Date: June 26, 2013 | Story: Rosemary Hallmark | Styling: Mandy Keener | Producer: Rosemary Hallmark |
When you spend your days working for a company that puts sustainability at the forefront of everything it does, it’s easy to find yourself incorporating similar practices into your everyday life. Susie Shinn, the director of development at Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County, says she loves working for a company that keeps her mindful of the ways she can reduce her carbon footprint.
“Habitat for Humanity, at both the international and local level here in Pulaski County, employs green practices in all our building standards,” Shinn says. “For example, all of our homes must be Level 3 Energy Star certified homes.” Because Habitat for Humanity serves low-income families, the organization also employs energy efficient technologies to keep utility bills affordable after the home building process is complete.
Habitat’s annual fundraiser, ReStore and After, invites others to take part in these green practices. The event features furniture and home décor items from Habitat’s ReStore resale shops that have been transformed into works of art by local artists and supporters. At the end of the evening the pieces are available for purchase. “To date, we have seen more than 40 artists come together to give new life to our ReStore donations,” Shinn says.
What Susie’s Wearing
There are plenty of ways to incorporate green practices into your wardrobe. Susie’s skirt is made from salvaged material scraps, while the soles of her sandals are recycled tires.
Groceries 100% organic cotton tank, Lema French Market skirt, Bed Stü “Riley” sandals and In Gratitude newspaper bead necklaces. Haus Werk, Little Rock, (501) 663-5251, shophauswerk.com
Makeup by Miranda Crabtree. Glo Limited, Little Rock, (501) 224-8222, glolimitedlr.com
31 Bits “Everly” necklace made with recycled paper beads. Box Turtle, Little Rock, (501) 661-1167, shopboxturtle.com
Live on Purpose cuff bracelet. Vesta’s, Little Rock, (501) 375-7820, vestasboutique.com
Ecco Bella Natural Foundation and Rejuva Minerals vegan cosmetic brush. The Green Corner Store, Little Rock, (501) 374-1111, thegreencornerstore.com
Helena-made Handworks soap. Handworks, Helena, (870) 338-4340, handworkshelena.com
Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County, Little Rock, (501) 376-4434, habitatpulaski.org