With our farm-to-package supply chain we create compostable packaging and contribute to local farming and global waste reduction. We are committed to carbon-footprint transparency. 1% of all our proceeds will go to charities.
We believe you should know WHAT is in your package, WHAT your package is made of, HOW to dispose of it, and how all three affect YOU.
A Washington, DC native, Carey has worked in the sustainable personal-care
industry for over 16 years. She trained with Aveda, Aveda London, and Vidal
Sassoon, and has worked at some of the most prestigious salons in the National
Capital region. With her commitment to the well being of her clients, Carey
provides them with the safest, most environmentally sound, and highest-quality
products and treatments available. Carey was the first color professional in the DC
metropolitan area to offer the only 100% organic color system on the market.
As a mother and longtime sustainability advocate, Carey is equally passionate in
her environmental work, and particularly about the scourge of plastic pollution.
Utilizing her deep knowledge of plant biochemistry and nutrition, combined with
her college-major marketing skills, Carey founded Elysian Holdings and began
operations in 2018. Elysian’s main objective is to tackle the global pandemic of
plastic pollution affecting our oceans, groundwater, and food supplies by building a way for family farms to embrace the cultivation of newly legalized industrial hemp.
Carey’s friend for over a dozen years, and with relatives in dairy farming in his
native Pennsylvania, Tom is a seasoned entrepreneur and chemical engineer. He is the co-founder of PaceControls, a DOE-funded smart grid company based at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, as well as Elysian Holdings. PaceControls’ award-
winning Android IoT technology is used by global property managers like CBRE,
by Fortune 500 companies, and by large electric and gas utilities, to connect,
control and optimize the operation of the millions of cooling and heating units that otherwise would be unconnected -- improving electric grid operations, reducing
carbon impact 20%+, and saving customers money.
Tom brings an extensive background in sustainable technology development and licensing, as well as significant small-company, corporate financing, and strategic partnering experience. He was selected in 2010 as a Fellow under a program for cleantech CEOs, funded by the Citi Foundation and the SJF Institute. He was selected by the Hitachi Foundation in 2011 and 2012 as an entrepreneur mentor to growing companies, and has served as a member and investment reviewer with
Investors Circle-Social Venture Network, a national network of investors focused
on growing sustainable businesses. Tom holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering
from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania. He has four years of power operating experience as a
U.S. Navy submarine nuclear propulsion officer prior to business school, and has
done doctoral program coursework in Finance and in Logistics, Technology
and Project Management at George Washington University.
PRESIDENT, VOTE HEMP
Eric Steenstra is a hemp industry pioneer and serial entrepreneur. He cofounded hemp clothing and lifestyle brand Ecolution with Steve DeAngelo in 1992 and grew it into a multi-million dollar business. He now serves as the president of Vote Hemp, the leading hemp advocacy organization that he co-founded in 2000. He is also the Chief Strategy and Partnering Officer for Elysian and a consultant to the economic development arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and trusted source to the media, including the NY Times, CNN, Rolling Stone, Politico and the Washington Post.
Steenstra lead Vote Hemp’s efforts to pass hemp farming legislation nationwide. In 2005, Steenstra worked with Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) to draft the first modern U.S. hemp legislation (H.R. 3037) introduced in Congress. In 2012 he worked with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) to get companion hemp legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate. Steenstra worked with Congressman Polis (D-CO) and Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) to have hemp legislation included in the 2014 Farm Bill that enabled the first legal hemp farming in over 50 years and resulted in more than 290,000 acres of hemp being planted across 34 states in 2019. Vote Hemp also played an integral role in the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill including fully removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and moving it under USDA authority.
Bill Kramer comes to the hemp industry with a broad background in social benefit enterprises and a long history in business. Bill started his career with a family bookstore, Sidney Kramer Books, in Washington DC., a store founded by his father after World War II. The bookshop served worldwide markets in the public and private sectors with its deep coverage of politics, economics, military affairs, business management, science and technology and current affairs. In 1976, Bill conceived and created the first bookstore/café , Kramerbooks & afterwords, which became the model for hundreds of similar operations around the globe.
After starting ten separate book enterprises, from retail to wholesale to publishing, Bill left the sector to start his own NGO focusing on expanding access to knowledge – print and digital – to under-served developing economies. That work led him to join World Resources Institute, a ‘think-and-do’ tank in DC, where he co-directed, and worked with, a team on ‘triple-bottom-line’ business models serving low-income communities. The team published a pioneering data-driven study, “The Next Four Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid”, a work that has had deep influence on how aid agencies and the private sector approach poverty reduction. He and the WRI team worked with scores of multinational companies to develop ‘bottom-up’ business models that advance social and economic progress, environmental regeneration, while assuring competitive profit margins.
Bill moved to Colorado in 2010 (a long-time goal since he met his wife skiing in Vail in 1976 and where he and the family returned at least annually) in order to work full-time at Colorado State University’s School of Business, where he conceived and founded The Center for Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise. During his Fort Collins days, he also co-founded and led a company that cleaned up the 2-stroke motorcycle engines powering Asia’s ‘tuk-tuks’.
In recent years Bill has devoted attention to local pro-bono work, serving on committees promoting the North Boulder Arts District, and becoming a trustee of Shining Mountain Waldorf School.
He continues to mentor start-ups that deliver social benefit and potentially large-scale sector transformation, such as Elysian Holding, where he is enthusiastically engaged with Carey and Tom, and the growing Elysian team, in building just such a venture.
Co-Founder of both Ocean Foundation and Plastic Pollution Coalition; long time international advocate for, builder of anti-plastic solutions.
International Finance Corporation investment officer, 15 years plus experience in banking, technology investing, and board oversight.
U.S. Green Building Council--co-creator, lead.
Bethesda Green Mentor, CEO, Local Reinvestment Group and Managing Partner, Compost Crew; extensive startup experience (SunEdison)
Bethesda Green Mentor, organic and green chemistry expert and founder of her consultancy, Towards Safer, LLC.
Our Mission and Values reflect the fundamental principle that everyone is welcome. We aspire to be a place of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. Diversity makes us stronger, and the creation of an inclusive culture allows us to succeed and grow together.
Elysian is committed to the highest practices in resourcing our products. We are transparent in our practices and how to dispose of your packaging.
At Elysian we partner with local areas businesses to provide opportunities for our employees to serve our greater community. Elysian takes its role as a community resource seriously.
Elysian believes in working with local suppliers and the highest resource standards.
Elysian believes in helping others through hard times. We will dedicate 1% of our profits to missions aligned with this goal.
At Elysian we serve our customers by resourcing and selling in local communities. We want customers to know what is in their package, what it's made of, and how to dispose of it.
The Be Impact Initiative provides participating companies with tools and Workshop Series to benchmark, express and improve their triple-bottom-line impact (people, profit, planet). Through this program, our region is encouraging the triple-bottom-line business philosophy, so that one day, companies thrive not only to be the best, but also to attract the best for workers, and improve communities and the environment. https://bethesdagreen.org
Plastic Pollution Coalition is a growing global alliance of more than 750 organizations, businesses, and thought leaders in 60 countries working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, waterways, the ocean, and the environment.