What’s in YOUR Carpet? Asks James Stinnet, Our Own King of Natural Carpets

James, flooring has long been a critical and overlooked area of environmental impact, it is great to see Earth Weave innovating in sustainable, natural, non toxic carpets.  We’ve carried your Bio Floor for quite a while, and I safely say that a market shift from synthetic to sustainable carpeting is definitely needed in our home improvement and building industry.  And yes, we DO want to carry that next super secret product you hinted you’re working on.

Name: James Stinnett, Founder 

Company: Earth Weave Carpet Mills, Inc.

What’s your personal definition of greening?

We are different than many other companies in that we feel that the only true way to be “green” is to use sustainable materials. This will require the use of natural and renewable resources.  We do not manufacture using synthetics and feel that this is merely “greenwashing” because most of the time the chemicals contained are toxic to life and the environment.

How did you get started in green business?

I started this company 14 years ago which was well before the modern “green” era.  Prior to this, I have always had an interest in doing the right (environmental) thing and had a great desire to change the carpet industry. Of course, the carpet industry is very large and is solidly entrenched using synthetics and is not something that we can actually impact too heavily.  None the less, I do feel we have made small in-roads over our business tenure and this makes me very happy.  I am excited to continue to push the natural products envelope in the upcoming years!

Why did you choose to supply Greenhome.com?

Greenhome.com is a great company that has the ability to educate consumers and do the environment good at the same time that they are building a successful business.

What do you and your company do in your own life and operations to walk the walk?

We are very active in most every aspect of environmentalism.  We use almost every single piece of raw material in some way to eliminate the waste that is created when manufacturing a product.  Personally, most of the things I do would seem to be excessive but I am fine with that.  Not that I will share them here!

What is the best greening advice you can give our customers?

To follow our motto:  From Nature To Nature™  This will allow a healthy planet for future generations.  I encourage everyone to look at the materials used in the products they purchase.

What’s been the biggest change in the green sector since you got started? 

The huge number of mainstream businesses that have been jumping on the green band-wagon is astonishing. 

Do you really think green products make a big difference and why?

YES, of course!  We only have one planet and we must conserve and preserve it as much as we can.

Do you think consumers now are aware green products exist, or is there still a lot more education to do?

Education is the key to EVERY single environmental problem we have.  I do feel that we are just starting get the amount of education that is required to cause a true global impact.  The undeveloped countries of the world will need to be educated on the merits of green before they start down a path like the US experienced with the industrial revolution. If they follow our synthetic path, the world will be so heavily impacted it is hard to imagine.

If you could invent a green product that doesn’t exist, what would it be?

I am working on that at this point so I will not share it.  But what I can say is that we need a battery technology or energy storage medium that is truly green and on the same energy per lb density as gasoline.  Petrochemical consumption is a big environmental time bomb.

 

Thank you for your time- we are looking forward to many more years working with you!

Anna Marie Stauss – Creator of the Toockie Organic Cleaning Cloth – “Greening is a lifestyle choice”

I’m Anna Marie Stauss, founder and CEO of Sinko Corp.  I believe that greening is a lifestyle choice to do as little damage as possible to our world and humanity as a whole.  This sound big and possibly over whelming but as an individual one can create a ripple in the pond by making small changes in the choices made throughout the day to affect the ordinary.  For example, every time we buy something no matter how small we are voting for it and sending a message to the market place engine called “demand”, so choose products that speak your intentions. 

I got started on my green business after watching a TV program on how young woman in India are sold, used up and disposed of.   I had an idea for a green product I loved and a business model for production similar to the one my mother was part of in the Azores as a young woman, but did not act on it until that moment.  I decided I had to do something that would change the business as usual approach to product development.  Today, I’m working with a nonprofit in India that feeds over 200 children and am providing jobs to over 200 woman in the community. I believe that the products we purchase/use should benefit those who make, those who sell, and those who use them to create a positive change in humanity and to our planet. 

I choose to sell my product on Greenhome.com because I wanted to enter a retail space whose intentions aligned with mine.  In my home I have long since replaced plastic scrubs, microfiber, and sponges I used to clean.  Now, I use my Toockies to clean everything and everyone (6 kids) in my home, then I toss them in the wash with any color/temperature or add to the dish washer and reuse.   This one small greening step has saved me money, time, landfill space, and saved me from bringing more chemicals in to my family life. 

My company buys only organic cotton therefore reducing the amount of chemicals added to local soil, water, and air.  Further, our artisans work from home so we do not have to burn gasoline to fire up generators for factories like many of the other local industries.  The best green advise I can offer others is to start making the small choices when shopping; read the label and think about what you are voting on and what you are bringing into your life. 

Other products I really like from Greenhome.com are: Ecover (dishwasher tablets), Recycled Mixing Bowls, Nursery Gentle Cleaner and the Herbal Insect Repellent. The biggest change in this sector since I started is the “demand”  more people are choosing green products and the Market is responding.  I really do think green products make a difference because they improve our quality of life internally and externally.  I think there is a lot more that needs to be done in terms of making potential customers aware of the green products that now exist and to drive demand for more green products.  Many consumers fear that going green is an expensive effort or that green products don’t work as well.  They don’t see how they are in fact very economical and in many cases out perform competitors!!  Many green products are designed to be reused, or to be used in minimum quantities that save consumer’s time, money and health.  The green product that I would invent that does not yet exist is one that provides energy by transforming potential energy without waste.

Not Just Totes for Totes Sa(c)ke – How Green are You?

Nice to hear from you Marcelle.  Reusable shopping bags have become the rage.  My wife just leaves a stack of them in her car.

Name:  Marcelle Bakula, Owner & Original Cold Callin’ Tote Sales Person

Company: SteppingStones (manufacturer of the EcoSac Reusable Shopping Bag System)

What’s your personal definition of greening?

Awareness of human’s impacts on the natural world. It should become a way of life where we are all more conscious (and therefore conscientious) of every personal act and its impact on our planet and resources.

How did you get started in green business?

I have been an “environmentalist” my entire life so it was a natural fit when friends started up this reusable bag business back in 1988.  I became their “cold call” sales person and several years later, they allowed me to buy the company when they moved in a different direction.

Why did you choose to supply Greenhome.com?

Any way that we can expose more people to the concept of and access to renewable, reusable produce, bulk, and shopping bags, we want to offer it!

What do you and your company do in your own life and operations to walk the walk?

Everything we can! From the “typical” such as recycled paper, printing front and back for invoices/packing lists to low energy light bulbs etc. We also join and support organizations such as organic trade associations, environmental and green organizations, and donating to county-wide non-profits. We are still learning about more ways to be even more green….  Example: this past year we all got our “to-go ware” items so no more take-out containers and bought reusable/sustainable bamboo utensils for lunch!

What is the best greening advice you can give our customers?

Do your best to raise your own consciousness about your own impact on the earth:  driving – can I walk? Can I combine errands? Can I do something for a neighbor to save them a trip?   buying: ask “Do I NEED it? If so, is it “green” If not: “Can I donate this amount of money (instead of buying this product) to provide basics such as food for a hungry child? “Do my friends and family need more stuff?” Find alternative gifts for worthwhile non-profits instead of cheap goods…home: energy-efficient enough? Do I use reusable bags for all my shopping?  Am I pesticide/poison free?

Stop using plastic whenever & wherever you can: every piece of plastic you have ever used is still here and will be for generations to come..

What’s your personal favorite of your products that Greenhome.com carries?

The Uno and Duo EuroSac, GlobalGrocer Tote, and GardenSac kits you carry of ours, of course!

What’s been the biggest change in the green sector since you got started?

Lowering of “green” standards. Stores & organizations (even supposedly green ones) jumping immediately to synthetics (nylon, polyproylene & polyethlyne shopping bags) and cheap-from-China bags. The Wal-Mart factor: saying they’re green…but not “truly” – green-washing is abundant.

Do you really think green products make a big difference and why?

I hope they do, gotta try! (my cynical self is honest enough to know that I fear that due to the economy and lack of education, we’re compromising on too many fronts…I’ve known for over 30 years that much needs to be done, but here we are 30 years later & we’re still dragging our feet…

Do you think consumers now are aware green products exist, or is there still a lot more education to do?

Much more education – leaders leading by example…. stop the pendulum from swinging back?! Ex: When the next president, who might be a Republican,  gets into the White House, will he remove the solar panels?!  Take out the garden? go backwards?)

If you could invent a green product that doesn’t exist, what would it be?

Not a product:  a way of living:  don’t allow corporations to ruin the planet (no more gas-guzzlers allowed, no more “non-green” products – no more waste of non-renewable resources – Helium should NOT be allowed for filling balloons. Chemistry council and plastic bag manufacturers (or logging operations) should not be allowed to call the shots!

Bernardo Herrero of Bioplanet – Replacing Plastic Packaging with Biodegrables One Meal at a Time

Hey Bernardo, thanks for taking the time to talk to the Green Home Blog.  Bioplanet sounds like a fascinating story, and I know we have a lot of restaurants using your products.  I spent some time reading through your site this afternoon. Half the cleantech sector is focused on developing cellulosic biofuels to replace crude oil, and here you are plugging away turning cellulose fibers directly into replacements for plastic packaging products.  How cool is that!

Name:

Bernardo Herrero
Executive Director
Bioplanet
www.bioplanet.us

Company: Bioplanet Corp

What’s your personal definition of greening?

Less impact to planet earth in everyday life.

How did you get started in green business?

Developed disposable plates that wouldn’t harm the environment when tossed away and didn’t reach the ladfill, or can be eaten by wildlife.

Why did you choose to supply Greenhome.com?

Nice broad website that puts our products in our target market’s eyes.

What do you and your company do in your own life and operations to walk the walk?

Use our own products as disposables in office and personal use.

What is the best greening advice you can give our customers?

Go green not to show it off, go green because you really care to leave the world a better place to live in.

What’s your personal favorite of your products that Greenhome.com carries?

Regular bamboo and bagasse line.
 
What’s been the biggest change in the green sector since you got started?

More awareness from business in the foodservice sector that customers want green products in their operations.

Do you really think green products make a big difference and why?

Not big, but a difference; until the whole world changes to green, then the big difference will appear.

Do you think consumers now are aware green products exist, or is there still a lot more education to do?

All know, but not entirely and deeply enough to push market and economies of scales towards that. Also know green products are expensive, so a lot of consumers don’t pursue much.

If you could invent a green product that doesn’t exist, what would it be?

Fuel for machinery that has the same throughput than fossil based fuel and lower cost.

Thank you

Bernardo Herrero
Executive Director
Bioplanet
www.bioplanet.us

Our Green Executives Speak Out

The Green Home Blog is very excited to begin profiling the owners and executives at a few of the companies making and supplying the green and ecofriendly products you’ve come to know and love from us. 

Many of our friends and suppliers have been in the green business since way before it was cool, and we thought you’d like to hear from a few of them about what they think being green means, and their vision, passion, thoughts, and advice.  So we’ve been interviewing a few of them, and we’re looking forward to sharing what they have to say.

If you’re a long time customer or supplier and you’d like to be profiled or want to share your green story, just drop us an email at marketing@greenhome.com, and share a few of your thoughts or answer the interview below.  We can’t publish everyone, but I guarantee we’ll be reading your perspective even if we don’t get it up the blog.  And if you’re a media type and would like to meet one of our suppliers and learn more about their products, just drop us a line and we’ll facilitate.

Name:

Company:

What do you or your company do?

What’s your personal definition of greening?

How did you get started in green business?

What do you and your company do in your own life and operations to walk the walk?

What is the best greening advice you can give our customers?

What’s your personal favorite of the products that Greenhome.com carries?

What’s been the biggest change in the green sector since you got started?

Do you really think green products make a big difference and why?

Do you think consumers now are aware green products exist, or is there still a lot more education to do?

If you could invent a green product that doesn’t exist, what would it be?

 

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