Sustainable Neighbor Highlight
I grew up reusing everything and rarely around household chemicals. As I’m building my business and family it hasn’t always been easy to keep up with these simple, eco-friendly roots. At EBJ we want our space and everything around us to be thoughtful, clean and nontoxic. Is that too much to ask?! We don’t think so.
Shopping Small & Supporting the Planet
With the holiday season right around the corner, there are many perks to shopping small. Not only are you supporting a family business, you’re also supporting the planet. Here at EBJ, we focus our attention on the tiny details that make a big difference. We source first from local and then from American companies. We take pride in knowing where our metal and stones come from, maintaining relationships with miners, stone cutters, and companies that run transparent supply chains. As we’re sure you know by now, not every jeweler can say that. Keeping our circle small helps to keep our environmental impact small, too. In our studio we design for individuals, partner with nonprofits, and work with artists to further our goals.
Although we have a pretty good handle on the jewelry portion, we know we can always use some help in our everyday practices outside of the studio. A great resource in our sustainability journey is actually one of our neighbors - Walking Lightly. They offer easy options to help community members live more sustainably with their zero waste store and “refillery” in Ferndale. MI. Last month, they even began rolling out their “Business to Business Refilling Program” where they work with local businesses to make more sustainable choices. We are so thankful to be working with them in this way! Check out their blog here to read all about it.
If you’re from the Metro Detroit area, you should definitely stop by their brick and mortar and see how a small change can make a big impact. Kind of like an old school milk man, Walking Lightly even offers local delivery using deposit jars for everyday home and body goods.
Making Sustainable Living Easy with Walking Lightly
The process of switching to a more sustainable lifestyle doesn’t have to be intimidating. In fact, Walking Lightly makes it easy to skip on single-use plastics, which sometimes may seem like the hardest part. They act as a resource hub for the Ferndale community, offering terracycling programs, workshops, and general information.
Uninterested in passing judgment on anyone’s lifestyle, Walking Lightly will meet you where you are. Meaning, they will partner with you to start working in lower-waste choices one step at a time. They believe that any efforts to reduce waste are to be celebrated - no matter how big or small!
A highlight is Walking Lightly’s “refillery” space. You can find zero waste products to keep your house (and the planet) clean. They’re all biodegradable and gray water safe. You won’t find any products that contain petroleum-based PVA or PVOH on their shelves.
In addition, they’ve got a whole lineup of zero waste beauty products. Who knew - you can take care of yourself while also caring for the planet? Whether you prefer refills or solid swaps, there’s an eco-friendly option waiting for you.
^Walking Lightly offers zero waste products for every part of your daily routine from laundry detergent, oral care, beauty products, all the way to doggy bags...
With so many companies guilty of “green-washing,” it’s hard to know what’s actually good for the planet, and what’s a money-making scheme. We can assure you - there’s no green-washing at Walking Lightly. These are just good people working hard to do good for the planet.
Being a social worker, yoga instructor, and mother of three - Walking Lightly’s founder, Tessa, knows the power of using good clean ingredients. We love introducing the EBJ community to her mission. Buy some ethically made jewelry with us, then head on over to restock your everyday goods!
Visit our friends at Walking Lightly here.
Buy a giftcard to Walking Lightly here.
Create your own jewelry with our ethically sourced stones here.