Olive oil, it’s long been the darling child of the kitchen, and for good reason. This heart-healthy oil is not only delicious, it’s a good-for-you fat as well. Good quality, organic olive oil should be a staple in every sustainable kitchen. Why? Sustainably-managed olive groves are preserving generations-old farming techniques, and encouraging more and more industries to switch to organic growing methods. Besides, nothing beats the flavor of well-crafted, organic, extra-virgin olive oil. Continue reading
Ah, a housewarming party! They’re so much fun. Whether it’s friends who’ve left the city behind and embraced rural living, your college roomie just got their first place, friends who are expecting are moving to bigger digs, or family downsizing because they’re kids have all grown. The big question is always, “what should I give them?”
Sometimes the answer is easy. The college student who’s moving into their first place needs pretty much everything. For everyone else, it can be a little more complex. But we’ve got some ideas that are sure to please anyone, no matter what the reason for the housewarming party!
Do they have an outdoor space?
It doesn’t matter if it’s a tiny patio, or a big back yard, people with outdoor spaces love to use them. Put a smile on their faces with a hummingbird feeder handblown from recycled glass, or give them the gift of a pest free outdoors with an all-natural handblown glass wasp trap. Keep things green with an easy-to-grow organic herb garden.
Do they love to cook?
If your friend loves their kitchen, opt for things any cook is sure to love. Organic olive oil straight from Italy in four luscious flavors is a guaranteed hit. Even the smallest kitchen will benefit from the gorgeous grains of a classic, FSC-certified teak cutting board. Is it time for tea? There’s no such thing as too many tea towels, and all natural linen tea towels are a stunning, and sustainable choice.
Admit, they have everything… what now?
Even someone who is downsizing can use a little something special. For someone who already has everything they need, little things are the way to go. Perfect for the guest bath, or even the kitchen sink, natural olive oil soaps with organic herbs make an ideal gift. Light up their life with a sustainable soy wax candle in a reclaimed wine bottle jar. Like tea towels, you can never have too many reusable bags, these handy totes are made from repurposed rice bags, sewn by female artisans in Cambodia, and they’re fair trade!
Along the eastern side of Italy and Sicily are a series of olive groves where trees are lovingly tended following old traditions. These groves were “organic” before the rest of the world knew what the term meant, producing pure, natural, high-quality olive oil. No pesticides. No preservatives. No artificial anything. The resulting olive oil is nothing less than sublime. It’s packed into tins to preserve freshness, protect it from sunlight and reduce shipping weight.
When grocery store shelves are brimming with olive oils, what makes these so special? Continue reading
Most of the time, we share posts on sustainable home décor and making greener choices in day-to-day life. We take a simple, incremental approach, believing that each step toward a more sustainable lifestyle is a positive step toward a better world. We don’t preach, and we don’t judge. We understand that everyone’s choices will be different, and what works for one won’t work for everyone. To us, that’s the beauty of a sustainable life—it’s finding those things that are meaningful to you, and making them a part of your daily routine. That’s why we like products with purpose—things that don’t just look good, but also have a story to tell, a history to share. Continue reading
As we get deeper into fall, the fresh herbs of summer fade into memory. Gardeners in more temperate climates, or who have container gardens in protected spaces may still be eking out a few fresh leaves from their plants. But there are ways to hold onto summer’s bounty even longer. Before your perennial herbs go dormant and your annuals go to seed or die down, it’s time to harvest one last time. With careful preservation, you can stretch those herbs into next spring. Continue reading