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  • 4 Easy Ways to Green Your Daily Routine

     

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    With Earth Day right around the corner, we've rounded up some of our environmentally friendly and sustainably made Grommets. There are many ways to get involved and support a cleaner planet. One of things you can easily do it is to look for everyday ways you "go green." These eco-friendly products will help you easily green your daily routine on Earth Day (and beyond).

    √ Natural and eco-friendly materials.
    √ Sustainable production.
    √ A reduced carbon footprint.

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    1. Replace single-use plastic bags
    Did you now that Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year? That's nearly two million each minute. Why not say "no" to throwaway plastic? These reusable silicone bags hold way more than snacks—and they go from pantry to freezer, microwave, and dishwasher. Consider using these silicone storage bags as an alternative to single-use bags.

     

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    2. Ditch throw-away makeup removing wipes
    Wipe off the day (heck, wipe off every day) with this one cloth. You can wick away makeup, dirt, and oil with water and this super-fine microfiber cloth. It works gently and effectively—and it’s reusable, too. Not only is this makeup removing cloth an earth-friendly swap, it will save you money.

     

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  • Earth Day isn't for us

    There’s a scene in Mad Men in which Don Draper, his wife, and kids are having a picnic and basking in a gorgeous sunny day. It’s a picturesque view of the vintage American family. After a few minutes they ready to leave. Don throws his empty beer can into the field. His wife, Betty, shakes out the trash-covered blanket onto the ground and the Drapers drive away. End scene.

    Were this a 2017 portrait of family perfection, the Drapers would’ve carefully separated paper from plastic and driven them to a proper receptacle in their energy-efficient 2012 Prius. But their actions in the show are a subtle nod to the way things were just 50 years ago. Paper, plastic, aluminum, it didn’t matter - leave it. It was the world’s problem to dispose of.

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  • Meet the Maker: Sydney Hewitt of Coast & Cotton

    In our Meet the Maker series, you hear from our Makers on their journeys as entrepreneurs and how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.

    Today, we're catching up with Sydney Hewitt, the Designer of hometown custom towel company, Coast & Cotton. After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in industrial design, Sydney and her husband, Will, were a military family and moved regularly, giving Sydney the idea for designs that celebrate states. Creating these nostalgia-channeling tea towels turned into a full-time job, and Coast & Cotton was born.
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    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    I knew from an early age that I wanted to do something in the arts. My dad, a graphic designer, and my grandmother, a watercolor artist, both played a large role in my love of drawing, painting, and creating. As a child, I could sit for hours creating patterns with gel pens and markers all over my notebooks and sketch pads. My parents always encouraged my love of the arts and enrolled me in calligraphy, sketching, and painting classes during my early years. So when it came time to pick a major in college, a design degree felt like a natural fit.

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     How do you get around creative roadblocks?
    Creative roadblocks are definitely part of the process when you work in the design field. My husband and business partner, Will, is my sounding board for all new designs and patterns. When designing a new pattern, I come up with an initial drawing and color scheme, then Will comes in and helps with the layout and spacing. It is crucial to have someone with an eye for space and symmetry to tweak a design and get it just right.
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    What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
    Be ok with staying at home, supporting your husband with his career, focusing on your babies, and slowly working on your idea until the time is right. Then jump on it as fast as you can! Don’t rush the process, and don’t be discouraged if it’s not in “your timeline”. The Lord's plan is greater than your own.
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    Best business advice that you ever received?
    Know when you have a good thing. Work hard to constantly improve it, but don’t over improve until it’s not your idea anymore. Look to the trends, but don’t become a trend. Keep your ideas fresh and innovative while still remaining true to your aesthetic.
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  • The Best Gifts We've Ever Given

    Would you consider yourself a good gift-giver? What's the best gift you've ever given? Our team shares the presents that made their friends and family jump for joy.

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    Custom Etched Glasses
    Way to impress my girlfriend? These stemless wine glasses—engraved with the coordinates of the restaurant where we had our first date. –Zack

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    MelUrban Cheesecraft
    DIY Cheese Kits
    My parents are too particular about their home decor to get them art or something like that. So I got them this for Christmas, and it was fun to make cheese as a family activity then enjoy the results. –Mel

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    I bought this for a close friend’s wedding. It certainly stood out amongst the tons of traditional registry gifts! –Ryan Continue Reading

  • The Shoe That Grows

    A shoe that grows with a child isn’t just innovative. It’s life changing.

    Over 300 million children worldwide don’t own a pair of shoes, often because they’re in poverty. They walk unprotected against everyday hazards like inclement weather and sharp objects. Worse, if they’re living in an area with poor sanitation and improper hygiene, they’re vulnerable to the soil-transmitted diseases and parasites that afflict two billion people every year.

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  • Meet the Maker Podcast: Elena Favilli of Timbuktu Labs

    hireslifestyle_Still_TimbuktuLabsTimbuktu Labs is a media company creating interactive apps, games, and educational materials for kids. 100 Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is their latest and most celebrated hit as it highlights historic and contemporary women who have left their mark on the world with rich storytelling and beautiful pieces of art from dozens of female artists.

    On this episode, Elena Favilli — the CEO of Timbuktu Labs and the co-author of 100 Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls — and I discuss the inspiration of the book, the preparation for a massive success on Kickstarter, and how their work and this book have become more important in the current political climate.

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    Like what you hear? Listen to the rest of the Meet the Maker Podcast series here then rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes

  • Meet the Maker: Andris Lagsdin of Baking Steel

    In our Meet the Maker series, you hear from our Makers on their journeys as entrepreneurs and how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.

    Today, we're catching up with Andris, the inventor of Baking Steel. Years ago, while working with chef Todd English, making incredible pizza in brick ovens, Andris was always searching for a way to make the perfect pizza at home.  While working at his current steel job, Andris read that steel is the best brick oven substitute. He took a scrap home, tested it out for cooking, and the results were delicious. We wanted to learn a bit more about his "aha-moment" and what it's been like starting a business.

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    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    A professional tennis player.

    What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
    Stop hesitating and just do it. So much fear in uncertainty, you just need to trust yourself and take a leap.

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    Best business advice that you ever received?
    I was reading "Crush It" by Gary Vaynerchuk a few years ago before I launched The Baking Steel. His chapter on marketing was literally one word–CARE. Do that and amazing things happen with your customers. So this is what I tell our team, to care.

    What three personality traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?
    Courage, patience, chasing a little adventure, and being grateful every, single day. Do I get extra credit for four?

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    What lessons have you learned over the years that might help other entrepreneurs who are just starting out?
    Any person who takes that leap will be amazed at what happens when you start doing what you love. Have a little bit of patience and dream big. Continue Reading

  • 9 Ways To Travel Easier

    Looking for the best travel accessories? We asked our team members to share some of their go-to Grommets for when they are traveling and this is what they said:

    9 of the best travel accessories to take on your next trip

    FitKicks
    Flexible Fitness & Travel Shoes
    “I take FitKicks on EVERY trip for lounging and walking around my hotel or Airbnb (the floors aren’t always the cleanest). I also pack these go-anywhere shoes for the beach because you can just shake the sand off.”
    –Cynthia Njuguna

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    On the go? Here are 9 of the best travel accessories to take on your next trip.

    Hydaway
    Pocket-Sized Water Bottle
    “Hydaway is hands-down my favorite. The bottle folds up so small (perfect for TSA), and once you're past security you can fill it up! Whenever I travel with it, people ask about it or comment how cool it is. Pilots, flight attendants, parents, fellow fliers...everyone is impressed.” –Katherine Foley

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    Long trip? Here are 9 of the best travel accessories to take on your next trip.
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    Neck Support Travel Pillow
    “I try to sleep a little on long plane trips to trade shows, and the last thing I want when I wake up is a sore neck. Trtl keeps my neck still and in a comfortable position. The fleece is soft, too, with a nice cozy feel.”
    –Mike Lovett

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  • London Harness in Massachusetts: A Grommet-selling Shop

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    Many Main Street retailers meet the same Makers you do at The Grommet, filling their shelves with unique, innovative products. So shop local—it's another way our community can help small businesses succeed.London Harness, a Massachusetts shop with a 250+ year history, sells Grommets. Here's a bit about them.

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    We were amazed to learn that it’s the country’s oldest luggage store, and we considered it a privilege to work at a business that's part of the fabric of what makes the Boston area so unique. As time went by, we realized how much we have in common, professionally and personally, and yet little did we know that we would make some of our own history here.

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    First, we discovered our shared passion for serving customers as if they’re family. It’s how we like to express our sense of hospitality, and the importance of community, which reflects who we really are.

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  • Strong Women Building Strong Girls

    Recently, I've been thinking more and more about the considerable work that still needs to be done in the fight for women's equality.

    On February 7th, we launched ‘100 Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’ from the brilliant Timbuktu Labs. As the title suggests, the book dispatches with the tired princess in a castle fairy tale and instead tells the stories of 100 real women whose tales have been even more fantastic–who didn’t need knights in shining armor to make them happen.

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    That afternoon, a video message from Hillary Clinton produced by MAKERS, the storytelling platform for women by women, hit my Twitter feed. She encouraged her audience to ‘dare greatly and lead boldly.’ It was Clinton’s first real public appearance since the election and an echo of her message to the nation’s female youth during her concession.

    “To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams."

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