Ecobutterfly started as an offshoot to a knit shop that was started by my Grandmother in 1955. Bea's Knit Shop has been a cornerstone in the knitting community of Los Angeles for over 50 years. My grandmother and I ran the business together starting in 1988 until her passing in 1997. I learned so much from her and I cherish everything she passed on to me. She was the best and I miss her more than anyone!
My love for organics, vegetarianism and 30 years of learning my knitting craft from my grandmother was a perfect combination for my business's path. I not only wanted to carry organic cotton yarns and other natural items, but I wanted to make sure that we could find sources for certified organics, as well as Fair Trade if at all possible. We have accomplished this and then some now that we have come full circle. We decided never to offer highly chemical processed synthetic rayon yarns just because they are made from natural bamboo, soy, corn, tencel, banana, milk etc. These natural fibers are made into a chemical soup and extruded like spaghetti to make the silky "rayon" yarns and they are nowhere near eco-friendly. GMOs (Genetically Engineered corn & soy) are also unacceptable. GMOs, if given the chance will eventually destroy organics as we know it today. If the processing of these natural fibers change in the future we will revisit their eco-friendly potential.
Just as important as organics, Fair Trade guarantees that the people that are involved in the process of the manufacturing of an item are paid a fair living wage, as well as good working conditions. No slave wages or child exploitation are acceptable. We hope for the sake of the world that more companies choose to go in this very important direction.
Our environmentally friendly business practices didn't stop there. When shipping the items offered on this website we reuse packaging, use the highest % post consumer recycled (PCW), sustainable & biodegradable packaging materials available. Our business cards are printed on VERY eco~friendly 100% PCW paper & hemp card stock. No new tree recycling at its best. We keep unnecessary paperwork for shipped orders down to a minimum. All the information is sent via e-mail for our customer's records.
We want people to feel good about their purchase from ecobutterfly and that it makes a difference in the world, both for the environment and for the people. Buying organic, recycled & Fair Trade is a small step toward a better world. Even the smallest changes make a big difference. No one can expect to do everything to make things better. Baby steps are the key. And just like the Monarch Butterfly, the world is a very beautiful, but a very delicate & fragile place and we all want it to be here for future generations to come.
I dedicate this website to the memory of my Grandma Bea and I hope that my website makes a difference like she did.