moving in green…
your first cleaning

You’ve just gotten the keys to your new place and you’re ready to move in and settled down. Before you unpack anything, consider giving the place a good cleaning.

Wait, what? Yep. We’re suggesting cleaning before you move in. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving into a brand-new home, or a place that’s been professionally cleaned before you move in. Unless you know the cleaning folks were in right before you, and they used eco-friendly cleaning products, it won’t hurt to give your new home a good wipe down. Most cleaning services are only doing a “surface” clean, and if there have been potential renters, or maintenance workers in the place since it was cleaned last, there’s likely to be dust and grime. Even new homes aren’t immune, it takes time for all the dust from construction to settle. Continue reading

holiday gift giving…
green gifts for the host

It used to be so simple, if you were invited to dinner at someone’s home, you brought along a bottle of wine; maybe a bouquet of flowers. At larger parties, any small token, like a small box of chocolates, or a pretty candle, were completely acceptable. Today, things are a bit more complicated. Is the party being hosted by a couple? Or a single person, and of which gender? Is there a theme? Do your hosts drink, and if so do they prefer wine or beer? It’s all too much. We’ve decided to simplify the process. All you need to know is just a little bit about your hosts, and you can choose the ideal, sustainable gift they’re sure to love. Take a look at our picks!

If your host loves to cook, or their entertaining always centers around food. Try luxuriously delicious, all organic olive oils from Italy. Or wrap a bottle of their favorite vintage in a natural linen tea towel for an extra special presentation. Most hosts can never have too many serving trays, and a slate tray makes the perfect cheese board.

For the sentimental host (also ideal for parents or grandparents). Photo frames are terrific gifts, especially if you can fill it with an image of special times. A beautiful holiday ornament will make them smile every time they decorate their tree for years to come.

If your host keeps a garden, seasonal flowers in a recycled steel pail are a gorgeous and green choice. Garden markers are always appreciated and a good quality, organic soap will go a long way to keeping hands clean, and soft.

And if you just don’t know and you need a reliable green gift, you can’t go wrong with these. Organic, edible herb wreaths are a delightful departure from traditional holiday greenery. Candles are always a classic host gift, made even better when they’re made from earth-friendly wax and fragrances, and housed in recycled glass containers. Decorate your gift with a holiday ornament to make it even more special.

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a tale of recycled glass…
art in the making

Glassware Image

Glass is perhaps the perfectly sustainable material. It’s made from raw, naturally-occurring material, is easy and convenient to recycle, and can be recycled over and over again. What’s more, the recycling and reusing process can be easily modified to be environmentally sound. Sometimes, not surprisingly, older, almost forgotten methods and techniques that rely on skilled craftsmen instead of modern machinery and chemicals, are also the best for the environment. These pieces of handblown glassware combine art with practicality in a whole new way. Continue reading

Easy, breezy and green…
keeping green living simple and sustainable

Green living

Green living doesn’t have to be hard. We’d never suggest that anyone clean out their house and replace everything all at once with sustainably-made furniture and accessories. While that sounds like a great idea on the surface, the fact is, it’s not really very green. We’re more about an incremental approach. When the time comes to update your décor, replace the towels, or get a new couch, that’s the time to shop green. It’s simply moving forward with the environment in mind. It can be easy, and it can be fun, and most of all, it can be stylish, too. Here are some quick, easy ways to inject a little green into your life! Continue reading

the green table…
prep and serve

Are you ready for fall? Now that back to school is done, there’s a little lull before the holidays start. It’s a perfect time for entertaining. It’s also a perfect time to update your table. Keeping your kitchen, food prep and tableware eco-friendly can be a challenge, especially if you like to have different looks for each season. But, with the right pieces, it’s easy to achieve a mix and match style that can go from summer barbecues to fall football parties with ease. Want a green table? We’ve gathered some of our favorite pieces for prep and service.

 

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