Trash Talk | Earth Angel's Winter 2017 Newsletter

Winter 2017

Earth Angel Featured in Vogue Magazine!
For those of you who picked up a copy of January's Vogue, you may have spotted Earth Angel!  In the article titled "Bold Visionaries Pushing the Culture—and the Country—Forward," Tory Burch was highlighted for the work of herfoundation to empower women entrepreneurs. Earth Angel founder Emellie O'Brien (far right) is pictured alongside Tory Burch (far left), and Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Ericka Lassair, founder of Diva Dawg (center right), and Allison DeVane, the Phoenix, Arizona–based inventor of Teaspressa Tea (center left). The feature also included other activists and leaders such as Hari Nef, DeRay Mckesson, Shailene Woodley and Julianne Moore. Check out the full story here.

EARTH (angel) HOUR 2017 Tickets on Sale Now!
Tickets are now on sale for NYC's third annual EARTH (angel) HOUR...and you're invited! Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement, organized by World Wildlife Fund, that unites people to protect the planet.

Over 7,000 cities and towns worldwide participate by turning off the lights of homes, businesses and landmarks for one hour. On March 25th, Earth Angel is bringing Earth Hour to NYC for the third time and YOU have the chance to be a part of this one of a kind lights-off party for the planet. Join us for a candlelit night of drinks, food, live music and entertainment, door prizes and more!

Help us support the world's leading conservation organization while displaying the film & television industry's commitment to sustainable production. You do not want to miss this epic night for entertainment and the earth! Take advantage of our Early Bird pricing and buy your ticket by February 24th! Click on the button below to buy your EARLY BIRD tickets or make a donation. See you there!

Get Your Early Bird Ticket Here!

Our Year in Review
Every year at Earth Angel just keeps getting brighter! This past year Earth Angel moved into our first office space, expanded our team and our impact, and celebrated our 3rd birthday. And that was just in New York! See where our founder and jetsetter Emellie O’Brien spread the Earth Angel message to in 2016 below!

In Other News...

In January, digital marketing company Huge hosted a Q&A lead by Rachael Feinman with Earth Angel's Emellie O'Brien, Jessica Schreiber (founder of Fabscracp), and Josh Treuhaft (founder ofSalvage Supperclub), about how to turn a collective challenge into a sustainable business. See the panelists speak here!

Earth Angel was honored for the second year in a row as a Best for NYC Business! Thank you to B Lab at B-Corp and the New York City Economic Development Corporation for this recognition! Find out more about Best for NYC here

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City Launches Groundbreaking Sustainability Initiative for Film and Television Industry
Just a few weeks ago the New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment launched most extensive governmental film and television sustainability program in the world: NYC Film Green! This program will provide qualifying productions with a green seal to highlight all of their sustainability efforts and accomplishments. This is a huge, historic step to make New York not only one of the top cities for production in the U.S. but also the greenest. "As a global leader in the film and entertainment industry, NYC must lead by example when it comes to sustainability and waste reduction on sets. NYC Film Green will give production crews the tools and incentive they need to reduce their carbon footprint and be good neighbors in their communities," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. We applaud the Mayor's Office on their initiative and invite you to read the press release here.


Behind the Scenes: Greening Madam Secretary
Acclaimed CBS show Madam Secretary takes you behind the scenes of sustainable production. Thank you to the Producer's Guild of America Green Committee for shining a light on all of the great work that Madam Secretary does. Visit the PGA Green's Green Production Guide for more on how to run your set sustainably.


EA Sets Awarded EMA Green Seal
Congratulations to our 2015 green sets for being awarded an Environmental Media Association Green Seal for all of their great sustainability work!

Disney's Queen of Katwe
Season 1 of Showtime's Billions
Season 2 of CBS's Madam Secretary 
Season 1 of HBO's Vinyl

It was an honor to be help lead the sustainable production charge on each of these productions.


Earth Angel & Avid Waste PSA
Did you know that the film and television industry bring $8.7 billion to the New York economy annually? Avid Waste Services and Earth Angel teamed up to be featured in a recent PSA put out by NYC Media & Entertainment about the importance of the entertainment industry to New York's small businesses and economy. Check out the 30 second spot! Special thanks to our wonderful waste hauling partner, Avid Waste!


In Other News

Earth Angel teams up with TiM to work on their first project together! We're so excited for the work TiM is doing to digitize startwork and bring the entertainment industry into the 21st century. At the project's halfway point, TiM's paperless startwork has already saved the equivalent of 2 trees!


It was an honor be a part of the FIRST EVER sustainable production forum at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October! Hats off to Green Spark Group and Creative BC for orchestrating such a wonderful day of eco power! See a recap video here.



Earth Angel takes Amsterdam! We were thrilled to be a part of this year's ADE Green, the sustainability conference aligned with the biggest and greenest electronic dance music festival in the world. We were blown away by the incredible sustainability innovations coming from music festivals abroad!


See Earth Angel Founder Emellie O'Brien featured in Green Spark Group's short doc, Before the Box Office, a compilation piece highlighting the international breadth of sustainable production and featuring footage from Canada, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States to spread awareness in the motion picture industry. Fantastic work, Green Spark!


Save the date for EARTH (angel) HOUR 2017!  
Plans for our biggest lights-out party for the planet yet are already underway! Get ready!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Earth Angel!

A note from our founder


They say about one third of small businesses in the United States will fail in the first two years of operation. Those odds are actually even worse for women owned businesses. But as we celebrate Earth Angel crossing the three-year threshold, odds aren’t really a concern right now. Because if there is anything this past quarter has taught me, it’s that the future is undoubtedly female.


As part of my acceptance into the inaugural Tory Burch Foundation Fellowship, I attended a three-day workshop along with my nine other fellows that ended in a pitch competition for a $100,000 grand prize. Spoiler alert: I did not win the grand prize. However, what I did gain was a community of support unlike anything I’d ever experienced before. My main take-away from the experience of meeting such successful, inspiring women was that I am not alone. Without getting into the painful statistics of the entrepreneurial disadvantages women face compared to men, it is no surprise that we ladies can be our own worst enemy. And the greatest tool to have in your belt when building a business from nothing is self-efficacy. That is why my acceptance into this fellowship was so meaningful to me. Not because of the swag bags or the press, but because I now have a tribe...and tribes build self-efficacy.


Soon after the Tory Burch workshop, I had the privilege to attend the very first White House Summit on the United State of Women. 5,000 feminists descended on the Washington Convention Center to address topics such as violence against women and women’s health, equal opportunity and economic empowerment, as well as leadership and civic engagement. These feminists included Vice President Joe Biden, Gloria Steinem, First Lady Michelle Obama, Shonda Rhimes, U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, Amy Poehler, and POTUS himself. If my biggest take-away from the Tory Burch Foundation workshop was that I am not alone, my take-away from the USOW Summit was that that I belong at the table. As President Barack Obama said, “progress is not inevitable.” Women have to be where the decisions are made if we are going to continue to form a more equal and just society.


I am so incredibly grateful that the Tory Burch Foundation has afforded me the opportunity to attend these two life-changing events. I cannot wait to see what the next three years have in store for Earth Angel now that I know:

We need more women owned businesses and I am proud to be one of them.

While there may not be enough of us, we are certainly not alone.

And you better believe we belong at the table.


So find your tribe and don’t be afraid to #BeDisruptive


Sustainably yours,


Emellie at the Tory Burch Foundation workshop in New York with fellows and judges. 

Emellie at the Tory Burch Foundation workshop in New York with fellows and judges. 

Just some of the feminists who attended the United State of Women Summit in Washington, DC.

Just some of the feminists who attended the United State of Women Summit in Washington, DC.