To environment-friendly business owner, bottled water is all wet

If Lynn Hasselberger asks you for a drink, you'd better not hand her a bottled water.

The North Barrington mother and environmental activist recently launched, a business that sells eco-friendly products geared toward families, and her most popular products are reusable water bottles.

Bottled water -- and the waste it creates -- is among Hasselberger's pet peeves.

"When my son went to school, just seeing the waste ... there were hundreds of kids bringing bottled water every single day in their backpacks. And that's just at one school," she said. "You see a lot of waste."

Hasselberger started researching Earth-friendly products and hosting "Green Parties," where she'd bring products into someone's home and talk about their practicality. She now does that with products.

"People get really excited about it," she said. "People realize there are some really cool things out there, and they don't have to spend a lot of money to transition earth-friendly products in their lives. It's my goal to help families in that way."

Eco-education is also a big part of the business, and Hasselberger organizes a program for schools that educates students on conservation and recycling.

A native of Arlington Heights, Hasselberger spent her teen years in Harvard. There, she and her two brothers worked on a farm and vacationed at the family's cottage in northern Wisconsin, where they saw bald eagles and developed an appreciation for nature.

Along with her son Ethan, 8, she tries to teach people to be conscious of their consumption and limit waste.

"People can make a difference, just by doing one thing alone," she said.

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Special events this week

• Salon Estem, at 490 Crescent in Glen Ellyn, will host a Moroccan themed party starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14. There'll be a fashion show, belly dancing, food, tanning, and prizes given away every 30 minutes. The party is free and open to the public. See for more details.

• If you get a complimentary bra fitting between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at the Lord & Taylor in Oak Brook Center, Wacoal will donate $2 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. If you buy a bra, they'll kick the donation up to $4.

A gift bag filled with eco-friendly products, available at
One of the reusable water bottles sold at
These earth-friendly crayons are among the family products available at, which is run by North Barrington mom Lynn Hasselberger. A package of 16 crayons is $7.99.
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