Made in America

November 28

We are thrilled to be offering Faribault Woolen Mills products this Christmas season.  We honor those family-owned businesses that have survived for generations!

With the loss of 650 American textile mills between 1997 and 2009, it is difficult for our makers to find American-made textiles to use in their products.  At Makers Market, we try extra hard to find products made of textiles woven in USA mills. Why?  Not only will you be supporting the end maker, but also the rancher who raised the sheep, the farmer who grew the cotton, and the mill workers.

FARIBAULT WOOLEN MILLS – ESTABLISHED IN 1865

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Founded on the banks of the Cannon River in Faribault, MN, the Faribault Woolen Mill is a living testament to American craftsmanship. Founded in 1865, the year Lincoln died and the Civil War ended, Faribault woolens are renowned for their comfort and quality. From providing woolen blankets for pioneers heading west to comforting our troops through two world wars, our woolens are woven into American history.

Treat yourself to the video of their Heritage here.

FARIBAULT LABEL: SEWN INTO HISTORY

“Our label pays tribute to our history, incorporating the Faribault Woolen Mill’s traditional marks and messages. It is your assurance of quality and comfort from one of the last vertical woolen mills in America.”

THE MILL

Today, in a historic mill nestled along the Cannon River in Minnesota, a nearly 150-year-old story is still being woven. The Faribault Woolen Mill endures as one of the last vertical woolen mills in America. Here, fifth generation craftspeople take raw wool and create blankets, throws, scarves and accessories of remarkable comfort and quality. Irreplaceable century-old machinery stands side by side with modern technology in our “new” mill, which was built in 1892.

July 29

from Trash is for Tossers

Zero Waste

In our disposable world it seems nearly impossible to go waste free, as in creating ABSOLUTELY no trash or waste in any part of your life. Well, Lauren Singer lives in New York and is doing just that. This is the amount of trash that she has created in TWO YEARS since going waste free. She realizes that it can be really hard for us newbies to go waste free, and it can seem incredibly intimidating if you are just starting. Here are some of her suggested alternatives that will help you live a less wasteful, and more sustainable life! I am starting off by always carrying a reusable tote to carry shopping purchases in, using amazing local soap instead of plastic containers of body wash, and being more mindful about the companies I support with our purchases. We have linked some Makers Market handmade products that will help you on this journey!

Good Luck,

Priscilla


Two Years of Trash

Zero Waste Alternatives: The Ultimate List.

While the journey towards Zero Waste is never ending, these alternatives will help any step of the way! All of these alternatives have been tried, tested, and approved by me! I would never post anything that I have not researched to the best of my ability and will constantly update this list with new alternatives! Please keep in mind that throwing out an old item for one of the items I have listed is not a good alternative. Use up old products, recycle, donate, give away or sell the rest! The purpose of Zero Waste is to prevent as much matter from heading to the landfill as possible!
Hygiene 
 
The Waste Problem: Disposable Razors
Why:  Non-recyclable, expensive, wasteful
The Alternative: Safety Razor or laser hair removal (more money)
Where to buyHere
The Waste Problem: Plastic Toothbrush
Why:  Non-recyclable, wasteful
The Alternative: Bamboo compostable and sustainable toothbrushes
Where to buyHere
The Waste Problem: Disposable Makeup Remover Wipes
Why:  They are wasteful, expensive, unnecessary, and often have toxic chemicals
The Alternative: Organic Coconut Oil and Reusable Cotton Rounds
Where to buyHere
The Waste Problem: Cotton Balls
Why:  Cotton is very pesticide and water intensive and they are not recyclable
The Alternative: Reusable Cotton Rounds
Where to buyHere
The Waste Problem: Body Wash in Packaging
Why:  It is wasteful, not recyclable everywhere, and contains chemicals
The Alternative: Unwrapped Bulk Soap (our is wrapped- but recyclable!)
Where to buy:  Any health food store or Whole Foods
The Waste Problem: Bleached toilet paper
Why:  Dangerous chemicals, non-recycled, wasteful
The Alternative: Recycled Natural Unbleached Toilet Paper
Where to buyHere
The Waste Problem: Plastic Tampon Applicator and Non Organic Tampon
Why:  Conventional cotton is pesticide laden & I don’t want plastic in my life, especially near my…
The Alternative: Menstrual cup such as Lunette cup
Where to buyHere
 
Everyday Essentials: 
The Waste Problem: Disposable Plastic Bags
Why:  Go straight to landfill, very infrequently recycled, wasteful
The Alternative: Organic Cotton Tote (shopping totes are really easy to stash in the trunk of your car and way cuter!)
Where to buyHere
The Waste Problem: Plastic Water Bottles
Why: Not often recycled (less than 20%), end up in landfill, completely avoidable
The Alternative: Reusable water bottle
Where to buyHere
The Waste Problem: Plastic Straw
Why: End up in landfill, completely avoidable
The Alternative: Stainless Steel Straw
Where to buyHere
The Waste Problem: Wrapping Paper on Birthdays and Holidays
Why:  It goes straight to the landfill and is infrequently reused
The Alternative: Re-Use Newspaper and biodegradable twine from a hardware store

Kitchen
The Waste Problem: Individually portioned coffee and tea and disposable coffee filters
Why: They produce a lot of unnecessary waste, uses plastic, and are not recyclable
The Alternative: A French Press – the coffee tastes better, easy to clean, no plastic, no waste!
Where to buyHere

The Waste Problem: Plastic Cutting Boards

Why:  You can not recycle them and it is said that these boards develop nicks which foster bacteria
The Alternative: Wooden Cutting Boards
Where to buy:  Billet and Blade makes the most beautiful and functional cutting boards

 

The Waste Problem: Plastic Utensils 

Why:  They can not be recycled and there is really no use for them
The Alternative: Stainless Steel Silverware
Where to buy:  Any goodwill, salvation army, or home store.

 

 

The Waste Problem: Plastic Cooking Utensils
Why:  They tend to melt and could leach toxins into your food
The Alternative: Bamboo utensils: are naturally antibacterial, absorb little moisture and regenerate fast
Where to buy:  Here
The Waste Problem: Plastic Ice Trays
Why:   Most likely not recyclable and could leach toxins
The Alternative: Stainless Steel Ice Tray
Where to buyHere
The Waste Problem: Conventional Dish Soap
Why:  They have a high concern for cancer, high levels of preservatives and other problems
The Alternative: Bulk Castile Soap
Where to buyHere
The Waste Problem: Sponge
Why:  Not recyclable, compostable
The Alternative: Compostable and reusable dish brush
Where to buyHere
The Waste Problem: Plastic Dish Dryers
Why:  They can not be recycled
The Alternative: Lay your dishes out on a reusable towel to dry

Where to buy:  Here

The Waste Problem: Plastic Tupperware

Why:  It poses possible toxicity risks and can leach chemicals into your food
The Alternative: Mason Jars
Where to buyHere
The Waste Problem: Nonstick Pan
Why:  A slew of health problems associated with nonstick coating
The Alternative: Cast Iron Pan
Where to buyHere
Cleaning:
The Waste Problem: Paper Towels
Why:  Non-recyclable, wasteful
The Alternative: Reusable towels
Where to buyHere



 

The Waste Problem: Dryer Sheets
Why:  Synthetic, non-recyclable, unnecessary
The Alternative: Organic Dryer Balls- cut drying time, prevent static

The Waste Problem: A slew of cleaning products 

Why:  They contain chemicals and are unnecessary
The Alternative:White Vinegar used as a counter or mirror cleaner, presoak for laundry
Where to buy: Any supermarket
The Waste Problem: Dry Cleaning
Why:  Environmentally Unfriendly, unregulated (yes even the “green” cleaning), global warming
The Alternative: Hand washing, steaming, ironing, and line drying

 

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