Recently, “Mom” had the distinct pleasure of being introduced to Canopy Verde, a wonderful new company whose commitment to the environment shines through their eco-fabulous handbags and totes for women. The company’s designer, Linda Wong, took the time out of her busy day to answer some of “Mom’s” questions about this fashionable line.

An Interview with Linda Wong, Creator of Canopy Verde

Tell us about your eco-inspired company:

I decided in 2007, after many years studying and working in business and accessory design, that it was the right time to create something that reflected my aesthetic and desire to do something meaningful. So Canopy Verde was born, a collection of earth-friendly handbags designed to appeal to the woman who wants both style and sustainability.

The timing of the launch was certainly fortuitous – I was in the process of launching my website the same day that I gave birth to my son, Will. As a new mom, I’ve incorporated my new experiences into the collection, adding the Dewberry Tote, a mom-friendly diaper bag.

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

I try to go green through little decisions in my everyday life. At home, we eat organic and local as much as possible, compost our food waste, recycle, unplug electric appliances at night, etc. Wherever we can decrease our energy usage, we opt for the option with the least carbon footprint.

Guilty green pleasure:

I’m pretty frugal by nature so I don’t splurge on a lot of things. I do love Aveda products and their whole philosophy so my guilty green pleasure is using their serum every night.
Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

Even if it seems that the willingness to pay a premium for green products has waned due to the recession, I believe this a trend for the long term. People are still making lifestyle changes to live a greener life. We are part of a force for positive change!

*Image courtesy of Canopy Verde.*

Founded in 2009, the Peek A Bamboo line is made from eco-friendly & super-soft bamboo, and features clever sayings on their bodysuits that have been screen printed using eco-friendly water-based inks. The creator of Peek A Bamboo, Tim Gilroy, took the time to answer some of “Mom’s” questions about this adorable new line of clothing for infants and toddlers.

An Interview with Tim Gilroy, Creator of Peek A Bamboo

1. Tell us about your eco-inspired company:

Peek A Bamboo is a creative clothing brand featuring the luxurious natural resource of bamboo. With the market growing for sustainable products, we have launched a line of baby bodysuits with the goal of providing an eco-friendly, premium quality brand. Bamboo clothing is extremely soft, breathable and cozy, just perfect for your little one. Our original artwork is fun, creative and conveys the message of living green through the whimsical nature of bamboo. We are proud to offer a brand that helps reduce the impact on the environment and lets people feel good about what their baby is wearing.
2. How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I make a very conscious effort to recycle, conserve water and buy organic products.

3. Guilty green pleasure?
In the process of developing the Peek A Bamboo brand, I have ordered many samples of bamboo clothing. My guilty pleasure is ordering samples of shirts in my size so I can wear them. Bamboo clothing is so soft, I just can’t resist.

4. Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?
Be passionate about what you do. Most people in the sustainable industry believe in what they are doing. If that energy carries over into your business practices, then clients and customers will want to support your business.

*Image courtesy of Peek A Bamboo.*

Founded in 2008, the LamanBlu Collection is simply gorgeous, made from eco-friendly bamboo knit, and the pieces are made to mix-n-match with style. The creator of LamanBlu, Holli Gibson, took the time enough to answer some of “Mom’s” questions about her eco-friendly designer line of clothing for little girls ages 6 months to 6 years of age. A former designer for Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus, and Victoria’s Secret, Holli Gibson has brought her expertise and keen eye to her fashionable children’s clothing, and the result is absolutely darling!

An Interview with Holli Gibson, the Creator of LamanBlu

1. Tell us about your eco-inspired company:

LamanBlu is designer clothing for little girls. It merges the American lifestyle of easy to care, easy to wear clothing, with the European sensibility for the finer things in life and attention to detail. I also wanted to be true to something near and dear to my heart, the eco-impact our choices have. My mother was eco when I was a kid, before we even had a term for such things. God has given us this beautiful world, and we all have a responsibility to care for it. LamanBlu is designed to mix and match. There are so many options for the customer to individualize their look from fun everyday wear to special events.
2. How do you choose to go green in your own life:

We buy locally and domestically whenever possible. We are on a first name basis with our local farmers market, which not only brings us great local produce but mostly organic produce as well. We also buy milk from a local organic dairy and try to eat only free range animal products like free range poultry and buffalo. We have a great recycling center which takes virtually everything you can recycle, so our recycling bin well outweighs our trash bin. Living in the mountains of Colorado and on a well and septic system, we are very conscious of our water consumption also.

3. Guilty green pleasure:

Making things with my kids that we normally would buy at the store, from pasta to tortillas to ice cream. Not only do we get to make them with great organic ingredients but it’s a great fun family activity and we’re eliminating so much packaging waste that comes with those types of products.

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

It can be challenging to have an eco-friendly business. It takes more thought and planning, but it’s well worth it. It’s great to be a pioneer in helping change our world. It fosters thought about what we do and how we do it, from our purchasing patterns to smart consumerism. We are setting an example of caring for our children and others around us. Start small if you have to, every step is a step in the right direction.

*Image provided by LamanBlu.*

The creators of Kicky Pants, Nick and Erin Cloke, were kind enough to answer some of “Mom’s” questions about their eco-fabulous line of clothing made from sustainable bamboo for children. Founded in 2007, this line has now expanded to include seasonal pieces as well as their bamboo basics! Check them out online at

Tell us about your eco-inspired company:

Kicky Pants is an infant/toddler and maternity clothing manufacturer utilizing bamboo fabrications and fashion forward designs. We control our process from fabric mill to completion using certified organic bamboo in our milling process. The line includes super soft wearable clothing that allows for a child’s natural movement and comfort. Our prints and designs are inspired by the natural world (trees, flowers and animals), encouraging children to enjoy the beauty around them, while our whimsical take on these themes (unicorns, dragons, leaping frogs) encourages all of us to “celebrate innocence.”

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

In our family recycling is very important, not only for trash, but old toys and clothing as well. We try our best not to be wasteful and to pass along items we are no longer using, or create an art project from them to give them a new life! Also, we noticed the large amounts of trash generated with our children’s lunches, so we have switched to “trash free lunches” with reusable containers for drinks, sandwiches and snacks. Nick was an environmental science major, so he is regularly considering new and different ways we can make a difference in our own lives as well as in our business.

What is your guilty green pleasure?

Organic stone ground chocolate! So good! We get it from our local farmers market. It’s very different from the consistency of regular chocolate, but super yummy!

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

Whenever you make the choice to include the “overall picture” of the world we share when you create something, you are not only serving those around you with a great product, you are also adding something to the way of life in your community. The idea is for “green thinking” to eventually be an expectation that we all have, and not a novelty or a trend. You are on the right path if you go in the direction of sustainability. Let your product speak for itself, and best of luck!

*Image provided by Kicky Pants.*

Recently, “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Rock Star Anand Bhatt about his upcoming cookbook, Rock Star Recipes. This fascinating Indian-American rock star is on a mission to change the way that rockers eat on the road by steering away from the fast-food and whiskey-loving nature of his predecessors. He intends to live a long, fruitful life, and is inspiring others to do the same.

An Interview with Rock Star Anand Bhatt

Mom: “It seems that you are truly a rocker with a conscience, having just recently raised over $40k for animal rights! Do you have any plans for future fundraising efforts? What other causes are you passionate about?”

Anand: “Lately, we’ve been trying to make a good education available to all kids worldwide. Many kids live in areas that can’t afford to have schools. This year we will be able to succeed in helping open a new school district in Vietnam and I personally will get to open a music school for children. It’s very exciting. Don’t worry; we’re still actively saving animals at I’ve been lucky that there are so many people wanting to volunteer and help out that these efforts have continued to be successful.”

Mom: “What inspired your cookbook? Do you have a family member that showed you how to cook?”

Anand: “People are always asking me about what I’m eating or going to be cooking. It seems to be a source of entertainment for most because I won’t eat the standard burgers/fries/white bread/ad infinitum. Both my parents and my Grandmother on my mother’s side I feel were an influence to my tastes and styles.

However, I’m an EXTREMELY picky eater. 1) For health reasons and 2) For vanity reasons. You just can’t look and feel good eating the everyday foods that we take for granted here in the U.S. Also, I require a lot of flavor in my food or it’s a chore for me to eat. BTW, my picky eating choices may be a source of entertainment for the public, but it’s probably a source of frustration to my mother when I go visit ;). Because of my pickiness, at a young age I started to learn to cook for myself. As I got older and was on the road with the band, I realized I needed to find a way to get my healthy and tasty food fix to avoid the option of fast food. Even if the tour/set has a caterer – the food most cooks prepare is just not satisfying to me. A caterer is not going to cook a flax-meal muffin with Stevia no matter how much he’s getting paid.

Also, because of their careless diets, my colleagues and predecessors were (and still are) getting out of shape, sick, and unable to handle the stresses and requirements of our fast-paced lifestyle. I just don’t want grow up to be another Vince Neil, Ozzy Osbourne, or Keith Richards. I’d like to transcend that “Rock Stars are supposed to deteriorate” philosophy; Especially in today’s world where our schedules and careers are much more demanding then in prior decades, and therefore require much more health and looks maintenance.”

The results of some of the recipes I came up with or discovered sound strange to many people, but the taste and benefits are undeniable and therefore have led to people asking me to share my eating habits and recipes. So instead of answering each email one-by-one, I decided to put it in the new upcoming book called, “Rock Star Recipes.”

Mom: “How do you find the time to cook while on tour?”

Anand: “Sometimes I’m lucky enough to get a hotel suite with a kitchen. Many times I prepare & pack snacks before shipping off. Some of things I make are Spicy Organic Peanuts & Low-Carb “Cliff” Bars made with almond butter, Stevia and ginger. I also do crazy things with microwave steamable broccoli. The key to eating on the road (or anyone with a busy lifestyle for that matter) is to be able to efficiently use a microwave. You won’t believe me until you try the recipes for yourself, but I’ve been able to cook Salmon as well as Eggs perfectly with just a microwave and you nor your guests will be able to tell that it wasn’t cooked in a restaurant oven.

Mom: “What’s your tried and true recipe – a crowd-pleaser, perhaps, or one that never fails?”

Anand: “I’ll give you two. A favorite of my friends seems to be the CAULIFLOWER-CRUST PIZZA. It is low-carb, low calories, and fun. Another favorite recipe with some Indian flair is my FAST & EASY MASALA CHAI (Spicy Black Tea)! It’s a variation of the method my Father uses to make his tea.”

A large thanks to Anand to taking the the time out of his busy schedule to answer the questions above and for providing Tiny Green Mom readers with some unique and healthy recipes!