Thinking of burying a St. Joseph statue? Go green with EcoJoe!

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One of the women I'm on twitter with (@cindylinsf) sells a product called "EcoJoe".  For some reason I always thought it was something to do with hemp, t-shirts or coffee, never having actually looked at her website.  She's fun to tweet with, is a home stager and that was about it. But a recent tweet sent me over there because I realized it had to do with real estate.  She sells biodegradable St. Joseph statues to bury in your yard.  You know, the myth, hyped-up rumor, idea that if you plant a plastic St. Joseph statue in your yard, it will sell your house faster. 

I'd heard of this over the years - it was pretty big in the 90's but it seems to be making a comeback.  I'm of the eco joe packagethought that it can't hurt.  A positive mind-set is always a good thing but I wouldn't hold my breath.  

Anyway - I always thought the idea of putting plastic in the ground was not very healthy for the environment not to mention kind of superstitious (which I'm not).  People won't dig them up - I mean, really - who could remember exactly where they stuck it? And seriously, how can this really work?  But Cindy Lin, EcoJoe founder, came up with such a cool idea that I had to share it.  And no, I'm not making any commissions or getting any kickbacks, I just thought this was pretty nifty.  Like the statues of old, the EcoJoe St. Joseph statue is made from clay - and the best part is that when it decomposes - it doesn't leave any toxins behind. Even the packaging is recycled and printed with soy ink.  Where can you go wrong?

Our family is very environmentally conscious.  We recycle, we compost, we live in a tiny house, etc.  I cringe when I see disposable water bottles and plastic packaging.  So this product not only cracked me up but it made me think, hmmm, what a great idea to combine something people already want to do with something that won't hurt the planet. 

I just wanted to share this - and if you are an agent who believes in this practice or a home seller looking for that little "edge", check this out:  EcoJoe.  And for those of us who are "green" or looking for a way to show some green creds - this could be a sweet way to start.



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Charlie Arthur, CCIM
RE/MAX FIRST, INC. - Port Townsend, WA

Awesome!  What a cool and funny product.  Lots of fun. 

God Bless you in 2010.  Keep on Keepin on!

Dec 31, 2009 09:46 AM #1
Mandy Buchholz
Benchmark Realty, LLC - Murfreesboro, TN

Hello fellow environmentalist; sometime I think I am the only one who cares about our land. We had a hard time selling one of our homes and talked about putting him in the ground.

Dec 31, 2009 09:55 AM #2
Cindy Lin
Staged4more School of Home Staging - South San Francisco, CA
Host, The Home Staging Show podcast

Thanks for the nice plug!! EcoJoe has been a great adventure for me since I've never been in the product development world. And yes, we are coming out with some fun limited edition T shirts for EcoJoe as well to spread the love (see -> photos -> album: EJ Hopeful Ts for the mock ups).

I'm thrilled that you love the idea. He is also a great promotional tool since he is styled as a gift box. Several stagers and staging training companies have become wholesalers/retailers so they can resale or give them away to realtors at 50% off retail pricing. Def a great ice breaker at events.

Anyway, enough plugging EJ! Happy new year and I'll see you around on Twitter :)


Cindy (@cindylinsf / @ecojoe / @staged4more)

Dec 31, 2009 06:24 PM #3
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Liz: How nice of you to highlight Eco Joe and Cindy Lin. I have an Eco Joe, and I agree, the packaging is fun and really well done. Overall, this is a great product and I applaud Cindy for 1) coming up with the concept 2) bringing her idea to fruition.

Jan 01, 2010 02:50 AM #4
Liz Jenkins
a fresh space :: home staging & thoughtful organizing - Franklin, TN

Well, Cindy, I'll have to get a t-shirt when they come out!  I'm going to pass the word around to stagers & agents I know around here.  For me, it's more the eco aspect (as Mandy points out) rather than the saint part but well done on your part.  Michelle - I totally agree with you on bringing the idea to fruition.  That's the hardest part I think and I am so impressed with anyone who is able to do this which is why I wanted to post about the EcoJoe.

Thanks for the comments!

Jan 01, 2010 04:08 AM #5
Anthea Click
Fresh Perspectives - - Franklin, TN
Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly!


If I was a Realtor or Builder selling a green house I would definitely plant one in the front yard. Just some extra green for the house. :)

Jan 07, 2010 03:08 AM #6
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

I have never buried a St. Joseph statue at a listing, but I might have to get some Eco Joes.  Love this idea!

Mar 10, 2010 09:34 AM #7
Tony Baumer

I love this! It balances having fun and being respectful. I think it would be the perfect realtor gift at the listing.

Apr 19, 2010 08:54 AM #8
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