Welcome to ZEN Planet!
FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
ZENplanet LLC was founded to promote sustainable lifestyles by pursuing harmonious relationships with the environment. Its objectives are to: (1) identify products and practices that support healthy lifestyles with the least environmental impact, (2) increase financial resources to sustain economic activities of traditional and indigenous communities, (3) create alternative markets for antique collectables from around the world that may otherwise be destroyed for their intrinsic (precious metal) value; (4) provide access to difficult to find natural health and beauty products, and (5) support the preservation of cultural art traditions around the world. These unique ZP products are based on sustainable farming and harvesting of natural materials, use of organic and biodegradable ingredients with the smallest possible “carbon footprint,” preservation of traditional cultural activities, and dissemination of educational materials that support awareness of climate change and cultural sustainability. Many ZEN Planet products are “one-of-a-kind” and have limited availability.
ZEN Planet Products
ZP Premium Deerskin Bedspreads, Blankets, and Rugs
ZEN Planet promotes environmental sustainability in developing countries. In the case of Afghanistan, ZP has direct relationships with tribes whose traditional sources of income derive from hunting activities that produce fresh meat and fur skin products. The handmade deerskin bedspreads, blankets, and rugs are designed, fabricated, and sewn by local tribal women. Greater revenues from ZP translates into more stable villages that are committed to sustainable herd management that reduces pressure to send young adults into international labor migration networks. The latter are more likely to disrupt traditional cultural and social relations in their villages.
The quality of these deerskin products is unparalleled in their aesthetic beauty and craftsmanship. They can be used as bedspreads, blankets, rugs, carpets, wall hangings, and couch decorations. Each handmade deerskin product is unique with variations in design, size, and workmanship. The second or bottom layer is made of soft, natural leather. They require only minimum care with natural sunlight treatment once per year and careful dry cleaning after the second or third year. The largest blankets (large queen size) weigh approximately 7 pounds.
ZP Antique Collectibles
ZEN Planet is increasing its international network of suppliers of antique collectibles. The objective is to preserve historical items and traditional cultural artifacts. These items include antique jewelry, children’s toys, folk art, paintings, ceramics, military items, and historic muskets. Unfortunately, many items made with precious metals are being melted into gold and silver ingots due to the sharp increase in global commodity prices. As a result, there is the potential loss of significant cultural history if these items are not secured for sale to ZP collectors.
Each antique collectible is listed as a “one-of-a-kind” product. Hence, purchases are based on a “first-come, first-served” system. Once an item is sold-out, it is unlikely that the same collectible will be available in the future.
ZP Antique Traditional Masks
ZEN Planet is expanding its international network of suppliers of Traditional Masks from around the world. Beginning with a wide range of authentic masks from Africa, the artistic representations reflect cultural symbolism of ecosystems from along the West African coast to internal regions of African savannah habitats and forest ecosystems. Some masks have been used in village ceremonies while others are artistic representations of cultural symbols, village activities, and local wildlife. All masks are made by village craftspeople in Africa.
Most masks are between 30 and 50 years old (a few over 60 years old) with some recent artistic creations. They feature intricate carving, stylized fabrication, folk art depictions, integration of multiple materials (wood, clay, beads, shells, metal, woven leather), enhanced coloration, precious hardwood materials, combined human with animal forms, and local wildlife. Each antique mask is listed as a “one-of-a-kind” item. They are sold on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Once an item is sold-out, it is possible that a similar collectible mask may become available in the future. But, future supply depends on ZP's ability to secure items of comparable quality.
ZP Health and Beauty Products
ZEN Planet seeks to introduce a wide range of health and beauty products that are made from natural and biodegradable ingredients. These unique, organic products are made from a wide range of plants, fruits, herbs and other wild and cultivated vegetation from around the world. These products include ABACA (water resistant, biodegradable) face masks, natural soaps, creams, herbal teas, and oil extracts that have demonstrable health benefits in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. From the natural alleviation of medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes to reduction of facial pimples and skin rashes to relieving back pain and mediating other health maladies, millions of people have experienced positive benefits from the use of these natural products.
These nonmedicinal products are not to be used to the exclusion of doctor prescribed medicines or treatments. Rather, these organic products are natural supplements whose continuous use may have long-term, positive effects on your personal health and well-being. ZP’s goal is to increase the availability of cost-effective options in improving your mental and physical health.