A summer job as a garden designer to get through college led life-long Hampton Bays resident Brittany Phillips to start a new business — Bella Vida Organic Cleaning.
Phillips, who graduated with an English degree from St. Joseph's College, said the gig as a garden designer made her realize how much she loved nature and would like to see it preserved for future generations.
While on break from the job as the season wound down in the fall, Phillips said her creative juices started flowing and she started thinking about a career where should could apply her love of nature.
It then dawned on her that a cleaning business tied in with organic products would be a perfect match for her.
"The whole purpose of the business is to preserve nature," she said.
She said she began by researching, for endless hours, different cleaning concoctions that could be made from all-natural, non-toxic items, like vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice.
All, she said, can be mixed into amazing cleaning products that can kill bacteria and germs. They can also eliminate odors, she said.
After finding the right ingredients, she said she decided to give her cleaning supplies a kick by infusing all-natural aroma therapy products and essential plant oils.
"Plant oils can actually inhibit the growth of bacteria," she said.
Phillips, said she believes that now is a perfect time to start a green business because many people have healthy living on their minds.
"People are realizing that going green isn't for hippies anymore," she said. "There are serious environmental issues that need to be addressed and we need to do everything we can to eliminate toxic chemicals."
And that's not to mention, she said, the importance of using non-toxic cleaning supplies with kids and pets around.
For now, Phillips says she is working out of her home and employs one full-time employee, but she hopes to expand as the summer season kick-off.
She also has plans to create a label for her new cleaning products and packaging them for sale.
For more information, visit Phillips' website here.