Eco-Friendly Prod­ucts

Find­ing Green Prod­ucts Lo­cally

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Front Page - Story by MANDIE GOBER

While green is all the rage, it can still be a bit of a chal­lenge find­ing the prod­ucts you’re look­ing for. These mer­chants share an eco-friendly sen­si­bil­ity and carry an ar­ray of op­tions, such as cloth­ing, home re­pair, dec­o­rat­ing, hy­giene and more mak­ing it eas­ier than ever to shop lo­cal while still “go­ing green.”

1 Peters Floor­ing & Paint of­fers a va­ri­ety of floor­ing op­tions in­clud­ing bam­boo, cork and vinyl and eco-friendly paint prod­ucts that will not only trans­form any room in your home, but also help re­duce your car­bon foot­print. They also of­fer win­dow treat­ments that could help cut your home’s en­ergy cost dur­ing the hot sum­mer months and an en­ergy ef­fi­cient floor heat­ing sys­tem that can keep your toes warm all win­ter long while still keep­ing your costs

2 Erma Steel­smith and Suzie Burch have turned bro­ken china, jew­elry and me­men­tos into beau­ti­ful works of art.The duo have fash­ioned these one-of-a-kind bird­houses and friend­ship hearts us­ing dis­carded or bro­ken items giv­ing each house a unique and artis­tic char­ac­ter.You can find their works of whimsy at the Lag­niappe Shop or All Things Arkansas.

3 Rachel Green cre­ates one-of-a-kind skirts from jeans that look great on any body type. Hand­crafted to match any out­fit or per­son­al­ity her cus­tom pieces are de­signed from your per­sonal pair of blue jeans that fit you “just right.” She has re­cently added cus­tom denim jack­ets to her collection.You can find her de­signer la­bel at The Lag­niappe Shop.

4 Ken Timeon, the “Rus­tol­o­gist,” spends his time mak­ing ecofriendly art pieces out of re­cy­cled cop­per wire, nat­u­ral stones and beads. His hand crafted crosses hang in the gallery of All Things Arkansas. Sec­ond Time Around Art­work is about in­cor­po­rat­ing old items to bring life to things for­got­ten.

5 Toy Chest has a se­lec­tion of toys that help chil­dren un­der­stand the im­por­tance of a green life­style. From Wind Power erec­tor sets, which can gen­er­ate enough elec­tric power to light up an LED light and charge a recharge­able bat­tery, to sci­ence kits and all-wooden puz­zles and blocks, these toys are sure to en­gage kids of all ages.

6 Bath­house Soapery & Cal­dar­ium of­fers a va­ri­ety of nat­u­ral soaps, min­eral bath salts, milk lotions, and lip balms that will help you keep your skin look­ing and feel­ing beau­ti­ful while still stay­ing green. Bath­house’s prod­ucts are made, pack­aged and la­beled by hand ev­ery day. They also of­fer cus­tom scent­ing with more than 75 fra­grances to choose from.

Pho­tos by MARA KUHN and RICHARD RAS­MUSSEN

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