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Best of 2015- Nominations

Green Oklahoma's Best of 2015

It’s time for the third annual Green Oklahoma’s Reader’s Choice Awards. What are your favorite green businesses, organizations and blogs? We want to know!

Nominations are open now through April 12th. We are taking nominations for the following categories.

  • Retail Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Natural Farm
  • Natural Grocery Store
  • Green Organization
  • Green Service
  • Green Blog (not including us, of course)

The nominations must fit the following criteria.

  • Must be locally owned, not a national chain (Oklahoma owned chain is okay).
  • Environmentally friendly (organic food, recycled materials, alternative energy, non-toxic products, etc…)

The top 5 nominations in each category will be finalists and the finalists will be voted on by the public. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd.

Nominations are now closed!

Oklahoma Food Coop Gift Guide

Oklahoma Food Coop Gift Guide

The Oklahoma Food Coop has many wonderful gift items currently available. There is a wide range of gifts, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list! When you Christmas shop through the coop you are helping to support local producers and artists, as well as the Oklahoma Food Coop. Here is just a small sample of the great gifts you can find at the Oklahoma Food Coop this year.

 


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Fresh Cedar Wreath- Cedar Spirit

Lotion Bars

Organic Peppermint Lotion Bar- Soft and Tweet

Foaming Scrub
Lavender Foaming Body Scrub- Theraganics

Chalk Board Labels

Chalk Board Labels- Celtic SuperCenter

OU Pen

OU Pen- 42 Minutes Woodworking

Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate Truffles- Backyard Bounty

Oklahoma Food Coop Cookbook

Oklahoma Food Coop Cookbook

December orders close on Thursday, Decemeber 11th. So get your orders in now.

DIY Holiday Gift Guide


DIY Holiday Gifts

Do-It-Yourself gifts are a fun way to give a unique gift. They are perfect for everyone on your list, especially the hard to buy for! We have put together some of our favorite ideas to help you get started.

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Popcorn Seasoning Kit

Peppermint Vanilla Lip Scrub

Peppermint Vanilla Lip Scrub

DIY Ornaments

Fabric Ornaments

sugar scrub

Sugar Scrub

homemade perfume

Solid Perfume

Gingerbread Playdough

Gingerbread Playdough

Etched Spoons

Etched Spoons

DIY Wreath
Diy Wreath

Reed Diffuser

Reed Diffuser

Peppermint Bath Bombs
Peppermint Bath Bombs

Share your favorite DIY holiday gift ideas in the comments below. And check back all month for more eco-friendly holiday ideas.


Small Business Saturday Deals

Today is Small Business Saturday. The weather is lovely and it’s a perfect day to get out and do some holiday shopping. Shopping locally helps your community in many ways and today you will find many great sales at local stores. Below are some we have found.

Shop Local in Oklahoma

Backyard Bounty (OKC)- Grab some food and coffee while getting your shopping done at Urban Agrarian. For one day only Backyard Bounty has a pop up cafe in the store.


Urban Agrarian (OKC)- Check out their build-your-own gift basket station to make a beautiful gift.

Green Bambino (OKC)- Get a scratch off card which is worth at least 10% off your entire purchase. There are even some cards that will make your purchases free.

Shop GOOD (OKC)- Buy one get one 1/2 off on all Shop Good tee shirts. 20% off all men’s & women’s clothing, shoes & bags. Buy one get one free clearance rack. Plus a free gift with your $50+ purchase (while supplies last) and complimentary hot coffee.

Collected Thread (OKC)- 3rd Annual Shop Garage Sale, Love Well Handmade sale as well as 10% off the entire shop.

The Changing Table (OKC)- Earn double Baby Buck Loyalty Rewards.

Ragsdale’s Conversation Emporium (Ada)- All books, vintage clothing and fabric, games, and selected art 50% off. Small business Saturday only.

The Woodland Emporium (Sulphur)- First 10 customers that spend $45 or more on Small Business Saturday will receive a free gift. Other deals going on as well.

SMITH’s Okie Twister Co. (Sulphur)- All fall items are 40% off.

Owl & Drum (Tulsa)- All fabric on sale. 20-50% off select gifts.

2nd Hand 3rd Eye (Tulsa)- 20% off of the whole store.

Okie Crowe (Tulsa)- Free Okie Crowe soap with $20 purchase in-store and online while supplies last. One per customer.

The Bookerie, the Favoring Brave store (Tulsa)-  Get a free mini print with a $30 purchase.

Theraganics (Tulsa)- Spend $25 and get a free canvas tote. Every purchase gets a free gift, a shower pouf, soap sack or face brush.

Old Pink Truck (Tulsa)-  20% OFF

Garden Deva Sculpture (Tulsa)- 40% off Holiday, 25% off all in-stock metal art.

This Land Press Store (Tulsa)- Grand opening! First 50 guests will receive a complimentary stocking stuffer, and purchases over $50 will come with a gift subscription. Cider and cookies, as well as new merchandise and special offers throughout the store

Grogg’s Green Barn (Tulsa)- Get cash back for the spring.

River City Trading Post (Jenks)- Drawings for $25 prepaid America Express gift cards. Spend $100 or more and your name goes in for the drawing. Free totes while supplies last.

The Vintage Phoenix Vendor Mall (Broken Arrow)- 5% – 60% off.

Bouncing Woolies (online)- Dryer balls as low as $5 in FUNK style. Free shipping on all USA orders of $100+


Have you seen other deals around your town? Share in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And share the graphic above on your social media to encourage your friends to shop local this holiday season.

Featured Business: Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails

Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails is a restaurant in Norman, Oklahoma. They use real ingredients and cook from scratch, as the name suggests. They even use this concept when it comes to their cocktails.

You will find a wide range of delicious dishes at Scratch but what you won’t find is high fructose corn syrup, bleach and enriched flour, or preservatives.

We got the chance to speak to Brady T. Sexton, the owner of Scratch, and here is what he had to say about his restaurant and going green.


Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails

GO: What was your motive for starting Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails?
Brady: I always wanted to have a restaurant of my own and make everything from scratch, the right way. The concept started with the bar, making cocktails with fresh-squeezed juices and house-made syrups, and using old-school formulas.

GO: Why is it important that your restaurant is eco-friendly?
Brady: At home and at work, it is important to do what you can do whenever you get the chance to ease the strain on our infrastructure, to reduce demand for petroleum products, and to be a part of the solution and not the problem.

GO: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten about going green?
Brady: Stop driving, stop paying for gas, and get on a freaking bicycle!

GO: What is your favorite item on the menu?
Brady: I love all of our “center-of-the-plate” items, but they’re all meat and I don’t eat much meat. My favorite is probably the Veggie Quinoa Bowl because our chef does a great job preparing the quinoa and the tomato sauce, and the fresh veggies rotate and are often from local farmers.

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
Brady: The multiplier effect in economics is the #1 factor for me. Every dollar spent locally basically “bounces” around the local economy and becomes worth more and more. A dollar spent that leaves the local economy goes straight to a giant corporation.

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
Brady: Probably water ski on any of our wonderful lakes, or hike the Wichitas with my family.

GO: Other than your own business, what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
Brady: Stash in Norman.

If you would like to learn more about Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails, please be sure like them on Facebook, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you.

We hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails 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 Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails.

Best of 2014- Voting Open

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The nominations are in, now it’s time to vote! Voting is open until midnight on April 21st. Winners will be announce on Earth Day, April 22nd.


Please only one vote per person.

Vote Here

Best of 2014- Nominations

bestof2014

It’s time for the second annual Green Oklahoma’s Reader’s Choice Awards. We want to know what your favorite local Oklahoma green businesses, organizations, and blogs are.

Nominations are open now through April 12th. We are taking nominations for the following categories.

  • Retail Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Natural Farm
  • Natural Grocery Store
  • Green Organization
  • Green Service
  • Green Blog (not including us, of course)

The nominations must fit the following criteria.

  • Must be locally owned, not a chain.
  • Environmentally friendly (organic food, recycled materials, alternative energy, non-toxic products, etc…)

The top 5 nominations in each category will be finalist and the finalist will be voted on by the public.

Nominations are now closed.

Oklahoma Green Gift Guide

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It’s time to finish up your Christmas shopping and we have some great green gift ideas from local stores. Shopping locally will not only help cure your cabin fever from the winter storm but also help support your community.

Out of every $100 spent at a local store, $68 returns to the community. Out of the same $100 spent at a national chain only $43 returns to the community. We hope you enjoy these ideas and commit to shopping locally this year, even if you only with part of your budget.

Mini Pie

A mini pie from Backyard Bounty Bakery is great for the person on your list with a sweet tooth.
The pies would also be a fun dessert to take to a party.

bars of soap


Theraganics has many great bath and body products including a set of three bars of soap, which would make a great gift.

coop

The Oklahoma Food Cooperative has so many wonderful items that would make great gifts.
One great idea is to give a Oklahoma Food Cooperative membership.
Oklahoma Food Cooperative memberships are lifelong so it’s a gift that keeps giving.

bathsalts

With all the holiday stress some De-Stress bath salts from Love the Earth Products is a great gift for the bath lover on your list.

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Can’t forget the kids on your list. Green Bambino has many great eco-friendly toy options, including
this Green Toys airplane. Green Toys are made from recycled milk jugs and are free of the toxins that can be found in many toys.

lip balm

Lip balm from Love, Grapefruit makes a great stocking stuffer. With all of this cool weather who can’t use a little lip balm?

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For the book lovers and gardeners on your list Oklahoma permaculture expert, Bob Waldrop’s book iPermie is the perfect gift.

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Gadget lover on your list? Why not get them this ethically made iPad case.
You can get it from SHOP GOOD, along with many other great gifts.

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Soap for Goodness Sake makes and sales all kinds of great natural bath products.
This gift set is one wonderful gift idea that’s perfect for the ladies on your list.
It includes a soap, lip balm, lotion and a blank card and envelope.

wreathcake

This beautiful wreath cake from Two Bunny Bakery is a great gift and would also be perfect for your holiday parties.
It’s a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, decorated with Unreal natural chocolate candies.

cellar

Need a hostess gift for a holiday party? Cellar Wine & Spirits has a huge selection of wine include organic wines and local wines.
They also have organic spirits and beer that also make great gifts.

coffee

Locally roasted coffee makes a wonderful gift. Mariposa coffee can be found at Native Roots Market
and is sure to please the coffee lovers on your list.

cheese

Forward Foods has an amazing selection of cheeses that are perfect for parties and gifts.

basket

 Can’t pick just one gift? Pick up several and put them in a Fair Trade basket from Native Roots Market for a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Wine and local cheese, bath products, coffee, a mug and a sweet treat, the options are endless.

Have more great local and eco-friendly gift ideas? Share in the comments below or join the conversation on our Facebook page

DIY Holiday Gift Guide

Handmade gifts can be fun and help you gift a truly unique gift. We found several great ideas for eco-friendly DIY gifts for everyone on your list.

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Magnetic Story Board
eReader & Tablet Case
Soap Pouch (Great with soap from Theraganics or Soap for Goodness Sake)
Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream
Lip Balm
Pancake Mix in a Jar
Framed Family Recipe
Body Polish
Rose Petal Lemon Balm Jam
Rosemary Napkin Rings
Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
Salt Scrub

If you have any DIY ideas share them in the comments below or share on our Facebook page


Shop Local This Thanksgiving Weekend

Here are some great local green deals we found for Thanksgiving weekend sales. We will be adding to this post all weekend, be sure to keep checking back and check our Facebook page as well.

Shop Oklahoma

Two Bunny Bakery– All cupcakes will be $20/dozen for the Thanksgiving sale weekend. Other discounts on other items as well – just ask.


Two Bunny Bakery Online– 10% off everything in the Etsy shop all weekend with code TBB10. 

Shop Good– Shop Good has tons of sales going on, check their website for more details.

Green Bambino– Get a scratch off card that is worth at least 10% off your entire purchase. There are also some 15%, 20%, 25%, and 30% cards. One lucky family could get a FREE card which will mean their entire purchase (up to $250 value) is free! Shop Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30.

Bouncing Woolies– Several sales going on for Black Friday, check the website for details.
Briarberry– 50% off all varieties of Briarberry Cereal Granola at the Oklahoma Food Cooperative Farmers Market (311 S. Klein, OKC OK 73108) this Saturday from 10am-2pm while supplies last.

Keep it Local OK 2014 cards are in stock on Black Friday. Check their website for locations to pick up your card.

made:The Indie Emporium Shop– Anyone who spends $50 or more at made:The Indie Emporium Shop on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday gets 2 free tickets to Indie Emporium.