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Finding natural products can sometimes be challenging. While there are finally more options, it can be hard to find one website to locate pretty much everything you need. Enter EarthHero, a new online marketplace where you can find carefully-selected products from trusted companies with a focus on sustainability. Founded by entrepreneur and nature enthusiast Ryan Lewis, a serial entrepreneur and innovator, who, along with his team, researched brands from across a huge variety of categories, from innovative household goods to clothing to audio electronics to beauty products. Their sustainable practices and brand partnerships don’t stop with the product line either. They are also doing their part to offset all emissions caused from transporting their products as well as from day-to-day operations, by supporting reforestation projects in the United States through their partnership with Carbonfund.org. In 2017 alone, EarthHero offset the equivalent of roughly 34 acres of forest, making EarthHero a carbon-neutral company that helps local ecosystems across the US.
Currently, this includes over 1,000 products across 60 brands, such as some of the products we recently had the opportunity to test out like Bee’s Wrap, eco-eggs for Easter, and the kids bamboo utensils forks and spoons kit. We loved how easy it was find everyday products, which are organized in a variety of categories, such as household goods, baby products, clothing, beauty products, and more. One of our favorites was the Bee’s Wrap, a reusable beeswax paper line that allows you to use the warmth of your hands to mold and then wrap anything from fruit to sandwiches to cheese and more. When you’re done, you simply wash it, let it dry and use it all over again. How cool is that?!
On the site, you’ll find a breakdown of the product, plus its sustainability features, materials used, packaging, certifications and more. We love how EarthHero breaks this down in a clear and understandable way to empower the consumer as they make their decision.
Additionally, EarthHero is a member of 1% For The Planet where they donate 1% of their sales annually towards sustainability initiatives that give back to the planet, and they are currently in the application process of becoming a B-certified corporation. EarthHero also rewards their community for their sustainable shopping via a EarthHero Rewards system where each person receives points for every purchase, as well as for product reviews and social media shares. Twice a year, each person’s points are collected, where the consumer will receive discounts and coupon rewards based on how many points they’ve accumulated.
To learn more about EarthHero, we had the opportunity to chat with Ryan about how the idea came about, the research process and how their making it easier to shop for the best sustainable products online.
Interview with Ryan Lewis of EarthHero
Wellness Patterns: How did the idea of EarthHero come about?
Ryan Lewis: My ah-ha moment came on a trail run. That’s my happy space and what I do most days of the week when not with my family or at the office. However, it really was a culmination of a deep desire to wanting be part of the solution. I couldn’t keep hearing study after study tell us we need to change the way we consume, and then not be a part of helping to solve it. And so I began. I began to research all sorts of product categories for myself and my family to see what assortment of healthy and sustainable products were out there from apparel to home supplies, personal care, etc. Just about everywhere I looked had incredible people making products that were good for people AND with respect to Mother Nature. The problem was how difficult it was to find them, trust them, and understand the impact they had. So EarthHero was born, to make all of these challenges much easier.
Wellness Patterns: How do you find the brands that you feature on the website?
Ryan Lewis: We try to find everything out there that meets our guidelines. It’s our goal to have a great option available every time people want or need something. We are achieving this by utilizing several tactics. Every time we onboard a new brand, we ask them who they’d recommend. Because they just went through the process, their suggestions tend to be a great fit and there is a great community of suppliers committed to making products the right way. They are such a supportive and collaborative group of people. We also get great feedback from our customers. We love to reach out to suppliers on our customers recommendations! In addition we attend many trade shows annually and are constantly online looking for the next pioneering company!
We attend many trade shows annually and are constantly online looking for the next pioneering company! Every time we onboard a new brand, we ask them who they’d recommend. Because they just went through the process, their suggestions tend to be a great fit and there is a great community of suppliers committed to making products the right way. We also get great feedback from our customers.
Wellness Patterns: Tell us about the research that’s involved.
Ryan Lewis: At the product and brand level we look primarily at 4 areas.
– Material make up – The product has to be as close to 100% sustainable in its material make up as possible.
– Labor practices – We look for fair labor certifications and processes.
– Packaging – Packaging needs to be as close to 100% compostable, recyclable or made from recycled content.
– Give back programs – We always look for any programs, non-profits, or charitable commitments from our brand partners.
– There are inevitably many other reasons as well which we communicate on the product and brand pages as well.
Wellness Patterns: What are some of your criteria for featuring a brand?
Ryan Lewis: In addition to the information above, we look for a shared ethos of genuine care. A lot of times they belong to organizations like B-Corp, 1 percent for the planet, and have a give back program. Some are zero-waste or carbon free companies. Some are actually regenerative, meaning the more they grow, the more healing they provide to the planet. How cool is that!?
Wellness Patterns: What can a consumer expect to find on the site?
Ryan Lewis: Community – People that care about what’s going on just as much as they do. Also, we offer a lot of education, but in fun, bite sized portions. And yes, a lot of great every day household goods to beauty products, apparel to outdoor products, gifts and more.
Wellness Patterns: What are some of your favorite/go-to products?
Ryan Lewis: Bees Wrap, I’m a sucker for packing a sandwich for the office. Using these wraps made from all natural ingredients, and reusable for one year help reduce waste. And then when they have expired they are compostable! I also love my Klean Kanteen reusable bottle and my favorite hoodie is from tentree. It’s made of recycled poly and organic cotton. Every time you buy a tentree product, they plant 10 traceable trees.
Wellness Patterns: Anything else to add?
Ryan Lewis: We’re young and just getting started. Our mission to is make sustainable shopping so easy, everyone does it. To get there we need to offer a zero compromise experience. We aim to make it just as easy or easier, convenient and affordable to shop this way, as the way most people shop today.
Check out more about EarthHero at https://earthhero.com
We were provided with a credit and a sample for the purposes of this review. All opinions, as always, are our own.
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Created by Alix Greenberg who realized that while artists have long stood for important causes, they lacked a way to directly impact the causes that mattered to them most. She created PORTRAITS FOR GOOD, a unique business that donates proceeds from every purchase to a non-profit of the customer’s choice. Since launching the site, PORTRAITS FOR GOOD has helped support organizations like JDRF, Doctors Without Borders, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and ASPCA.
Not only an incredible way to give back, you can expect to receive a beautiful print or painting that arrives wrapped, framed, and ready to hang. To get started, customers choose a limited-edition print or commission a custom piece from one of their artists, then choosing a charity of their choice from which a portion of the proceeds will go towards. To learn more about this company and how it works, we spoke with Alix Greenberg who shared more about how the idea started and her goals for the future of PORTRAITS FOR GOOD.
Interview with Portraits for Good Founder, Alix Greenberg
Wellness Patterns: How did the idea of Portraits for Good come about?
Alix Greenberg: A few years ago I realized that, while artists have long stood for important causes, they’ve lacked a way to directly impact the causes that mattered to them most. I created PORTRAITS FOR GOOD; in 2015 a unique business that donates 10% of proceeds from every purchase to a non-profit of the customer’s choice. Since launching the site, PORTRAITS FOR GOOD® has helped support organizations like CodePurple Now, JDRF, Doctors Without Borders, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and ASPCA.
Wellness Patterns: Why was it important for you to tie in a charitable component to your company? How do you pick the charities you want to work with?
Alix Greenberg: The first part of this question is answered above! It started with me picking my favorite charities, and as I brought artists on, and more customers purchased, they also had ideas of charities to add. I am happy to add non-profits locally and abroad as long as they are benefiting us for good.
Wellness Patterns: How do you select the artists to work with?
Alix Greenberg: PORTRAITS FOR GOOD partners with several artists who create original art or limited edition prints that showcase their unique artistic style. Since this is a fine art venture, I carefully acquire artists who have a strong aesthetic style and based on their social media presence. The site is curated and as I grow the business, I plan on bringing on 1-2 artists a day, then more! I want to make sure the site is showcasing the best.
Wellness Patterns: How does the process work to purchase a piece of art?
Alix Greenberg: It’s easy!
1. Customers pick an artist from the “Artists For Good” dropdown menu and view the selection of limited-edition prints or upload an image and commission the artist to create a customized piece.
2. At checkout, consumers can choose their cause from a dropdown menu of numerous charities we partner with and have donated to in the past. Consumers who want to give to an organization not currently offered on the site, can contact us and we’ll happily add it as long as it is a 501(c)3!
3. Once purchased, the art will be delivered framed and display ready!
Wellness Patterns: What are some of your goals for the future of Portraits for Good?
Alix Greenberg: I am currently scaling the business and will be relaunching a brand new website in a few months optimized to bring on more artists and more charities – I want to bring 1-2 artists a day to start! I see this as a platform that aggregates both professional and dabblers alike and sells their work to charitably minded individuals. It will remain that PORTRAITS FOR GOOD is the seller and is the operational, shipping hub!
For more information, please visit:PORTRAITS FOR GOOD
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Interview with Jay Asparro on Running, Causes and Inspiration
Wellness Patterns: How did the idea to raise money through running come about? Why running?
Jay Asparro: I feel as though most people do not like running. If I am going to run an Ultra-Marathon, I believe I’ll be able to grab the attention of these people. Everyone knows the NYC Marathon but I don’t think anyone has heard of someone running 48.8 miles the day before the marathon. Then there are those people who love running. Most do not run more than a marathon, so I felt with an Ultra-Marathon, I could grab the attention of these people as well.
Wellness Patterns: Your goal is 75 miles for this upcoming goal! How do you train for that?
Jay Asparro: I’ll be running 48.8 miles on Sat. Nov. 4th and 26.2 miles on Sun. Nov. 5th at the NYC Marathon. I hired my running coach, Patrick Hammond, from Educated Running and he puts my running schedule together for me. Unfortunately, I sprained my ankle in March and have a torn ligament in my ankle. So I swim, bike, and take hot yoga classes on top of my running 4x a week.
For recovery purposes, I take Epsom salt baths, go to Cryotherapy at Cryofit in Syosset, NY, go to Physical Therapy, get massages, and I do push-ups, sit-ups, stretch and roll everyday.
Nutrition is extremely important as well. So I’m constantly on top of my food intake eating good carbs (brown rice, sweet potatoes), protein (chicken and fish) and drinking at least 100 oz of water a day.
Wellness Patterns: What has been the reaction to your run?
Jay Asparro: When I tell people about my 75 mile run, their eyes get big and they tell me I’m crazy. Then I explain to them that I am running in honor of my grandmother to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, then they understand. 90% of the time I tell someone I’m running to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, they begin to tell me someone they know who is living with Alzheimer’s.
As for media attention, I believe it is still too early to get their attention. I’m hoping when the run gets closer- TV, Radio, and any other media outlets will give me an opportunity to speak about Alzheimer’s and the impact it has had on my family.
Wellness Patterns: Why was it important for you to do this for your Grandmother?
Jay Asparro: Unfortunately, my grandmother doesn’t know who I am anymore. I know who my grandmother is and I refuse to have Alzheimer’s define my grandmother’s life. My grandmother lived with Faith, Joy and Love for her Family. That is what I run for and I always appreciate an opportunity to talk about my grandmother. She has three sons, who married three great women, she has seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren that she loves and is very proud of. I run all of these miles with love for my grandmother and my family.
Wellness Patterns: What’s something you’ve learned first-hand about Alzheimer’s?
Jay Asparro: I’ve seen the toll it takes on the caregivers. My parents, Aunt and Uncle are the caregivers for my grandmother. I also run for them because I know how much they have sacrificed to be there for my grandmother everyday. Their strength and love for my grandmother is something that helps me train when I don’t want to train.
Again, when I talk to people about Alzheimer’s, I’ve met caregivers and I see the stress and pain they have gone through or going through. I not only run for my family but I run for families living with Alzheimer’ and families who have lived through Alzheimer’s.
Wellness Patterns: How can someone help out if they aren’t a runner?
Jay Asparro: I’m raising money for the Long Island Alzheimer’s foundation, so donations would be greatly appreciated. They can go to www.theannasparrorun.com and click on the donate link. If people want to help me promote the run, that would be great as well. They can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is more information about the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation:
For 29 years, LIAF has been providing supportive community-based services to Alzheimer’s families on Long Island. LIAF offers critically needed social adult day programs for individuals facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers. LIAF takes considerable pride in its pioneering role in the development of cutting edge services that foster the independence, dignity, well-being and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s. LIAF is pleased to announce that the organization’s headquarters have relocated to a new state-of-the-art facility at 1025 Old Country Road in Westbury. The more centrally-located facility will provide the opportunity to bring services and programs more easily to those who need them. A special community open house and grand opening celebration is planned for spring 2017. For information call (516) 767-6856 or visit www.liaf.org.
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