All Natural Footwear, Knitwear, and Special Gifts
Up Close with EcoDragon
a natural life-style company, is directed by brothers Eric and Wes Crain.
Founded in 1993, the company is guided by the ideals of creating natural
fiber products for a healthy lifestyle and a healthy planet. We offer
fashion-conscious consumers environmentally-friendly alternatives in
footwear and knitwear.
is one of the world's foremost renewable resources and has a long and
impressive list of attributes. It grows successfully without the use
of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Where other crops rob the soil
of nutrients, hemp actually replaces them, making it an excellent rotation
crop. It is the strongest vegetable fiber grown and the most versatile
- used for thousands of years to produce fabrics, paper, ropes and food.
ECODRAGON AND CHINA
Eric and Wes Crain began creating EcoDragon as a fusion of their deep family roots in China and their desire to establish a progressive business. The result is a natural apparel company with strong connections to China built on fair trade, environmentally sustainable practices and respect for the historical culture. Today, EcoDragon is a model for global social responsibility in trade. From community empowerment to ecological standards, EcoDragon is pioneering an alternative, better way of doing business in the international economy.The seeds of EcoDragon's current business in China were planted at home for Eric and Wes. Their parents were some of the first American travelers to China in 1975, at the end of the Cultural Revolution. "Our house was always filled with visiting Chinese professors and artists," recalls Eric. "Both of us traveled to Asia on trips where we experienced Eastern traditions at an early age," adds Wes.
Another important early influence was also local: Helen Snow returned to the Crains hometown with husband Edgar Snow, author of Red Star over China, his tale of the 1930s revolution in China. "Helen told us fascinating history, from the forming of a new country to helping establish the Gung Ho cooperatives." says Eric. Her vision and tireless work on behalf of building mutual understanding was an inspiration. The heart of EcoDragons connection with China is Xi-an, the ancient capital where 7,000 life-sized terra cotta warriors wearing hemp-soled shoes and protecting the tomb of emperor Qin Shi Huang were recently discovered. Xi-an is the gateway to the ancient Silk Road, the major trade route to the West and also the agricultural region that has traditionally grown hemp. Hemp has a rich history in China, dating thousands of years. EcoDragon has adopted this sustainable tradition of organic farming and indigenous skills of processing the fiber to develop our products.
The combination of family history, personal interest in Chinese traditions, and the wish to promote positive Sino-American exchange is why EcoDragon does business with China. "We are creating a progressive model for global business trade that offers an alternative to the usual approach," explain Eric and Wes. "Our fair trade principles and high environmental standards guide the way we do business in China. Add to this our knowledge of and respect for Chinese culture, and EcoDragon is able to positively impact this important trade relationship as a truly socially responsible company."
We are based in Portland, Maine in the city's "Old Port." Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Email: email@example.com Phone: 207-775-6900 Orders: 888-882-HEMP Fax: 207-775-6999
Mail: PO Box 425, Portland, ME 04112
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