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It was a distinct pleasure getting to know the fascinating woman and green pioneer behind Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, which has been a family-run business since 1968, before the green movement was even popular! Pictured above holding one of her “kids” on the farm, Jennifer is shown standing in front of one of the many solar panels that are used to power her home, the farm and the creamery! What an inspiration to those who wish to offer more sustainable solutions in their business model and practice.

An Interview with Jennifer Lynn Bice, Owner of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery

Tell us About Your Eco-inspired Company!

Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is an actual farm and a creamery producing all-natural, delicious and unique specialty dairy products that are also Certified Humane®. Goat milk products include artisan cheeses, award-winning yogurt and probiotic kefir. Lactose-free cow dairy products, under the Green Valley Organics name, include yogurt, kefir and sour cream. Located in Sonoma County, about 60 miles north of San Francisco, both the farm and creamery are solar powered. Owned by Jennifer Bice after starting with dairy goats in 4-H, now three of her siblings also work full time in the family business.

How do You Choose to Go Green in Your Own Life?

With the science of climate change becoming more known all the time, I wanted to do anything I could to try to help and make a difference. Converting our farm, creamery and house to 100% solar was a big step. We also have installed two electric car-charging stations that operate from our solar system and both the business and I personally drive Prius cars. We are constantly trying to reduce our consumption of whatever and wherever we can, reuse where possible, and of course recycle extensively. We also use only 100% recycled paper in the office and use only 100% recycled and/or biodegradeable tasting supplies at demos and tradeshows.

Guilty Green Pleasure?

Getting into bed each night and sinking into my 100% organic cotton sheets….

Can You Offer Any Encouraging Words for Those With a Small Sustainable Business?

Think about the big picture but do the little things that really add up. There are a lot of good ideas and articles out there to help get you thinking about how and what you can do. Everyone and every business can do things that will make a difference!

Launched just this week, Reusable and Green is off to an amazing start in the green community! Founder Shabbir Nooruddin took a few minutes to answer a few questions for Tiny Green Mom readers on his exciting new planet-conscious business which offers modern, planet-friendly items for the entire family.

An Interview with Shabbir Nooruddin, Founder of Reusable And Green

Tell us About Your Eco-inspired Company!

In a time where awareness about the health and safety of our home planet is on the rise, we are dedicated to bring you high quality eco-friendly products that are both innovative and safe for the environment. We have looked everywhere for something worthy to sell, and have finally come to the conclusion that no product is more worthy and more necessary than one that helps us save our Mother Earth.

How Do You Choose to go Green in Your Own Life?

As a child, I was brought up to be very conscious of what I consume and not to waste anything. Everything that we have is a gift from Nature and from God, and to waste it would be to reject such a wonderful gift. I try to save as much water as I can, I try to recycle very diligently, I use power-saving bulbs, most of my appliances are energy-star qualified. I am also working very hard to try and eliminate using plastic bags, and whatever I have to use, I try to recycle over and over again.

Guilty Green Pleasure?

Chemical-free, pesticide-free, sweet and delicious organic fruit.

Can You Offer any Encouraging Words for Those with a Small Sustainable Business?

Keep at it! This is the future – we are lucky to have embraced it so early on.

An Interview with Jes MaHarry, Founder of Jes MaHarry Jewelry

Jes MaHarry, the founder of Jes MaHarry Jewelry, took the time to stop by Tiny Green Mom to answer a few questions from “Mom” about her planet-friendly jewelry business, and what “Mom” learned was this spirited, talented woman has HEART! It shines through her work and all of her beautifully sculpted pieces!

Tell us About Your Eco-Inspired Company!

Everything I create is an extension of my heart. Born with a deep sensitivity and inherent compassion for all living things I believe it is absolutely vital to align my personal and professional life with socially responsible sourcing and ethical production. My hand-sculpted charms radiate compassion, insight, and have a rare depth of emotion. My jewelry communicates sentiments and stories personal to the wearer and my love of nature manifests not only in the designs, but entirely within my ethical, earth-friendly business.

How do You Choose to go Green in Your Own Life?

I eat organically, we never put chemicals on our land/ranch, and we use eco-friendly products only!

Guilty Green Pleasure?

Mary’s Secret Garden 3-layer Vegan Cocoa Cake.

Can You Offer any Encouraging Words for Those with a Small Sustainable Business?

Follow your heart, always be tuned in to your intuition, and at all times work from love.

Mom” recently had the pleasure of being introduced to Tara Dickinson, who just launched Nirvana Mama in 2011! Tara shared a little insight into why she created Nirvana Mama, and the inspiration behind the designs of the line. For moms, babies and toddlers – we think you will fall in love with this new sustainable company!

An Interview with Tara Dickinson, Founder of Nirvana Mama

1. Tell us about your eco-inspired company!

Nirvana Mama was born during a meditation session. In collaboration with another artistic friend, the original designs draw on the joy and happiness of childhood. Not just baby clothes; these are the beginning of a greener future.

With your child’s comfort in mind and knowing we each have a commitment to a healthier planet, the fabrics chosen are made with 100% certified organic cotton yarns grown from non-genetically altered seeds and nourished without the use of chemical fertilizers.

Through awareness of self and of the moment Tara strives to share herself with others. She hopes Nirvana Mama can bring smiles and lightness to people’s lives as they raise the children in their midst. Every child deserves the best and Nirvana Mama is making it easy to go green with kids.

2. How do you choose to go green in your own life?

Every single way I can possibly can! Mostly I recycle just about everything, every piece of cardboard, paper, bottle, can, foil, jars, clothing, yard waste–you name it I recycle it. I compost so no food goes into landfills. I have yet to create a successful garden or eatable food but at least I making some good soil. I eat organic and mostly unprocessed fresh foods. I buy locally for as many products as possible and never spend my dollars at large corporate stores. I never use fertilizer on my property, never waste water on lawn maintenance and have moved to mostly native flora. Walk, bike and car pool as much as possible. Always use shopping totes—working hard to make others aware of the over 1 billion plastic bags American’s deposit into landfills every year. And just this year I have made a commitment to never buy a plastic bottle again.

3. Guilty green pleasure?

My non-green guilty pleasure I would have to say is the Sunday paper from time to time and for a super cheat: orange food. Cheese whiz on top of cheese puffs. A guilty green pleasure …..can’t think of any green thing that’s guilty

4. Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

I would say tenacity and standing by your convictions. Put yourself and what you have to offer out there and liked-minded people will find you. We’re here! The sayings are true; each one of us can make a difference. Our biggest power is where and how we spend our dollars. If we all personally make the sustainable choice as often as we can, those choices get noticed. They get noticed by our family, our friends, and than by the population and industry at large. At this very moment in time sustainable can be a harder and often times more expensive choice. But if we keep offering alternatives the market and demand will turn the tide until we’re living in a sustainable society!

Mom” was recently introduced to JuneBee Baby, an online boutique that offers gorgeous hand knit baby clothing that puts a modern spin on vintage knits, and the result is stunning! June Sayali, who founded the company in 2006, was kind enough to answer some questions about her business for Tiny Green Mom readers!

An Interview with June Sayali, Founder of JuneBee Baby, Inc.

Tell us about your eco-inspired company!

JuneBee Baby is an exclusive online baby clothing boutique that offers an exceptionally fresh look into the baby fashion world with its timeless heirloom quality pieces hand made with pure natural fibers.

We specialize in hand knitted baby clothes for newborns, infants and toddlers of ages 0-36 months. Our alluring collection features one-of-a-kind sweaters, dresses, cardigans, rompers, christening sets, blankets, hats and booties designed for ultimate comfort and crafted with the finest yarns of Cotton, Bamboo, Wool and Cashmere.

Each product in our baby clothing boutique is a piece of art touched by no single machine stitch and created with a characteristically genuine style that blends authentic original patterns and motifs with an eclectic and contemporary flair.

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I always choose glass containers over plastic ones, purchase food in glass jars instead of plastic packages, use my AC as little as possible, walk or bike when running errands and teach my little one to recycle. Plan to grow my own tomatoes and green peppers in my patio soon.

Guilty green pleasure?

Purchasing fresh organic food from the local farmer’s market.

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

As a small business owner who has to be multi-task oriented and take care of many aspects of the work on her own, planning and determination are keys to success. It really helps a lot to plan your day, week, month and even a year ahead with an up to date To Do List. Put a timeframe to complete each item, start with the most important ones that you prioritize, and try your best to stick to the planned timelines. It almost follows the same pattern with exercising…first you push yourself hard to start and keep going, and then you become more and more motivated when you start to see results.

Launched in late 2010, smilegram paper® by Plaids and Polka Dots is setting the standard for high-quality stationery for children made using recycled materials! A peek into Carey Grund’s business shows us that this cause is near and dear to her heart!

An Interview with Carey Grund of Plaids and Polka Dots, maker of smilegram paper®

Tell us about your eco-inspired company!

My daughter’s love for art and fine appreciation for a handwritten note was the inspiration for smilegram paper®. I paired my daughter’s one-of-a-kind artwork with high quality, recycled materials and created a product that is fun for kids and also works to teach them the importance of handwritten notes.

Smilegram paper’s® mission is to help children turn creative thoughts into handwritten words. I have always believed in teaching my children the importance of a handwritten thank you note from a very early age, so it is my goal to provide parents with a tool to allow their children to express their ever creative mind. Because our stationery is designed with a child’s hand drawn artwork, the graphics are kid-friendly, bright and cheerful. It is also the only boutique style stationery that offers lined paper for guided handwriting. Smilegram paper® makes writing a handwritten note fun and easy.

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

We recycle at our home; everything from plastic to paper. Recently, my daughter made recycle bins to keep our items organized.

Guilty green pleasure?

I pride myself on building a company that is green and environmentally-friendly. All of our fine stationery is high quality 70 lb. stock with a soft matte finish. We use recycled materials in the production of all of our products. Being a green company is very important to me as it is good for our environment and teaches our children to be conservative and to recycle.

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

Continue to believe in yourself! Do good for your customers, your business, your community and most importantly, your family. Make smart and sound business decisions while having fun. Be sure to wake up every morning doing something that you love.

After being introduced to Hot Tot, the planet-friendly new line of haircare for babies and children, “Mom” took a minute to interview Megan Gage, the eco-savvy mom and founder of this up and coming company. What an inspiration she is for those seeking to launch their own business using sustainable business practices or developing an organic product line!

An Interview with Megan Gage, Founder of Hot Tot

Tell us about your eco-inspired company!

Hot Tot produces salon-quality hair styling products for babies and children without the use of harsh or harmful chemicals. After giving birth to my son (now 2 years old), I was disappointed to learn that the few lines of children’s haircare contained dangerous chemicals and/or smelled like fruit. I wanted to create formulas that would show people that healthy products could still be very effective. As a lover of all things fabulous, I wanted my line to feel special and luxurious. All too often, healthy products don’t smell great or look stylish sitting on a shelf. I am hopeful that Hot Tot will orient a whole new group of people to the idea that healthy products can still be very posh.

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I am getting greener in my own life each day. I think the best way to be successful with anything is to be passionate and set realistic goals. Information is also very powerful. I began learning about the common toxins found in children’s products and was inspired to do better than other companies. I chose a manufacturer (for my products) who shared the same values as myself. We use chemicals that are healthy for people and our planet. We do not use extra packaging (boxes) to avoid producing excess waste. I am teaching my children about the power of one person. We get a vote about the way things work every time we purchase a product (or leave it on the shelf). We recycle as a family and maintain a dialogue about our impact on the world.

Guilty green pleasure?

I love Farmers Markets! Who doesn’t, right? And vintage clothing. I have recently become obsessed with vintage clothing!

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

I commend anyone who commits to implementing sustainable business practices. Passion is key. When motivation comes from within, people have a way of just making it work. I believe that the quality of my company speaks for itself. Green practices can save money, create customers who feel good supporting my brand, and will hopefully spark industry change so that bigger companies will become more environmentally conscious. Everyone wins!

Mom” recently had the opportunity to ask Debra Saavedra, the savvy, eco-minded woman behind Hugo Naturals some questions about her planet-friendly company. Founded in 2006, this body care company has just recently introduced baby products to the line, as well! All of the skin care products by Hugo Naturals are Vegan, all-natural, gluten-free and soy-free. Your skin will love you!

An Interview with Debra Saavedra, Founder of Hugo Naturals

Tell us about your eco-inspired company!

My husband and I share a love of cooking, food, and herbs. We had a successful business growing exotic, organic herbs for the top chefs in Los Angeles. Our orientation to food, coupled with our passion for our herbs, lead us to develop our innovative line of handcrafted, artisan body care products.

Our entire line of products is uniquely made from a food-perspective and smells good enough to eat! Each of our products is handcrafted of food-grade ingredients and scented with only pure essential oils and natural plant extracts. Our products are the most natural, pure and luxurious body care products available.

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

We love to garden, and still grow our own herbs and sometimes even some vegetables, but we have an even bigger impact through our products. We make all of our products from sustainably sourced ingredients. We never use things in them which are hard on the environment like petrochemicals, soy or animal products. Over the years we’ve found that what’s harmful to our environment is also harmful to our bodies.
Also, we first started selling our products many years ago in Farmer’s Markets in Southern California, where we also used to sell our herbs. The Farmer’s Market is still our favorite place to shop for our food.

Guilty green pleasure?

Taking a bath in my Mango Guava Effervescent Bath Salts — while eating some organic dark chocolate.

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

Bring a vision of innovation and creativity and persevere, and it will pay off in the long run.

*Image provided by Hugo Naturals.*

Mom” had the recent opportunity to interview Tereson Dupuy, a smart & forward-thinking mom who developed a modern cloth diaper called FuzziBunz®to help ease her son’s discomfort from severe diaper rash. Founded in 2000, her ideas launched the reinvention of cloth diapering that you see today – with FuzziBunz at the forefront!

An Interview with Tereson Dupuy, Creator of FuzziBunz®

Tell us about your eco-inspired company!

FuzziBunz was inspired by my son, Eden, who as a baby suffered from severe diaper rash. When the doctor told me the chemicals in disposable diapers were irritating his skin, I switched to cloth. When I found that cloth diapers were hard to use and icky, I decided to invent a modern cloth diaper, now known as FuzziBunz! FuzziBunz can prevent thousands of diapers from just one family from entering our landfills!

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

We recycle when we can, compost everything, use environmentally responsible chemicals and of course promote reusable items as much as possible over anything disposable!

Guilty green pleasure?

On occasion, I will use paper plates, but I am always sure that the plates can be recycled when I’m through with them. Another guilty pleasure I enjoy is shopping at Whole Foods. It’s a bit expensive, but I feel more green when I shop there and I can’t resist all the great “green” stuff!

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

Don’t let naysayers get you down. When I first started by business people told me no one would want to go back to using cloth diapers. Boy were they wrong! If I had listened to them, there wouldn’t have been a modern cloth diapering movement like there is today. So I tell sprouting business owners to stick with their ideas and don’t listen to naysayers – think positively and attract positive energy. It works!

Renowned New York jewelry designer Michael Dawkins has recently opened Michael Dawkins Home, a new home furniture and accessories showroom in Miami’s Tony Design District. One of his favorite lines to showcase is by Cisco Brothers, and it is 100% sustainable, FSC certified, and the upholstery is made with natural and organic fabrics. This eco-conscious designer took time away from his busy schedule to answer a few questions for Tiny Green Mom about his thriving business and planet-friendly practices.

An Interview with Designer Michael Dawkins

Tell Us About Your Eco-Inspired Collections.
Michael Dawkins Home carries eco-inspired and sustainable furniture. Our upholstery furniture is manufactured in L.A. in a sustainable way. Using soy-based foam for the cushions instead of artificial materials, American manufactured furniture also decreases the carbon foot print. Many of our case goods are fabricated with reclaimed wood. The more educated the consumer becomes so do manufactures, changing their production habits to meet the clients needs and concerns for the environment.

How Do You Choose to go Green in Your Own Business?
We at Michael Dawkins Home do our best to reduce the amount of waste we put out. We conduct our daily business consciously, decreasing the amount of printing done and recycling all the materials that come in and out of our building. By consolidate shipping we are decreasing in packaging and fuel consumption.

Guilty green pleasure?
A recent green pleasure of ours was saving about thirty glass candle holders with the boxes they come in and giving it to a local after school program. They are going to have the children decorate the boxes and grow seeds in the glass containers. This provides the kids with a great project and recycles the glass and boxes from the candles we burn in our showroom.

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a business who want to go-green or introduce sustainable practices – what have you done with Michael Dawkins Home to reduce your carbon footprint?
Businesses looking to go green should put a little more energy into their daily practices as well as seek other companies with like minded views. Simple things such as going paperless can make a big difference; electronic invoicing, sending Holiday e-cards and e-vites instead of postcards and invitations, purchasing on-line and not from printed catalogs are a few examples.

Michael Dawkins | Biography

With more than 18 years of design experiencedriven by the beauty of natural elements, Michael Dawkins is a master atbringing interior spaces to life for a discerning clientele. A distinguished tastemaker and acclaimed jewelry designer, he is returning to his first passion of interior design with the launch of the “Michael Dawkins Home” showroom.

Dawkins’ sensitivity to aesthetic rhythm stems from his collegiate studies in industrialdesign and architecture. His elevated, intellectual style is achieved byfusing various genres, period pieces, shapes and textures to invoke progressive yet timeless design concepts.

Constantly traveling and taking pleasure in the challenges of settling into newenvironments, he has built, rebuilt, renovated and converted a number ofproperties ranging from Millbrook, New York to Santa Barbara, California. The free-spirited and demure elegance exuded at Michael Dawkins Home reflects the designer’s own sensibilities.

In September 2010, Dawkins opened the doors to his 10,000-square-foot showroom in the Design District – a rapidly emerging creative hub and destination for international homeowners. Believing that Miami is ready for the next level in intellectual interior design, he looks forward to inspiring luxury living within the city and beyond.