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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 […]

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Natural & Organic, What’s the Difference?

A common misconception exists amongst shoppers when it comes to the labels ‘natural’ and ‘organic’. Most people think that the two are equally safe, healthy and environmentally sound; in reality, they’re vastly different. This common […]

The Love Local Shop

Love Local expands it’s small business directory to include an online shop.  Caring for the environment is an integral part of the Love Local mission, as is supporting small businesses. Love Local married the two […]

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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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Sustainable Fashion: Viscose

When it comes to purchasing clothing, there are endless options at our fingertips. What makes one fabric better or more sustainable than another? What are the environmental impacts of creating clothing and how will it […]

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Meet the Maker: Rapt Gift Wrap

Who doesn’t love giving and receiving gifts? Part of the joy of gift giving is choosing the wrapping paper that best suits the recipient and the occasion. A beautifully wrapped gift, adorned with ribbons and […]

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 […]

Beeswax Wrap

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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MadAndie Brand Spotlight

Elizabeth Graf has always had a love for vintage.  “The imperfections and stories behind every piece of old jewelry and furniture fascinate me. There has yet to be a vintage typewriter, metal box or wood […]

Greenwashing

Greenwashing

I was 27 when I started paying attention to labels and marketing. Perhaps because during my time working at a prominent New York City ad agency, I gained a deeper understanding of the process behind […]

Sage Refill Market Founders

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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Shop Small

w/ Love Local My name is Jen and I created Love Local because I wanted to support independently owned brands and truly shop small.  My journey started while living in New York City, I stumbled […]

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Love Local City Guide: Denver

Denver Colorado, quite possibly one of the greenest place in America, and by green we mean sustainable.  Clean water, fresh air, drinks without straws and small businesses abound!  Trashcans are always accompanied by recycling and compost bins.  Pick up any […]

Table Top Decor

Plastic Free Summer Entertaining

Summer is here, the kids are out of school and the heat is on which means BBQs and pool parties are in full swing. We’ve all cleaned up and taken the giant bag of trash […]

Dresses for Summer

Here are our top picks for sustainably chic dresses perfect for summer weather.  Read the stories of these independent companies, from Alabama to Los Angeles, these amazing people are changing the world one garment at a […]

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The Sustainable Shopper: We Have The Power

“Households have a relatively large degree of control over their consumption, but they often lack accurate and actionable information on how to improve their own environmental performance” (Norwegian University of Science and Technology 2016). Holding corporations […]

Napa Valley Vineyard

Love Local City Guide: Napa Valley

The Napa valley is the embodiment of local. Chefs cultivate food from their own organic gardens and support local growers and producers to create fresh seasonal menus while keeping money in the hands of local, […]

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Green Door Gourmet Nashville’s Fanciest Farm

Green Door Gourmet is an oxymoron. It is the trendiest, most contemporary 80-year-old farm I’ve ever seen. Their farm store, housing a collection of organic produce and locally crafted products, has recently been renovated to […]