Stephen, it’s always amazed me what you can do with post consumer plastic. Recycled, stylish clipboards and cutting boards? But of course, why didn’t I think of that!
Name: Stephen W Yemm
Company: Yemm & Hart Ltd
What’s your personal definition of greening?
Doing as many things as possible to help our society be less wasteful, less polluting and less destructive in the extraction of our natural resources.
How did you get started in green business?
Upon realizing that furniture could be made from panels of recycled plastic, we decided to make the panels.
What do you and your company do in your own life and operations to walk the walk?
Our company makes and sells materials and products with recycled content. At home we are avid recyclers and use energy efficient lighting. We work from our home and thus do not commute and on the old farm we are stewards of, we have planted over 20,000 mixed variety native trees.
What is the best greening advice you can give our customers?
The best greening advice I can give to Greenhome.com customers is to do whatever you can afford to do and realize that everything helps and sets a good example for the next generation to follow and improve on.
What’s your personal favorite of your products that Greenhome.com carries?
I would have to say Organic Cotton products would be my favorite (Editor’s note, that’s a big favorite, we have like 399 different organic cotton products, thingamajigs, doodads, and wearables,!)
What’s been the biggest change in the green sector since you got started?
The biggest change in the green sector since we started in 1989 that I can think of is that the US Green Building Council is having a positive environmental effect on some new construction.
Do you really think green products make a big difference and why?
I think making, selling and purchasing green products, helps to keep alive a fledgling business whose time has not yet arrived. I do not think involvement with green products make a big difference besides setting a better example for the younger generation. As long as our society is dominated by giant business-as-usual producers, we will continue to be inundated with cheap import products. Cost conscience consumers can hardly be blamed for choosing the least expensive product.
Do you think consumers now are aware green products exist, or is there still a lot more education to do?
I think most consumers are aware of green products but not ready to pay more than the least expensive import (Editor’s note: ours obviously are!).
If you could invent a green product that doesn’t exist, what would it be?
A cork tile that is made with whole recycled wine cork stoppers.
Thank you for your time- we are looking forward to many more years working with you!