“How’s this for an Ecological Business Card!?”

At EcoBling, we’re always keen to learn about new and interesting ways to inspire ecological integrity. Recently, we came across this fabulous idea for true eco-friendly business cards. Check it out!

For the full article, please visit http://pinterest.com/pin/5594001/

It’s definitely worth a look!

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Meet Our Friends – Part 3!

This week we are featuring Zoe McGarvah, Nicole Dunn and Melanie McIntosh. Please read on to out a little more about them!

 

Introducing Zoe McGarvah:

Question 1: What is your profession?

Full time stay at home mom (no overtime pay!):) of a 4 yr old (going on 14) and 16 month old whom, along with my husband, are my whole world

Question 2: Where do you work? Where ever my little peanuts are!

Question 3: How did you get introduced to EcoBling? I just happen to be lucky enough to be great lifelong friends with the founder and owner!

Question 4: What’s your favourite EcoBling piece? Not sure how I could a pick just a favourite? I have way too many!

And now to get to know you a little better….

Question 5: What is your favourite movie? Stand by Me/One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest – it’s a tie! :)Oh and I have to add Despicable Me too!

Question 6: Favourite holiday destination? I’d say my favourite dream destination is the Galapagos Islands but I also live in one of the most beautiful places in the world (in my humble opinion!) – Rondeau!

And now something that requires a little more thought:

Question 7: Your ideal dinner guest?
(Can be living or dead, real personal or fictional, but please explain why you have chosen them!)

Hmmm… Id love to have Jack Nicholson (because I’ve just always loved him), Ellen DeGeneres (because no matter how grumpy or sad I am she always makes me laugh) and Whoopi Goldberg (just because she’s wonderful Whoopi!) …and Jessica Tandy….. I could go on and on really, but I’ll stop tee hee…..

 

Introducing Nicole Dunn:

Question 1: What is your profession?

Multi Modality Holistic Therapist

Question 2: Where do you work? Kula Yoga Studio, Burlington, ON – check out www.nicoledunn.ca for more details!

Question 3: How did you get introduced to EcoBling? Thru seeing Colleen’s wonderful collection of earthy, fashionable and fun jewelry.

Question 4: What’s your favourite EcoBling piece? Sorry, not just 1 piece… I love my Ring and seeing the necklaces on my boys.

And now to get to know you a little better….

Question 5: What is your favourite movie? Legend w/ Tom Cruise

Question 6: Favourite holiday destination? Jamaica

And now something that requires a little more thought:

Question 7: Your ideal dinner guest?
(Can be living or dead, real personal or fictional, but please explain why you have chosen them!)

Oprah, she is such a genuine person who walks the walk and has so much integrity. She has proven that All IS possible

 

Introducing Melanie McIntosh:

Question 1: What is your profession?

Chiropractor by education, mom & wife by choice!

Question 2: Where do you work? I work right here at home- the hardest job in the world.

Question 3: How did you get introduced to EcoBling? Colleen Anderson…a long lost friend….

Question 4: What’s your favourite EcoBling piece? I love everything but am partial to the beautiful rings

And now to get to know you a little better….

Question 5: What is your favourite movie? I don’t really watch movies anymore (we have 4 kids…), but On Golden Pond goes down as one of my all time classic faves!

Question 6: Favourite holiday destination? ANYPLACE hot …. but I love Costa Rica

And now something that requires a little more thought:

Question 7: Your ideal dinner guest?
(Can be living or dead, real personal or fictional, but please explain why you have chosen them!)

My ideal dinner guest would be Jesus….I have SO many questions for that guy…

Thanks for taking part ladies, and everyone be sure to check back next week for the next round of willing participants!

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Meet Our Friends – Part 2!

This week we are featuring Jennifer Vanroboys-Marsh. Please read on to out a little more about her!

Question 1: What is your profession? Photographer/stay at home mommy to 5

Question 2: Where do you work? (this is an opportunity to promote your workplace or business if you’d like!) Jennifer Marsh Photography, specializing in Newborn Portraiture
www.jennmarshphotography.com

Question 3: How did you get introduced to EcoBling?  The kids entered an Earth Ecobling contest & won

Question 4: What’s your favourite EcoBling piece? We love the necklaces, bracelets & rings, love the bright colours, it’s all gorgeous!

And now to get to know you a little better….

Question 5: What is your favourite movie? Where the Heart is

Question 6: Favourite holiday destination? Cottaging

And now something that requires a little more thought:

Question 7: Your ideal dinner guest?
(Can be living or dead, real personal or fictional, but please explain why you have chosen them!) My grandparents & parents, I have 3 Grandparents in their 90′s & late 80′s, my father’s battling cancer, family time’s definitely extra precious & valued.

 

Thanks for taking part Jennifer, and everyone be sure to check back next week for the next round of willing participants!

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Meet our Friends!

To thank you for staying in touch and for all your comments and ‘likes’ we are pleased to introduce our readers and customers to our favourite Friends of the Week! We asked them a few general questions, and a few personal ones too!

This week we are featuring Shannon Boyle, Melissa Doyle – Casting Memories and Deborah Scott. Please read on to out a little more about them!

Introducing Shannon Boyle:

Question 1: What is your profession? Marketing . Blogger . Simply Blossoming Retreat Co-founder”

Question 2: Where do you work? (this is an opportunity to promote your workplace or business if you’d like!) My blogs website is www.herblossomingself.com & Simply Blossoming Retreats website is http://simplyblossoming.wordpress.com/

Question 3: How did you get introduced to EcoBling? I am fortunate to have been introduced to and know Colleen (Founder of EcoBling)

Question 4: What’s your favourite EcoBling piece? Tough question it is all gorgeous. I am a big fan of the chunky rings and I love the oversized colourful bracelets. I honestly LOVE it all!

And now to get to know you a little better….

Question 5: What is your favourite summer activity? I love to take time out, outside. Walk by the lake, a drink on a patio with a friend, cottage time, I just love the freedom that summer brings

Question 6: Favourite ice cream flavour? I am a TOTAL sucker for anything coconut and Marble Slab strawberry icecream with coconut mixed in is a favourite for sure, but I also LOVE PC brand Candy Cane Icecream at Christmas time

Question 7: Favourite song? Right now my favourite song would be anything Adele, Bruno Mars’ “Lazy Song”. “Jet Lag” by Simple Plan ft. Natasha Beddingfield, “Hush” by Emily Osment…I’ll stop there, but the list could go on!

 

Introducing Melissa Doyle – Casting Memories:

Question 1: What is your profession? Photographer

Question 2: Where do you work? (this is an opportunity to promote your workplace or business if you’d like!) Casting Memories Photography located in Merlin , ON. Website: www.castingmemories.org

Question 3: How did you get introduced to EcoBling? A friend with a great interest in the company gave some to me as a gift

Question 4: What’s your favourite EcoBling piece? I love the rings and the bracelets

And now to get to know you a little better….

Question 5: What is your favourite summer activity? Playing outdoors with my children

Question 6: Favourite ice cream flavour? Chocolate Peanut Butter

Question 7: Favourite song? True Colours

 

Introducing Deborah Scott:

Question 1: What is your profession? Owner of Bears ‘n’ Buddies Canada & Social Media Assistant

Question 2: Where do you work? (this is an opportunity to promote your workplace or business if you’d like!) Bears ‘n’ Buddies Canada & Savvy Social Solutions

Question 3: How did you get introduced to EcoBling? I met Colleen at a Tweetup at Cora’s Restaurant about a year ago & fell in love with the jewellery

Question 4: What’s your favourite EcoBling piece? My Turquoise “Maha” pendant

And now to get to know you a little better….

Question 5: What is your favourite summer activity? Lounging in the sun on my deck & reading a book while my boys play in their pool

Question 6: Favourite ice cream flavour? Mint Chocolate Chip

Question 7: Favourite song? At the moment, “Don’t Turn Out The Lights” by NKOTBSB *giggle*  HUGE New Kids & Backstreet Boy fan

 

Thanks for taking part ladies, and everyone be sure to check back next week for the next round of willing participants!

 

 

 

 

 

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Design Profile on “People Are People”

People Are People EcoBling has been featured on Cheryl Santa Maria’s Webzine “People Are People”.   Cheryl writes on a wide variety of topics including books, music, movies and, of course, fashion.  She had this to say about EcoBling and our environmentally friendly fashion:

The pieces are not trendy, but rather, simplistic in design.  Materials are grown and harvested from remote villages in accordance to fair trade practices and, whenever possible, EcoBling re-invests profits back into the communities it supports by providing artisans with tools and living wages. Created using natural materials, the EcoBling line is synonymous with colour. Fun, and free-flowing design allow the natural beauty of the products to take centre stage.

To read more of Cheryl’s writing, you can find her blog here.  Thanks Cheryl!

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Disconnect And Save

PlugDid you know that your cell phone charger uses electricity EVEN if your phone is NOT attached to it? According to TreeHugger.com, cell phone chargers continue to suck energy from your outlets even if the cell phones are disconnected. This means that leaving your charger plugged in takes a toll on your energy bill and the environment.

Pennies add up to dollars and watts add up to kilowatts, so why not unplug your charger when you’re not using it?

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EcoBling on CHCH Morning Live!

Check out EcoBling on CHCH’s Morning Live as Kelly Drennan of Fashion Takes Action showcases some of the best new fashions coming from the Greenliving show.

The models are sporting the Chunky Teardrop which are available in 8 different colours!

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Bracelets Back in Stock!

Back by popular demand, the BR005 is available again! One size fits most with the stretchy bands, and with all of the available colours you can definitely find one that will match your new summer outfit.

To purchase your bracelet, head on over to the EcoBling Store and buy yours today!

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Keep on rockin’ in a green world!

Our company is a manifestation of who I am as a person, and what we want to do as a family.

It is fair to say we all have choices and while I cannot profess we are perfect and exemplary in the “green realm”, I will say that we have chosen to participate in the space and intend to become a leader.  We accept and understand the heavy workload that lay ahead.  My intentional choice as it applies to my company, requires us to constantly investigate new and better ways of doing business. Carefully sourced raw materials, consolidating shipments to reduce wasted space, limiting collateral material printing, choosing materials that are ethically sourced and regulated, and leveraging internet to reduce travel and print usage.

The task to be green is daunting but when I take a step back and look into the purpose of the company, the task at hand becomes less daunting and more realistic. In fact the process becomes rather natural and things flow organically (I couldn’t resist the puns).

Net/Net: Always remember your Purpose. Your Purpose will guide you down the right path, no matter how “daunting” the task.

Until next time…keep on rockin’ in a green world!

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Welcome to my Blog

Welcome to my Blog, a place where I will share ideas, investigate concepts, and post updates related to our Company.  I am new to the blogging world and expect to learn as I go, as I guess we all do.

Our family moved back “to the country” last year where life is simple and living is good. One of the early observations I made, was the sophistication of the communication network that exists in our (and likely every) rural community. Not high-speed-internet-type-network, but rather grapevine-church-bulletin-type-infrastructure. I guess it’s a little ironic I am writing about a communication platform of yesterday when we are moving into web 3.0 tomorrow, and yet it is so interesting to watch people actually talk, and update each other through the simplest of ways. It has also been a refreshing and salient reminder that “connecting” is what “it” is all about.

So here’s my “church bulletin” type update:

I am so proud to report that our Company, EcoBling was a huge hit at the Green Living Show this past weekend. As a new company and new to business in general, I had absolutely no reference point and zero expectations. In reality I did have high hope that I would meet a few people, gather some consumer feedback, test a few products and enjoy some time in the city we love, Toronto.

My hopes were realized and doubts laid to rest. I learned that a mindful, informed and socially conscious consumer base does exist and they love our product-line.  I also learned that corporate Canada is hip to the green and social responsibility movement. We met Executives from two of the big banks, several retailers, foodies, a major car manufacturer and consumer packed goods companies who all probed us, to ensure that we are authentic and a credible socially responsible Supplier. It was both enlightening and comforting to know that purchasing personnel understand what they are looking for and why verifiable sourcing is so important. Enough about that.

We had the privilege of meeting the President of Earth Day Canada, the CEO and President of the Green Living Show, and a major celebrity who can be spotted wearing a few of our pieces. I was privileged to exhibit with Fashion Takes Action (www.fashiontakesaction.com), where President Kelly Drennan assembled a bounty of up and comer eco-designers and a strong presence of seasoned and uber-talented fashion pros. Lorena Santin-Andrade (www.lorenasantinandrade.com) is a designer to follow and meet.  My fortune was realized when we were stationed side by side at the show, as she exudes both a positive energy and possesses a depth of knowledge that somehow is expressed through her creations.

Our company is a manifestation of who I am as a person, which is the first concept I will be exploring today.

Stay tuned!

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