Monday, June 22, 2009
2 go Organic or 2 not go Organic?
I’ve had this discussion with several friends over the course of the last few weeks and have come to formulate some basic strategies.
While we are an Organic company, we of course would love everyone to switch to Organic products (if you haven’t already), however not very many of us have the luxury of tossing out and replacing the entire contents of our fridge, medicine cabinets, or overhauling our beauty routine.
I’ve put together a few basic strategies that might help you along in your decision process....
- If you’re out of something you normally buy or consume, why not try out an organic version of the item?
- If you put it in your body or on your body – consider what your body is absorbing. It could be a tone of chemicals, pesticides and hormones used to protect crops, preserve product shelf life, and grow larger animals (if you’re a meat eater). Perhaps switching to Organic vegetables to eliminate the possible pesticides, or switching to a different meat supplier or dairy farmer who practices hormone free sustainable farming? You might be surprised that the slight increase in price not only makes up for the lack of un-necessary additives to our food, but it also might taste better.
- Consider switching to a re-usable shopping bag. Plastic shopping bags inevitably end up in landfills across the country, in our oceans and lakes (killing marine animals that ingest them mistaken them for food), and most plastic bags take over 400 years to biodegrade. That’s 400 years of the bags breaking down into the soil and water which is eventually consumed by animals, used on farms and might make it’s way back to our dinner table, and into our body products. Consider collecting your plastic bags and turning them into a recycling centre, then switching to a reusable bag.
- If you live in an area that would allow you to plant a garden, you would then have your own supply of fresh, chemical free fruits and vegetables that are in season and right in your own backyard! Grace & Pepper is proud to have planted our first corporate garden, 2 pepper plants and 1 tomato plant!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
If someone had told me 2 years ago that I would be living on the West Coast of the United States, married to the most wonderful man in the world, starting an Organic Skin Care company, without one of the biggest loves of my life, I would have thought they were crazy.
Lexie and I spent 10 amazing years together, and I was lucky enough to be graced with her presence every day of the last 2.
It is because of her that I was inspired to start Grace & Pepper. She taught me that life is too short, and you should chase your dreams regardless of those who doubt, raise an eyebrow or question how sane you are for bucking the system and leaving a fabulous corporate job, the East Coast, your Country, a great apartment in a trendy neighborhood, and all the friends and family you have.
We were a duo, she saw me through all the products I brought home, tried out, discarded, shelved, and forgot about.
She waited for me outside the countless beauty supply stores while I popped in and grabbed a few things, that eventually never lived up to their claims of reducing the dark puffy circles under my eyes, clearing up a hideous blemish, or magically heal cracked weathered skin, all overnight.
She was there for me, invested in my products just as much as I was, and now it is my turn to honor her memory and un-shelve a dream that started many years ago.
Grace & Pepper products combine my mission to learn what we are putting on our skin instead of trusting a label full of names we can't pronounce, to help rebuild our environment for my children, and to look and feel absolutely fabulous while doing it.
Our goal is to launch a few products this summer that will not only tell you what they are made of, but also help explain how they will work for you, hopefully avoiding that all too familiar disappointment when our money is wasted on products that don’t do their job or live up to their claims.
We are very thankful for our friends and families who are self proclaimed “product junkies” and have graciously agreed to be our guinea pigs for the upcoming product line up. We hope that you stay tuned for the next juicy development!
Lexie 04.29.99 -04.03.09
By Mel Knight
CEO - Grace & Pepper LLC.