綠兔子工作室

「綠兔子工作室」成立於2011年的台北,由Miffy和陳仁全這對夫妻檔經營。Miffy兒子有過動的狀況,有天她閱讀《浮萍男孩》一書,指出現代男孩正受著環境雌激素干擾內分泌平衡。於是Miffy回想起小時候經常食用色彩塑膠紙包裝的糖果,或許是裡面的環境雌激素影響了兒子。事實上,在發明塑膠用具之前,我們的祖先會運用自然界的素材製作日常用具,稱為自然民具。在沒有塑膠用具的協助下,前人不是仍能過得很好嗎?

他們接觸到自然民具後,決心將其推廣。售賣之餘,亦有舉辦手製教學課程及分享概念。Miffy說,手作民具費工費時、利潤又低,多數只有老人家願意做。Miffy想藉著「綠兔子工作室」推廣老人手作,讓他們退休後仍有收入過活,同時把手作的樂趣,及低(無)塑的綠色生活理念帶到下一代,令環境荷爾蒙及慢性毒害可逐步減少。「綠兔子」多以竹製作民具,它生長快速,大量收成都不會對生態有影響。用竹吸管喝飲料時會有淡淡竹香,可從中感受到竹子的生命力。他們也喜愛順應節氣尋找合適時令的植物作植物染。他們希望,「綠兔子工作室」是一件做到很老很老也不用退休的好事。

"Nature Miffy" was established in Taipei in 2011 and is operated by Miffy and her husband Chen Ren-Quan. One day she read the book "Boys Adrift", it was pointing out that modern boys are suffering from endocrine balance caused by environmental estrogen. Miffy's son has been so hyperactive and she recalled that she often ate candies that are wrapped with colored plastic paper when she was a child. Miffy though that the environmental estrogen inside the plastic paper has affected his son. In fact, before the invention of plastic utensils, our ancestors used natural materials to make utensils, and they can still live well without the presence of plastic materials, wasn’t they?

After the two of them got to know natural utensils, they were determined to promote them. Besides selling natural utensils, they also held workshops and talks to share concepts with more people. Miffy said that working on natural utensils is time consuming and only comes with low profits. Thus, only the elderlies are willing to do it. Miffy wants to promote the elderly craftmanship through "Nature Miffy" so that they will still have income after retirement. At the same time, Miffy wants to elicit the interest of the young generations towards the old craftmanship and the concept of low (no) plastic life. She hopes the environment hormone and chronic poisoning can be gradually reduced with the decreasing use of plastics.

"Nature Miffy" mostly uses bamboo to make natural utensils. Bamboo grows fast. Therefore, the Ecology will not be affected even if a large number of harvests. When you drink with a bamboo straw, there will be a light bamboo fragrance and you can feel the vitality of the bamboo. They also like to find suitable seasonal plants for plant dyeing.