Today, there are close to 30 million small businesses across the country, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. From multi-generation family-owned businesses to startups, there are many small businesses in the U.S. that provide communities with personalized services, local products and job opportunities. We’ve highlighted a few Texas-based companies that might be located near you. And the best part? The following companies are eco-friendly and value green, sustainable business practices.
Native Texas jewelry designer Christy Robinson specializes in recycled metals, such as aluminum, silver and gold – or whatever she happens to find at the recycling center. Rings and earrings include ethically sourced stones, and necklaces, bracelets and keychains sport messages such as “love is a rescue dog,” “be free” and “vegan chick.” Five percent of Robinson’s sales go toward a different charity each month and she regularly donates items to raise money for animal, human and environmental causes. You can meet Robinson and see her designs in person at EarthDayTX in Dallas on April 21-23.
Sit back, relax and enjoy green treatments and perks at the Green Lotus Spa & Retreat. From car charging stations to natural healing methods, this spa was recognized as the Best of Fort Worth 2016 in the holistic health and wellness category. In addition, the business is paperless – customers fill out forms on tablets instead – and is powered by its own wind turbine. Services range from the Natural Beauty facial and the Hot Himalayan Salt Stone massage to the more specialized Reiki treatments and lymphatic decongestive therapy. There’s even the Wind Power Package that includes a body treatment, massage and facial!
Owned by Lauren Keefe, Happy Tomato Fresh Foods is a mom-and-pop salsa company that uses fresh and all-natural ingredients. Salsa lovers can choose from three flavors: Original, Medium and Diablo. The Fort Worth-based company can be found in some of the following Texas-based grocery locations: Central Market, Natural Grocers, Roy Pope Grocery and Farm to Fork. What makes Happy Tomato Fresh Foods so special is that the company values high-quality ingredients and works to avoid harmful ingredients, such as BPA and other toxins.
The search for a natural laundry detergent alternative sparked the beginning of NearBayou Naturals. The company’s homemade laundry soap uses eco-friendly, local ingredients and excludes harsh fragrances, preservatives and other artificial chemicals. Now located in more than 200 stores, NearBayou Naturals products are made mostly from essential oils and plant-based fats. Choose from scents such as Freshly Squeezed Lemons, Lavender Fields, Lemongrass and Australian Tea Tree. For those who are extra sensitive to laundry scents, the Dallas company also offers an unscented option.
This flower design and event services company has served the Dallas area for more than 20 years, with locations in Dallas and Richardson. In addition to designing and delivering flowers, Dr. Delphinium also offers services such as Wine + Design classes to learn about specific flowers or how to design your own bouquet and interior landscaping for businesses with plants specially chosen for low-light environments. It also has a Charity of the Month program that works to raise awareness of local nonprofits by including their information on the back of arrangements’ care instructions.