Since 2000, when she opened the 1st LIVINGREEN store and gallery in Santa Barbara, Ellen Strickland has been a pioneer of eco-friendly lifestyle and retailing. From the beginning, Ellen’s -- and LIVINGREEN’S -- mission has been to tangibly improve the lives of her clients and customers by offering healthy and sustainable choices in building materials, finishes and home/workplace décor. Over the years, LIVINGREEN’s product-mix has expanded to now include cleaning products, non-toxic mattresses, pillows and bedding, baby and children’s goods, all kinds of gift items and home accents -- and a host of other products for more conscious living.
Ellen founded LIVINGREEN as a response to not only her long professional experience as an exhibit/habitat and interior designer, but also her own personal experience with life-challenging illness. Part of her own healing came with the realization that many conventionally accepted and used building materials and methods were frequently not only unhealthy for humans and animals, but also often damaging to the environment. She began researching alternatives for use in her own life and work -- and in the process, discovered an entirely new personal mission and life-choice: to offer a larger public better, more mindful, and safer building, home and workplace products that are healthier for both people and for the planet….a new mindset for better, healthier and more sustainable living.
One of Ellen’s passions is sharing the knowledge and experience she and the LIVINGREEN staff have accumulated. Ellen -- an associate member of AIA and ASID local chapters, the Sustainable Business Council, the Santa Barbara Contractors Association, the Culver City Green Business Alliance and other local and national organizations – often speaks on professional panels and at educational workshops. She is an active designer/green consultant and a frequent contributor to LIVINGREEN’s own blog and other outlets for her writing. Most of all, however, she can be found just speaking to and sharing information with her customers….online, by telephone or in person.
Today, with increasing research and growingawareness of the potential health-adverseness of many conventional “every day” consumer products, LIVINGREEN’s product mix is chosen using LIVINGREEN’s SHADES of GREEN® vetting methodology to carefully select products which are sustainable, healthy and a good value.
Through its physical and online stores, LIVINGREEN is more dedicated than ever to providing its customers and theirfamilies with products and information for better living on planet earth. Come visit us at www.livingreen.com or call us toll-free at 866-966-1319. We’re here to help.
To your health!
Ellen and the Livingreen staff