Lisa Desvarieux, Office Manager at Emerald Brand I am a Mom. I am responsible for the well being of two smart and amazing daughters. I am the person they look up to and their first example of what they could be. My choices will influence their choices in life and my failures can have lasting […]

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Do you ever wonder about stars? If not, it is probably because we hardly ever see them anymore. It’s a strange question, I know, but take it from me, born and still living on Long Island – they really were a sight to behold. Some of my fondest memories were summer nights in my pre-teens. […]

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When you travel, whether it’s for leisure or business, you’re polluting the earth. From fuel consumption while driving, or the emissions from airplanes, you’re leaving a carbon footprint everywhere you go. Your travel choices, eating habits, luggage, and your accommodations all have an impact on the planet whether you’re conscious of it or not. So […]

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I am frequently asked by friends, family, co-workers, clients, and even strangers why I chose the path I did. Many assume that the reason is because Emerald Brand is a family business and working here was expected of me, but there’s much more to it than that. I remember being thirteen in the summer of […]

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I can’t help but recall when smoking cigarettes on a plane was the norm, or when using seat-belts was considered just plain annoying. What about when working in hazardous areas unprotected from chemicals, asbestos, etc. was just “part of the job?” “It is safe,” they said. “It won’t harm you,” they said. It finally took […]

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Think about your favorite childhood memory. Is it climbing trees with the neighborhood kids, going swimming at the local pool, or what about having a picnic at your favorite park? Are you noticing the trend here? Growing up, I tried to spend as much time outside as possible. Whether I was playing made-up games with […]

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If it takes just one plastic bag a thousand years (yikes!!) to decompose, why are we filling our houses with them every week? Throughout the day, the average consumer makes a multitude of transactions and decisions, many of which may be autonomous. Some are decisions that they have made so many times that they barely […]

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You recycle; you take reusable bags to the grocery store; maybe you even drive an electric car. You are environmentally responsible. But are you doing everything you can not to waste energy and water at home? These eco-unfriendly energy and water guzzlers take up significantly more energy than you probably imagined. Take control of the […]

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When it comes to going green in your home, the saying about how little things add up is especially true. While you might want to eventually replace all of your old vinyl floors with eco-friendly bamboo or switch from a gasoline vehicle to an electric one, there are plenty of simple and affordable upgrades you […]

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What do rising food costs, animal attacks, and toilets have in common? The California drought has become a slow moving insidious beast making its way across the nation. As a severe drought in California continues to encroach upon its neighboring states, disappearing groundwater across the nation is becoming an imminent threat. In an effort to […]

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