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Save Money While Saving The Environment

Taressa George

Nowadays, we have so many choices when it comes to shopping.  Not only do we have shopping malls, but local farmers markets, second-hand and consignment stores, as well as an unlimited number of online stores. 

E-commerce has become so popular that even groceries can now be delivered to your front door.  Mattresses, cars, medicine, and even fast-food, can all be delivered nearly anywhere.  Drones are even making deliveries in some places.  

For those of us who value social and environmental responsibility, we think about the impact our purchases have on the environment and society.  We think about the value of purchasing from places that support important causes, give back, and make a difference.  And the companies who take steps to reduce their environmental impact, make us feel better about purchasing from them.

WellaVerde is proud to be among the companies who think beyond the bottom line.  While we cannot compete with retail giants like Amazon or WalMart, we feel good about the products we offer and the way we get them to your door.  We sleep better at night knowing that we deliver something with minimal impact on the environment, and we are glad to provide unique, one-of-a-kind items that can't be found in any retail chain. 

We value our customers not because they make purchases.  We value our customers because they are making a difference.  When it comes to shopping, they have a choice.  In fact, they have a plethora of choices, yet they make a conscious decision to buy a sustainable, recycled, organic, fair-trade and eco-friendly product that supports a bigger mission.  A product with benefits far greater than their original, intended purpose.  

The next time you need a unique gift, consider its source, material, and secondary benefits.  Imagine what it would feel like if everything we purchased had additional benefits.  What a wonderful world this would be. 

Elon Musk: A Leader in the Sustainability Movement

Taressa George

I had an opportunity to meet a diverse group of professionals today and share the story of my road to business ownership.  I asked the people in the room to throw out some names of famous entrepreneurs.  “Elon Musk,” someone replied.  “Who?” I asked.  “Creator of SpaceX and Tesla Motors,” he politely answered.  Ah, Yes. Those were two names I did recognize.  Following my presentation, the gentleman who threw out that name told me some interesting facts about the Tesla founder.  Like the fact that he created Tesla Motors to accelerate the advent of sustainable transportation, and help reduce vehicle carbon emission, not to make a profit.  I was immediately intrigued and upon returning to my computer, pulled up a recent interview of the inventor and entrepreneur on 60 Minutes.  

Indeed a fascinating story of both his successes and failures.  Even more exciting was the thought that this Billionaire’s vision and mission are directly in line with ours: providing consumers with a greener alternative so we can live well and leave a green footprint!  Not only was it exciting to hear that a business with a sustainability mission has become so successful, it was also inspiring, and a reminder that businesses with noble causes can shape the future!

WellaVerde isn't a popular tech or social media company.  We aren't inventing the next device that will eliminate the need for coal or oil.  We certainly aren't as well-known as the Golden Arches, and videos on ‘green living’ have by no means gone viral.  Some people call me a tree-hugger and I resemble that remark.  I never forget my reusable grocery bags, am passionate about recycling, and couldn't be happier to be a part of this company.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” (Apple’s Think Different campaign.)

And here’s to sustainability leaders everywhere and their accomplishments that are changing the future! 

Hemp for Victory & Victory for Hemp!

Taressa George

Hemp : Marijuana :: O’Doul’s : Budweiser

Recent publicity over the expanding legalization of medicinal marijuana has overshadowed the quiet progress being made in the industrial hemp arena.  For those who aren’t aware, hemp is to marijuana what O’Doul’s is to Budweiser.  That is to say, industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive, subspecies of Cannabis with less than 1% THC and much more CBD, which counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC, rendering it useless for smoking (contrasted to that of marijuana which has upwards of 10 - 20% THC.) Hemp is used to make everything from clothing and paper, to building materials and beneficial food products.  It is one of the most sustainable, rapidly growing crops, and yields nearly four times as much usable fiber as trees or cotton. It is a non-psychoactive species of Cannabis, yet it is illegal to grow in most of the United States.

As early as the 1700s, hemp was a vital crop in the U.S. Prior to 1850 all western ships used hempen rope and sails; even Old Ironsides used hempen rope and sails. Conestoga wagons were covered with hempen canvas. The hemp industry was strongest in Kentucky, Missouri and parts of Wisconsin during the mid 1800s and thrived until the Marihuana Tax Act of 1938.  Then, in 1942 the U.S. government released a short film made during World War II titled “Hemp for Victory” promoting and encouraging the industrial farming and growing of hemp. Why? Because it was costing far too much to import industrial fibers and products such as rope, cloth and cords from overseas.  Over 146,000 acres of fiber hemp were harvested in 1943 until cheaper fibers for cording, such as jute and sisal, initiated a second decline in the demand for hemp. Cotton soon took center stage as a more profitable crop, and with more textiles being made from cotton the decline in the demand for hemp continued. And although it has been known for decades that hemp produces a higher quality and grade of paper, wood pulp continues to be our primary paper source, resulting in the continued deforestation and resulting degradation of our environment.  In the 1950s, the confusion and association with its cousin, marijuana, resulted in anti-drug legislation banning all varieties of cannabis, putting a pointless end to one of the most useful, sustainable crops in our country for nearly 70 years.

Thankfully, we are seeing signs of progress in Washington DC. This week’s federal farm bill approved by Congress includes a Hemp Amendment, which although doesn't legalize hemp production, does allow research on industrial hemp by universities and state agriculture departments in the 10 states where hemp production is legal: California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.  That means more support for proving that industrial hemp can be the U.S.’s next biggest sustainable crop. Eleven more states have introduced hemp bills this year: Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  And 14 states have defined industrial hemp as being distinctly different from marijuana and removed production barriers.  There are two bills pending in Congress right now that would legalize hemp completely; House Resolution 525, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013," and the companion legislation, Senate Bill 359.

The U.S. hemp industry is estimated to be over $500 million in annual retail sales, with everything from handbags (left) to edible hemp hearts. The progress being made on Capitol Hill means hope for the U.S. at becoming a predominant source for one of most sustainable crops on the planet.  

Read more at:

  • http://www.hemphasis.net/History/harriedhemp.htm
  • http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/fiber/industrial-hemp-profile/
  • http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2014/jan/29/breakthrough_farm_bill_includes_breakthrough

Live well and choose your Spring decor!

Taressa George

Now that the Holiday decorations have been taken down and we are thinking about Valentine's Day, we decided to clean our décor palate and enjoy simplicity for the moment. Natural Seagrass Fruits in a set of Nested Spun Bamboo Bowls takes center stage on our table....(that is until the red hearts arrive!)

Mango Wood Salad Servers

Taressa George

Nkuku specializes in eco-friendly and fair trade products. After traveling and working in Africa and India, Nkuku was formed with the objective of promoting and developing the traditional skills of local artisans, then bringing their work to the global market, while promoting fair trade and establishing a source of income for local artisans. Nkuku combines contemporary designs with age-old techniques, natural materials and sustainable methods of production to ensure each product is truly exceptional. Mango wood is a sustainable wood. Mango trees are initially grown for their fruit but once the trees reach a certain size and age, they stop bearing fruit. It is then that the trees can be cut down and used to create wood products. The removal of the old trees makes space for farmers to plant new mango trees. None of the wood is wasted and the sale of the wood offers supplementary income to mango farmers.

These attractive, over-sized salad servers show the smooth, natural grain of the hardcarved mango wood. The Long Handle servers make a stylish accompaniment to the Sarisha Salad Bowl. Mango wood is a sustainable wood that comes in many shades from light to dark. Long Handle servers are 18"l. Smaller servers are 12"l.

Jasmina Carved Keepsake Box

Taressa George

Nkuku specializes in eco-friendly and fair trade products. After traveling and working in Africa and India, Nkuku was formed with the objective of promoting and developing the traditional skills of local artisans, then bringing their work to the global market, while promoting fair trade and establishing a source of income for local artisans. Nkuku combines contemporary designs with age-old techniques, natural materials and sustainable methods of production to ensure each product is truly exceptional. Mango wood is a sustainable wood. Mango trees are initially grown for their fruit but once the trees reach a certain size and age, they stop bearing fruit. It is then that the trees can be cut down and used to create wood products. The removal of the old trees makes space for farmers to plant new mango trees. None of the wood is wasted and the sale of the wood offers supplementary income to mango farmers.

Handmade from sustainable mango wood, each box has a pretty handcarved detail on top that is accentuated by the white distressed finish. Three photo windows invite you to personalize your own box, then fill it with memories and keepsakes. Also makes a beautiful jewelry box. 13"l x 10"w x 5½"d.

Fishcatcher Hanging Lamps

Taressa George

Growing in the tropics and sub-tropics, rattan, or cane as it is commonly known, is a ready source for artisans and is the most vital forest product after timber. Its social significance is no less. It provides sustainable income to some of the most disadvantaged segments of people living in and on the fringes of forests. Ecologically, rattan is very important. It grows in degraded forests, in marginal soil, and reproduces rapidly. It can also be introduced artificially in natural forests without disturbing the existing structure and balance.

A great catch -- together or separately. Created using the same knot techniques fishermen use for their nets, these dark brown raffia twin lamps come in two catchy sizes. Includes fifteen-foot cord set with standard plug end. UL listed components. 40 watt max. Large lamp is 12" in diameter and 49" high. Medium lamp is 9" in diameter and 31" high.

Fortnight Wall Baskets

Taressa George

From the forests of the Philippines the abundant and renewable lukmoy vine has been harvested and woven into baskets of all shapes and sizes for generations. Philippine artisans have a long history of handcrafting, and by working with fair trade partners, they are able to earn enough to provide for the daily needs of their families while showcasing and further developing their skills with new products.

Stash incoming mail or keep paperwork sorted with these charming and sturdy wall baskets. Each is hand-woven from abundant and renewable Philippine lukmoy vines. Perfect near an entryway or in an office, the baskets can be hung on a nail or hook (not included). 2 baskets/set. Larger basket:11"l x 7"w x 13¾"h. Smaller basket: 9"l x 5½"w x 12"h.

Versatile Honey Rattan Purse

Taressa George

Two Cranes' quality products are produced in a village on the southeastern end of the island of Bali. They are completely handwoven and handcrafted through a precise and  lengthy process. The ratttan is split into thin strips (for the fine weave) and wet down to be woven. Using a needle, a fine tight weave is produced. After weaving (2-3 days) the items are dried for several days in the sun, then they are put into a "smoking" chamber where coconut husks are burned. This is how the the rattan obtains the beautiful honey-brown color. The process is completely natural and there are no dyes, stains or finishing products used on any of the items. The handles on the bags are of cruelty-free leather. Two Cranes has built and nurtured the relationships with the artisan families in the villages where the art is created and are honored to share the quality and craftsmanship of the many traditions of their beautiful cultures.

Stylish and versatile, the intricately woven design in this all natural rattan purse displays in a beautiful honey brown color. The 100% silk drawstring lining can be tightly closed at the top to protect purse contents or tucked neatly inside to be used as an open tote. 11" handles of cruelty-free leather allow easy carrying on the shoulder. Lining comes in dark teal or light copper. 10"l x 7½"h x 4½"w

Honey Rattan Trays

Taressa George

Two Cranes' quality products are produced in a village on the southeastern end of the island of Bali. They are completely handwoven and handcrafted through a precise and  lengthy process. The rattan is split into thin strips (for the fine weave) and wet down to be woven. Using a needle, a fine tight weave is produced. After weaving (2-3 days) the items are dried for several days in the sun, then they are put into a "smoking" chamber where coconut husks are burned. This is how the the rattan obtains the beautiful honey-brown color. The process is completely natural and there are no dyes, stains or finishing products used on any of the items.Two Cranes has built and nurtured the relationships with the artisan families in the villages where the art is created and are honored to share the quality and craftsmanship of the many traditions of their beautiful cultures.

Made on the island of Bali, these trays are completely handwoven and handcrafted of split natural rattan. The wet-weaving process that produces the tight weave takes many days, after which the trays are dried and "smoked" to achieve the deep honey brown color. The fine weave makes these trays with self handles very sturdy. All processes used are completely natural. No dyes, stains or finishing products are used. Round tray is 13"diameter x 2"d. Rectangular tray is 12"l x 9"w x 2½"d.