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Young Business Owner Inspires with Upcycled Designs

By Fredrica Syren:

I love meeting people in general, but I particularly love meeting people who inspire  others in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. When I met Emilie Sandstrom at a local organic store and café, she was busy knitting. She explained that she likes keeping her hands busy.

Friendship bracletEmilie might be a young woman just starting her life as she heads off to college this fall to study food and environmental science, but she is already a business owner of Reuse and Renew. Emilie began this business a year ago. it’s a jewelry business focusing on reuse, reduction and recycling. She designs pieces using only old supplies and knick-knacks.  Emilie wants to create a sustainable future by encouraging people to buy recycled/upcycled jewelry.

This entrepreneur draws the inspiration for her designs from other people and the environment. For example, some pieces have been inspired from her recent trip to Japan. “Everything there is so very cute and that inspired me to make a lot of cute designs such as bows,” Emilie explains.

Her goal is to use material that is free in order to keep down cost, but also to use material that others might view as garbage. ForKeepsake box a little keepsake box, Emilie used a discarded matchbook and pages from an old book her mom had placed in a recycling bin. “I believe in making the world we live in sustainable and, therefore, the idea of my shop is to open your eyes to a world of change to help our Earth, our home.”

All the designs are unique and personally handmade by Emilie. She loves to disassemble jewelry and rebuild it into something beautiful. All of Emilie’s designs can be found onEtsy.

It’s so great to see young people who actually care about the environment and all the issues threatening it, and who use their creative skills to make a difference.


About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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