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Elizabeth and her little helpers in the kitchen

Meet Elizabeth Bretko of Uber Herbal

Elizabeth and her little helpers in the Uber Herbal kitchenAccording to Merriam-Webster, “Uber” is a German word that means “to an extreme or excessive degree” (that’s right, it doesn’t mean a car service worth $70 billion), and the word “herbal” refers to “a book about plants especially with reference to their medicinal properties.” As Elizabeth Bretko, the owner of Uber Herbal in Grants Pass, Oregon, explains, “Herbal refers to something that really tells the story of the plant. It’s like the collected folklore.”

Elizabeth opened Uber Herbal in 2012, selling her herbal concoctions at the local farmers market. Then, in April 2015, she opened a tea shop, tea bar, and production kitchen in downtown Grants Pass after a successful Kickstarter campaign. At Uber Herbal, a small, but growing operation, Elizabeth wears every hat. Continue reading Meet Elizabeth Bretko of Uber Herbal

Choosing Safe and Healthy Skincare Products and Making Them at Home: Helpful Tips and Herbal Allies {homemade baby wipe instructions}

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Founder & CEO, Hatch LabHomemade skincare products

Skin, our largest organ, does so much to protect what lies beneath it, but it’s not impermeable. Indeed, many of the products we put on it are designed not to be absorbed, but some ingredients manage to navigate through all three regions of the dermis, and into the bloodstream. Can you imagine slathering heavily perfumed lotion inside your body? How about using chemically laden baby wipes to clean up a few internal organs? No way! Why risk it?

Even as more people are waking up to the importance of what they put into their bodies, they don’t always think carefully about what goes onto their bodies. What can we do to stay informed about the ingredients in skincare products and make careful choices about what we rub, spray, and wipe on our bodies? How about taking it one step further and making some of the products at home?

We recently spoke with our friend and herbalist extraordinaire Faith Rodgers to gather guidance so we can each chart the path that’s right for us and our families. Continue reading Choosing Safe and Healthy Skincare Products and Making Them at Home: Helpful Tips and Herbal Allies {homemade baby wipe instructions}

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Hatcher in Your Life

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

We’ve found six gifts that we think are perfect for makers and the makers they love. The gifts are fun and they’re from companies with integrity, all independently owned and working for the health of humans and the planet. Why not vote with your dollars while voting with your heart? Here is our list of six salubrious gifts—which one would your valentine adore?
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Sourcing: Helping You Find Great Supplies

Before you can make the things you love, you’ll probably want to buy the supplies to do the making. I like to keep a few criteria in mind when I’m purchasing my supplies:

  • The vendor should engage in socially and environmentally responsible practices.
  • The supplies should be relatively easy to find and reasonably priced.
  • The products should be local and organic whenever possible.

Here at Hatch Lab, we want to provide unbiased advice on where to buy the ckHatchLab_Seed-339webthings you need to make your creations come to life. Throughout the website, you will find information about our favorite companies and books. When recommending companies, we consider product quality and cost, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. Sourcing responsibly is important and we’re excited to help you do it well. If you would like to recommend a great source to us, please email info@hatchlab.net; we’d love to hear from you.

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