12 organic days of christmas {an etsy guide for mama & bebe} | day 9: green at heart rugs

This is post 9 of 12 in the 12 Organic Days of Christmas series. To view other shops featured in this series, click HERE.   

Etsy 12 Organic Days of Christmas for Mama & Baby | Green At Heart Rugs

Today, on the ninth day of Christmas, I’m introducing you to organic cotton rugs for the nursery or playroom by Green At Heart Rugs! These rugs are hand dyed, braided, and sewn by business owner Laury. Her process has been ever-evolving to foster a more sustainable end product – she even offers air-brushed designs using a solar-reactive dye!

An interview with Laury, owner of Green At Heart Rugs
(Otisville, New York, USA)

Green At Heart Rugs – how did you come up with this brand name and what does it symbolize?

When I first started working on making things to sell on Etsy, I didn’t know what products would really work for me. I knew I wanted to use recycled materials, but I didn’t want to be held only to that as an option. My first choice for a name was Sew Green, but that was taken. My name originally was just Green At Heart, the” rugs” was add a year later. I want my name to be descriptive, and accurate. I believe it captures that at the core of what I do.

The name says it all, “being green” is at the heart of what I make.

► Think back to when you first began dreaming up Green At Heart Rugs; what one piece of advice would you send back in a time capsule to yourself?

I think the biggest challenge in the beginning was scheduling work; I was constantly overbooking myself and I became overwhelmed. It took me a couple years before I finally gave myself a more realistic schedule. A schedule that allowed for all the things that could potentially go wrong during the week. 

► What keeps you inspired? Do you have any techniques for getting out of a rut? 

I find inspiration for the rug and colors through a variety of sites such as Houzz , Pinterest, and of course Etsy.

► Name a most used or favorite tool for creating your product: 

My sewing machine. It’s an industrial grade juki machine that only sews heavy fabric like my rugs. If I were to put lightweight fabric under my machine it would literally eat the fabric. My machine was customized for sewing these rugs.

► What activities keep you busy in your free time?

Most of my free time is spent with my family and our dog. I have three boys –  two of which are serving in the United States military. My youngest is a freshman in high school. I also have a super cute one year old granddaughter! 

► List three adjectives that describe the style of your shop:

eco friendly – organic – comfortable

► What eco-initiatives have you established within your business?

Initially all the rugs were made from recycled t-shirts, but as time progressed I started to introduce organic fabric as well. I also use fiber reactive dyes in a fashion that allows me to make multiple batches from one dye bath – which saves many gallons of water. I’ve recently added another way of dying to my routine in which the dye is applied with a spray gun – this save about 50 gallons of water. Im always looking for new ways to be more green.

► What’s next for Green At Heart Rugs

I’ve been working on some new techniques that’ll allow me to create art on the rugs. I’m very excited!

► Do you have a favorite quote?

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Please support this small, handmade business! Shop Green At Heart Rugs on etsy and follow on facebook and pinterest

Etsy 12 Organic Days of Christmas for Mama & Baby | Green At Heart Rugs

This is post 9 of 12 in the 12 Organic Days of Christmas series. To view other shops featured in this series, click HERE


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