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Climate Action in 2024

Change is in the air as we start 2024 with resolutions, good intentions, and goals. For some who are concerned about the state of the environment, sustainability is playing a role in New Year resolutions.  […]

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Refilling Hope in Boston

UVIDA began as a passion for using less plastic. Founder Maria Vasco was a junior at the University of Massachusetts when she was awarded a university scholarship that would propel her toward her goal of […]

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Meet the Maker: Stomping Ground Herbals

When I think of Stomping Ground Herbals, the image I conjure in my head involves a lush garden, shelves of organized jars containing dried herbs, and someone entirely in their element. Nicole Mattingly, the Founder […]

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Meet the Maker: Textile Revival

This is the story of a woman whose path brought her to middle Tennessee, where she started a business that married her two loves, art and fashion. Hailing from Iowa, Cindy Sarver found herself drawn […]

TerraKlay Founder

Meet the Maker: Manvee Vaid of TerraKlay

In our fast-paced world that’s so focused on instant gratification, Manvee Vaid started a business that embraces slow, meaningful and deliberate.  During her Fine Arts studies she discovered a vast abundance of art being crafted […]

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Circular Ideas for Business

We are living through a time of an unprecedented amount of waste. Instant gratification coupled with poor quality and single use products has created a huge problem. Small businesses are in a perfect position to […]

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Give Greener

The holiday season is here and it’s one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the festiveness, time with friends and family, and the warmth of the season.  We put so much effort […]

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Meet the Maker: Verdant Wild Apothecary

I recently had the opportunity to connect with Liz Hodges, the creator of Verdant Wild Apothecary, a small batch, botanical skincare line. Down to earth and happiest in nature, Liz creates holistic products by marrying […]

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Living With Less Plastic

Plastic Free July is a campaign that encourages us to look at our relationship with plastic. How much plastic do we use on a daily basis?  Where can we make adjustments to switch to reusable […]

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

This Mother’s Day, show your love for mom with one of our hand-picked gift ideas. You’ll be supporting small businesses from all over the country who make ethical and sustainable products. Photos by: 1. Farmgirl […]

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Bye-Bye Ziploc®: Plastic-Free Lunch

Did you know the average American uses around 500 single use plastic baggies a year?  Only a small portion of those baggies will ever be recycled, the majority instead ending up in landfills and waterways […]

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City Guide: Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known for beaches, sun, celebrities, Rodeo Drive and the glamour of Hollywood, but if you scratch the surface, this urban sprawl has so much more to offer. I collaborated with my favorite […]

Brand Spotlight: Christy Dawn

Christy Dawn is a brand that will transport you to a picturesque field, filled with vibrant flowers, accented by a soft blue sky. A Los Angeles based brand with roots in an earth friendly ethos, […]

Lip Balms

You’re the Balm

Cold weather always means keeping lip balm within arms reach.  Choosing a lip balm with non-toxic ingredients is at the top of our list of course, but even the best ingredients have traditionally been housed […]

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The Future of Convenience

To understand how small businesses came to be, we have to step back in time. Around 800BC  the citizens of ancient Greece organized the first iteration of shopping small with an open air market where […]

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Refill It Nashville

There’s a movement taking hold around trash. As consumers become more aware of the issues surrounding trash, specifically plastic waste, they are not sitting idly by. People are seeking out alternatives to plastic, asking questions […]

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Meet the Maker: Lillian Street Bakery

On a quiet, residential street along Shelby Bottoms Park sits an unassuming structure anyone would mistake for a garage. The 594 sq. ft. structure is the home of Lillian St. Bakery.  Launched in 2016 by […]

Bountiful, Beautiful Gardens

When I moved from LA to Nashville, I knew I wanted to re-create a version of my backyard vegetable garden.  My interest in garden ideas piqued; I started noticing gardens around town, including restaurant gardens. […]

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A Moment With Ashley Trabue

Ashley Trabue is an artist in Nashville, TN with an ethos of self love, compassion and female empowerment. Ashley’s artwork is a gentle and honest expression of the human body in all its forms. Personally, […]

Gold and Ivy founder

Meet the Maker: Gold + Ivy

This week I sat down with Alexis Smith, founder of local candle company, Gold + Ivy. As soon as we begin it’s clear there’s something special underneath her quiet, polite exterior.  This twenty-four year old […]

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Burn a Candle and Breathe Easy

Candles come in all shapes, sizes and smells.  I get excited when I find a scent I love and can’t wait to burn it at home and have the lovely smell fill the house.  However, […]

Heider's Honey owners

Meet the Maker : Heider’s Honey

Imagine a quiet residential neighborhood in Northeast Ohio lined with unassuming homes surrounded by green grass and full trees.  The flowers are blooming and the bees are buzzing. Heider’s Honey is a small husband and […]