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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Jeans gone green

Kristy Kurjan - April 18th, 2011
Jeans Gone Green: Eco-Friendly Footwear
By: Kristy Kurjan
“Good for the earth- Good for your sole,” is Jeans Gone Green’s motto.
Keeping denim out of landfills through stylish sandals is the idea behind
the local sandal company. Founded April 2009 by Jen Lett, Adam Lett and
Mike Kittendorf, Jeans Gone Green provides eco-friendly footwear. The
hand-crafted sandals are known for their comfort as well as their
innovative way of turning rescued denim into fashionable flip-flops and
shoe bags.
The company’s recycling efforts start at a local level. Denim is first
collected through charitable non-profit organizations including the
Women’s Resource Center and Salvation Army. The re-purposed materials are
then sent off to be prepared and cut down to size by Grand Traverse
Industries, a Northern Michigan company employing individuals with
development disabilities. Jeans Gone Green goes one step further by giving
unused scraps back to Good Will Industries for further recycling.
One of Jeans Gone Green’s largest earth friendly efforts is keeping
production in the United States, specifically in Northern Michigan. The
products are hand-crafted by a “team of moms,” who are responsible for
much of the unique artisan work that goes into the shoes. This production
method works well for both employer and the eleven moms who appreciate the
flexible work schedule. “We would not be doing what we do without the team
of mom’s- everyone has their own talent,” says Lett.
Even the “shoe box” is earth friendly. Unlike mainstream shoe companies,
Jeans Gone Green doesn’t use cardboard shoe boxes. Instead, they developed
their own eco-conscious shoe bags to store the product. Their patent
pending design re-purposes the leg of a pair of jeans, pockets and straps
to create a unique shoe bag for storage. With each in-store purchase the
customer is able to choose their own unique shoe bag. Helping to save the
planet one bag at a time!
In addition to being eco- conscious, the sandals are exceptionally
comfortable, Lett explains. The eva sole is made out of a cushiony
memory-like foam which is soft yet provides excellent arch support. The
outer sole is made from recycled rubber pavement parts. “Our customers
live in the shoes all day and into the evening,” explains Lett. “They are
resort casual so you can dress them up or down.”
The flip-flops are available in various colors, embellished with Swarovski
crystals, and embroidered. The “original” design is denim with multi
colored crystals while other option include black denim and multi-colored
stitched themes. A speciality white pair is popular for brides and their
wedding parties. The sandals are offered in women’s adult sizes 6 to 10
and retail for $72. Each pair is hand-made and unique all the way down to
the denim tabs on the back of the shoe.
The sandals are sold in high-end boutiques like Heart N’ Sole in Harbor
Springs and What to Wear in Traverse City/Elk Rapids. They can also be
found in stores across the United States including stores in Florida,
Texas and New York. “They are for fashionable females who want to be
comfortable, cute and practical,” says Lett. “We are also pretty popular
with the tween crowd. “
How did the company first get its start? “After economic cut backs, I was
left to find something else to do. I started showing my denim sandals to
people, got reactions, made prototypes and then it took off from there,”
says Lett, previously in IT recruiting and a teacher. “I feel like it was
a blessing because it gave me the push to try. I thought, ‘wow, if I don’t
do it now I probably never will.’ Everything happens for a reason.”
The next step for the growing company is towards charitable efforts. Their
newest shoe is dedicated to the fight against breast cancer featuring a
pink embroidered ribbon. Twenty percent of the sales of this shoe will go
to support cancer research. The company also participates in area
fundraisers. For example, they are creating orange and black flip-flops to
be sold in support of the Elk Rapid’s school district with proceeds given
back to the school. “I’m a big believer in when you give back, what comes
around goes around,” says Lett.
For Jeans Gone Green the future looks bright. Lett explains the company’s
process in relation to a roller coaster; “We have been climbing the hill
for a longtime and are starting to have a view!”

Check out www.JeansGoneGreen.com






 
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