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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

So, you care deeply about how your purchases affect people, society and the environment. You are health conscious and try to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. With Valentine’s Day coming up, you want to show your love, friendship or appreciation while still sticking to your values. For this list, I will break it down into three main themes. The classics: flowers and chocolates The gift of an experience Clothing and jewelry: including an EcoPetites Coupon! Part 1. Flowers and Chocolates: The problem with flowers is not only the classic agricultural issues of how it is grown and fair labor practices, there is also the issue that cut flowers have a short life, which affects transportation. Flowers are flown all...

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Wrap-up of Event at Chowgirls Lounge during Art-A-Whirl®

It was a fun and lively event! I had a great time, and so glad to get to meet some new folks out there. The space was packed for the whole time, despite the heavy, unrelenting rain. When you put together music, food, drinks, art and open studios along with makers of wearables and use-ables, well, I guess you can draw a happy crowd. I had fun talking to many people. One of the fantastic things about getting to do events is all the connecting with other vendors and learning about what they have to offer. There are some pretty darn cool businesses and artists around here. It was so busy that I did not have a lot of opportunity...

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Beauty Ecology; musings with the owner, Kassandra Kuehl

Kassie always knew she wanted to do hair. That has always been her primary passion, even while simultaneously adventuring down other paths: Pilates instructor, personal trainer, and student of Funtional medicine. But she reached a turning point in which she had to make a decision. The exposure to the types of chemicals involved in coloring hair was affecting her health. It was either stop doing what she loves, or make a break from the mainstream methods and formulate a healthier solution that would allow her to keep doing what she loves. And to the benefit of her own self and all of us who are her clients, she took the leap of faith and decided to make it all work!...

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Humble Pie Farm: a like-minded business

Anyone meeting Jennifer Nelson for the first time can immediately feel her warm gentle spirit and caring heart. Jennifer is the co-owner of Humble Pie Farm, where she and her husband, Mike Leck, grow organic flowers and herbs. I met her through my dear friend, Malia Brandt, who is her sister-in-law, and my co-conspirator on our personal journeys into making better-than choices. The more we learned and shared with each other about why organic and sustainable products matter, the more compelled we have felt to do better, one small choice at a time. Jennifer in her hoop house, modeling EcoPetite's clothing Enter the picture: organic flowers. Many of us enter the world of organic products though food. Particularly when babies...

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