Being an eco loving teenager led to me becoming an eco-conscious adult. From my very first nature immersion experience at 12 years old, at NEED Camp, at Hawk Mountain in the hills of PA. I was able to explain the ecosystem, and why taking care of our planet is so important to me. I was awarded an “Ecology” tee shirt that weekend and that was the beginning of my journey to becoming aware of our earth and its value resources that were being exploited. It became my goal to preserve the redwood forests, save the whales, protect indigenous people, stop CFC’s and close the hole in the ozone layer and preserve our air and water. By the age of 13, I had become a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I was not very popular, at a school in Pennsylvania, that was full of kids that had families that hunted. The highlight of my year was planning for Earth Day at our local city park. I signed every petition that I could get my hands on, joined Sierra Club and World Wild Life Fund, collected pamphlets and literature on whatever I could get my hands on. I reveled in this new found world, where I felt like I could make a difference and became friends with other like-minded kids to ban together for strength in numbers. We tried to talk to the other kids in our classes to explain our thoughts on world preservation. I refuse to dissect a frog in seventh grade, and had to explain my reasons why I didn’t think it was ethical or necessary, but there were better alternatives to learn about the inward workings of an organism. I was never one to shy away from a challenge, so it was a welcome battle. Thankfully I still got an A! By high school graduation, I was a full fledge hippy in tie-dye, waist long hair, no makeup, and seldom any shoes. I wanted to feel the earth under my feet. As much as I loved the earth, I didn’t know the best way to go about taking care of it. Later on, after becoming a mother, I made eco-conscious decisions for my baby’s benefit- she was breastfed and I only ever bought organic baby food. It didn’t dawn on me until later that our homes are filled with toxins- in our body care and cleaning products. Later on, as the owner of an eco-friendly cleaning company, that’s what led me to researching ingredients and discovering an amazing reference for consumers- called Environmental Working Group. Basically I researched chemical compounds and the toxicity level on the human organism. That’s when the birth of Eco came to life. My very first basic line started to develop with everyday ingredients found in the home. Next came my discovery, and later obsession, with essential oils and their amazing power. All of my Eco Home + Body Care is formulated with love and care and there is absolutely nothing toxic, no synthetics, they are all primarily plant based ingredients that are sustainable, ethically-sourced, and mostly either wildcrafted or organic. All of the scents are essential oil based, there are no petrochemicals used in any of my products. I’m proud to say that every little step has led up to this moment and every little thing we do every day is what really matters most. Eco is the way to be.