October 8, 2008

Spooktacular Feature: AllNaturalMe.Etsy.com

This week we will be interviewing Sadie from AllNaturalMe.Etsy.com. I've known this wonderful lady for a while now via the internet. She used to have a consignment store specifically for Eco-Friendly products. She is also the famed creator of KarmaKards. Sit down, relax and enjoy a Mocha with me while we chat a while with AllNaturalMe's Sadie.

Welcome Sadie, Tell us a bit about yourself:
I'm known on the web as Sadie from allnaturalme.com and live greenly in western Pennslyvania.

When did you get started on Etsy:
All Natural Me is very new to Etsy, selling our first upcycled bag at the end of May.

What got you started on upcycling/recycling:
I've always been the girl who picks up what the other girls throw away.I guess I'm genetically predisposed for trying to save the world.

Who/what inspires your work:
Waking people to think more consciously inspires my work. For example, generally, people do not reflect on how much toilet paper they mindlessly flushdown the toilet. If I continue to make products like reusable cloth toilet paper, people may giggle and eye roll at first, but eventually they may see the light on how much money, paper and trees they could save if they didn't just wipe and toss.

What are your favorite parts of recycling/upcycling:
Helping to close the loop. It feels good to save things from heading to landfill doom. And because people are so quick to toss, I always have plenty to work with.

What are the most challenging things about recycling/upcycling:
The most challenging aspects of small scale recycling such as repurposing crayons, is that it's so time consuming that my efforts are never financially compensated. But sometimes it's more important to be eco-green than to be rolling in the money green. At least that's what I tell myself when I'm peeling and sorting my thousandth crayon for the day.

Anything else you'd like to add:
I love it when people share their experience with living naturally and being more green. All Natural Me is on Myspace, Yahoo, Twitter and we blog our buns off at the allnaturalme.com/blog too. Let's connect!

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle :)
Reuseable Toilet Wipes: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14573443

Repurposed Halloween Crayons: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14875224