"We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children".
We have so much diversity on this planet and so much to learn and gain from sharing culture and ideas. Woven together human consciousness forms a tapestry that teaches us how to live and love each other. Born to a planet that possesses everything we need to survive and heal. Some Wisdom that has found me and made a profound impact upon me is from the Iroquois:
"In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation... even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine."
As I have brought four children into this world I consider often their future and the future of their children and children’s children onwards. I always say that once you have kids you must be an optimist otherwise you are irresponsible.
So in creating and founding Cleopatra I’ve thought about the legacy that I want to leave my great great great great great great great grandchild. The freshwater and clean air. Blue sky, wilderness, oceans…. I thank my ancestors every day for all they have given me and know that I must pass the blessing forward.
When we designed the packaging for our hemp cigarettes I was adamant about not using plastic cellophane to wrap our smokes. Single use plastic has become the bane of our existence, its remnants found now even in the umbilical blood of newborns. So I designed a wrapping from recycled kraft paper that is hand pressed by a local Artist who lives two blocks from my doorstep and uses a hand carved woodcut to create an embossed cartouche of Cleopatra’s name. I seal the packages with glue and a single wax stamp. We send everything out in recycled paper boxes that I walk to the post office a few blocks away. Our hemp filters are 100% biodegradable as is the hemp paper that envelopes the CBD flower which is grown in southern OR on a beautiful biodynamic and organic farm.
Our holistic skincare line harnesses the healing powers of CBD. A gift from Mother Nature that is stunning in its healing properties for skin, psyche and soul. We use glass jars and tins for our balm. All recyclable and created with minimal packaging.
Because I have a responsibility to leave a world to my descendants that is viable and beautiful.