If you’re looking for all-natural household cleaners, personal care and beauty products, or tea and coffee, you can now find them right in Sterling. Econic, a refill/sustainability store, was welcomed as a new Logan County Chamber of Commerce member with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.
Located at 213 Main Street, Robyn Miller opened the business last October after her life was transformed when she entered her first zero waste/refill store in 2022.
“All of my products are natural, they come from the earth and can go right back to earth, no chemicals, no sulfates, no parabens,” she said. “They’re good for you; they’re good for your body.”
Miller’s products include bodywash, handwash and shampoo from Oneka, a Canada-based company that offers nontoxic personal care products made with organic and wild harvested herbal extracts; Nellie’s laundry soda, which is non-toxic and plant-friendly; Georganics mineral toothpaste powder, mineral toothpaste and oil pulling mouthwash; Merli Wraps beeswax wrap rolls; Boozy Babes fruit and herb alcohol infusion kits; JuniperSeed Mercantile’s lip balm, muscle salve and headache balm; Econic’s own brand of beard oils, hydrating facial mist and sugar scrubs, and more.
One of the best things about her store, Miller says is that you can try different products without having to buy a large amount. Bring your own mason jar, fill it however full you want it and Miller will weigh it to determine the price.
“Then you can just try products and you don’t get stuck with it if it doesn’t work for you and your family or that you don’t like,” she said.
Or you can buy a container at the store and then bring it back to be refilled when you need more and you’ll get a discounted price. For example, if you buy a container of Nellie’s laundry soap it will cost you $26 and if you bring that same container back the next time you visit the store the cost is $18 to refill it.
Customers can also customize various products with their own scents.
“So you don’t have to stay in that citrus bubble, that lavender bubble, if you like ylang-ylang, vanilla, thyme, rosemary, anything like that, we can make your own scent for you, I can personalize it,” Miller said.
Along with selling her products, Miller has also been hosting special events. Her store had a Wellness Weekend with yoga and massages earlier this month and on Friday she hosted her first-ever plant swap in honor of Earth Day. Next, she hopes to do a Yin and Pin event with yoga and acupuncture.
Just a few months in and she is already loving what she has created with her business.
“It’s very fun, I like the community, I like the people that come in and use the products,” Miller said.
To learn more about Econic follow them on Facebook or visit, https://livingeconic.com/.