Brad Kerner of Fairfield turned a coronavirus lockout passion project and lifetime pastime into a business operation, which is now looking to expand.
Kerner, dubbed The Eco Dude, first opened Eco Evolution as part of a sweepstakes for a temporary Washington Street business. Eco Evolution debuted in the contest in June for a two-month trial period, organised by local real estate group AGW SONO and its marketing agency, OnWashington.
Kerner chose to acquire a lease after the trial period, and Eco Evolution became a permanent SoNo staple at 135 Washington St. Kerner remarked, “It went so well that I signed a five-year lease.” “I adore the South Norwalk neighbourhood.”
Eco Evolution is a marketplace and environmentally conscious retailer that has 40 Connecticut-based artisans selling their items. Customers can bring their containers to be filled with detergent or soap to reduce plastic waste at the store, which also sells recycled or used things and eco-friendly alternatives like a soap refill station.
Eighty percent of the products at Eco Evolution are sourced from an average eight-hour drive. According to the store’s website, 70% of the products are made by women-owned businesses, while 17% are made by BIPOC-owned enterprises.
Kerner stated of the store’s eco-friendly merchandise and alternatives, “I remove the responsibility of thinking about and researching it all.” “How can I make that more environmentally friendly?” You’ve come to see me.”