Tag Archives: Sustainable

Basic Design Gives Second Life To Landfill Bound Materials

21 May

Basic-OfficeSpace-MakerlabsVancouver Mini Maker is coming to the PNE Forum this June 6th & 7th.  There will be over 100 exhibitors featuring a host of creative minds.  One of which we really like, Basic Design which works out of the Makerlabs in Strathcona.  Basic Design is a great initiative co-founded by Jesi Carson and Theunis Snyman. Basic Design is actively redefining the value of waste by giving a second life to landfill-bound materials and creating unique, cruelty-free products. The waste materials that Basic Design uses come from unexpected places, including a “leather-like”, black rubber called EPDM. These are materials used on movie sets in the film industry that came in odd shapes and sizes. With the help of an industrial sewing machines and a laser cutter, Basic Design up-cycles this waste into stylish wallets, card holders, bags and more. They hope to make a difference, one product at a time. Basic Design also does custom design projects including furniture and interior design.  They are currently designing and building 100% up-cycled furniture for Lupii Café in Champlain Heights which will be Vancouver’s first zero waste coffee shop which is scheduled to open in June. When working on these projects, they use up-cycled, local and sustainable materials whenever possible. Basic Design firmly “believes that good design is responsible design, and that their clients, customers and planet Earth deserve the extra effort”.

Basic Design will be showcasing their line of up-cycled products at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. If you are not able to catch them at the Mini Maker Faire, you can also watch for them at the Eastside Flea, Make It Vancouver or visit their Etsy site. They also have some of their products at Nice Shoes at 3568 Fraser Street. We love what they do.  We will certainly be stopping by and checking out some of their work at the upcoming Mini Maker Faire.

Photo Credit: Basic Design

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New In Town: Raw Soap Skincare … Natural Products Made With Love In East Van

20 Apr

RawSoapSkincareWe love finding out about new businesses making their way in East Vancouver. Today we would like to introduce to Alisha Danielle and her company, Raw Soap Skincare.   After some health issues in her 20s, Alisha became very aware of all the chemicals being absorbed through the skin in many of the day to day personal care products we use.  She slowly began to eliminate a number of products from her daily  routine and replace them with better options. Many of the alternatives she found with all natural ingredients, came at a steep price.  So Alisha did her research and started making her own moisturizers, soaps, scrubs and shaving creams and gave them away as gifts. Everyone loved the products, low and behold a business was born, Raw Soap Skincare. Alisha’s soap and skin care products are natural, organic, ethical, eco-friendly vegan, fair trade and sustainable.   Her mission is to create products that promote inner and outer balance, while giving back to our worldwide community. Raw Soap Skincare will donate 5% of their profits to a different not-for-profit charity each month. Until April 31st, Raw Soap Skincare is donating that 5% to thewaterproject.org.  An organization unlocking human potential by providing sustainable water projects to communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Currently Raw Soap Skincare is only available online through Etsy and the product line ranges in price from $3.75 – $5.00 and includes:

VanCity CocoCamoNilla Soap
Hornby Honey Be Like Lemonade Soap
Tuff City Green Tea Soap
Commercial Drive Rooibos Goddess Lemongrass Exfoliate Bar
Sea To Sky Fly High Sunrise Exfoliate Bar
Mt Pleasant Peaceful Pumice Exfoliate Bar
The Grove Rosemary Reefer Exfoliate Bar
P.Dot Lavender Pop Exfoliate Bar

In the coming months, Alisha plans to expand her product line to include sugar scrubs, body butters, shaving cream, lip balm, a special homeopathic salve for sore muscles as well as bath salts and herbal facial steamers. You can also expect her products at some select retail locations in the coming months.  If you live in East Vancouver and make your  online Etsy purchase, you can pick orders directly from Alisha and forego the shipping costs.  We invite you to check out this great new product line made right here in East Vancouver which means you will be supporting local with every purchase made. Right now, for every order over $25.00, free shipping is currently available if you use the Code HONEYBEE.RawSoapBars

 

New In Town: Second Nature Home Eco-Friendly & Organic Products For Home

21 Feb

second_nature_logo_webWe would like to introduce to a great new store in East Vancouver called Second Nature Home brought to you by social entrepreneur, Elizabeth McKitrick. Second Nature Home is a retail store entirely focused on eco-friendly and organic products for the home. If you get a chance to talk with Elizabeth, you will quickly realize she is passionate about the environment and living a sustainable life.

Second Nature Home has an amazing array of items for the home including locally sourced products for the home, curated decorative arts as well as a great vintage section. What we loved was the refilling station for laundry soaps, shampoo, dish detergent, body wash and hand soap with products from local companies, Sapadilla Soap Co., Pacific Coast Soapworks and Gingko & Maple. Their products are made from natural and organic ingredients with essential oils. Elizabeth has bottled product lines available for sale, or you can bring your own containers to the shop and fill them there. The beauty of this, of course, is no plastics to recycle. The added bonus is the wonderful aromatherapy of the soap products themselves, including lavender-lime, grapefruit-bergamot, rosemary-peppermint (some unscented options available too).

Second Nature offers custom gift baskets for any occasion that can be put together with local organic products, and coming soon is an online gift registry. Oh and did we mention bicycle delivery to the local neighbourhood–a trial service will be rolled out this summer, beginning in the Trout Lake/Cedar Cottage area. When it comes to being a socially responsible company, Elizabeth not only talks the talk, she walks the walk. Second Nature Home provides valuable skills development opportunities and mentoring for immigrant women and supports community ecological activity.

Second Nature Home is located at 1827 Victoria Diversion which is the one block stretch that connects Victoria Drive and Commercial Drive located next to the Croatian Cultural Centre. Second Nature Home is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, but open Fridays until 8:00 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and closed Mondays.

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J&S Reclaimed Custom Wood Furniture – Check Out The Beautiful Things Joshua & Steve Are Making!

4 Feb

Joshua&SteveWe at ILiveInEastVan.com are always in awe of some of the amazing creative minds that are tucked away in pockets of East Vancouver.  Today we would like to introduce you two talented young men, Joshua Hooge and Steve McFarlane, who are making sustainable, eco-friendly furniture in SE Vancouver.  Joshua and Steve are the creative force and elbow grease behind J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture.  These two started building reclaimed wood furniture as a hobby. Soon friends and family started requesting custom pieces and word started to spread. As orders starting flowing in, they moved from their backyard operation to an East Vancouver garage and worked on production in the evenings and weekends.  They initially offered their custom woodwork services on Craigslist.  Then they became aware of Etsy and that’s when things really took off for these two entrepreneurs.  Not only did your average Joe find them on Etsy, but so did Vogue Magazine who wanted to feature their products in their next issue, then along came GQ Magazine, followed by Tatler Magazine. With the increase in demand for their furniture, about 2 years ago, J&S Reclaimed Wood moved into a historic 1920s warehouse located at #43-1640 East Kent Avenue on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver. They are located in one of about 50 work spaces on the site of Northern Building Supply.

Not only do Joshua & Steve make amazing custom wood furniture, they are good stewards of the environment. In their shop, no wood is wasted. Every last bit is used. As to where they get their wood, most recently Joshua and Steve worked tirelessly to dissemble a 100 year old barn (pictured below) in the Fraser Valley.  They also salvage wood from a variety of sources from heritage buildings to wooden shipping pallets.

As Joshua and Steve’s business grows, they have been using interns through Tradeworks. Tradeworks is a local non-profit based in Strathcona that provides training and hands-on experience for women in trades who have barriers to employment.  Joshua and Steve have now hired two of their interns.

J&S Reclaimed Custom Wood Furniture make an array of furniture from tables to bar stools to cabinetry and did we mention metal work?  One item that caught our eye was the two-tier wall mounted bike rack (pictured below) that is wrapped in leather scraps to protect the bike frame and allow you to keep two bikes securely stored indoors in a space saving manner. Joshua is a certified red seal heavy duty mechanic so he does their custom metal work.  The piece pictured below will run you approximately $430.  We also fell for a beautiful floor to ceiling mirror (pictured below) which price ranges from $300 – $800 depending on the type of wood used.  You can also find examples of their work around town including Liberty Distillers, La Cantina Urban Taco Bar in Whistler and Big Rock Brewery opening soon in the Olympic Village. So this means, if you would them to make you a beautiful piece of furniture, you best place your order. They have a 2 month waiting list now, but for furniture that will be sure to last you a life time, more than worth the wait.  To learn more about J&S Reclaimed Custom Wood Furniture, you can visit their website, Etsy site, or contact them directly by phone at T: 778-991-2707, or by email contact@jsreclaimedwood.com. You can also find them on Twitter.

Photos Courtesy J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture

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