We love seeing and supporting new businesses whose mission is to save and protect Maine’s natural resources through products that repurpose or recycle. We have had myriad contestants over the seasons who are building businesses that promote recycling and a green initiative for our Pine Tree state. Let’s meet the entrepreneurs.
Ocean’s Balance makes innovative, edible products from sustainably grown and harvested Maine seaweed. Seaweed is nutrient-dense and delicious and is enjoyed by people all over the world. We in the West continue exploring how to use this food that is sustainable to harvest and grow. It can restore balance to our precious ocean while improving the economy of Maine through a vital working waterfront. And businesses like Ocean’s Balance bring an educational piece to the conversation. That’s one of the many reasons they won Season 4! You have got to try dulse flakes in your soups and salads – it really is delicious!
Gneiss Spice creates custom spice racks that are functional works of art for your home. They encourage you to buy from their line of certified organic and ethically sourced spices to refill the containers, sold as a set or individually so that you can reduce your plastic use and consumption. They are a zero-waste and eco-friendly packaging facility that supplies a variety of spices to your kitchen in a sustainable model. There are so many small ways we can manage our overuse of polluting plastic. Why not start with the spice rack?
Garbage to Garden is a curbside composting service that was started in Portland’s East End in 2012. Composting makes your garbage less runny and smelly. It reduces how many plastic trash bags you use. And through this company, it goes to farms and gardens where it goes back into the ground to help things grow. It’s a win-win-win. The entrepreneurs are young, earnest, and doing good work for Portland and the planet, thinking globally and acting locally. We love seeing all their success since their Season 1 appearance.
Re-Fridge is a company that buys, sells, and stores used mini-fridges from area campuses, started by two college friends who were disgusted by the excess waste of the move in-move out dorm life. These young business owners are just the type of entrepreneurs we love to support. They responded to a problem/need in their community, and they are reducing and recycling in a way that is safe and friendly for us and our environment.
Dental Lace sells refillable dental floss containers in cute patterns and colors and supplies the floss in spools for much less waste. It is a small thing, but we all know how small things add up. Why not shop from a local business owner who is making something that we all need – just ask your dentist – in a way that is better for the environment plus aesthetically pleasing.
Ecomaine sustainability is the name of the game these days in business. We are pleased to support efforts at sustainability in Maine wherever we can. Bring your green ideas to the next season of Greenlight Maine!