Nature's Karma: Giving Back to Mother Nature
Nov 01, 2010 03:00AM
By Beth Davis
Melissa Evans and fiancé Christopher Evanson shared not only a green lifestyle, but also a bighearted vision for a retail store focused on recycled products, fair trade items, an organic skincare line and giving back to the community. The opportunity to turn that vision into a reality came somewhat unexpectedly when a friend told Melissa about space at Clay Terrace. Evans knew if she was ever going to go for the dream, now was the time. Always conscious of the environment, recycling and being “green,” she and Evanson wanted a store with “cool, funky things made from recycled products” and Nature’s Karma was born.
The couple put their heart and soul into the opening of the store at Clay Terrace. They began researching wholesale companies and discovered that many of them also did Fair Trade, a market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries obtain better trading conditions and promote sustainability.
“I loved the idea of being involved in Fair Trade. I was very intent on the quality of the products but most importantly how those artisans were treated and compensated for their craft,” explains Evans.
Nature’s Karma carries a diverse selection of products including recycled seatbelt purses, recycled video tape and keyboard bags and wallets, soy candles, jewelry and adult and children’s clothing. An exclusive line of organic skin care products developed by Evans is also available, as well as the Ambre Essence line of fragrances.
Already preparing for the holidays, Evans is offering a variety of gift baskets featuring items such as soy candles, incense, skincare and even holiday ornaments. “It is such a great gift idea and one that anyone can enjoy.”
As unique and environmentally sound as the products are, it is their dedication to community that really stands out. Nature’s Karma donates 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their reusable shopping bags to the Carmel Green Initiative, a coalition of citizens and community groups that promote and support the City of Carmel’s commitment to reducing its impact on the environment.
“Bringing a store like this to our community where people can see how interesting recycled products can be and getting more exposure to fair trade is truly a dream come true,” says Evans. “It’s a great feeling.”