Experts – Sustainability

Experts – Sustainability

Susan Rockefeller is a social and environmental activist. Her holistic view of the world blends respect for nature with the needs of business and production. Through filmmaking, jewelry design, and collaborations with food and beauty organizations and brands, Susan is spreading her message to a broad
audience. We spoke to Susan to find out more about her work and her suggestions for increased
sustainability for the beauty industry.

B. You’ve been active in campaigning for a number of issues. Can you start by telling us a bit about your background?

I grew up in Larchmont, New York, and spent my summers on the East End of Long Island and in Maine. I was fortunate to inherit a strong foundation and a love for family, art, and nature from my parents.

As a child, I was taught to appreciate art as the purest expression of the human soul, so it’s no surprise I became a potter in high school, then studied photography and filmmaking in college. This work led me to experiment in various design arenas, including creating my own message-inspired jewelry collections, and collaborating with companies in the realms of beauty and fashion. I believe that creativity and passion are driving forces of change and I leverage the two to inspire others to protect what they love. In addition to my creative pursuits, I work with organizations such as Oceana and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture to promote and preserve healthy soil and healthy seas.