Mom” recently had the distinct pleaure of interviewing the founders of a sustainable and unique new company, me & goji! Adam and Alexander, the “cereal guys” behind this custom, artisanal cereal that is delivered right to your doorstep, are definitely onto something eco-fabulous!

An Interview with the Founders of me & goji

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

me & goji is the first custom cereal & granola company where you can design your own cereal from 60+ all-natural ingredients, name your creation, and upload a picture right to the label.

We are a sustainable company that believes in using its resources to benefit the environment (carbon neutral!). We currently offer green tags upon checkout to offset the emissions from shipping your cereal.

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

Since me & goji is our life, we go green everyday. We utilize post consumer waste products whenever possible, recycle all the waste from our facility and home and only use public transportation or our bikes to get around.

Guilty green pleasure?

How do I cheat on the environment? Definitely my iphone. My favorite green company is Tender Greens. A restaurant located in Southern California that sources it’s ingredients locally and adheres to organic standards. Simple, yet delicious food:

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

As sustainable business practices become more mainstream, it is becoming easier and more affordable for small businesses to go green. Even if it is something as simple as recycling, take that first step and build on it. me & goji strives to be not just sustainable, but restorative. Eliminating our carbon footprint is not enough; sustainability is a parabolic process and as a business we must accept culpability for not just our employees, but humans as a race. We don’t want to be invisible; we want to be an active force in creating solutions for environmental problems. As we grow, so will our dedication to sustainability and our radius for change.

Successful celebrity stylist Peter Lamas stopped by Tiny Green Mom to answer some questions about Peter Lamas Products, his 100% Vegan line of skincare, haircare, and bodycare products that was launched in 2004.

An Interview with Celebrity Stylist Peter Lamas

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

I worked as a hair and makeup stylist for many years and was appalled to see some of the harsh chemical ingredients that were being added to many commonly-used beauty products. I was determined to find a balance between nature and healthy science to create effective products that perform to a professional standard. Each product combines exotic extracts, powerful botanicals and potent herbs to enhance all skin and hair types. My company and I remain committed to being beauty innovators to make sure we offer products that are healthy for people and for the planet.

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

It is about making a conscious decision to be green and being aware of the effects of my actions on the environment. For example, I make sure to purchase products with the least amount of packaging to reduce waste or buy products that use recycled materials. I also tend to eat locally grown, organic food to make sure no harmful pesticides were used. Even if it is something as simple as switching to LED lighting – these small changes add up.

Guilty green pleasure?

There plenty of great restaurants that offer macrobiotic or sustainable foods. The food tastes amazing and you know the meal is healthy for your body and for the environment.

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

Be conscious of your expenses. Being green does not mean you have to pay more for materials and services. Also, just like any other business, you need focus, commitment and determination to succeed.

*Images provided by Peter Lamas Products.*

As we enter the season of giving, there is no better gift than the gift of health, and what better way to show your loved ones (and yourself!) you care than to pamper and protect the skin with items from the little twig personal care line. little twig was founded in 2003 by Lenie Ramos, who teaches us all to go green in our daily lives!

An Interview with Lenie Ramos, Founder of little twig

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

One year I gave my niece a bottle of bubble bath and found out that she could not use it because of all the harsh ingredients. I became inspired to start a personal care line for children using natural and organic ingredients to nurture sensitive skin. I have always been committed to protecting the environment and found a way to incorporate this philosophy into my business plan.
How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I certainly go green in my own life. I drive a Prius because it is fuel effecient and better for the environment. I am very conscious of my paper consumption. I sometimes drive my book keeper crazy because I always want to print on both sides of paper! I have also taught my friends, family and customers about the importance of recycling.

Guilty green pleasure?

My guilty green pleasure is little twig’s Happy Tangerine Bubble Bath. There is nothing more relaxing than to end a long day with bubbles!

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

I would encourage other business owners to pursue their dreams of starting a small sustainable business and to not get discouraged. The hardest part of running a sustainable business is making sure that you are eco-friendly but also making profits. If you business is not making any money, you cannot continue to educate people about the importance of going green or provide them with green alternatives!

*Image courtesy of little twig.*

Launched in 2009 by David Luks, Deluxe Honeydrop Beverages offers delightful, organic honey infused juices and tea. Very light and refreshing, the beverages were developed out of necessity by David Luks. Read his inspiring story below!

An Interview With Deluxe Honeydrop Beverages Founder, David Luks

Tell Us About Your Eco-Inspired Company.

In 2006 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Fortunately, I was able to survive that scare and due to my diagnosis, started to learn about the benefits of an organic and natural lifestyle. In 2008, while reading research from Johns Hopkins and the University of Memphis, I learned honey has many medicinal benefits such as:

  • Honey alleviates sore throats, soothes throat better an any cough syrup, protects against chronic conditions such as obesity and hypertension
  • Honey is lower on the glycemic index (64) relative to sugar (100), making it an attractive sweetener for diabetics
  • An alternative for athletes as it contains glucose and fructose; glucose burns slow for lasting energy, and fructose burns fast for instant energy and performance.
  • Honey also naturally contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

In 2009, I launched Honeydrop Beverages. Honeydrop currently includes three organic honey infused organic juices and one tea. They contain only 40 calories per serving (2 servings per 16.9 oz PBA-free, recyclable bottle). Each bottle has a ‘spoonful’ of honey with these heavenly flavors (more on the way by December 2010):

1. Bee Alive – Blood Orange

2. Bee Calm – Chamomile

3. Bee Strong – Blueberry

The flavors are USDA Organic Certified, sweetened ONLY with a spoonful of organic honey from Brazil. Honeydrop cannot use local honey because US farms do not have the 2-mile ‘drift” into crop that is required for certified organic requirements. Honeydrop also does not use honey with GMO’s (genetically modified organisms).
How Do You Choose To Go Green in Your Own life?

Getting diagnosed with cancer really scared me. I started to think about the choices I made in life, and specifically the hormones and genetically modified foods I was eating relative to my cancer diagnosis. Getting cancer was the worst but best thing for me as it made me “go green” with my life.

Guilty Green Pleasure?

Organic Vanilla Bean and Honey Ice Cream!

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

Keep at it. It is very hard starting a small business, and one that is sustainable that might have access to less available ingredients or supplies. Nevertheless, it is important work that helps everyone who touches it.

*Image provided by Honeydrop Beverages.*

Mom” had the distinct opportunity to interview Peggy Cross, the entrepreneur behind EcoTensil, a company on a mission to reduce the amount of “one-taste waste.” Peggy is an inspiration to us all to think about each action we make, even the seemingly small ones, and how they do add up to the bigger picture.

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

Our new Ultra-green tasting spoon, EcoTaster Mini, is made from a silky smooth paperboard (feels like a milk carton). One easy fold creates a sturdy and fun spoon. It’s 100% biodegradable, renewable, recyclable, and composts in just a few weeks (while we love all biodegradable utensils, others can take over 6 months to biodegrade). EcoTasters are great at in-store samplings, events, trade shows, etc. Our full-sized EcoTensil is great for serving up anything from a big bowl of yogurt or frozen yogurt to a hot cup of chili. SpoonLidz comes attached to the top of single-serve cups, like yogurt. Great for lunch packing!

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

Since my business has become a huge part of my family’s life, we hope to replace the tons of plastic used for one bite, then lives for centuries in our oceans and landfills.

Besides this, we’re avid recycler/composters. At events I am the recycling maniac who puts the big “Recycle please” sign on the paper bag to try to get everyone to put their cups and forks in it!

Guilty green pleasure?

How can something green be guilty?!

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

Stick to your green guns. Persevere. We are trailblazing and frequently we are pushing against the current, but the currents are shifting our way, and we are helping make that happen!

*Image courtesy of EcoTensil.*

What color is your soul? That is the burning question that the founders of GreenSoul Shoes would like to know! Alastair Ong, Iris Chau, and Stephen Chen have taken the time to answer “Mom’s” questions about their mission to place shoes on the feet of underprivileged children around the globe.

An Interview with the Founders of GreenSoul Shoes

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

GSS’s mission is to shoe underprivileged children around the world in a sustainable fashion. We work with local artisans from developing nations to produce a 100% up-cycled sandal and for each one that we sell; we give one away to an underprivileged child in need in that same community.

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

I am a staunch advocate of composting even if you live in a small apartment: See my blog and a write-up in another blog here.

Guilty green pleasure?

I love recycled bags or any sort. I have a collection of bags made out of juice boxes, sailcloth, nylon, reused cotton.

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

Because it’s recycled doesn’t mean that it needs to be ugly or uncomfortable or not stylish. Green is chic in itself, and it is our job as inventors, manufacturers, retailers and innovators to make our sustainable products even better than non-sustainable products.

*Image provided by GreenSoul Shoes.*

As parents and designers of the haute, eco-friendly line REVEAL, Terry and Jiaying Omata are truly an inspiration to all! Founded in 2009, REVEAL is already making a statement in the fashion world, and “Mom” was thrilled to be able to glean some insight into their planet-conscious pieces. Take a peek at their collection online at

An Interview with the Designers Behind REVEAL Handbags & Accessories

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

In 1999, REVEAL’s founders, Terry and Jiaying Omata, backpacked throughout Asia, South America and Africa. As they journeyed through some of the world’s most beautiful developing countries, everywhere they saw people working hard to escape poverty and give their children a better life. Realizing the common desire for people to attain a higher standard of living would ultimately lead to our planet’s deterioration, they created REVEAL to reinvent fashion in an eco-friendly and viable way.

Naturally, our beautiful handbags and accessories are made with the most innovative recycled and sustainable materials available. And our devotion to preserving the planet’s resources is shown through every aspect of our business, from our earth and animal friendly materials and manufacturing processes, to the corporate practices and causes we support.

REVEAL means being true to ourselves, our customers, and the world around us. We design for you – so that being socially responsible, like fashion, is fun and attainable. We design for today’s men and women, with the planet’s future in mind. And we do as our name suggests – we reveal how our products are made, empowering you to make well-informed choices. Finally, you don’t have to choose between fashion and a better planet.

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

I avoid driving as much as possible. I make sure to live in a neighborhood where I can walk to work, do my errands, shop and dine. When I absolutely have to drive, I drive my hybrid.

Guilty green pleasure?

Definitely the local farmers market- it’s so great to walk through our local market and connect with the artisans and farmers. Also, since I just had my first baby, I can’t resist purchasing cute little eco-friendly goodies for my baby girl. Seriously, who can pass up those cute little onesies?!
Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

I would just say that we are all in this together and our common goal is to protect and preserve our environment for future generations. Sometimes it’s not easy to design and develop sustainable products and often times it is very difficult, because it isn’t the mainstream way of doing things. But I would like to encourage others to persevere and know that our efforts will pay off and our planet will thank us.

*Image provided by REVEAL.*

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.*