Too many of us feel trapped by work that keeps us from living our purpose. We fantasize about starting our own business, yet we're warned against falling into debt, working eighty hours a week, and coping with the pressure to grow. ECOBAGS Products founder Sharon Rowe says there's another way: go tiny.
Like a tiny house, a tiny business is built on maintaining a laser focus on what is essential by living an intentional life. As an entrepreneur and mother, Rowe is most concerned with putting family first, maintaining financial security, and doing something that makes an impact in the world. Using the success story of Eco-Bags Products, Rowe distills the step-by-step process of building a profitable, right-scaled, sustainable venture that doesn't compromise your values. She shows you how to test your concept, manage your money and priorities, and more, while staying true to the "tiny" ethos.
Editorial Reviews “This is a powerful book—tiny is mighty. Sharon Rowe’s simple shift in thinking is a profound idea, precisely what we need to hear.” —Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
“Using the success of Eco-Bags Products, Rowe distills a step-by-step process for building a profitable, sensibly scaled, sustainable venture that doesn't compromise your values or take over your life. She shows readers how to test a concept, and manage money and priorities, while staying true to the 'tiny' movement ethos.” —Kate Harrison, Forbes “Tiny Business Is Serious Business. There are 'small' businesses. Then there are 'tiny' ones, concerned about the personal and social impact they make.” —Entrepreneur
ABOUT THE COMPANY Since ECOBAGS began in 1989, all products are and have been made in socially responsible environments. Our primary production partners in India have always shared our vision of an engaged and sustainable work environment. They offer competitive compensation, extended health coverage, retirement benefits, pension plans (under government programs), vacations and holidays; going well beyond local labor requirements. Our CEO and Founder, Sharon Rowe, travels to India regularly and, over the 25+ years, has created lifelong relationships.
With CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), getting so much media play it's important to hold certifications that are reviewed and recognized, internationally, by third party agencies.
Our supply chain for organic fibers (no chemicals, synthetic fertilizers) is certified through GOTS. Our supply chain for recycled & conventional fibers, is certified by SA-8000. Our certifications are recognized internationally and cover operational and social workplace accountability.
We introduced certified organic cotton (1996) and recycled cotton (2004) to our line long before there was awareness or a market for them. We knew it was the right direction to go in. Our recycled fibers are post industrial, keeping waste out of landfill. All fabric dyes are azo free and all screen-print inks are non toxic to both humans and the environment. We know that conventional cotton has a negative environmental impact. We are working to transition all of our products to organic and recycled fibers.
When we produce in the USA and China we make sure all practices and policies are in full compliance (labor, materials and environment). To date we have used SGS as our third party certifier on projects.
We are a certified BCorporation which means that all of our certifications and processes are reviewed and approved on an ongoing basis.
Additionally, we support the Sierra Club, Hudson River ClearWater, Riverkeeper, and Algalita.
I received this book as a gift, it was a very easy, quick read. Very relatable, with a plethora of great tips easily applied to my own tiny business adventure. I enjoyed the motivating quotes throughout as well. Now I’m off to go make a difference!
We agree. An approachable, inspiring read. Thank you for taking the time to let us know your experience. Best of luck on your journey!
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