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Meet the Team: NearSea Naturals
This is a first in our Meet the Team series showcasing the fabulous retailers who stock and sell our fabrics.
Last month I took a trip to the Carolinas. One of the highlights was getting to meet the people at NearSea Naturals. NearSea Naturals was founded by Winnie Culp and her daughter Tara Bloyd in 2002! NearSea Naturals is one of the original organic fabric suppliers in the USA.
To quote NearSea: "With our focus on the triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit, we endeavor to make those choices easier and more enjoyable by carefully selecting sustainable fabrics, yarns, notions, and goods as delightful to work with as they are beneficial to people and the planet."
In 2010, they launched their sister site: American Grown•Spun•Milled which focuses entirely on USA produced fabrics, from seed to shelf. When it come to living and breathing your convictions, NearSea Naturals tops the charts.
Why a picture of these dapper shoes? Well, these are Tim's work shoes. What? Huh? See, when Laura, Debbie and Tim get to work they take their outside shoes off and put on their work shoes. Yes, it's a bit like Mr. Roger's Neighboorhood (but in a good way!). These guys take contamination seriously! The area that houses the fabric is kept as sterile and sanitary as possible. Yes, I removed my shoes before entering the "fabric zone".
Laura does the cleaning each week and when she mops, the mop water in the "fabric zone" is perfectly clear unlike the front room where "outside shoes" are worn. She says the difference between the water is staggering. Hummmm....maybe my house needs to be a shoe free zone too?
What sets NearSea Naturals apart in my mind is their thorough thoughtfulness. They stringently assess not just the fabrics they purchase but the manner in which they are handled and treated in their care. The warehouse team (above) were so kind and lovely. I am sincerely grateful to have them on the Harmony Art team. The world is a better (and cleaner!) place with NearSea in it!
Now, how about hoping over to their Facebook page and "liking" them (American Grown•Spun•Milled has one too: https://www.facebook.com/OrganicCotton). If you have ordered from NearSea Naturals feel free to leave a comment about your experience. If you haven't yet, go check 'em out!
1/20/2012 03:20:49 am
Harmony, I just love this site and what these people are doing. It is just so great to hear of such wonderful fabric made right here in our very own country. Thank you for sharing! Hugs! Cathie
1/23/2012 09:01:42 am
NearSeaNaturals was where we got our very first round of fabrics back in early 2008. They've always had a wonderful selection of prints and colors to choose from, not to mention their organic notions, which I have yet to find anywhere else. And wow! Work shoes!!! That's fantastic! Thoroughly impressed. :)
2/22/2012 07:03:51 am
I have purchased from NearSea Naturals for a couple of years, and have never been disappointed with the quality of fabrics and notions I've purchased. I have yet to see 100% natural, cotton cording anywhere else. Not that it isn't out there; it's just that once I found it through NearSea Naturals, my search ended. They have exceptional, competitve prices. And what I really like is the hand-written "thanks" on the invoice. Really, that's such a personal touch. We go shoe-free in our home! What a great idea to do so in the workplace, working with fabrics, notions, etc. NearSea Naturals is one of the first suppliers of organic fabrics/notions that I found, and I am very glad I did! Thanks to you all!
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