“NEVER use disposables! It will change your life.”

As you can see from the something like 399 organic cotton products we carry, it’s a huge item in greening your home and business.  I think it’s the passion in her view of her business that makes it so wonderful.   I just have to introduce Julie with two lines from her bio:

“Business Is Personal.”

I don’t think outside the box, at Fiberactive there is no box.”

Name: Julie Mullin, Alpha

Company: Fiberactive Organics, LLC

What’s your personal definition of greening?

I like to use the phrase “living more lightly on the earth”.   It includes everything from eating lower on the food chain to picking up liter then I go fishing or hiking.  It means not letting the water run while I’m washing my hands and it means never owning a dryer, never buying plates &  napkins or drinking bottled water.

How did you get started in green business?

My father raised our food organically all the time I was growing up. My life and business have always been as green as I could make them.

Why did you choose to supply

I wanted to sell my organic cotton linens and I knew Green Home would do a good job of reaching the public.

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

Our manufacturing studio is lit with sky lights so we use very little electricity.  I design products to use our scraps and anything that’s not usable goes into our compost for our community garden.  My workers can work at home so we cut down on driving.

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

NEVER use disposables!  It will change your life.

What’s your personal favorite of your products that carries?

Hand dyed dinner napkins.  They’re so soft and absorbent they make every meal luxurious.

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

I’ve been organic for so long, there are a millions things that have changed over the years.  It’s been a very gradual process of educating he public. I guess the biggest recent change is how willing the public is to hear the truth and respond to it.

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

I know many products can make a huge difference!  If you consider how many paper towels will be replaced in the lifetime of one set of organic cotton napkins, a family of four will save tons of trees.

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

Consumers are much better educated now than ever before, but there are still many that haven’t heard and many more that don’t want to hear the truth.

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

Rather than inventing something new, I have a list of things that I would like to remove from existence:  Plastic wrappers, bottled water, pesticides, etc.

Wow Julie, it’s always good to see busines people as passionate about the world as 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 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 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.