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After Markham & Fitz co-owner Lauren Blanco handed one of her company's signature Ooh La Lavender chocolate bars to Andy Glassman, creative director at O, The Oprah Magazine, she says he and his team were hooked. The Bentonville-based company is now featured in the magazine's April sustainability issue for its ethical and organic chocolate production.

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Vet Veggies in Springdale, a veteran-owned enterprise, provides fresh leafy green hydroponic-grown vegetables and herbs year-round to Northwest Arkansas restaurants and grocers. The company is a proving ground for sustainable climate-controlled freight shipping container vegetable farming.

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Twelve Marshallese women are taking a sewing course at the Arkansas Art and Fashion Forum headquarters where they will learn everything from threading a sewing machine to sewing a simple dress. Fashion scene leaders believe teaching sewing to more people is part of laying the groundwork for a future micro batch clothing economy. 

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The goal of LIVSN Designs is to create “versatile, well-made clothing," which will help keep the products out of the landfill. The Fayetteville-based company is wrapping up a Kickstarter campaign to produce a new version of its flex canvas pant.

Melissa Terry has become nationally recognized for her programming on school food waste reduction and recovery.