About us

About Gaiam Life

Our name GAIAM was created as a fusion of the words Gaia — the name for Mother Earth in the Minoan civilization in ancient Crete — and “I am.” It symbolizes the interconnection of the Earth and all the life it sustains.

Gaiam (pronounced "guy-um") was founded on the concept of making decisions based on personal values that consider all aspects of our lives, as well as our impact on others and the planet, today and in the future. This concept is already shared by over 50 million people in the United States alone — and we believe that it is not just a trend, but a major cultural shift.

We see signs everywhere in today's life experience of how conscious lifestyle values — including social and environmental responsibility, health and wellness, and personal development — are driving more consumer purchase decisions and pervading an ever-wider range of venues, from mass-market grocery stores to online communities. We believe that a growing number of people have a desire for media and products that inspire them to expand their awareness and pursue positive change in their lives.

Launched in 2006, Gaiam Life (Life.Gaiam.com) is Gaiam's first attempt at using the Internet as a gathering place to communicate our values and to provide people with a gathering place to share thoughts, ideas and feelings about the world we live in and our relationship with it. We hope that our microcosm of the world community is a nurturing, supportive, positive destination for people seeking health, wellness and sustainable living.

Contact us

Email: Please address comments and questions to customerservice@gaiam.com.

Mail: Gaiam, Inc., PO Box 3095, Boulder, CO 80307-3095 Phone toll-free: 1-877-989-6321 Canadian customers: 1-800-254-8464 (Weekdays 7AM - 6PM Mountain Standard Time)

Terms & Conditions

We welcome you to Life.Gaiam.com (the “Website”), a site designed to provide information about health, wellness and sustainability and to create a community of like-mined people interested in the topics we discuss (the “Service”). PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR USE OF THE WEBSITE.

Acceptance of Terms. This Terms of Use Agreement (the “Agreement”) sets forth legally binding terms for your use of the Website. By using the Website, you agree to be bound by this Agreement, whether you are a "Visitor" (which means that you simply browse the Website) or you are a "Member" (which means that you have registered on the Website as a user). If you do not accept the terms of this Agreement, you should leave the Website and discontinue use of the Service immediately. We may modify this Agreement from time to time, and such modification shall be effective upon its posting on the Website. You agree to be bound by any modification to this Agreement when you use the Website after any such modification is posted; it is therefore important that you review this Agreement regularly.

General Registration Requirements. If you wish to become a Member, communicate with other Members and otherwise make use of the Service, you must read this Agreement and indicate your acceptance during the registration process. In consideration of your use of the Service, you represent that you are of legal age to form a binding contract and are not a person barred from receiving services under the laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdiction. You also agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Service's application form (the "Registration Data") and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or we have reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Gaiam, Inc. reserves the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service (or any portion thereof). Use of the Service and membership on the Website is void where prohibited.

Minors. Due to the nature of the internet, we cannot prohibit minors from visiting our web site. However, all users who register with our web site must be 18 years of age or older.

Member Account, Password and Security. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify Gaiam (email: gaiamlife@gaiam.com) of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. Gaiam will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section 2.3.

Prohibited Conduct. You agree not to use the Service to post or otherwise transmit information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, tags, or other materials ("Content") that:

  • is patently offensive and/or promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual;
  • harasses or advocates harassment of another person;
  • exploits people in a sexual or violent manner;
  • contains nudity, violence, or offensive subject matter;
  • solicits personal information from anyone under the age of eighteen (18);
  • provides any telephone numbers, street addresses, last names or email addresses of anyone other than your own;
  • promotes information that you know is false or misleading or promotes illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous;
  • promotes an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person's copyrighted work, such as providing pirated computer programs or links to them, providing information to circumvent manufacture-installed copy-protect devices, or providing pirated music or links to pirated music files;
  • involves the transmission of "junk mail," "chain letters," or unsolicited mass mailing, instant messaging, "spimming," or "spamming";
  • contains restricted or password only access pages or hidden pages or images (those not linked to or from another accessible page);
  • furthers or promotes any criminal activity or enterprise or provides instructional information about illegal activities including, but not limited to making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone's privacy, or providing or creating computer viruses;
  • solicits passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other Members;
  • involves commercial activities and/or sales without our prior written consent such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, or pyramid schemes; or
  • includes a photograph of another person that you have posted without that person's consent or, in the case of children under the age of eighteen (18), parental consent.

Responsibility for Content. You, and not Gaiam, Inc, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the Service. Gaiam, Inc does not control the Content posted via the Service and, as such, we do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. You understand that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content that you deem offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will Gaiam, Inc be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any Content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Service.

Rejection/Removal of Content. You acknowledge that Gaiam, Inc may or may not pre-screen Content posted on the Website, but that Gaiam, Inc shall have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to pre-screen, refuse, or remove any Content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, Gaiam, Inc shall have the right to remove from the Website any Content that violates this Agreement or is otherwise objectionable, or to restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the Services at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice, and without liability. If you become aware of misuse of the Services by any person, please contact Gaiam (email: gaiamlife@gaiam.com).

Preservation/Disclosure. You acknowledge, consent and agree that Gaiam, Inc may access, preserve and disclose your account information and Content if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce this Agreement; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third parties; (d) respond to your requests for customer service; or (e) protect the rights, property or personal safety of Gaiam, Inc, its Members and the public. Under no other circumstances will Gaiam, Inc disclose your account information to any third party.

Security Components. You understand that the Website and software embodied within the Website may include security components that permit digital materials to be protected, and that use of these materials is subject to usage rules set by Gaiam, Inc and/or content providers who provide content to Gaiam, Inc. You may not attempt to override or circumvent any such security components and usage rules embedded into the Website.

Non-commercial Use. The Service may not be used in connection with any commercial purposes, except as specifically approved by Gaiam, Inc. Unauthorized framing of or linking to the Website is prohibited. Commercial advertisements, affiliate links, and other forms of solicitation may be removed from Member profiles without notice and may result in termination of membership privileges.

License to Your Content. By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content on or through the Website, you hereby grant to Gaiam, Inc a non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense through unlimited levels of sublicensees) to use, copy, modify, adapt, translate, publicly perform, publicly display, store, reproduce, transmit, and distribute such Content on and through the Website. This license will terminate at the time you remove such Content from the Website. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a back-up or residual copy of the Content posted by you may remain on Gaiam, Inc's servers after you have removed the Content from the Website, and Gaiam, Inc retains the rights to those copies. You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the Content posted by you on or through the Website or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth in this section, and (ii) the posting of your Content on or through the Website does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights or any other rights of any person.

Gaiam, Inc and Third Party Content. The Website contains Content of Gaiam, Inc ("Gaiam Content"), which is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other laws, and Gaiam, Inc owns and retains all rights in the Gaiam Content. Gaiam, Inc hereby grants to you a limited, revocable, non-sublicensable license to reproduce and display the Gaiam Content (excluding any software code) solely for your personal use in connection with viewing the Website and using the Service. The Website also contains Content of other Members and other Gaiam, Inc licensors. Except for Content posted by you, you may not copy, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, distribute, perform, display, or sell any Content appearing on or through the Website.

International Use. Due to the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.

Privacy Policy. Gaiam, Inc respects your privacy and permits you to control the treatment of your personal information. A complete statement of our current privacy policy can be found in our “Privacy Policy”. The Privacy Policy is expressly incorporated into this Agreement by this reference.

Copyright Policy. Gaiam, Inc has in place certain legally mandated procedures regarding allegations of copyright infringement occurring on the Website or with the Service. Gaiam, Inc has adopted a policy that provides for the immediate suspension and/or termination of any Website or Service user who is found to have infringed on the rights of Gaiam, Inc or of a third party, or otherwise violated any intellectual property laws or regulations. Gaiam’s policy is to investigate any allegations of copyright infringement brought to its attention. If you have evidence, know, or have a good faith belief that your rights or the rights of a third party have been violated and you want Gaiam to delete, edit, or disable the material in question, you must provide Gaiam with all of the following information: (a) a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; (b) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works; (c) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringed or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit Gaiam, Inc to locate the material; (d) information reasonably sufficient to permit Gaiam, Inc to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and if available, an electronic mail address at which you may be contacted; (e) a statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and (f) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. For this notification to be effective, you must provide it to Gaiam, Inc at: gaiamlife@gaiam.com.

Member Disputes. You are solely responsible for your interactions with other Members. Gaiam, Inc reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other Members.

Term and Termination. This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect while you use the Website or are a Member. You may terminate your membership at any time, for any reason, by following the instructions on the Profile page. Gaiam, Inc reserves the right to terminate your account or your access to the Website immediately, with or without notice to you, and without liability to you, if Gaiam, Inc believes that you have breached any of the terms of this Agreement, furnished Gaiam, Inc with false or misleading information, or interfered with use of the Website or the Service by others. The terms of Sections 9 -13 shall survive termination of this Agreement and your use of the Service.

Disclaimer of Warranties. You expressly understand and agree that:

  • Your use of the service is at your sole risk. The service is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. Gaiam, Inc and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, employees, agents, partners and licensors expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.
  • Gaiam, Inc and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, employees, agents, partners and licensors make no warranty that (i) the service will meet your requirements; (ii) the service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free; (iii) the results that may be obtained from the use of the service will be accurate or reliable; and (iv) the quality of any products, services, information or other material purchased or obtained by you through the service will meet your expectations.
  • Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the service is accessed at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material.

Limitation on Liability. In no event shall Gaiam, Inc be liable to you or any third party for any indirect, consequential, exemplary, incidental, special or punitive damages, including lost profit damages arising from your use of the service, even if Gaiam, Inc has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, Gaiam, Inc's liability to you for any cause whatsoever and regardless of the form of the action, will at all times be limited to the amount paid, if any, by you to Gaiam, Inc for the services.

Exclusions and Limitations. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, in certain jurisdictions, some of the above limitations of sections 9 and 10 may not apply to you; all other provisions of the agreement remain in full force and effect.

Indemnity. You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Gaiam, Inc, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents, and representatives from any and all third party claims, losses, liability, damages, and/or costs (including reasonable attorney fees and costs) arising from your breach of the terms of this Agreement, or your infringement, or infringement by any other user of your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity. Gaiam, Inc will notify you promptly of any such claim, loss, liability, or demand, and will provide you with reasonable assistance, at your expense, in defending any such claim, loss, liability, damage, or cost.

Entire Agreement. This Agreement, together with any other terms or policies referenced herein, constitutes the entire agreement between you and Gaiam, Inc and governs your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and Gaiam, Inc with respect to the Service.

Choice of Law and Forum. This Agreement and the relationship between you and Gaiam, Inc shall be governed by the laws of the State of Colorado without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and Gaiam, Inc agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the county of Denver, Colorado.

Waiver and Severability of Terms. The failure of Gaiam, Inc. to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of this Agreement is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement remain in full force and effect.

Statute of Limitations. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or this Agreement must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

If you have any questions regarding this Agreement, please contact us by email at gaiamlife@gaiam.com, or by mail at Gaiam, Inc., PO Box 3095, Boulder, Colorado 80307-3095.

I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED ABOVE.

These terms of service were last updated on November 9, 2006.

Privacy Policy

At Life.Gaiam.com (the "Site"), we know how visitors like you value your privacy, and we have created this privacy policy to ensure that you understand our policies and procedures, what personal information you must provide if you wish to use certain portions of the Site and, ultimately, just how we use such personal information.

Information Collected By Life.Gaiam.com. Life.Gaiam.com collects two types of information from users of this Site: personal information described below; and non-personal information such as information about traffic patterns on Life.Gaiam.com.

Personal Information. To access certain portions of the Site, we require you to register and select a user name and password. Some personal data is collected during the registration process. We may then ask for additional information, including personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information.

How We Use Your Personal Information. Life.Gaiam.com uses information collected on the Site for a variety of purposes, including, but not limited to, running the Site, and contacting users. Life.Gaiam.com may also make available to other registered users information provided by you during registration, such as your screen name. Life.Gaiam.com uses the information collected, including personally identifiable information, for a variety of purposes. We may use your information to communicate back to you, to update you on products, services and benefits, to personalize the Site for you, to contact you for market research or to provide you with marketing information, newsletters, or other information we think would be of particular interest. We will always give you the opportunity to opt out of receiving such materials.

Information obtained through the Site may be intermingled with and used in conjunction with information obtained through sources other than the Site, including both offline and online sources.

Discussions and Community Tools. Life.Gaiam.com may make chat rooms, forums, bulletin boards, news groups and other community tools available to registered users and/or visitors. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information for other users to view and for Life.Gaiam.com to use. Please be considerate and respectful of others while using any chat rooms, forums or message boards to share your opinion.

Non-Personal Data. In some cases, we may collect non-personal information. Examples of this type of information include the type of internet browser you are using, the type of computer operating system application software, and peripherals you are using and the domain name of the web site from which you linked to our Site. We use your information on an aggregated basis to do such things as operate our site, enhance our site and sell and deliver advertising. We may share non-personal information with third parties for advertising, promotional and other purposes.

Cookies. We reserve the right to utilize cookie technology. A cookie is a small data file that certain web sites write to your hard drive when you visit them. A cookie file can contain various types of information, including a user ID that the site uses to track the pages you've visited. We may use cookies to enhance your experience on this Site, to determine user traffic patterns and for other purposes.

Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies; however, you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or indicate when a cookie is being sent or you can flush your browser of cookies from time to time. (Note: you may need to consult the help area of your browser application for instructions.) If you choose to disable your cookies setting or refuse to accept a cookie, however, you may not be able to access all areas of the Site.

Opt Out Procedures. You have the option to opt out of receiving information from Life.Gaiam.com. This opt out messaging will appear at the bottom of every solicited email that is sent out. Life.Gaiam.com also gives you the option to remove your information from its database completely. If you no longer wish to take advantage of this Site or to receive any form of unsolicited direct contact from Life.Gaiam.com, whether it is email, discounts, newsletters, or other promotional offers or materials, or wish us to delete your personal information from our data records (except with respect to billing matters), contact us at: gaiamlife@gaiam.com

Reviewing or changing your information. In order to ensure that the information we maintain is accurate, Life.Gaiam.com gives users the option to change or modify their information previously provided during registration. If you would like to change your information currently in our database please click the "My Account" link in the site or email us at gaiamlife@gaiam.com

Security. All information is stored on our servers in a secure location. It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer. If your password is compromised, notify Customer Service at once at gaiamlife@gaiam.com.

Protection for Children. This Site is not intended for users under the age of 18. Furthermore, we have no intention of collecting personally identifiable information from children (i.e., individuals under the age of 13). Where appropriate, we take reasonable measures to inform children not to submit such information to our site or in response to advertisements.

Privacy Precaution Warning. Please note that no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. As a result, we cannot guarantee the security of the information that you transmit via our online services.

Please note that we reserve the right to access and/or disclose personal information and non-personal information we gather as required by courts or administrative agencies and to the extent required to permit us to investigate suspected fraud, harassment or other violations of any law, rule or regulation, the Site rules or policies, or the rights of third parties or to investigate any suspected conduct which Life.Gaiam.com deems improper.

Your Consent. You may have certain rights under the Communications Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, and other state and federal statutes that may apply, and by accepting these terms and using this Site, you are waiving all of these rights as to collection, use, disclosure and storage of your personally identifiable and non-personal information as described above. You recognized that we are able to offer our service to you at our rates based upon these terms, which are an integral part of our contract for the provision of services.

By using the Site, you also authorize the export of personal information to the USA and its storage and use as specified above when you provide such information to us. Our headquarters is in the USA in Colorado. This policy and our legal obligations are subject to the laws of Colorado and the USA, regardless of the location of any user. Any claims or complaints must be filed in the USA in the State of Colorado.

We may amend our privacy policy, but if we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, so you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we may disclose it. Any changes will only apply to information collected after the change is posted.