The eco-entrepreneur who captured our hearts: the Atelier Entre-Peaux

Atelier Entre-Peaux gives a second life to flex banners.

Something new on Green by Nature blog! Each month, Cascades will shine the spotlight on a young entrepreneur who stands out for his or her eco-friendly practices and environmental values. This month, we are pleased to introduce the Atelier Entre-Peaux and its founder Maude Léonard.

In 2004, designer Maude Léonard made the decision to go green. In no time at all, her upholstery and leather studio was transformed into a recycling workshop, and she began rooting through her recycling bin to see what she could create with the materials nobody else wanted.

 

A snapshot of Entre-Peaux
  • PRODUCTS: shoulder bags, backpacks, bibs, change purses, pencil cases
  • MATERIALS USED: recycled flex banner used for advertising
  • MATERIALS RECOVERED SINCE 2008: 11.5 tonnes of advertising material
  • NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 4
  • LOCATION: Montréal
  • NUMBER OF  RETAIL OUTLETS: 25

Green from head to toe

Eco-design is much more than just using recycled materials, it’s a lifestyle! As much as possible, the Atelier Entre-Peaux uses donated advertising materials that come from local sources, and most of its office supplies are recycled. Maude also takes her environmental values home with her: she consumes little, opts for second-hand items, recycles, recovers, composts, and uses public transportation.

Maude’s favourite bag: the shoulder bag

It’s the perfect design for our young eco-entrepreneur. It has oodles of pockets that really come in handy, whether you’re at work or on holiday! And she loves the image of the young couple walking in the park on a fall day, because it reminds her of when she first met her sweetheart! 🙂

What’s on the horizon for 2015?

New products, new retail outlets and new markets! Don’t miss a thing; follow the Atelier Entre-Peaux on Facebook!

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Do you know a young entrepreneur who gives a second life to used items? Don’t hesitate to let us know about your favourite eco-entrepreneur!

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About the Author
Anne-Marie Gingras

A Communications Advisor with Cascades since 2011, Anne-Marie now also fulfills the position of Community Manager. She holds a BA in Public Communication from the Université Laval and a Certificate in Marketing from the Université de Trois-Rivières. As Community Manager, she is in constant contact with the public, sharing the company's newest innovations and reporting on its involvement within the communities it calls home. "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work for a company that is responsible, respectful and transparent. It gives me a great sense of pride! Through social media, we are now able to interact with the population and we value this close contact. Cascades is an organization that encourages creativity and initiative, which allows us to develop in a very stimulating work environment."

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