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2/19/2010 9:34:50 AM
The GreenShows: Fashion with a Conscience
The GreenShows just wrapped up in New York City, but the buzz they generated is alive and well. From Joann Berman’s rollicking frocks to Samantha Pleet’s youthful jumpers, all 10 fashion labels proved that sustainable fashion is wearable, beautiful and more than a passing fad. The passion these artists show for their work and for the earth is commendable and inspiring. As much as possible, each designer uses organic materials and eco-friendly dyes, eschews leather and suede, produces locally and pays fair wages. Being a part of The GreenShows was a natural fit for Weleda. The conscious use of resources and the responsibility toward our partners,...
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Categories: Natural living
2/11/2010 10:48:44 AM
An American in Germany
It’s hard to believe that it’s been just three weeks since I left Weleda North America to begin a six month stint working at Weleda AG in Germany. So far, the biggest difference I’ve noticed between Weleda AG and Weleda North America is the size of the offices. There are more than 1,000 employees working at our headquarters in Schwäbisch Gmünd, and only 30 in our office in Palisades, NY! Weleda is the top-selling natural skin care brand in Germany, but despite its large size, Weleda AG does not feel like a corporate giant. You get a feeling of life, of a living organism, when you are here. There are Koi ponds with turtles and plants everywhere, and...
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Categories: Our world
2/9/2010 7:52:09 AM
Weleda Sponsors The GreenShows Eco Fashion Week
To me, Weleda is more than just a skin care company. It’s also a lifestyle. It’s about treading lightly. Giving back. Reconnecting. Finding balance. Living naturally. We are Weleda each time we buy organic food, reuse shopping bags, walk instead of drive, plant a flower or care for our skin with purely natural ingredients. It’s in this spirit, in support of the Weleda way of life, that we decided to sponsor The GreenShows Eco Fashion Week, the only event committed to environmentally friendly, ethically sound and fair trade fashion during New York Fashion Week. Over this four-day event, starting on February 14th, 10 eco-minded global designers will...
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Categories: Natural living, Our world
2/1/2010 1:46:20 PM
Snowed In: Our Gardens in February
This month, our Biodynamic® gardens are beautiful and calm. Everything is covered with snow. Occasionally a few birds fly around, searching for food. Not much is growing, but there are a few exceptions. Helleborus niger (black hellebore) and Daphne mezereum (Daphne) are two medicinal plants that seem to have a totally different rhythm from most others. They flower even when there is snow! Helleborus niger has a fascinating white flower, while Daphne mezereum is a low-growing shrub with lovely, yet toxic, purplish-pink flowers. Each morning, I sit with the other Weleda gardeners and we discuss many topics, including the results of our soil tests, how...
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1/29/2010 3:00:00 PM
Best of Social Media: January
January has been a fun month for us on Twitter and Facebook! Our community is steadily growing, and we have the greatest fans and followers any brand could hope for. A highlight for us this month--and we hope for you as well--was our Sunflower Haiku contest on Facebook. We picked two winners: Jennifer Hutzel, who received our Pomegranate Regenerating Body Care; and Karina Le, who is only eight-years-old and recited her winning Haiku off the top of her head! We sent her our Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash and Calendula Lotion.We also gave a Lavender Relaxing Body Oil to one lucky fan, Ryan Louise, who wrote this on our Facebook wall:  “I can only...
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1/27/2010 1:36:08 PM
Serene Scene: Weleda Naturals in January
The Customer Center at Weleda Naturals, in the small village of Wetzgau, Germany, was built in 2006. It’s a small building on one edge of Weleda’s expansive Biodynamic® gardens, with just enough room for our visitor center, a shop, our offices and an organic restaurant, which is normally bustling with people. It is January now, however, so everything is still, peaceful and serene. The garden sleeps under nearly eight inches of snow; our ducks stay in a glass house with a heater; our tour guides are on vacation. In nice weather, when everything is in bloom, we manage sightseeing tours through the gardens, and we also hold seminars and wellness...
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