What do you get when you combine 46 artisans in one marketplace who not only represent the African diaspora but also have a desire to live green? You get Black and Green, or as they call it: BLK + GRN.
BLK + GRN is an all-natural marketplace with all-black artisans. It features creations for the hair, skin, home, body, and psyche. Whether you are looking for inventions to adorn your ears, caress your baby’s bottom, paint your fingers and toes, or provide non-toxic care for your vajayjay (feminine care); BLK + GRN has you covered.
BLK + GRN’s mission is to connect black families with curators of products that avoid using harsh chemicals and present a unified approach to community and wellness. We learn more about BLK + GRN from the following excerpt taken directly from their Web site:
CULTIVATE YOUR OWN
Like plants, we soak up the sun, yet blossom even in the shade.
We flourish with or without space.
Our soil is rooted in something unshakeable.
Our leaves spread like seeds.
Each sprout tells the story of a better way to be.
WE’RE BLACK, YES, BUT WE LIVE GREEN.
Our bodies, nurtured by the earth, grow strong like coconut palm trees.
Our lips, candied with fruit-tinged sticks.
Our skin, nourished with raw butter-filled creams.
Our children, sun-kissed with melanin, soaped in honey and lemon beads.
Our homes, cleaned with all-natural derivatives and plant-based astringents.
WE’RE BLACK, YES, BUT WE LIVE GREEN.
We craft and consume consciously, with ingredients mother earth has bestowed.
Oh, what strength one woman firmly rooted can behold, when she plants, waters, and cultivates her own!
Their Web site is bright, fresh, user-friendly, and full of positive images depicting black women doing great things to better themselves and their communities. One such woman is Debra Raney. As the creator of Little Muffincakes (https://littlemuffincakes.com/), Raney set out to create clothing that depicted positive images for black children. Another, wanting to provide a healthy alternative to toxic scented candles, is Nydia Norville, with her coconut wax candle brand, Choiselle. These are just two of the brands that are sure to make a difference in your home or community.
BLK + GRN showcases products that not only range in function but in price as well. For the most part, the prices seem to be reasonable and comparable to other brands. To educate those who visit their site, BLK + GRN lists the “Top Twenty” chemicals and ingredients to avoid as part of their commitment to helping readers live a healthy and holistic lifestyle.
From all accounts, it appears BLK + GRN takes seriously their promise to only partner with brands that desire to embody wellness and conscious living. They require that each endorsed product is researched and tested and does not score higher than a five for toxicity. Not only are they assisting the community by providing clean products, but they also provide an economic leg up for new brands through their affiliate and artisan programs.
If you are a consumer in need of products that add to your and your family’s health, or an innovator with a product you want to promote, please visit the Web site. Learn about BLK + GRN, where they “never bring in junk – only joy.”
Candace Alike Smith is a Las Vegas-based content creator, womb warrior, and matcha enthusiast. Candace founded this site in 2015 to help women of color reclaim their vitality. Follow Candace’s content on holistic beauty, mental wellness, herbs and essential oils, non-toxic products, healthy libations, wellness travel, and self-reflection. Green is her happy color.
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Original post written October 6, 2018.