Makers

Remember Me Green

Remember Me Green

For Jillian Brown the phrase, "Look Up" is more than just a meme... it's how she discovered her calling. In 2012, while navigating her way to work though the streets of NYC, the marketing from up above caught Jillian's eye. But it wasn't the advertising that intrigued her, it was the thought "what happens to the billboards after the campaign ends??" After finding out those great durable billboards were discarded to landfills, the passionate environmentalist in her took over.Jillian soon took sewing classes and immersed herself in the world of stitch. At first, she started threading together bags from meager...

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Utopia Bath

Utopia Bath

Neither recession nor cancer can hold Founder Merilyn Konnerth back. A determined female entrepreneur, Merilyn has the fighting spirit to match the will. When the 2008 recession shut the doors on her NYC based design and accessory import business, Merilyn did what most people would do and… bought a $40 artisanal bar of soap??? Merilyn was browsing on Etsy when she made the purchase, but the bar of soap inspired her to dive headfirst into the art of soap making. She immersed herself in courses and literature and founded Utopia Bath in 2010, focusing on small batch formulations using organic...

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Vienna Cookie Company

Vienna Cookie Company

"I find it so rewarding to see that joy come over someone's face when they first take a bite of one of my cookies," says Heidi Riegler. "I don't mean to stare, but I can't help but notice. I feel like I'm giving them some love haha."  . To indulge in a Vienna Cookie is to capture a brief glimpse of the wonder it was to be a child in Austria around Christmas. In Austria, it's tradition to bake around the Holidays and Heidi's childhood home was no exception. "That's what my mom and I would do and that's kind...

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What the Soap

What the Soap

There are many who talk about sustainability, and then there are those few that actually live it. Matt and Melissa, the husband/wife team behind What the Soap, LIVE IT - gardening, foraging, fermenting, canning, raising chickens - in order to be as sustainable and as close to nature as possible. Their home and soap workshop (their converted garage) are completely solar powered and their soap packaging is simple and recyclable, eschewing plastic. But how did their story begin? Well, there’s an App for that… a Sustainability App. Matt and Melissa met online in 2014 while consulting for and utilizing a...

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