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WestCoast ECO Home: Pushing Parameters by Doreen Marion Gee This is the first in a four-part series on some of the unique and local shops the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. "We all have to live in the same house. Wouldn't it be fabulous if everybody had the same respect for each other and their house! It is the same on planet earth." Anita Rydygier, proprietor of WestCoast ECO Home in Sidney, is a long-term thinker with a philosophy of living simpler and living better. Her progressive ideas are pushing boundaries with a whole new paradigm of health and sustainability. WestCoast ECO Home stemmed from the ECO Design business of Anita's partner, J.C. Scott, an interior designer who has been promoting eco-sustainable healthy green interiors for 30 years. Anita sells furniture, handmade crafts, lighting, jewelry, carpets and skin care products at her attractive, glistening store. Her place is a step into the future: all natural green products, created or grown without chemicals, and healthy for humans and the planet. The furniture has no glues or varnishes and their carpets are chemical-free – easy on us and the environment. Some items are made from recycled and reclaimed wood, helping to lessen our imprint on planet earth. Her skin care and health care products are chemical-free, with no formaldehydes and no parabens. "It is about nourishment and protection." Anita talked about a woman with chronic psoriasis who had given up all hope until she got the gentle healing relief of the cream at WestCoast ECO.

WestCoast ECO Home operates under a new paradigm, a new longterm way of thinking. The whole philosophy of their store is "value for money:" providing beauty, sustainability, and local products. WestCoast ECO products may cost a little more, "but the value is exponential:" their health-enhancing features have the potential to result in incredible long-term health care savings. Organic food is a useful analogy. A small extra cost ensures more nutrients for the dollar, longer lasting food, and a well-nourished family with lasting health benefits. Anita's mantra is buy less, but own the best. Anita loves to showcase the work of gifted and talented artisans on Vancouver Island. She sees her store as a return to a time of handmade craftsmanship – before the industrial age. Her exquisite products "just emanate the passion and love of the artist and what the craftsman put into it. Artists push the parameters of society. Creativity should be prevalent in our lives. We need innovation, we need to move forward or else we will be stagnant." In her store's "Mission Statement," Anita is dedicated to her progressive work: "Our retail and online stores are committed to providing our customers with products that are healthy for people, healthy for homes and healthy for our fragile planet." Anita is pushing the edges of our own collective limited mindset. We should listen. Contact:


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Seaside Magazine September 2013 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...