SPOTLIGHT MEMBER FOR MARCH 2010
ANNA B GREEN
Also published on AC HERE.
It isn't often that I'm so easily moved, but this is one of those times. A new addition to the Etsy Recycler's Guild, comes Anna B Green's shop. When I read more about her, I found out Anna, from Seattle, is only in the 7th grade, and on Etsy with her parent's support. I noticed she was making objects such as tote bags, wallets, and purses out of discarded goods. She was also donating 35% of her items sales to Haiti. Not just that, but that she is making a huge difference in her school, community, and among her friends. She's even went so far as to start her own Green Blog, called Girls-Go-Green on Blogspot.
She is my Monthly Spotlight Award Winner for March 2010. Please convo her and give her your support! Now, an exclusive interview with the fabulous Anna!
IRA: Anna, can you tell us more about you?
ANNA: I’m a 7th grader at a tiny alternative middle school. I love to sew, read, knit, and crochet.
IRA: What influenced you to join the go-green movement?
ANNA: : Well for one thing, my Dad does a lot of environmental stuff and I’ve been raised to believe that it is a very important issue. However, what really got me going was when I noticed that the scratch paper boxes in a few of the classrooms weren’t really being used, and there was lots of paper that had one side that was perfectly usable that was just being recycled. I mean, recycling is good, but if you can get one more use out of a piece of paper, you are saving one new piece of paper. I felt like I couldn’t just stand there and watch perfectly good materials being wasted, and I’ve been part of the go-green movement ever since.
IRA: This is awesome. (Thanks Dad!) I'm so glad you are thinking outsie the box. If everyone thought like you, the world would be a greener place. Now as for the shop, how did you hear about Etsy?
ANNA: I heard about etsy from Threadbanger, and I thought that would be cool to do when I’m older. When I told my parents about it and they were very encouraging and all my friends were telling me that I should sell the stuff I make, and so it just sort of happened!
IRA: I think that's great. I know you are new to Etsy, so tell us more about your shop and where it's going.
ANNA: Currently my shop only carries bags made from plastic bags and repurposed fabric but I have plans for clothes also made from repurposed fabric.
IRA: So how did the "Girls Go Green" blog come about?
ANNA: I got my friends to help me find scratch paper in the recycling and put scratch paper boxes in every classroom. We decided that a blog would help organize our thoughts and ideas and because the summer was almost there, we would also be able to continue being green together. We’ve been blogging for almost a year, and it has been a wonderful experience.
IRA: Thanks Anna. I'm glad you and your friends are making an impact in schools, changing the classrooms one paper bin at a time. As her Etsy profile indicates, they are just a few eco-savvy middle school who are making a green community. Kudos to you!
Be sure to check out Anna's shop on Etsy HERE.