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Sustainability Spotlight: CBYMCREATIVE

Mar 14, 2019

by Valerie Rains

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Meet the makers who are making a difference for our planet, one eco-friendly design at a time.

While CBYMCREATIVE’s handsomely photographed geometric wall shelves, sculptural succulent planters, and elegantly striped edge-grain cutting boards qualify as bona fide Instagram eye candy (and even made the cut for Etsy’s Instagram Best Nine last year), there’s far more to this family-run home decor brand than meets the screen.

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“Taking the resources that we’re given in this world and using them to their fullest potential is something that my family has always been passionate about,” says the shop’s founder and designer Mary Kim, who runs CBYMCREATIVE with the help of her father—a former university engineering professor with a renewable-energy speciality—her brother, and a small crew of skilled woodworkers near the Arkansas-Oklahoma border.

Trees in the Ozarks

Trees growing on Mary Kim’s family property

Wood awaiting use by CBYMCREATIVE

The solar-powered kiln where wood is dried before use

With 100 family-owned acres of black walnut and sturdy, furniture-friendly red and white oak in their backyard, Mary and her team don’t have to go far to find the raw materials for their popular accent pieces and display-worthy tablewares. They focus on harvesting mature and fallen trees—”we try to use only what we know will be replenished in the next few years,” Mary says—plus the occasional lucky log that washes up on the banks of the nearby Illinois River. This approach not only helps maintain a balanced forest ecosystem, it also serves to ensure that their supply of high-quality wood will last for the long haul.

Wood being sanded in the CBYMCREATIVE workshop

A work in progress at the CBYMCREATIVE woodshop

A CBYMCREATIVE woodworking puts a finishing touch on a piece

Putting on the finishing touches

CBYMCREATIVE founder Mary Kim with her family

Mary Kim with her husband, Will, and their dog, Finn

Aerial shot of the Ozarks

CBYMCREATIVE’s eco-conscious approach doesn’t stop with sourcing. “We built our kiln out of solar panels, which is why our wood takes a little longer to dry—we use the sun, not fossil fuels,” Mary explains. Also, all the shop’s cutting boards and kitchen utensils are hand-milled and cured with organic beeswax, and every bit of scrap from the wood harvest, from leaves and twigs to small branches, is used as kindling or fertilizer or else chopped into sawdust for the family’s animal beds. “Everything that comes from the tree goes back into the ground one way or another,” Mary says. “That’s something we’re really proud of.”

Photographs courtesy of CBYMCREATIVE.

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ORIGINAL Trending Hanging Triangle Planter for Succulents and Air Plants, Triangle Shelf, Wood Shelf
ORIGINAL Trending Hanging Triangle Planter for Succulents and Air Plants, Triangle Shelf, Wood Shelf
CBYMCREATIVE
$90.00 USD
Lazy Susan Extra Large 22" for Tabletops, Butchers Block, Centerpiece, Charcuterie, Turntable, Hard wood, Mixed Wood, Farmhouse Style
Lazy Susan Extra Large 22" for Tabletops, Butchers Block, Centerpiece, Charcuterie, Turntable, Hard wood, Mixed Wood, Farmhouse Style
CBYMCREATIVE
$225.00 USD
ORIGINAL Trending Hanging Diamond Planter for Succulents, Air Plants, Diamond Shelf, Wood Shelf
ORIGINAL Trending Hanging Diamond Planter for Succulents, Air Plants, Diamond Shelf, Wood Shelf
CBYMCREATIVE
$90.00 USD
A Beautiful Mess x Etsy - Oval Footed Tray, Natural Cherry Wood, Great for Ottomans, Cheese Boards, or Kitchen Vignette
A Beautiful Mess x Etsy - Oval Footed Tray, Natural Cherry Wood, Great for Ottomans, Cheese Boards, or Kitchen Vignette
CBYMCREATIVE
$64.00 USD
Live edge wooden "C" table. End Table, Laptop table
Live edge wooden "C" table. End Table, Laptop table
CBYMCREATIVE
$210.00 USD
Handcrafted Circular Wooden Stool, Oak
Handcrafted Circular Wooden Stool, Oak
CBYMCREATIVE
$49.99 USD
Modern Square Nesting Coffee and End Table Oak Walnut Hickory (Set of 2)
Modern Square Nesting Coffee and End Table Oak Walnut Hickory (Set of 2)
CBYMCREATIVE
$655.00 USD
Handcrafted Butcher's Block Cutting and Charcuterie Board in Black walnut, Red oak, White oak, Modern Cheese Board
Handcrafted Butcher's Block Cutting and Charcuterie Board in Black walnut, Red oak, White oak, Modern Cheese Board
CBYMCREATIVE
$85.00 USD
Mini Cutting or Cheese Board with Handle, Perfect for Small Bites or Quick Chops, Great for Kitchen Display, Organic and Natural Finish
Mini Cutting or Cheese Board with Handle, Perfect for Small Bites or Quick Chops, Great for Kitchen Display, Organic and Natural Finish
CBYMCREATIVE
$45.00 USD
Handcrafted Wood Cutting Board, Charcuterie Board, Cheese Plate for Serving and Dining
Handcrafted Wood Cutting Board, Charcuterie Board, Cheese Plate for Serving and Dining
CBYMCREATIVE
$85.00 USD
Large Wooden Hexagon Serving Tray for Parties Dining Serving Entertaining
Large Wooden Hexagon Serving Tray for Parties Dining Serving Entertaining
CBYMCREATIVE
$68.00 USD
Handcrafted Rectangular Wooden Stool, Oak
Handcrafted Rectangular Wooden Stool, Oak
CBYMCREATIVE
$49.99 USD

1 Featured Comment

  • 99Irishgirl

    Elly Home from EllyHome said 1 year ago Featured

    These products are gorgeous and the fact that they come from an eco-friendly shop using sustainable materials make them even more wonderful! Excellent work.

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