Sparkle on! Introducing Rumi, November’s Girls Inc. Girl of the Month

Each month, we will feature a different girl from the Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area program, a program of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and an affiliate of Girls Incorporated®, a national research, education and direct advocacy organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold. This November, we would like to introduce you to Rumi!

Rumi is 10 years old and lives in Ipswich, MA. She has already had the opportunity to live in a few different places in her life – Hamilton, Ipswich and even Colorado! She participates in Girls Inc. through Winthrop Elementary.

Rumi is an entrepreneur with a passion for protecting the environment. She created USA Eco Glitter (USA stands for Unicorn Sparkle Association), an environmentally-friendly glitter company.

We asked Rumi a few questions about her company, her love for the environment and where she sees herself in the future.

Why did you create USA Eco Glitter?

In third grade I read a Time for Kids magazine about the environment and it made me want to help. I also love glitter and use it for everything. I learned that glitter isn’t the best for the environment, and I wanted to make an eco-friendly glitter. At first my mom and I were going to grind our own mica for glitter, but instead we got in contact with a Fair Trade company and we now work with them to create our glitter and packaging.

What is your favorite way to use USA Eco Glitter?

I like to make cards, I like to paint with it, use it with clay, and I even mix the glitter with aloe and use it as makeup!

What is one important thing everyone can do to protect our planet?

Reduce, reuse and recycle – and buy our glitter of course! There are so many ways to help the environment. One other thing is to be aware of is what you are buying and how much plastic or packaging that product is using.

We are working on new packaging for our glitter. Right now we are still using some plastic. We did not want to use glass because our product is marketed towards kids and we want them to be safe. We are working on a new ecofriendly glitter container, but for now, please reuse and recycle our plastic containers.

Do you have a role model, or someone you look up to?

I love reading the books about women that have changed the world, like the book Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. All the girls in there are very inspiring. I also look up to Michelle Obama because she is always helping people, and my mom is also one of my role models because she helps me with the company.

What do you hope you are doing 10 years from now?

In 10 years, I hope my glitter company has taken off. I want to create more products with my glitter, like slime. The slime recipes that are out now are not very eco-friendly, so we are doing research to make a more ecofriendly slime option.

I also want to end homelessness by creating affordable housing and creating classes for the homeless to teach them about how to manage money. When I was younger my dad used to work in Boston. I would see homeless people in the streets, and I wanted to help. I didn’t have a lot of money to help, so I hope that I will make a lot of money from my glitter company so I can help the homeless. I am happier when I see the homeless people now because I know one day, I am going to stop it and I will give them each $100.

How can we find your eco glitter?

You can purchase the glitter online or at:

The Happy Whale Rockport, MA

Toodeloo’s in Gloucester, MA

Jonathan the Painter’s Art Studio Rockport, MA

Betsy Frost Design in Ipswich, MA

Russell Orchards in Ipswich, MA

Spa Tech Institute in Ipswich, MA

The Little Seedling in Ann Arbor, MI

The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT

Buy online here: https://www.ecoglitterusa.com/shop

Social media:

Instagram: @usaecoglitter

Facebook: Unicorn Sparkle Association

 

Contribute to the Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area

Provide one year of healthy relationship programming to a school in our community – $5,000

Provide two weeks of summer vacation camp to 10 girls – $2,500

Provides 20 hours of media literacy programming – $500

Give one girl the opportunity to participate in Strong, Smart & Safe Camp during the summer – $250

Feed our students! These Students need snacks at the end of a school day – $100

The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center believes that girls are stronger, more confident and less likely to become victims of domestic violence when they are empowered through education. We currently offer Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area programs for girls in the following Massachusetts towns: Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Ipswich, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury.

Girls Inc. of the Seacoast area is an affiliate of Girls Incorporated®, a national research, education and direct advocacy organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The Girls Inc. national network includes research-based curricula delivered by trained professionals to equip girls to achieve academically; to lead healthy and physically active lives; to manage money; to navigate media messages; and to discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math.