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Keep It Local Day

Join Keep It Local OK next Saturday, May 5th, in supporting local businesses by celebrating Keep It Local Day in OKC. Keep It Local OK is asking people in OKC to shop local from sun up to sundown. By supporting local businesses you can help strengthen the community and the local economy.

You can enter to win a free Keep It Local OK card on their website to help you save while supporting local businesses! Be sure to check out our green directory for great, green local businesses. Many local green businesses give discounts through the Keep It Local OK cards! And be sure not to stop supporting local after May 5th, it’s important to buy local whenever possible.


About the Author

Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and freelance writer. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.



2012 Elections Interviews: Donald Cole Gallup

Green Oklahoma has been asking Oklahoma candidates where they stand on issues we feel are important to our readers. We hope these interviews will help our readers to make informed choices this election season.

Donald Cole Gallup is a republican running for State Representative in the State House District #25. We got the chance to ask him a few questions and here are his answers.

GO: First off, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Gallup: (Campaign Bio) Donald Cole Gallup’s ancestors migrated to Oklahoma generations ago and were fundamental to the formation of our great state. The pioneering self-sufficient ideals from Oklahoma’s culture are practically engrained in his DNA. While his roots are humble and he did not have a lot of material wealth growing up, he managed to serve as an example of what determination and hard work can accomplish.

He joined the Navy at the age of 19 where he served in three military operations: Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He circumnavigated the globe, earned enough credits for an associate’s degree, and self-published a book of poetry. After leaving the Navy he completed his Bachelors of Science in a year and a half, and a Master’s of Science two years later.

He also sculpted the Evolution of the American West in Pauls Valley Oklahoma, which was a sandstone sculpture of monumental portions, and created many works of art for local patrons that capture the heart
and soul of our great state.

He is currently working on his PhD in Psychology, serves as the vice-president for Ada Lodge #119, serves in the American Legion, and is on the Vestry Board for his local church.

He is married to Kaisa of North Dakota, and they have a 20 month old son named Jabe Atticus Gallup. He enjoys spending time with his family, helping to improve his community and raising their Newfoundland dogs.

Mr. Gallup is politically inspired from traditional old right ideology. He believes in personal responsibility, that liberty is the only path to a just society where the people with the greatest ability are free to pursue their goals and thus push the world forward, and that no one should pay penance for their virtues or the virtues of their ancestors.

GO: Why did you decide to run for state representative?

Gallup: I decided to run because enough people asked me to. They like my values, my history, and what I stand for.

GO: If elected what would you do, if anything, about current pollution issues?

Gallup: I would lower corporate taxes and encourage corporations to stay in America where they have to abide by our environmental legislation instead of the lack of legislation in the third world, in the third world they are doing global damage without any repercussions.

GO: What about energy issues?

Gallup: I personally love green energy, and cannot wait until it becomes competitive with oil and coal.

GO: What are your views on climate change?

Gallup: The world is getting warmer every day and there is no denying it, we just had the warmest March since the 1830’s. As a result we are going to have some serious changes in different regions, and we must individually prepare for that.

GO: And lastly, why do you think our readers should vote for you?

Gallup: If you are looking for a candidate who is going to take a commonsense view of the issues, and still strive to insure that you have the maximum level of personal liberty possible, I am your man.

When you were a child you were told to pick up you room, and to maintain a clean house; the globe is a further extension of our home, and just like we should not live in squalor in our homes we should not turn our planet into squalor. That is why I support a volunteerism society, that does all it can to help its fellow human being and every other living and nonliving thing on this planet. That is why I recycle, compost, and drive a 4 cylinder engine car as opposed to some gas guzzler. The current situation may be too big for just one person to change, but imagine if we all did our little part to make this a better place.


If you would like to learn more about Donald Cole Gallup check out his Facebook page Donald Cole Gallup for State House District #25.

Be sure to check out our other interviews as well.

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Disclaimer: Green Oklahoma doesn’t endorse any candidates. We urge our readers to learn about all of the candidates and make informed choices this year. And above all Green Oklahoma urges all Oklahomans to vote!


E-Waste Not Just a Landfill Issue

We all know about the good things that come with today’s technology advances. Mobile apps and computers, media and electronic gadgets galore. We love them all and can’t get enough.

The downside is the surplus of massed produced e-products that quickly become obsolete and then pile up in our landfills. One UN estimate puts the amount of e-waste produced globally each year at 50 million tons. Just think how much that figure will climb as more consumers enter the market and look to buy bigger and better things.

The truth is, we need to look seriously at ways we can deal with e-waste without simply—excuse the pun—dumping the burden on our ever-expanding landfills. Landfills are just part of an integrated solution as we look for ways to mitigate the effects of e-waste on the environment.

True, a sanitary and well-designed landfill can dramatically help reduce the effects of dangerous chemical substances. I’m the head of a waste management company in Tulsa that owns its own landfill, so I know the vital part landfills can play. There’s no question disposal of e-waste is absolutely safe as long as it can be properly contained and the toxicity significantly reduced. (For example, at American Waste Control we’ve installed the latest technology in liners, a leachate collection system, and an interceptor line around our landfill to protect soil and water).

But, the fact is, much of the problem can and should be effectively addressed even before e-waste reaches that endpoint. It clearly takes a synthesis of all sources including consumers, recyclers and manufacturers, if we’re to solve what is one of the most important waste disposal issues of this generation.

Thanks to the green movement that is really a global phenom, people are becoming increasingly aware of the problems of e-waste and the negative impact it can have on the environment. Not only are consumers beginning to consider how the product is manufactured, they’re looking at the energy it takes to make it, as well as the recyclability of each product before they buy. That’s a really encouraging trend as we move beyond just the disposal side of the equation and effectively utilize consumer purchasing power as well.

Companies within the computer and consumer electronics industries are also slowly beginning to do their part. Many are using greener production techniques, enhancing energy usage and putting a focus on recyclability and reuse of end of life electronics. Companies such as Dell and others even have special buy back programs for certain products to help extend their life and lessen the impact before they’re completely disposed of.

No doubt, the trends addressing e-waste are positive and show an encouraging awareness of the issue. However, we still have to remain diligent if we’re to overcome the growing and damaging effects that e-waste can have. The huge deluge of e-products on the market will only grow stronger as we move forward with ever evolving technologies.

Those of us who are committed to conservation must learn to work together in a global fashion if we’re to meet the challenges and stem the tide. It’s not just a landfill’s concern…it’s up to all of us to continue growing awareness about e-waste and boldly use every resource available to create solid solutions.

Photo credit- JohnJMatlock

About the Author

Tom Hill is the CEO of American Waste Control, Tulsa Recycle and Transfer and American Environmental Landfill along with a member of the Tulsa Master Recyclers Association.  Tom’s company recently opened a six million dollar expansion to their recycling facility called Mr. Murph. For the past year, he’s devised and led American Waste’s green recycling initiative, aimed at communicating ways in which Tulsa families and businesses can reduce their waste through recycling to better help the environment. He and his wife, Olivia, have two children and live in Tulsa, OK.


Make a Commitment to Go Green for Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, what day is better for setting some green goals for yourself? No goal is to small when it comes to helping our planet, even small actions add up. Here is a list of some green goals to get you started.

  • Ditch bottled water. Bottled water has a big impact and most of it is just tap water that is being bottled and shipped in. If you are worried about the quality of your tap water get a filter, you will still save a lot of money! There as so many great options for reusable bottles these days, my favorite brands are Klean Kanteen, Earthlust, and Lifefactory. I do recommend avoiding plastic bottles which won’t last as long and may give off toxic chemicals.
  • Ditch plastic shopping bags. Plastic shopping bags make up a lot of the litter in the world, they are even ending up in our oceans in mass numbers. A lot of energy has to be used to make something you will use for just a few minutes. Reusable bags are stronger, come in many great styles and some stores even give discounts when you bring your own bag! Some stores in Oklahoma where you will find discounts include Native Roots, Whole Foods, and even Target! I recommend skipping the cheap bags you see in some stores and going with good quality ones, some of the cheap ones have lead. Some of the locally owned stores have cotton options that are safe and durable. Other good brands include ChicoBag, Envirosax, and Flip & Tumble.
  • Skip straws or bring your own. Straws seem like such a small thing but the US uses more than 500 million disposable plastic straws everyday! That’s a lot of plastic waste! A lot of the time you really don’t even need a straw but if you want one try out some reusable options like glass or stainless steel. I’m a big fan of GlassDharma glass straws.
  • Buy from the bulk bins. Many stores like Native Roots, Forward Foods, Whole Foods and Earth Natural Foods have bulk bins where you can buy the amount you need and you can bring your own containers to refill to reduce both food waste and plastic waste.
  • Recycle everything you can. Find out what your city recycles and even nearby cities with drop-offs. You can also recycle other items around the state, you can find some suggestions on our Recycling page.
  • Install a programable thermostat. Programable thermostats make it easier to be sure you aren’t over cooling or over heating your house. Many now allow you to have several settings. Mine is set to different temps for night, during the day, and during work hours. You can also set a lot of them for vacations and have the house already to a comfortable temperature for when you get home without leaving it on that setting while you are away.
  • Buy used. Buying used helps prevent new resources having to be used and keeps things out of the landfill.
  • Set up a compost bin. Composting your food waste is simple and a great way to cut down the amount you send to the landfill. Many home improvement stores now carry compost bins for very reasonable prices.
  • Drive less. Walk, bike, take public transportation, and carpool whenever you can.

These are just a few tips to get you started. We would love to hear what your goals are for going green this year, post in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Photo credits: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

About the Author

Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and freelance writer. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.




The Gulf Two Years after the BP Oil Spill

Al Jazeera’s Inside Story Americas takes a look at the Gulf two years after the oil spill.


About the Author

Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and freelance writer. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.



Review: Theraganics

Theraganics is a unique all natural soap shop in Tulsa. They feature a lot of great all natural products, things like soap, shampoo bars, bath bombs, lotion, and more. They use essential oils for the scents, which is a lot safer and more natural than a lot of other fragrances you will see in body products. And the best part? It’s a locally owned company, selling locally made products!

Stephanie Roudabush, the co-owner of Theraganics, told Green Oklahoma why she started Theraganics

“I suffered with terrible acne for over 15 years. I went to the dermatologist several times and used just about every prescription and over-the-counter treatment out there just short of signing the waiver to be put on Accutane. I had read about all the possible side effects, including deformities in children and thought to myself there had to be a better way. I started researching natural skin products and formulating my own in the kitchen. After a few months my skin had made a complete turnaround. I started sharing my soap and other products with family and friends who also had great results. I was inspired to share it with everyone by starting my own company to help people suffering from skin ailments, and showing them how simple can be effective, safe, and luxurious at the same time.”

Theraganics sent over a few things for me to try out and they were all great. The first item I tried was the bath bomb. The bath bomb is much larger than most of the bath bombs I’ve used, it lasted a really long time. Bath bombs are a lot of fun for kids and since these use safe and natural ingredients you can feel safe using them with your kids. Adults will love them as well!

I also tried some of Theraganics‘ shea butter cream and it’s amazing. It’s thick and creamy and ultra moisturizing. The one I tried was unscented which is nice for men, kids, and anyone sensitive to scents. It’s also good if you I using another scented item and don’t want your moisturizer to over power it.

My favorite item was the Lavender Fields soap. I had it sitting in my living room for a couple of days and it made the room smell amazing. It was hard to believe a bar of soap could give off so much of a lovely scent. I almost hated to use it because I liked how it was making the house smell. It is a nice soap, it lathers nicely, doesn’t leave a film and it leaves your skin feeling soft. And even though the bar has a nice strong scent the smell left on you is not over powering at all.

Overall I found Theraganics‘ products to be nice, safe, and high quality products. They are a company Oklahoma can be proud of! You can find their products in Tulsa at The Farm Shopping Center or on their website. You are sure to love what they have to offer.

Disclaimer: Theraganics provided the items for review but did not pay for the review. All views stated in this review are honest. Click to see our full disclosure policy.

About the Author

Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and freelance writer. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.


Save Energy and Money with an A/C Tune Up

Summer will be here before we know it and with summer comes heat. Last summer was pretty hard on air conditioners and we may have another hot summer this year. And when it’s 100+ outside we want to know our air conditioners are running as well as possible. A good way to make sure your air conditioner is working properly and is ready for the summer, is to get a good tune up. A good tune up will help your air conditioner run better and use less energy helping you save money.

Air Solutions in Green County made this informative video to help us understand what is involved in a tune up and why they are important.

If you are in the Green County area call Air Solutions at 918-582-4792 and ask about their pre-season tune up. You can also enter to win a free tune up! You just need to be in the Green County area, be a PSO customer and follow the directions below.

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If you aren’t in Green County be sure to check with your local air conditioning specialists to see if they offer pre-season tune ups.

Photo Credit: DaynaT

Featured Business: Well Maid OKC

After greening her own home cleaning routine, Candace Lockett decided to start Nature Maid, which became Well Maid OKC in January 2010. They provide many great residential and commercial cleaning services and can even help reduce allergens in your home. Some services that caught our eyes were the aromatherapy package which includes having several items in your home spritzed with organic essential oils, and the peaceful pet add-on which includes your vacuuming of your pets bedding as well as a natural pest repellant treatment. We had the change to talk to Candace from Well Maid OKC and here is what she had to say.

Bill and Candace Lockett

GO: What made you decide to start Well Maid OKC?
Candace: We saw a definite need! After our third child was born and as we became “greener” as a family, we were distressed to find that green housecleaning services didn’t exist. Soaking the baby in a tub that smelled like toxic chemicals was not an option, but we didn’t think we should have to do without housecleaning help, either.

We should point out that we still believe someday all maid services will be green, so it’s been important to us to simply be the best in the business whether you are green or not. We don’t want to be great “for a green company”, we just want to be great!

GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
Candace: Everything we endeavor to do as a family is eco-friendly, from composting and recycling to our stint with urban chickens. We couldn’t sleep at night if we made a living being part of the problem and not the solution.

Also, it’s a matter of education. A house that is maintained on a regular basis doesn’t need a toxic cleaning bomb to clean it. There are very effective non-toxic methods to do almost all cleaning in your home. Why expose yourself to unnecessary carcinogens?

GO: What’s the best advice about going green you have ever gotten?
Candace: It’s not all or nothing. Do what you can, when you can. Try recycling more. When that’s second nature, try giving up paper plates. Buy organic when you can. Add a compost pile eventually. Keep adding good green habits. The fact that we couldn’t start Well Maid with a fleet of Nissan Leaves did not keep us from starting Well Maid. We’ll get there.

GO: What’s your favorite green cleaning product?
Candace: It’s impossible to choose just one!

Razor Blade scrapers and microfiber cloths- We can often do mechanically what people are used to doing chemically.
Baking soda- It cleans as well as Comet, without the toxins.
Peppermint Oil- It smells fantastic!

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
Candace: If no one supported them, they wouldn’t be here! Where else can you get that kind of service? Talk to an owner? What does your town have that every other town in America doesn’t? Local businesses give local flavor.

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
Candace: Boat on the lakes, go to our nationally recognized Oklahoma City Zoo, eat!

GO: Other than your own business what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
Candace: The Earth in Norman, Green Goodies on Classen Curve, The Wedge, Ludivine, Cafe Evoke – we love to eat!
If you would like to learn more about Well Maid OKC please be sure to visit their website, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you.

Hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about Well Maid OKC and the face behind the business. Be sure to let us know about other local green businesses you would like to see featured. Just post in the comments below, on our Facebook page or email us at gogreenokla@gmail.com.

All photos are property of Well Maid OKC.

The Magic of Baking Soda and Vinegar

I have been using homemade cleaning products for almost two years now and absolutely love the switch! I am always on the hunt for new cleaning recipes, I figure why not try a new recipe and see what my favorite ends up being. My main “go-to” cleaner is the vinegar and water solution, it’s great and I use it as my grab and clean source for disinfecting.

One of my most recent discoveries is baking soda and vinegar for pots and pans. I have several older pans that show their “age” and until now have not been able to bring them back to looking like new or even barely used.

What you do is take your pan and soak it in vinegar, just plain vinegar and not diluted. Let it soak for at least an hour but the longer the better. Once you are done soaking the pan pour the vinegar out and sprinkle baking soda on the pan and start scrubbing. This really doesn’t take much scrubbing either before you start to see the “yuck” slide right off. After that you simply rinse and look at your back to new pot or pan! I was absolutely amazed at how well this worked and there was no harsh chemicals involved which makes me extremely happy!

Photo credits: the.barb

About the Author


Deanna Layman is a stay at home mom, blogger and passionate about “going green.” After the birth of her son she realized just how much we are exposed to chemicals. She decided to begin her journey of going green. She is passionate about it and love to share all the new adventures she is experiencing. She also started a site for moms, Raisinginspiration.com, a place for moms to go and be encouraged, inspired and to create community.