Tuesday, January 27, 2009

great green-ies: EcoKate

greening.... i find it exciting and hopeful that while there sure are lots of terrible things going on to pollute our planet, there are so many wonderful folks doing fabulous things to help make the world a greener, healthier place! so, the rikrak studio is happy to feature great green-ies : snapshots of amazing, inspiring. eco-forward-thinking folks from all sorts of fields and paths in the greening movement. some inspire by greening at home, or in their business; in their art or the larger world, or on many levels at once! i've asked each green-ie to suggest an easy eco-idea or tip we might all be able to add to our daily lives. today i'm honoured to present the next in this series!

goodness i love vibrant colours! and heavens i love eco- conciousness! so imagine my joy when i visit the colourful, vivid, eco-forward shops of the talented EcoKate! At the helm of both EcoKate (home of eco-friendly housewares & more!) and KnitStorm (Handmade knitted cozies, accessories & more!) is the multi-talented and delightful Kate.

I first met Kate as the brilliant co-leader of the EcoEtsy Team - a grand group of fabulous handcrafters dedicated to the environmentally-forward arts and crafts movement! She is a fabulous co-leader! She's a tireless promoter of others with her gorgeous treasuries, and encourages all of us to live a greener, healthier life, in our crafting and beyond! And she has a wonderful, vibrant personality to match her gorgeous recycled cotton yarn handknit goodies!! So here's to Kate! What a great green-ie!

and here's Kate's eco.tip!

"Reduce the amount of beef you eat, in any form. Cows let out a ton of methane (via cow burps and flatulence!), which is a greenhouse gas that's worse than CO2. To add insult to injury, when methane breaks down, it turns into CO2 after a number of years, instead of just going away. The thought here is that if the demand for cow meat declines because more people are eating it less often, cows will then be produced in smaller numbers, which means less cows letting out methane! Heck, if the number of cattle production is decreased enough, perhaps there'd be fewer factory farms in existence, and antibiotics wouldn't need to be used on these animals so much either (another alarming problem with the cramped conditions of the animals we produce for food)."

Be sure to visit her shops: http://ecokate.etsy.com and http://knitstorm.etsy.com and her fabulous blog: http://ecocraftiness.blogspot.com/
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  1. Great blog rikrak and I've been a fan of EcoKate for ages. Her awesome items and beautiful treasuries do much to help promote a greener future as well as the tip on eating less beef. I come from a family farm background and understand both sides of this issue - but beef ranchers can switch to other endeavours and we would all be healthier for less feed lots and antibiotics in the food chain. Keep up the good work.


  2. I love your blog posts Rik Rak.

    So nice to see the ecofriendly things in focus.

    Kathy aka

  3. Great blog, great feature, and a great tip!

  4. thanks so much for the feature rikrak! your blog is rockin'!


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