Stephen Beebee worked hard all of his life to make a $1 salary.
Let us explain: Beebee’s background is in marketing and logistics. He also owned a software marketing company. He was financially set but felt he had a bigger mission in life. Five years ago he retired from a demanding career to pursue his passion for green living.
Today he and his wife, Deborah, own Community Eco Store in historic Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, located west of Valley Forge. Their business focuses on resource saving and sustainable living products for the home, office, garden and beyond.
The store sells locally made—brooms, clothes drying racks, environmentally friendly laundry soap; solar—panels, attic fans, hot water heaters; and green—composting supplies, LED lighting, reusable mesh bags. Customers are inspired to replace plastic with products like Weck glass preserving/storage jars and stainless steel containers from Klean Kanteen and ECOlunchbox.
Dissatisfied with the plastic dryer balls the store was carrying, Beebee searched the Internet for an alternative and discovered LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls. He was sold. And now, so are his customers.
“Most of the people who buy LooHoos get it,” Beebee says. “They’re all natural and made in the U.S.”
Beebee is so entrenched in his mission that he uses most of what he sells at home.
“It’s an amazing thing to be a part of the green movement,” Beebee says. “It’s the largest movement worldwide. I’m trying to diversify as much as I can yet purchase as many things from the U.S. as possible.”
When he’s not in the store, Beebee encourages other to live green in an urban environment through lectures like Living Off the Grid at the community library. He is also a board member of the non-profit Phoenixville Green Team, volunteers who advocate green living through local initiatives and events like the annual Green Earth Festival. He is also working toward B Corp status, which would certify Community Eco Store as one of 1,600 companies from 42 countries dedicated to social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
Beebee hopes to encourage others to invest in resource-saving and sustainable living products by starting a blog and expanding his social media presence beyond Facebook.
His ultimate goal?
“I want to create a non-profit sustainable business and give it away,” Beebee says. Visit the Community Eco Store at www.communityecostore.com.