Organic Is the Stone. The Ripples Keep Going.

There’s an obscure Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition called Michelle’s Song that begins “Cast a pebble on the water. Watch the ripples gently spreading.” That’s how it is with Organic. Whether it’s buying local produce or choosing skincare for your family that’s personally safer and globally more responsible, individual choices matter, and together with other individual choices, they affect the world beyond individual lives. Organic is at the center of a change in the conversation between Read more […]

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The Business of Being Organic – Playing by the Rules & Not

Being organic isn’t as clear-cut or easy as you’d think. For some, that uncertainty can be surprising. After all, there are organic standards set by the USDA and administered by state and private agencies. There are three exacting levels of certification. Being certain about organic should be simple and transparent. Not So Fast And it would be simple if everyone played by the rules. But they don’t. For those who do – like us – complying with standards for certification can be time-consuming and Read more […]

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No More Waiting for Potassium Hydroxide!

If it’s true that the first soap ever made was the result of an accident – animal fats dripping into the ashes of a cooking fire – then the first lye most likely wasn’t sodium hydroxide (NaOH), but potassium hydroxide (KOH) – also known as caustic potash – and the first soap wasn’t bar but liquid. Potassium Hydroxide Is Here Now! Here’s the important thing. Until now, sodium hydroxide was all you could get at Botanie. Not surprising, considering bar soap was all we did for a long time. Read more […]

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The Virtues of Good Systems and Why Planning Isn't Easy

Systems get a bad name. They’re restrictive. They stifle initiative and creativity. They’re a burden on energy and time. All of which is true … of bad systems. Which is the problem. Bad systems representing systems in general. Good systems stifle needless chaos. They ensure consistency and trust in how things are done, and they free you to lift your head and see the bigger picture. They do require development, and that can be time-consuming. But the time saved overall and the momentum generated by Read more […]

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