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Name: Christine M. Vivian
Location: Goose Lake, IA
1. When did you first starting reading EcoSalon?
I first came across EcoSalon sometime in the beginning of 2009. I had just joined Twitter and began following Amy DuFault, who turned me onto EcoSalon. I was hooked immediately! The articles were not only interesting, but also written in a style and tone that appealed to me. I thought, “I would love to be friends with all of these people!”
2. What topics do you enjoy reading the most about on EcoSalon?
Since I design and create eco-friendly clothing and accessories, I always read all the fashion and design articles. Those were what first drew me to EcoSalon, after all. I did quickly become quite fond of the food articles as well, though, because I always learned something new. Even though I have been a vegetarian for over 15 years, I still find articles on EcoSalon that give me access to information I did not have before, or that make me aware of important issues regarding our food supply.
3. Would you consider yourself a very conscious individual? What about in relation to being kind to the planet?
Is there a scale for “very?” I believe I do the very best I can to live an informed, eco-conscious life. My husband and I eat organic food, some of which is raised in our own organic garden; we use all natural cleaners; we buy into our local electric co-op’s alternative energy program; we try to reduce our waste and always recycle everything we can, including our satellite dishes, which my parents kindly took home with them to recycle; we reuse everything we can, like printer paper which is always used twice (once per side), and like yogurt lids, which (believe it or not!) are used in my upcycled handbags; and we try to stay informed so we can make the best decisions for ourselves and our planet.
4. What’s your all time favorite products?
I have recently become addicted to Beauty Without Cruelty’s lavender lotion, Badger Sleep Balm, and the clove lip balm from ForStrangeWomen on Etsy. I suppose I could live without these three products, but I might not be as happy! I would also be sad if I had to live without my Seventh Generation laundry products. I have very sensitive skin, so natural laundry detergents are a must! Did I mention the clove lip balm?
5. Tell us a bit about your blog and other websites you enjoy visiting.
As I mentioned earlier, I make eco-friendly clothing and accessories, like upcycled handbags, that I sell through my Etsy store at ecouturiere. I work hard to ensure that all of my creations are as eco-friendly as possible, and yet still fun and affordable. As a member of two eco-conscious Etsy teams and EtsyEarth, I find a lot of support and inspiration from other people who are also trying to live as “green” a life as possible. Some of my regular reads include the aforementioned teams’ blogs, Ecouterre, Treehugger, and Crafting A Green World.
6. You are the happiest when . . .
I am singing Aretha Franklin (or maybe something by The Smiths or The Cure, depending on my mood) as loud as I can, and dancing, too, of course! Coming in at a close second is finding new ways to show my R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the planet. (Sorry, but I couldn’t resist!)