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Celebrate Earth Day with Local Businesses Making a Difference in Reducing Plastic Waste.

This Earth Day I would like to highlight the amazing efforts of three local businesses that are making an impact in reducing and reusing plastic waste. These businesses not only contribute to our local economy but also play a crucial role in preserving our beautiful coastal ecosystem. These three businesses are true local heroes and I am blessed to have the opportunity to help them spread their messages.

I started working with Andrew, owner of Surfside Sips in 2018 when he was looking to redesign his existing website. He sells reusable glass straws in tons of different colors. These glass straws are not only eco-friendly but can also be customized with critters like an octopus or an orca and he is constantly expanding his offerings. They provide a fantastic alternative to single-use plastic straws that often end up polluting our oceans and harming marine life. They are fast becoming a popular choice among local residents as well as other coastal communities around the world and it has been a truly inspiring experience to be a part of. If you are looking to join the movement of ridding the world of single use straws check them out, they have a special going on this month!

Seaside Weavers, owned and operated by Maya and David, is a relatively new company having started in 2020 but I had the pleasure of working with Maya previously, to create the Wholistic Heartbeat website and so when she asked me to create the website for Seaside Weavers I was overjoyed! Seaside Weavers collects used crab pot rope from commercial fishing and crabbing operations along the north coast from San-Fransisco to Crescent City and weaves them into beautiful, durable door mats and colorful baskets or MerMats and SeaBaskets as they so lovingly call them. Not only do these products serve a practical purpose, but they also add a touch of coastal charm to your home. The use of recycled materials not only reduces plastic waste in the landfills and our oceans but also raises awareness about the importance of responsible fishing practices in our area. Their mission is simply beautiful and you can learn more on their website.

I met Jen, owner of Plastic Uniquely Recycled in 2020 and I was so impressed by her process and mission. She collects waste plastics from many local businesses and transforms them into multicolored jewelry and pendants shaped like turtles, starfish, unicorns, mermaids tails and more. Her creativity and innovation in repurposing plastic waste into stunning jewelry pieces are truly commendable. By doing so, she prevents plastic from ending up in landfills and also promotes sustainable fashion choices and gets the conversation started about plastic waste and what we can do about it in our community. To learn more about Jen's process and get some of her awesome jewelry visit her website.

I have had the pleasure of creating branding elements, eye-catching marketing materials and websites for these businesses and it was such a gratifying experience. I am honored to play a part in their journey and help share the story of their positive impact on our environment and local economy.

The support local businesses receive from our community is why I love Humboldt County, and it's heartwarming to see how their efforts are creating awareness about the need to reduce plastic waste and promoting sustainable practices. Together, we are taking steps towards a cleaner, greener future for our coastal area and beyond. As we celebrate Earth Day, let's acknowledge and appreciate the hard work and dedication of these local businesses that are making a tangible difference in reducing plastic waste. Let's continue to support them and spread the word about their fantastic products. Together, we can create a more sustainable and environmentally conscious community for generations to come.

Happy Earth Day! You can save our planet, one eco-friendly choice at a time!

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