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Echotopia® Farmers Market Stall, Baltimore MD

Echotopia® Farmers Market Stall, Baltimore MD

Echotopia® Cleaning Products #CleanNGreen

Echotopia® Cleaning Products #CleanNGreen

Diane with Refill Sign #DIY #CreatureLove

Diane with Refill Sign #DIY #CreatureLove

Recycled Containers #CommonSense

Recycled Containers #CommonSense

Echotopia® Seed Rounds #BuildBiodiversity

Echotopia® Seed Rounds #BuildBiodiversity

Dried Herbs & Seed Rounds #FromOurGarden

Dried Herbs & Seed Rounds #FromOurGarden

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Echotopia® is Baltimore's garden-based, zero-waste and biodiversity building cleaning products business.

2018 MILESTONES: In just 3 years, Echotopia’s customers have:

1. Prevented over 2,000 items of trash through refills/sales. Echotopia’s rustic Creature Love Refill Sign photos are HERE.

2. Cleaned and protected Mid-Atlantic waterways that flow into the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, through our customers’ use of our biodegradable cleaners.

3. Promoted pollinator gardens, nature’s regeneration and biodiversity. We have sold tens of thousands of our own native wildflower seeds embedded in about 300 plantable Echotopia Seed Rounds using Echotopia’s recycled paper as a binder. Our unique product multiplies local ecosystem regeneration, restoration, and reciprocity with nature, especially when our customers share their delightful abundance of seeds with others.

4. Expanded Baltimore’s fair trade, local living economy through: pioneering our zero waste packaging and refill model at farmers markets where local, zero waste shopping is easy; fair pay for our vendors; 97% local sales/refills; prioritizing buying ingredients and accessories from local and regional gardens, farms, and other vendors.

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With a refill station stall at Baltimore weekend farmers markets, we sell laundry detergent, kitchen/bath cleaners, and hand scrub powder. Our child-friendly products get the job done. We use home grown medicinal herbs, essential oils, sustainably mined U.S.-sourced minerals, and local vegan castile soap. We NEVER use petroleum byproducts in our ingredients. We offer re-use packaging & plastic-free or compostable accessories. Our products are fragrant, concentrated and safe. We sell plantable paper discs, Echotopia Seed Rounds, with embedded native perennial seeds. The wildflowers that germinate support pollinators, promoting eco-restoration and reciprocity with nature’s systems. Echotopia prioritizes fair trade and regional business partners. Echotopia® has an immediate positive impact on the environment and on the local living economy.  Echotopia LLC is based in Baltimore, MD, USofA.

Visit Facebook HERE for our current market schedule in Baltimore, Maryland.

For our story, see our 2015 fundraising video HERE.

See first season, 2015, farmers market photos HERE

Our cleaning products:

Echotopia® cleaning products are highly concentrated and longlasting. 

Laundry Powder: Lavender, Sage & Rosemary or Chamomile Rose.  Works in all washing machines, top loading and HE side loading. Put directly in the drum.

All-purpose Scouring Scrub: Lemon Thyme or Orange Oregano. For kitchen and bath surfaces. Degreaser and multi-purpose surface cleaner. 

Hand Scrub: Hint of Mint or Tea Tree Tarragon.  Highly concentrated. Replaces wasteful liquid soaps in dangerous plastic containers. Exfoliating and moisturizing hand cleaner. Removes tough odors and stubborn stains, even from cuticles and nails. Ideal for cooks, farmers, gardeners, mechanics, painters, cobblers, jewelry makers, crafters, print makers, ceramic artists, fisherpeople.

Learn more:

Echotopia® waste-free natural cleaning products are aromatherapeutic and are locally manufactured by hand in small batches. They are sold at weekend Baltimore farmers' markets and area shops.

At markets, customers can 1) bring their own containers, 2) use our upcycled containers when in stock, 3) buy Echotopia® re-use glass jars or canvas bags, 4) then return for refills, paying only for the powders..

Echotopia® implements cleaner, greener practices, reducing pollution, and hidden public and environmental health costs of cleaning. We use no petroleum byproducts in our ingredients. Echotopia’s home office uses clean electricity: 80% local community solar power, and 20% wind power from a regional energy provider. We also use salvaged, compostable or recyclable materials at every opportunity, including our manufacturing process and shipping. Echotopia® products and accessories don't contain nasty chemicals that harm our precious waterways. Our reuse containers do not become toxic waste destined for landfill, incinerators, or natural settings. Echotopia® will implement non-fossil fuel transportation at our earliest opportunity.

Echotopia® partners with our customers to create local wildflower habitats through another unique product, Echotopia® Seed Rounds: homemade 3" old paper discs embedded with native flower seeds In our first three years of business, our customers purchased almost 500 Seed Rounds for planting, to encourage multiplying wildlife gardens that feed local embattled bees, birds, butterflies and others in our shared food web.

Together, we protect, restore and regenerate the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Together, we can clean it up.

Echoes are multipliers of lovely sounds. Topia is about a specific place. Like a soothing echo for our shared home, Echotopia® is music to our ears.

 


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Echotopia®  Garden Based, Zero Waste Natural Cleaning Products

 

Laundry Powder

Lavender, Sage & Rosemary/Chamomile Rose

Soothing, calming scent. Works in all washing machines. Concentrated. Contains 2 lbs.total. Use one T. per load, to get about ninety loads. Ingredients: garden herbs, essential oils, 100% natural cleaners and biodegradable locally made castile soap . Safe for people, waterways and nature. Made by hand. No dangerous chemicals, optical brighteners, phosphates or fragrances. DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Put directly into the drum. Use one T. per load, more for big loads. Pre treat soiled or stained laundry. Optional: add 1/4 c. white vinegar into dispenser. For whites, do separate occasional load with an eco -safe alternative to bleach.

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Hand Scrub

Hint-of-Mint/Tea Tree Tarragon

Fresh, enlivening smell, eliminates stubborn stains, dirt, grime, and odors. Is both exfoliating and moisturizing. Use after fishing, gardening, cooking, painting, mechanics, ceramics, crafting and more. Made with garden herbs, essential oils and local all-natural castile soap, and 100% natural minerals. Very concentrated, up to four month supply. Hole in lid for easy sprinkling onto hand.

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Scouring Scrub

Lemon Thyme/Orange Oregano

Delightful clean aroma, with powerful and healthful disinfectant properties. Concentrated. Up to 2 month supply. Made with local garden herbs, essential oils and 100% natural, biodegradable ingredients. Excellent for kitchen & bath surfaces. Safe for people, waterways and nature. DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Sprinkle on countertops, bathtubs, sinks, stove tops, tile and grout. Wipe off surface with damp cloth. Works great with white vinegar for enzimatic cleaning process. Contains one gently abrasive ingredient, so we recommend testing surface prior to use.

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Seed Rounds for Planting

Homemade artisan 3" discs designed to create mini wildflower gardens that feed local pollinators such as bees, moths, butterflies, and birds. They have a comforting, woodsy scent from drying in the sun, and are hand-made with old paper & native wildflower seeds saved from local gardens: Black-eyed Susans, Purple Coneflowers, Bee Balm, Butterfly Weed, Common Milkweek, Aster, Goldenrod seeds and more!

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Echotopia® products are sold in Baltimore, MD. See Facebook / Twitter for updates.

2019 market schedule is below. Questions? Contact: diane@echotopia.org/410.963.5527.

32nd Street Farmers' Market

SATURDAYS a.m. March 2 & 16, April 6, May 4 & 18, June 1 & 29, July 13 & 27, Sept 14 & 28, Oct 12 & 26, Nov 9 & 23, Dec 7, 14 & 21. PLEASE visit the top of our FACEBOOK page for schedule updates or changes.

Baltimore Farmers' Market
SUNDAYS a.m. April 7, May 12 & 19, June 2, 16 & 30, July 14 & 28, Sept 15 & 29, Oct 6, 13 & 27, Nov 10 & 24, Dec 8, 15, 22. PLEASE visit the top of our FACEBOOK page for updates or changes. 

 
 
Early fall: black-eyed Susan, purple aster, coneflowers

Early fall: black-eyed Susan, purple aster, coneflowers

Echotopia includes Seed Rounds in our product line for more beauty, and to build more Baltimore/Chesapeake regional pollinator gardens, or regenerative landscapes.

Learn more: Why Is the World So Beautiful? Robin Wall Kimmerer interview, More Than Just a Pollinator GardenThe Benefits of Growing Wildflowers, How to Fight Climate Change in Your Own Garden

Human reciprocity with nature requires partnership: our flexibility, research, experimenting, resourcefulness and determination. With native gardening, the gift we give of beauty and biodiversity - through healthier soil, creature homes & food - expands exponentially beyond our initial effort.

Customers, have you planted your Echotopia® Seed Rounds? Small gardens are fine, and full sun/healthy soil is best. Many vital plants self spread through the years - hosting & feeding pollinators - once they’re established, and below are some tips:

When planting, remember to shred and spread ‘em so the seeds are not too close together. Plant them in the growing season, in full sun, an inch into healthy soil. Water them regularly, if needed, to get your plants started. Next, be patient, and expect surprises - natural systems are always surprising. Native seeds can require a year or more to germinate. Annuals, such as zinneas or marigolds, may germinate and feed pollinators within weeks, if planted late spring through July. Short or long term, you will need to weed, perhaps redistribute, and nurture your native flowers. Some, like butterfly weed and wild blue indigo, are actually bushes. Others, like aster and goldenrod, like to spread and dominate; they are necessary and glorious together, but they compete. Bee balm and common milkweed like to spread too. Etc. Eventually, you may want to harvest & save your flower seeds and share yours too. Finally, see our FB album and the links below to help you identify, and care for, what's growing.

Echotopia Seed Rounds

Echotopia Seed Rounds

At Echotopia, we work for what Robin Wall Kimmerer calls RECIPROCITY. We make and sell Echotopia Seed Rounds to protect and build biodiversity: to offer host plants, and to feed songbirds, hummingbirds, butterflies, honey bees and other pollinators. Please share your photos at @echotopiandiane  or email info@echotopia.org with "SEED ROUNDS" in subject line. Include your zip code so we can map out our shared progress. A sampling of what may be in our Seed Rounds, depending on ever-changing garden conditions and visitors: 

NATIVE FLOWER LINKS: Black-eyed Susan, Echinacea (or Purple Cone Flower), Butterfly Weed, Common Milkweed, Aster, Goldenrod, Daisy Fleabane, Bee Balm, Wild Blue Indigo, Lobelia

Other flowers: Marigolds & Zinneas are annuals, Evening Primrose is a biennial that also moves on.

We hope you enjoy these photos of pollinators on plants, taken by Diane, except where noted:

Monarch butterfly, giant orange zinnea

Monarch butterfly, giant orange zinnea

Resting bee, pink aster

Resting bee, pink aster

Male goldfinch, evening primrose (Wikipedia)

Male goldfinch, evening primrose (Wikipedia)

Monarch butterfly, purple aster

Monarch butterfly, purple aster

Multiple pollinators including a fly, beetle and bee, goldenrod (snowcreekinc)

Multiple pollinators including a fly, beetle and bee, goldenrod (snowcreekinc)

Hummingbird, bee balm (birdsintheyard)

Hummingbird, bee balm (birdsintheyard)

Fall Monarch butterfly, marigold

Fall Monarch butterfly, marigold

Bee, purple coneflower

Bee, purple coneflower

Male goldfinch, purple coneflower, black-eyed susans

Male goldfinch, purple coneflower, black-eyed susans

Yellow eastern swallowtail butterfly, zinnea

Yellow eastern swallowtail butterfly, zinnea

Black eastern swallowtail butterfly, marigold

Black eastern swallowtail butterfly, marigold

Thanks to our customers for building Baltimore's garden-based, zero-waste and biodiversity-building cleaning products business.

In hope, Diane Wittner, Owner & Alchemist, Echotopia® 

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In The News

A Zero Waste Business on Baltimore’s Bag Ban supporting testimony written by Echotopia LLC Owner Diane Wittner, Clean Water Action Maryland, August 2019

Maryland Must Not Abandon Zero-Waste Efforts by Echotopia LLC Owner Diane Wittner, Baltimore Sun July 2017

Home Green Home by Michelle Moncrieffe, Baltimore Magazine October 2015

Baltimore Based Sustainability Start Up Making Change Through Creative Activism by Daniel Stuelpnagel, What Weekly July 2015

Why Choosing Toxic Free Cleaning Products Is a Good Idea by Laurel Peltier, Baltimore Fishbowl June 2015

 

 
Customer Testimonials
"Echotopia® Hint of Mint Hand Scrub is the only reason my hands are presentable during garden season. I thank you every time I scrub away the deep dirt on my fingers-because I never keep my gloves on!" Dru Schmidt-Perkins, President and CEO Emeritus, 1000 Friends of Maryland, 2018
"Echotopia® Hint of Mint Hand Scrub is Drew and Andrew's favorite hand scrub. The jar has lasted a year with everyone using and loving it. Recommend it to every farmer, or anyone who gets their hands dirty." Joan Norman, farmer, One Straw Farm, 2018 (click HERE for photo)
"I use Echotopia® Lavender, Sage & Rosemary Laundry Detergent and Echotopia® Hint of Mint Hand Scrub - gentle and effective!"  D.S., 2017
"I use Echotopia® Lemon Thyme Scouring Scrub for my stainless steel kitchen sink and love it!" D.L.O., 2017
"You sent me a jar of Echotopia® Hint of Mint Hand Scrub and I put it under the kitchen sink because we did not need it just then. C. pulled it out a week ago and now I don't see how we could possibly live without it, especially after working in the garden. It is fantastic - clean smooth skin after a day of hard labor." Sam, 2016
"I knew this Echotopia® Lavender, Sage & Rosemary Laundry Detergent smelled great and was environmentally friendly, but I was not expecting it to work better than products from large-scale producers. When I pulled three items out of the dryer, stains that had been there for months were gone! So to my surprise, doing something that benefits the environment came at no sacrifice of performance. It actually restored clothing I had taken out of my office-wear rotation. It really works!" Betsy, 2015
"Our old, gross tile shower is sparkly white and new again! Thanks, Echotopia® Lemon Thyme Scouring Scrub!!!" Krissy, 2015
"Love the Echotopia® Hint of Mint Hand Scrub! Need to get more!" Julia, 2015

Mission and Vision

Mission: To build a verdant, fair, resilient and abundant local living economy for all in the Chesapeake region.

Vision: A healthy and regenerative society that engages in wise reciprocity with nature’s enchanting systems, since we are all in this together.

ECHOTOPIA’S FIRST MARKET SEASON - 2015

 

Contact

For Echotopia® inquiries, including special orders, please contact:

info@echotopia.org/410-963-5527

Introducing Echotopia (crowdfunding video, 2015)