Nicole Sherwin is passionate about environment, wellness, and social responsibility. She worked in LA for six years, where she created a non-profit event and Expo THE GREEN LOUNGE EXPERIENCE, interviewing celebrities about their healthy lifestyles, the charities they support, and their health and skincare regimens. After returning to Cape Town in 2010, Nicole joined Simply Green magazine as their editor. She was then invited to join the team as the DIY eco expert on SABC 3’s Expresso morning show. Two years and over 80 natural formulas later, Nicole became known as ‘Eco-Diva’. With requests from viewers to make her DIY formulas into products, she set about finding an eco certified laboratory in CT. Fifteen of her recipes have been trialed, tested and perfected to make up the Eco Diva Anti-aging skincare range; and six recipes have been transformed into Eco Diva Home, an eco friendly, bio degradable cleaning range. Nicole has a strong belief in animal rights and beauty without cruelty.
- What are you most passionate about?
I’m most passionate about health, living life in balance, using and creating natural organic skincare, personal care and cleaning products. I try to live as chemical-free as possible
- What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
I upped and moved to Los Angeles when I was 36 to pursue my career in acting and TV presenting. I was told I was way too old … but I had amazing experiences and worked on really interesting projects. It was quite the adventure and that is where I found my passion for green living and started a series of events, The Green Lounge Experience.
- What makes you angry?
Any kind of animal cruelty. People who don’t seem to care about the environment and people who are opinionated through ignorance
- If you inherited an acre of land what would you do with it?
Firstly I’d be utterly thrilled. I would build an off-grid, totally eco-friendly container-style home, which would be run on solar and wind energy and I’d create my own organic veggie and fruit garden. All surplus food would be donated to charity
- Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
Strangely enough, I enjoy both. I love creating business and hunting for interesting opportunities and I also love to gather information and share it
- How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Goodness me, … my weakness … I don’t think I’ve counted. But I’m a bit of a shoe addict … I would say in the region of about 40+ – I used to be a shoe model in Europe back in the day as I have sample size feet … (37) and still have shoes from then …
- If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Hmmm, I think a veggie and halloumi cheese stack or a thai fish curry
- How would people communicate in a perfect world?
With kindness and empathy … or maybe some mental telepathy 😉
- What do you work toward in your free time?
At the moment, I’m working on my first book, Myself Naturally – How to Live Chemical-Free … which is a compilation of all my natural recipes that I created on SABC3’s Expresso Morning Show as Eco Diva. I also experiment on new natural skincare products that may work for my Eco Diva range
- If you woke up and had 300 unread emails and could only answer 30 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?
Firstly, I wish I only had 300 emails to answer, that would be a bliss day 😉 – I run 2 businesses, so I’m quite email bound. But If I had to only answer 30, I would choose the most urgent and relevant ones first … you know the ones that scream at you! Just a bit of de-stressing … 🙂
- Name 3 thing in nature you find most beautiful.
Only 3??? That’s a tough one as I find all nature magnificent and awe-inspiring … so only 3 huh? … 1. The sound and look of the ocean 2. Flowers 3. Birds pollinating flowers
- Have you used plastic bags for your shopping in the last two weeks?
Actually yes but all recycled. I’ve been in Italy and they use recycled bags. At home I have hessian shopping bags and only use plastic if I’ve used them before
- What would you say are some small steps that people can take to improve their relationship to the environment?
Firstly, just look at nature – we are so blessed to have the most magnificent creatures and plant life on this planet, so appreciation would be top priority. Then, try to reduce, re-use, re-cycle and up-cycle. I’ve written so much about this and it’s really quite easy and fun once you get going. Make it fun for the whole family and then it won’t seem like a chore. Oh and try to live chemical-free if you can. There’s a challenge for you! 🙂