During our recent trip to Fayetteville, Eddy and I stopped at a new green store called Good Things Boutique. Opened in October 2008, Good Things Boutique specializes in products made from organic, recycled and natural materials. Some of the items that the store carries include organic clothing, fair trade accessories, locally-made jewelry, and environmentally friendly home décor.
Jessy Lang, who owns Good Things Boutique, knows a thing or two about good products. She used to work in product development for a large corporation. She left the corporate world and opened Good Things Boutique because (1) she always wanted to have a store of her own, and (2) her parents care deeply about the environment and so does she. Unfortunately, conventional garment industry does not care much about the environment. It uses TONS of chemicals during the production, and it is notorious for unfair treatment of workers. Good Things Boutique offers an alternative: chemical-free, fair-trade clothing and accessories that incorporates recycled materials whenever possible.
Wanna be green but don’t want to cramp your style? Good Things Boutique is the store for you. Jessy believes that style and green can go hand in hand, and her store is the proof. Just look at the above pictures! It was a good thing that my birthday was in April, or I would have inflicted a serious damage to my wallet!
Good Things Boutique also carries natural home décor items. Have you ever wondered what’s in your candle? Traditional candles are made using paraffin wax, and paraffin candles produce a number of byproducts when they are combusted, including greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. Paraffin is also a petroleum product, making it a nonrenewable resource and adding to pollution through oil spills and other issues associated with the oil extraction process.
Candles sold at Good Things Boutique, on the other hand, are made using organic palm wax. Palm wax is a 100% vegetable renewable resource. Soy wax is also renewable, but it has several problems. First, it derives from GMO vegetable oil. Second, it requires the use of chemical solvents such as hexane during its production. Finally, since soy wax is naturally a “soft” wax, it is extremely difficult to make good pillar candles and votives out of 100% pure soy wax. Many candlemakers use additives such as paraffin to solve the problem. Personally, I’d rather not support soybean industry as much as I can, and Good Things Boutique helps me do just that.
Next time you are in Fayetteville, check out Good Things Boutique! For more information, visit the website at www.goodthingsboutique.com.