle the issues of sustainability and company waste while supporting the well-being of its people and reducing its impact on the environment.  However, OWDT management probably know that sustainability also relates directly to profitability too.  Energy efficiency, Solar or any green effort saves. Recycling puts products back into the stream for that waste to be repurposed into other products!  Less in landfills, less newer Resources to create because more will get recycled!

recycling in the workplace

OWDT is hoping to lead by example and show other small to medium-sized companies in Texas how they can green their office operations and reduce their footprint. This is an important step forward for OWDT’s CEO Kyle Mani, who mentions that “as a country and as
Texans we all share some of the blame, and yes there are systemic changes that need to be made at the highest levels of government to solve these issues on a macro scale, and we put our faith in these people and trust they will make the best decisions to address these environmental concerns. At OWDT, we already were implementing greener ideas for our office and wanted to make it official. We have made great strides in implementing Green Seal’s requirements, and by joining their Green Office Partnership, we are aiming to take responsibility when it comes to energy consumption and office waste.”

Kyle Mani the CEO of OWDT reaffirms,

“We as Americans are less than 5% of the world population yet we consume more than 25% of the world resources.

We have created an unsustainable pattern. Therefore as businesses, we need a creative solution to cut down on our waste. We need to be the leaders that create ways to make sustainability a little bit more manageable. If we can make some small difference, we feel we must do what we can. Some of the solutions that we have implemented are reducing our paper consumption, reducing our electricity usage, and we have created ways for our employees to reduce their greenhouse gases by carpooling on their commute. We are proud to have made the changes that Green Seal specified, and becoming a Partner has helped us in our goal of sustainability.”

Throw it in the … TRASH

As a newly-recognized Green Office Partner, OWDT Houston is demonstrating what some companies and professionals are doing to improve their communities and the planet by following green standards of operation, and is hopefully leading the way for other organizations
to become more environmentally sustainable.

Green Seal’s Green Office Partnership uses a straightforward checklist and virtual audit to verify that an office adheres to certain criteria for greener purchasing and operations. The Partnership focuses only on aspects within the direct control of office managers, so companies can participate whether they own or lease their space.

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A beginner’s guide to neonics & how they harm our bees 

You don’t need to be reminded about just how important bees are to our world. They are primary pollinators of many of the foods we eat day to day, including almonds, watermelon and oranges, pollinators of 90% of the world’s wild plants, and they contribute to the €265bn economic benefit of pollination.

It’s safe to say life would be pretty different without bees, and our world wouldn’t be as amazing as it is.

But they’re in danger. You may have heard that bees are in decline, with over 40 percent of U.S honeybee hives dying off each year, which is costing the farming and beekeeping industry more than €2bn a year.

There are a few reasons why bee numbers are falling – destruction of habitat, increase in disease, etc – but one of the major reasons is a type of pesticide called neonicotinoids, or neonics for short.

What are neonics?

Neonics are a group of systemic pesticides, meaning they’re absorbed by all parts of the plant, including pollen and nectar collected by bees. They’re used in soil drench, seed coating and sprayed onto crop foliage to deter pests, and they’re pretty good at doing it. However, they’re also very harmful to bees.

How do neonics harm bees?

When neonics get into bees’ systems they affect several parts of their body and behavior. The pesticides hinder their foraging behavior, and have a detrimental effect on homing ability, memory, breeding, communication, and their immune system, more often than not leading to paralysis and death. 

Some will tell you that there is not enough research to conclusively prove that neonics are responsible for bee deaths, but the evidence is mounting quite considerably, and it’s largely accepted that neonics are certainly not health for our bees.

What’s more, it’s estimated that only around 5% of the chemicals go into the crops, with 94% ending up in soil and water, and 1% released into the air. 

Should neonics be banned?

Well, yes they should, but it really depends on who you talk to. Funnily enough, many pharmaceutical companies are against a blanket ban, whereas environmental campaigners would like to see them banned completely.

Several types of neonics are already banned in many countries, but there are still lots of places around the world that have no restrictions in place whatsoever over which chemicals are used to treat crops. 

Over in Europe, the European Commission apparently plans to put further restrictions in place, proving that this is still an issue very much in flux.

Want more information about neonics? Take a look at the infographic below from UK company Sun Leisure which explains what neonics are, the impact they have, and possible alternatives in an easy to digest format.

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