FACTORYVILLE — Nail polish, jewelry, soap, and food: all products made locally that are also environmentally friendly.
They were all on display and up for sale Thursday at a special event on the Keystone College campus
It was earth-friendly shopping at the college student center in preparation for Earth Day.
One stop had beaded jewelry made from recycled newspapers, magazines, and paper. Another local business peddled shirts made in our area from recycled fabrics. One had the homemade soaps they create and sell. Three sisters from our area showed off their own earth-friendly nail polish.
This was the third annual Green Vendor Fair.
“I think the main thing that a student can take from this, you don’t have to shop at the big box stores. You can go to local businesses and support the local economy and buy products that are friendly to the economy,” said organizer Nora Dillon.
Students could also learn how local entrepreneurs thought about environmental safety when starting their business.
The nail polish sisters from Clarks Summit created the Tillie brand last year.
“It was important to us because we love nail polish so much, so we find that we’re always buying it, but the problem is that you put it on your body and there are so many chemicals in it,” said Andrea Matillano.
So they created a brand without four key chemicals.
“A lot of times people are looking for something that’s free of those chemicals so we thought maybe we could create something that’s still trendy, still relevant and good for you.”
A student group was also here getting fellow students to make environmentally-friendly pledges in honor of the coming Earth Day.
Photos will become part of a contest on Facebook.
“My kids, my grandkids, they’re going to live here one day and they need to have, I think, the same style living that I had, cleaner air, cleaner water,” said Keystone senior Katie Scheuch.