EcoApprentice Member Spotlight ~ ThinkEco²

It’s always great to see a sustainable solution turned into business success! EcoApprentice business member ThinkEco² has done just that by repurposing used cedar in San Diego. The Co-Founder of  ThinkEco²,  Jules Lavallee, shares about her business:

Think Eco for the Holidays

Holidays are approaching. Eco-friendly gifts are truly unique and thoughtful. ThinkEco² is making good use from aged and rustic fence by handcrafting creative eco-friendly gifts.

The Founder of ThinkEco², Brian Behncke, owns and operates Briven Construction during the day and handcrafts 100% recycled cedar products at night with his crew.  The wood is taken from Behnckes fence job sites. In his decision to use recycled,  Brian saw a local company reclaiming and reusing glass, and thought the same could be done with wood. He noticed a lot of wood being thrown into the landfill and wanted to start his own recycling business.
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ThinkEco² gifts include rustic wine racks, 6 pot garden planters with tray,  wine and liquor gift boxes.  Cedar is a great choice for wine racks and garden planters, since it is naturally resistant to pets and rot. ThinkEco2 handcrafted wine racks are offered rustic or in a variety of color frames including black, white, green, and red. They fit nicely onto a countertop. For garden lovers, their handmade garden planters are perfect for a balcony or small space. In addition to beautifully handcrafted gifts, ThinkEco² specialized in wedding trays,  uniquely crafted flower pots, and Groomsmen gift boxes.
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Creating handmade purposeful products from recycled cedar has it’s rewards. It is not only good for the environment, but it is profitable. We enjoy making a difference and building fun and creative products.  Our plan is to hire Veterans in San Diego.
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To find out more about ThinkEco2 visit www.etsy.com/shop/thinkeco2
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Jules Lavallee, Founder of ThinkEco² combines eco-conscious living with philanthropy.  She donates her wine racks to charities including TNT Memorial, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and Mama’s Kitchen. ThinkEco² products are proudly handmade in the USA.

 

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