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Green Profiles 2024

The Patio Farmer's Plant Club

 Woman-owned business that helps YOU grow food at home (and reduce your carbon footprint), no matter how much (or little) space you have. Erin (owner/farmer) has years of experience growing food in all spaces and LOVES teaching individuals and community groups. Consider joining The Patio Farmer's monthly subscription service this spring and summer to learn how to grow rainbow carrots, heirloom zucchini, edible flowers, and green beans at home. Join Plant Club GROW and receive supplies to grow these seasonal vegetables! 

Location: Serving Mecklenburg, Union, Gaston, and surrounding counties. For more information, email [email protected] or visit 



Sustain Charlotte

Sustain Charlotte's mission is to inspire choices that lead to a healthy, equitable, and vibrant community for generations to come. We advocate for local solutions that reduce our impact on the climate, advance racial equity, and support residents’ health and wellness. We promote smart growth by collaborating with local neighborhoods, government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses to solve challenges to the long-term social, economic, and environmental health of our community. We invite you to become a member today.

Location: 1100 S. Mint St, Charlotte. For more information, visit


Mecklenburg County Compost & MulchCompleting the Circular Economy with Yard Waste

 Spring is compost and mulch season! Did you know your curbside yard waste (leaves, grass, and brush) is upcycled into high quality gardening products? Recycling yard waste saves landfill space, remains local and is affordable. Mecklenburg County has high quality compost available in conveniently packaged 1.25 cubic foot bags or sold in bulk, like a full pick-up truck.  Reduce your carbon footprint with upcycled yard products available at the Compost Central and Foxhole Full-Service Centers.  Check out for more details.

Locations for pick-up: 140 Valleydale Rd., Charlotte; 17131 Lancaster Hwy., Charlotte. For more information, visit


Claudia Josephine Design

A 2024 Charlotte Sustainability Awards nominee for Inspiring Small Business, Claudia Josephine Design’s “ecoluxe” focus enables informed choices when building, remodeling, and decorating. Our sustainable approach encourages the reuse and upcycle of select existing elements and proposes eco-friendly, quality furnishings and décor that provide clients with enduring, timeless finishes. Sustainable, eco-friendly design can be stylish and home-healthy. To embark on a full-scale, luxury design experience, visit our website to view our portfolio and select services. Call us today to schedule a free 15-minute consultation.

Location: Serving Charlotte and surrounding areas. For more information, call 860-796-3415, email [email protected] or visit


The Schiele Museum of Natural History

 You may know that The Schiele has a state-of-the-art planetarium and exhibits featuring wildlife, American Indian artifacts, gems and minerals, dinosaur fossils, and more… But did you also know that the museum has a nature trail and a working farm with live animals and local crops? When you visit The Schiele, indoors or out, you support a mission to promote understanding of the natural world through research, programs, and the collections we hold in trust for the public.

Location: 1500 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia. For more information, visit or call 704-866-6900.


Organic Marketplace

Over the last 31 years, Organic Marketplace has sought to be at the forefront of business practices that lessen our collective carbon footprint. Raised beds in the rear of the store for fresh organic produce for Sprouts Cafe as well as to beautify the environment. Our landscape has always been chemical-free with an emphasis on pollinator friendly plants. Packaging waste is addressed with our bulk foods, herbs, and culinary spices department. Plastic bags were discontinued ten years ago to combat plastic pollution in our Oceans.  

Location: 1012 S. New Hope Rd., Gastonia. For more information, call 704-864-0605. 



 Your Zero Waste & Refill Shop in Charlotte since 2019. Empowering our community towards a healthier, simpler, more sustainable lifestyle by changing consumption habits. Owner, Valerie, offers curated non-toxic, eco-friendly alternatives for home & body. Refill shampoo, laundry detergent, dish soap & more, delivered or at events. Small Changes, Big Impacts! Contact us today to reduce waste.

Location: Order online for U.S. shipment, refill deliveries to Charlotte and surrounding areas. Find us at South End Market, That's Novel Books in Camp North End, and Charlotte Collective in South End. For more information, email [email protected] or visit


Queen's Orders Honey

Charlotte based company keeping bees top of mind for the Queen City. Owner, Justin Orders, is obsessed with insects and saving the planet. His Hive Host Program entails setting up beehives in Charlotte/Greater Charlotte yards bringing pollinators to areas that desperately need them. Clients receive weekly updates on how their hives are doing and after a year, the honey their hive produces. Owners can watch Justin do his inspections and learn the ins and outs of caring for these magnificent little creatures.

Location: Supporting Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell, Union, Gaston and York Counties. For more information, email [email protected] or visit


Organic Salon LKN

 Lea Cassanova, salon owner and stylist of 10 years, has dedicated her practice to using alternatives to typical salon overuse. Her mission embraces the concept that beauty shouldn’t be harmful. The salon exclusively uses Oway products, engineered with organic green chemistry, sustainably and expertly developed in Italy. Customers are surprised to find that Organic Salon is leading the area in environmental conscious methods. These products appeal to those concerned with exposure to cosmetic chemicals. Schedule an appointment today.

Location: 1484 Mecklenburg Hwy., Mooresville. For more information, call 704-883-6564, email [email protected] or visit

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