Liz Verdant Wild Founder

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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 […]

Natalie Busby Designer and Owner

Meet the Maker : Natalie Busby

Chic. Elegant. Luxurious. Wearable. Sustainable.  Natalie Busby is located in East Nashville, situated behind Barista Parlor and next door to the new tiki bar, Chopper.  You’ll know you’re in the right place when you spot adorable […]

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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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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 […]

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Love Local City Guide: SF Bay Area

The bay area is known for the tech giants who have made it home.  In the sea of big business and redwoods, there are people who’ve ventured to create noteworthy sustainable small businesses.  Campbell and […]

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The Love Local Founding Story

After years of living in New York City, working in digital advertising and music marketing, I realized I wanted to influence people in a different way. The inspiration for Love Local began with my interest […]