Being an eco-conscious consumer can sometimes feel like traveling up river without a paddle. Lucky for us, Echo Paddles are helping customers make earth-friendly choices. The Canadian-based company handcrafts elegant wooden paddles to individual specifications using sustainably harvested local wood certified by the Managed Forest Program. The paddles are guaranteed to last at least two years, setting them apart from flimsier versions that get tossed like so many other single-serve items. The company even provides a tune-up service for normal wear and tear.

But the best part about Echo Paddles is the company itself: An off grid, passive solar workshop powers the woodworking equipment with solar panels and a back-up veggie oil powered diesel generator for cloudy Canadian days.

Story by Jessica A. Knoblauch. This article originally appeared in Plenty in July 2008. This story was added to


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