Most designers say that every home needs something old to make the new pieces look alive and to add interest. I just found the perfect pieces of reclaimed wood furniture to work into any style home! They are absolutely beautiful! Check their site out at http://www.crofthouse.com - AND they can do custom orders!!!!
Here are some of my favorite pieces:
Because I am so intrigued by these pieces and their use of sustainable materials for couches and sofas as well, I decided to contact the company to interview them!
When I decided to “go green” a few years back, I remember feeling overwhelmed in the beginning thinking that there was so much I needed to learn and change about my life. I decided to start slowly and master one area at a time. Now that I have changed my diet, clothing, beauty products, children’s items and all household products to eco-friendly ones, I am finally ready to change my footwear over as well. While Amazon has a great eco-friendly and vegan category for sneakers, I still need more options for stylish-looking shoes. Thankfully, I discovered Nicora Johns! Her shoes look like the designer shoes that I used to buy at Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, only the materials used are cruelty-free and environmentally friendly! Check out her site to see some of her unique styles and read our interview with her below to learn more about this up-and-coming brand!
We would love to know more about how you became eco-aware? It began when I was really young. I attended a very forward-thinking elementary school—Orion in Redwood City, CA. My teacher there, Margaret Klimenkov, drilled social and eco responsibility into all of us. I still remember petitioning to get rid of Styrofoam in fast food restaurants and not to buy teak or mahogany because of the rainforest. When I decided to launch the Nicora Johns, the next step was to educate myself about materials. I wanted all my materials to be sustainable. Since my goal was to be successful, the last thing I wanted was to have my success be at the expense of the planet.
Why vegan shoes? Leather is one of the most environmentally destructive commodities on earth. First because the farming methods employed to mass-produce livestock and their food supply involve serious ecological hazards: pesticide pollution, fertilizer storage, deforestation, animal waste into waterways and so on. It was just last April that a massive fertilizer explosion nearly leveled Waco, TX. Second, the harsh chemical tanning process requires a lot of chemicals to make a living organism (skins) not decompose. Chemical tanning is mandatory (there’s no other way to do it) and that creates a lot of water waste, chemical dumping and is a dangerous job for humans to carry out. The costs far outweigh the benefits when it comes to leather. Environmentally produced synthetics are superior in durability to leather and I only purchase from local, reputable manufacturers who grant me access to their supply chain, so I know they aren’t acquiring chemicals from countries without strict environmental laws.
Please describe your style? Tomboy in heels.
How do you envision your brand developing in future years? I will always stick to the basics. I want to create staples for people to wear forever, investment pieces that don’t cost a fortune. I am working on a few boot styles for later in the year. I also want to be able to make custom sizes for anyone. Currently it is really hard for people with wider feet or with larger or smaller feet to find any shoes that aren’t orthopedics or a million dollars. I am also starting to dabble in custom designs. I am building shoes from scratch for a couple of people. It’s a lot of fun.
Asherah’s story of how she got into the veggie burger business is a unique one, as it all began with trying to improve her own health. Asherah had numerous health complications during her youth and by the time she was in her 30′s she was sick and dying. Plagued by constant infections, kidney stones, a severe kidney growth, fatigue, and more, Asherah was determined to have a better life for herself. After doctors repeatedly failed to relieve her symptoms, she took control of her own health and began studying alternative methods of healing. Asherah learned of the PH diet and began training with Dr. Robert O’Young, author of The PH Miracle books and Sick and Tired? to improve her health. Not only did Asherah lose over 40 pounds, but her friends and family actually began asking what she was doing because they also noticed that in addition to weight loss, she began looking younger and had so much more energy! Eager to share what she had learned about eating for vitality, it was then that she started offering cooking lessons out of her home. Her students’ favorite, Asherah’s quinoa based veggie burger, is now offered in the freezer section in health food stores and in the following Whole Foods Markets: the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Mid West, Northern California, Southern California and Hawaii! Unlike many other “healthy” veggie burgers, this one actually is healthy and made from whole and real ingredients
My big takeaway from speaking with Asherah is to never give up on your health, you have MUCH more control over it than you think! Choose real foods to eat and always read ingredient labels!
If you haven’t tried Asherah’s organic, vegan, gluten free veggie burgers…you should! Her burgers are FREE OF THE TOP TEN FOOD ALLERGENS: Dairy, Eggs, Fish, Peanuts, Tree nuts, Sesame, Shellfish, Soy, Wheat, & Gluten – and they are filling and TASTE DELICIOUS!!! You can find her burgers in small health food stores as well as many Whole Foods markets. Look for the green box below!
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