Monday, June 9, 2008

A day of optimism

Recently, I volunteered for the Rhode Island Sustainable Living Festival, created by The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living. Meeting new and fascinating people, talking about sustainable living practices through consumerism, and throw in a little bit of Yoga -- you got a great day! Sure, they had the hybrid cars and the solar panels, but it was the individuals and local companies that made sustainable living a real and possible option for people. I had a memorable experience and wanted to share a few of the memorable people I met and what they're doing...


Candles are always great gifts, but natural soy candles are even better gifts. Soy candles have many advantages over candles that are produced using petroleum-based wax. Soy is all natural, non-toxic, biodegradable, and burns 2 to 3 times longer than a regular candle producing very little to no black soot in your jars! I had no idea! Scarlet Begonias candles are sustainable through and through. They hand-pour the wax, which does not include paraffin wax, lead or animal products. The wick is made of hemp, the jars are reusable, and they use recycled packaging.


Locally Sewn, owned by a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (We always seem to find each other!), showcases clothing and accessories made from reclaimed fabrics and materials. She sells one-of-a-kind products, and does so with choice fabrics that are chic, timeless, and just plain cool! She started collecting her materials from Micronesia, where she served, and also from local sources as well. She can also do custom orders. You are reducing waste, but not sacrificing style, uniqueness, and functionality.


Ducky Life Tea provides organic, loose leaf teas, in many varieties, colors, textures, and scents. They are very passionate about what they do and see the benefits of loose leaf teas compared to pre-packaged and dull flavors of tea bags. They have an extensive line ranging from South African Honeybush to Miles' Rare Chinese Oolong. Don't know which to get? Their website is very comprehensive and helpful for choosing the right ones for you. They also have accessories, such as Press Infusers and packaged gifts. Great people and great teas.

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