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Mike and Brad are the founders of Grain Surfboards – an eco-conscious, locally-sourced and community driven business located in southern Maine near the Atlantic Ocean (all the better for putting their boards to the test).
We caught up with them during a few quiet moments when they weren’t focused on waves or work to see what tips they have for other aspiring small and sustainable business owners:
Source local. Not only does it help your community and economy when you buy your materials locally, it cuts down on transportation emissions. Grain uses cedar from a local mill for their boards.
Hire local. Another great way to support your community is by hiring your (qualified) neighbors. Some of Grain’s employees live so close by, they travel to work by bicycle (talk about a fun commute!).
Use everything. Grain gives its wood shavings to farmers, who use it as bedding for animals. What kind of waste are you throwing in the landfill that could have a useful second life? (At Timberland, we’ve started using old fishing nets to make material for our jackets – who knew?)
And finally: Follow your passion. Mike and Brad and their team are crazy about 2 things: surfing and treating the world right – and those passions shine through in every decision and surfboard they make. If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, life’s not nearly as much fun.
If you haven’t already been to our website and memorized the tips and stats in our Green Guide to Dating and Love, it’s not too late – you’ll find everything you need to know about giving and getting eco-love right here.
Consider it our Valentine’s Day gift to you.
Learn more about how important eco-behavior is to finding and keeping true love by reading the complete results of Timberland’s Eco-Love Survey.
Want to turn on your mate? Turn off the lights, say the respondents of Timberland’s Eco-Love survey, conducted last month. According to the survey, more than three-quarters (77%) of Americans find eco-minded behaviors (like turning off the lights when you leave the room) attractive.
It’s just this kind of tip you’ll find in Timberland’s Green Guide to Dating and Love — full of dos, don’ts and creative eco-romance ideas. We teamed up with the dating experts at OKCupid to create the guide, in hopes that we might help to foster a little bit of green love this Valentine’s Day.
- Get outside! Nearly 60% of people said they would prefer to meet a potential date while participating in an outdoor leisure activity (think about it: better chances of meeting Mr. Right at the park than in your living room).
- Dress for success in eco-conscious gear. Nearly one-third (30%) of Americans are attracted to people who consider the environmental impact of the products they buy, including clothing. (Lucky for you, we’ve got Earth-conscious Earthkeepers footwear and apparel.)
- Don’t be an eco-slacker. Top turnoffs, according to our survey, include littering, not recycling, and being a “climate change denier.” Embrace the Earth and maybe someone else will embrace YOU.
- Don’t be an environmental zealot. On the flip side, there is such a thing as too much eco-passion. 46% said if their date pushed them to order environmentally-responsible food (think organic, locally-grown), that first date might also be the last.