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Friday, August 18, 2017

Slow Living Radio puts the spotlight on our skin, particularly, sun protection and  how to best protect yourself from skin cancers. We invited 2 guests, one a skin specialist and education manager for Avene, who will talk about caring for your skin and choosing the right sun protection.  Next, Kendra Reichenau from Coolibar, will talk about the importance of sun protective clothing, and the work they are doing with the Skin Cancer Foundation.  We urge listeners to lather up, protect your skin and do the same for your kids.  That's when the damage starts.

James Kivior
Educational Manager,
Avène skin care

James has been a licensed esthetician for 20 years.  He has worked in some of NYC’s top spas and salons and has also worked with plastic surgeons and dermatologists.  He has been working for the Pierre Fabre Group as the Educational Manager for Avene skin care, Klorane and Renee Furterer hair care for 7 years.

Avene  (Ah-vehn) skin care is the number one skin care brand in European pharmacies.  The brand is part of a very large French pharmaceutical company called the Pierre Fabre Group, the second largest pharmaceutical company in France.  The Avene brand is known for specializing in sensitive skin and its most popular product, the Avene Thermal Spring Water is the main active ingredient in all of the products.  The line is also carried in over 3,000 dermatologist offices in the U.S.

About Avène'


Avène has over 270 years of expertise in caring for sensitive skin and is trusted by millions worldwide. At the heart of the brand is Avène Thermal Spring Water, a natural soothing source clinically shown by over 150 studies to soothe, soften and calm the skin.

The Village of Avene

Originating as pure rain mixed with sea-spray rich in mineral salts, Avène Thermal Spring Water makes its 50-year journey through the Cévennes Mountains in Avène, France.

It gradually becomes infused with trace elements and silicates, and comes in contact with an ancient microorganism Aqua.Dolomiae, which was first identified by Avène in 2001. This remarkable biological property combined with the well-known mineral properties of Avène Thermal Spring Water ensures gentleness and tolerance, creating a unique double signature that does not exist anywhere else in the world.

Over 150 stringent biological, pharmacological and clinical studies have clearly demonstrated the soothing, softening and calming benefits of AvèneThermal Spring Water.

Kendra Reichenau


Coolibar's got you covered

For over 14 years, Coolibar has inspired active, outdoor living with the most innovative UPF 50+ products and fabrics designed to last a lifetime. Welcome to health, happiness and life in the sun.


Founded in 2001 by an Australian who knew the harshest of sun climates, Coolibar has evolved to be the leader in innovative sun protective fabric design. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Coolibar takes its name from a eucalyptus tree native to the Australian outback - offering welcome relief and reliable protection from the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays, on the continent where sun protection began.

The Coolibah Tree

Coolibar is the first company to receive the Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation for sun protective clothing. Additionally, the sun protective apparel was the first ever endorsed by the Melanoma International Foundation, and as a sun protective clothing company Coolibar has also been endorsed by the Pediatric Sun Protection Foundation.

Coolibar clothing is endorsed by experts worldwide and recommended by dermatologists. They guarantee UPF 50+ protection from the first day the product is worn until the last day. Their fabrics are thoroughly tested at independent labs to ensure each product meets or exceeds UPF 50+ standard. The company tests multiple samples from every dye lot of every fabric used.


After conducting an initial UV transmittance test, Coolibar launder each garment 40 times, expose it to 100 fading units of simulated sunlight, then conduct a second UV transmittance test. The tests measure transmittance across both the UVA and UVB spectrum. Garment ratings are based on the lower result of the initial "brand new" test and the second "life cycle" test. Most fabrics lose some level of UV protection as they age, so most fabrics are rated based on their second test.

It's important to know that all clothing is not sun protective, and all sun protective clothing is not created equal.

Coolibar's proprietary SUNTECT® fabrics are rated UPF 50+, the highest in the industry. Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is a rating system much like SPF used in sunscreens, only UPF measures blockage of both UVA and UVB rays. Technically speaking, Coolibar allows only 1/50th of UV radiation that falls on the surface of our fabrics to actually pass through it. What it really means is that Coolibar's clothing blocks 98% of the sun's radiation from reaching your skin, so you can actually enjoy all the sun's good stuff without any of the bad stuff. The fabrics are made with the best active ingredients found in sunscreens including Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide and even with multiple washing and exposure to sweat, chlorine and salt - the sun protection never washes out.


A common misconception is that a cotton t-shirt provides adequate protection from the sun. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), a typical white cotton t-shirt averages an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of only 7, while the SCF and leading dermatologists recommend a UPF of at least 30. UPF can also decline when fabric is exposed to chlorine and salt, and after multiple washings so it is important that fabrics be tested in conditions that simulate regular use.

Buying sun-protective clothing from a reputable manufacturer is the only way to know that your skin is protected. When considering a garment for sun protection, it is important to ask:

- Does it claim to offer UPF protection and to what level?
- Was it tested, and which test protocols were used?
- Was real wear simulated as part of the test through washing, exposure to light, chlorine, etc.?
- Was testing conducted to simulate sun-protection throughout the products life cycle?
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., and more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in more than two million Americans each year. The Skin Cancer Foundation and many leading dermatologists recommend sun protective clothing as a first line of defense.

Coolibar is the first company to receive the Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced in June 2015 that skin cancer rates doubled during the past three decades. The U.S. Surgeon General issued a call to action in 2014 about skin cancer as major public health threat.

Click here is some great information from the Skin Cancer Foundation's website on sun-protective clothing.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 7, 2016 - Austral Fisheries, A Story of Sustainability

Patagonian toothfish, also known as Chilean sea bass, lives in the cold waters of the Atlantic and sub-Antarctic. This slow growing fish generally lives for up to 24 years and grows to over two meters in length. It’s a species of huge ecological importance, but also supports fishing communities throughout Southern America and the Antarctic islands who fish it commercially for markets in USA, EU and Japan.

In the past, illegal fishing for Patagonian toothfish by unregulated vessels threatened the sustainability of fish stocks, undermined the livelihoods of fishing communities and also had detrimental impacts on other species, including unintentional catch of some albatross species. 

Today more than half of the total global catch of toothfish is certified to the MSC standard for sustainable fishing. These fisheries meet the demanding standards for fisheries management and sustainability required for seafood to be sold with the blue MSC ecolabel. One such fishery is Austral Fisheries based in West Australia, and the subject of tonight's show.  We also talk about their Skull Island Prawns, a tiger prawn wowing American diners and also a sustainable fishery.  We also welcome John Susman of Fishtales, consultants to the fishing industry, to help tell the story.

Dylan Skinns
General Manager, Sales and Marketing

Austral Fisheries is an Australian commercial fishing company based in Perth, operating vessels in the sub-Antarctic catching Patagonian Toothfish; and the Gulf of Carpentaria catching Banana and Tiger prawns. All product is wild caught, sold Australia wide and exported to international markets. All of Austral's wild caught seafood is certified sustainable and managed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and, most recently, the business and its wild caught products have been certified as carbon neutral – a world first. Glacier 51 Toothfish and Skull Island Tiger Prawns are Austral's multi-award winning seafood brands.

The Austral team are big believers of ‘telling the story’, branding its product and selling sustainability to differentiate away from the commodity seafood space. Up until 2002, 100% of Austral’s production was exported as a commodity. The Austral team has since transformed the way in which it sells, markets and delivers its products to the world by creating powerful new Australian seafood brands, which tell a story of provenance, quality, and sustainability. The ratio is now split 50:50 (export v domestic) with high value retail and wholesale brands residing on the best menus around the world such as Nobu 57 in New York and At.Mosphere Burj Khalifa Dubai.

 Glacier 51 Toothfish Fisheries 

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Patagonian toothfish fishery has received recertification to the MSC standard for sustainable fishing. Originally certified in 2012, the fishery was once riddled with illegal and unregulated fishing for the valuable species, found across the southern ocean. 
But due to robust and collaborative management, there has not been illegal fishing in the region since 2006, according to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), the international science-based body with 25 member nations tasked with managing Antarctic resources.

The HIMI fishery is managed by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) in accordance with measures set by CCAMLR.  In addition, both operators, Austral Fisheries and Australian Longline, are active members of COLTO, the Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators. 
“We’re incredibly proud of this fishery, toothfish was once considered an unsustainable choice and today more than half the global catch is MSC certified and continues to meet our scientific standard for sustainability,” said Patrick Caleo, MSC Regional Director Asia Pacific. 
Chef Matt Broussard, Glacier 51 rendition

Skull Island Prawns

The Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) is often referred to as Australia’s last ‘wild frontier’, across Australia’s top end.  The fishery extends from the low water mark to the outer edge of the Australian fishing zone.  Its eastern extremity lies at Cape York in Queensland and stretches west to Cape Londonderry in Western Australia.
52 vessels are licensed to operate in the MSC certified NPF, which covers approximately 880,000 square kilometres.  Less than 12% of this area is fished.
The Northern Prawn Fishery was certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as a sustainable and well managed fishery in November 2012.  Woolworths generously contributed $25,000 towards the MSC certification through their Fresh Food Future grant, and this fishery becomes the first tropical prawn fishery to be certified as sustainable in the world.  MSC certified sustainable Banana Prawns and Tiger Prawns can be found from this fishery in your local Woolworths seafood cabinet.
Austral Fisheries are members of the Northern Prawn Fishery Management Advisory Committee (NORMAC), which is an advisory body to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).  NORMAC is dedicated to maintaining the sustainability of the Northern Prawn Fishery and has a strong history in the area of responsible and pro-active action in fisheries management.

Skull Island…

…is an island in Australia’s Northern Territory and it’s where we catch the biggest tiger prawns in Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery.

It is part of the Sir Edward Pellew Group of islands in King Ash Bay at the mouth of the McArthur River.  The inshore protected waters adjacent to Skull Island provide the ideal habitat for tiger prawns.  Large expansive seagrass beds, strong tidal movement and ample food allow juvenile tiger prawns to grow to sizes selected for the Skull Island brand.
Caught, packed and snap frozen at sea from the pristine waters of Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria, ensure the eating characteristics of Skull Island tiger prawns remain intact until they are enjoyed on the plate.