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!

8 replies
  1. Uma Simon
    Uma Simon says:

    I personally have bought Tara’s Nirvana Mama’s clothes for my grandchild Bethany. I can only say she looks like an angel in them, and it makes me feel so good to know that I am contributing to a greener future for her. And I have never felt anything softer than this clothing. Thank you, Nirvana Mama.

  2. Devi Ananda
    Devi Ananda says:

    I’m a huge fan of Nirvana Mama and Tara is a great inspiration! What an awesome article! The baby blue Ganesh onesie is too cute!

  3. Ambika Mitchell
    Ambika Mitchell says:

    I LOVE Nirvana Mama’s products. We have known Tara for years and were thrilled when we got an adorable Ganesha “onesie” at our baby shower. Now we have a few onesies and they are the softest nicest things for our little girl to wear. She has really sensitive skin so the fabric we put on her is important to us. Knowing that Nirvana Mama uses all organic cotton and that Tara is so conscientious about all that she does means a lot to us! I look forward to watching Nivana Mama expand the product line into new and exciting areas.

  4. Sita Kelly
    Sita Kelly says:

    Great interview, Tiny Green Mom! I love that not only do children look adorable wearing Nirvana Mama, but there’s also nothing toxic against their skin or polluting the environment. Green and babies go together!

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