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Cathy’s Crawly Composters (Canada)

Cathy’s Crawly Composters provides worm composting solutions for sustainable garbage management to individuals and businesses eager to waste less.

Founded in 2002 in Ontario, Canada, by self-made vermicomposter (worm farmer), Cathy Nesbitt, this sustainable business has since made a tremendous impact on local communities and inspired interest from commentators all over the world.

Worm composting involves creating spaces for Red Wiggler (eisenia ferida) worms to digest food and paper waste and create compost, which can be used to fertilise gardens and garden plants.

Worm composting can be done indoors!

At home, at school and in workplaces. A compact worm bin requires only a container the size of a small fish tank, a carbon source such as shredded paper or leaves, a litre of soil, crushed eggshells to manage soil acidity, water enough to create a spongy habitat, and warmth.

Also, a handful of worms!

Properly managed, with a plentiful oxygen supply and the correct amounts of raw food and water, worm bins are odourless and a fascinating, sustainable fixture in any household.

A recipient of such recent awards as the BUILD Recycling and Waste Management 2021 Leading Champions of Vermicomposting Awareness, and the Simcoe County Food and Agricultural 2019 Community Appreciation Award for Work Improving Equal Access, Cathy Nesbitt has become a leading practitioner and educator in this method of sustainable waste management.

With almost two decades of professional vermiculture experience, involvement in seminars, workshops, school visits, environmental fairs and organic fairs, as well as active participation in the Canadian Green Party, Cathy has built a large legacy of making sustainable waste management accessible to all.

A certified laughter yoga teacher and health and wellness advocate to boot, Cathy uses humour to engage those critics, both adult and child alike, to move past any initial repulsion at the thought of worm composting (worm poo, eurgh!), and encourages individuals old and young to get involved in this affordable, sustainable practice.

There is an endless variety of organic matter. From straw and manure on farms, to food scraps and paper from grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, care homes and schools. Worm composting is a sustainable waste disposal solution to them all.


Cans For Kids (Australia)

The Cans for Kids Project in Adelaide, Australia, is an initiative enabling local, Catholic school children to recycle and raise funds for underprivileged students in Ghana and Indonesia.

Founded and managed by school teacher, Patriz Kerkenaar, the Project supports less privileged families with missions including educative programs on reusing, recycling, and reducing waste, and instruction on how to use these tools to build sustainable businesses which will benefit communities.

In addition to education, the Cans For Kids Project has made a land purchase in Ghana and aims to construct a school which will improve access to education for young people in the area.

Organisers of the charity have already overseen the construction of a boundary fence and security building around the land, as well as the instalment of water and toilet facilities.

The sustainability and education focused Cans For Kids Project’s ability to fundraise has been compromised, however, by the Covid-19 pandemic.

And the construction of the school itself is also dependent upon corporate sponsorship. 

Additionally, recycling cans for charity in Adelaide is competitive, but Patriz and her local school children are on mission to help communities and families in deprived areas to flourish and benefit from the growing opportunities of sustainable enterprise and education.


Closiist (USA)

The only sustainable business in Queens, New York City, Closiist curates and presents sustainable products from the US and beyond in an online format which enables users to explore a range of sustainable products available in their locality and elsewhere.

Having established an impressive network of green businesses from all corners of the US, Closiist’s French-born founders, partners Julie and Benjamin, ensure items are dispatched responsibly by employing Australian-founded, carbon neutral shipping carrier, Sendle.

Closiist’s online customers benefit from a user-friendly website which organises products by category, locality, and even by individual’s personal interests such as “Vegan”, “Women Owned Businesses”, and items “Not on Amazon”.

The “-iist” in Closiist expresses a proposed method of thought whereas the prefix, “Clos”, comes from the word “close” – a nearby location. Together, this inspired, original term relates to customers Closiist’s philosophy of promoting local mindfulness and local shopping as sustainable purchasing alternatives.

Adalaia products, Closiist’s very own sustainable, handmade soap and shampoo bar collection, named for their children Adam and Elaia, are themselves wrapped in biodegradable seed paper, which when reused, can serve it’s original purpose, to grow flowers!

This eco-friendly mode of packaging is a feature throughout Closiist’s range of products – all items available by various businesses are packaged using sustainable materials.

Owners, curators and parents, Julie and Benjamin, are committed to striving for a more beautiful future for their own children and for yours.

All businesses included in Closiist’s network and online are vetted to ensure producers and technologies used in business supply chains are in harmony with Closiist’s closest values; sustainability, thoughtfulness, non-toxic materials and low waste.


My Kitchen and Me (USA)

My Kitchen and Me (MK & ME) is an online retailer providing eco-friendly alternatives to toxic kitchen cleaning products to consumers in North America.

Founded by a desire to educate and empower customers to make responsible decisions about the way in which they clean their homes, MK & ME provides a range of planet-friendly products including refillable, glass, all-purpose home cleaner sprays, compostable dish sponges, and unscented laundry detergent.

Keen to continue encouraging customers to be mindful of the needs of the planet, MK & ME and it’s founding member, Ana Bonifacio, have published an informative, online blog outlining a range of ways customers can further embrace sustainable practices into their lifestyles, such as ways to source locally grown, organic food.

“My Kitchen and Me” is a name derived from the founders’ belief that sustainability starts at home:

By incorporating non-toxic cleaning products into everyday routines, customers may discover a simple and effective way to protect the environment.


Pinchi (India)

Pinchi Shop is an online, artisan clothes retailer showcasing elegant, everyday women’s clothing, handmade in home studios by designers employing ancient craft techniques such as organic-dye block printing.

Based in Delhi, India, husband and wife co-founders, both yoga instructors, found an inspiration for textiles which deepened as they explored the enchanted frontiers of India.

Moved by a desire to create free-spirited, versatile and stylish sustainable clothing, Pinchi Shop now supplies retailers in fourteen countries as well as serving customers online. All purchases are packaged using recycled and upcycled materials.


  • One:
    • AVE Bags (USA)
  • Two:
    • Biotekt (USA)
    • Two Scents (USA)
    • Brenna Quinlan, Illustrator (Australia)
    • Aponix (Germany)
  • Three:
    • Jungle Jar (Laos)
    • Naturest (USA)
    • AAU Styles (UK)
    • Clarity Eyewear Boutique (USA)
  • Four:
    • Cathy’s Crawly Composters (Canada)
    • Cans for Kids (Australia)
    • Closiist (USA)
    • My Kitchen and Me (USA)
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