Updated: Feb 8
🇺🇸 Arkansas, United States
The pandemic has caused a major shift in the way we live. From our jobs, to our health, to the way we operate in our home. We saw the pollution levels drop exponentially in the peak of the pandemic, which was incredible. We were getting reports of notoriously timid animals being sighted in areas that were normally populated by pedestrians. It felt like the world was finally finding equilibrium.
But, alas, it was a short-lived break for our poor old Mother Nature, as the industrial world has recommenced business as usual, and sadly, we’re just about back to pre-pandemic pollution levels.
However, that blip on the radar has “woken” many of us up to the impact and the strain we’re putting on our planet, as we strive for a better balance, and a more sustainable way of living.
This was part of the catalyst behind Meditating Market, a one-of-a-kind zero-waste marketplace in Arkansas. During the pandemic, founders Robyn and her husband Daniel were appalled by the amount of waste they were going through, and they wanted to make a change.
They started a zero-waste journey together, but found that their county was really lacking in resources in this area. Not only that, but the people in their community really didn’t know anything about being sustainable. Robyn and Daniel set out to build a marketplace where they could educate, and supply local and international products to sustainability-seekers in their area.
Robyn and Daniel contribute to more than just a sustainable future. They're compassionate natures have led them to work with adoptees and foster kids. Last year they fostered a teenager. And every month they host a donation drive for a non-profit in their community. It takes a village, as they say.
Their marketplace is host to a large variety of home eco-products, from art, to bathroom accessories, to clothing, to toys, to cleaning supplies, like the best-selling Tru Earth laundry detergent Eco Strips. They even have a cleaning and laundry dispensary on site for anyone wishing to refill their empties, instead of buying more packaging, and contributing to the waste problem.