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June 26, 2012

Herban Crafts: Make Your Own Bath Salts and Empower Homeless Women

I suppose I should be careful when using the term bath salts these days.  I could have said lip balm or sugar scrub or herbal soap, which are all products you can learn to make yourself and at the same time help homeless women learn job skills.  My friend Karen Lee–captain of the Eco-Etsy team and the author of the blog EcoKaren–and her business partner Mary Kearns of Herban Lifestyle have created a brand new for-profit social enterprise called Herban Crafts, which offers DIY personal care craft kits as part of job training program to empower homeless women living in transitional housing.  In addition to putting together the kits, the women will learn skills to help them gain employment in the future.

It’s a cool idea.  And what is even cooler is that Karen is committed to creating kits that are as green as possible.  All the ingredients in Herban Crafts Kits are certified organic, fair trade and/or ethically wildharvested.  And nearly all of the packaging materials in the kits is plastic-free.  With the exception of the tiny plastic caps on some glass bottles, the packaging is either 100% post-consumer recycled cardboard, certified home compostable cellulose baggies (from renewable wood pulp sustainably harvested from FSC managed forests), and metal or glass containers.

Help Give Herban Crafts a Kickstart

To get started, Herban Crafts has created a funding campaign on to raise money to help to cover costs for the initial production of kits and the first month’s salary for their job counselors.  They only have 5 more days to go to reach their goal!  Please check out the details and consider helping out or passing the word along to your social media contacts.

 Who Is Karen Lee?

For those who don’t know her, Karen Lee is a force to be reckoned with.  I first met her in person at the BlogHer conference in New York City a couple of years ago, and since then have come to realize how passionate she is about reducing waste and living responsibly.  I loved her article “Green Crafting: A Justifiable Means to an End?” so much, I excerpted it in my book.  Karen worries that some craft projects can actually encourage consumption if people rationalize buying bottled drinks or juice pouches because they might make some funky planters or purses out of them some day.  She’s a woman after my own heart, and she has her heart in the right place.

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3 years 6 months ago

Very cool to see Karen is doing so well and inspiring so many people.

Debra Kapellakis
3 years 10 months ago

What are the odds that this is the Karen Lee who is a lawyer and just visited me for the second time here on Santorini? She is a lovley person.

3 years 10 months ago

You can always buy this kit and make your own……even though it is a totally different thing…:)

My Plastic-free Life
3 years 10 months ago

Bridget you know the drug is a different thing, right?

Bridget Wells
3 years 10 months ago

I’m really upset that i can’t go to the store and buy bath salts anymore without people judging me.

3 years 10 months ago

Beautiful idea!

Tara Randall
3 years 10 months ago

Bridget Wells, this would be a GREAT craft project for the group don’t ya think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO