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Featured Business: The Little Bubble

The Little Bubble is a local handmade soap and bath products company in Oklahoma. It was started by 11 year old, AnnaBella. She uses natural, organic and sustainable ingredients for her products.

She sells her products on Etsy and at several local stores around Oklahoma. We got the chance to talk to AnnaBella about her products and she had a lot of great things to tell us.

Featured Business: The Little Bubble


GO: What was your motive for starting The Little Bubble?
AnnaBella: I started The Little Bubble as a homeschool project, I made lip balm and scrubs first and then learned to make natural soap. I’m allergic to a lot of preservatives, so I wanted to make things I could use without getting itchy!

GO: Why is it important that your business is eco-friendly?
AnnaBella: My family has always tried to be as eco-friendly as possible, to help our environment. We have a responsibility to our planet and to each other. I want to make sure the world is safe for when I’m grown up.

GO: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten about going green?
AnnaBella: My granny always reuses things, like jars & containers. I guess that is the best advice, I keep & reuse a lot of my supply tubs, and jars, and always ask my customers to reuse our jars for something awesome! Also I’ve learned to conserve the energy I use to make certain things. And that saves me money!

Featured Business: The Little Bubble

GO: What is one of your favorite products you offer?
AnnaBella: I love lip balm! But my next favorite thing is a tie between bath bombs and bubble bars. I love a good bath.

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
AnnaBella: Because when you help a local business you are helping your helping families, and friends. You get to see your money help your community.

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
AnnaBella: My new favorite thing is road trips. I love going to see new places in Oklahoma! Little towns I have never seen. It’s always an adventure and so much fun.

GO: Other than your own business, what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
AnnaBella: I love Urban Agrarian! They have great plants, food and other cool things.

If you would like to learn more about The Little Bubble, 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 The Little Bubble 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 The Little Bubble.

Featured Business: 2 Green Chicks

2 Green Chicks is a cleaning and organizing service in Norman, Oklahoma. They are committed to using eco-friendly practices for a reasonable price.

We got the chance to speak to Amy, the owner of 2 Green Chicks, and here is what she had to say about 2 Green Chicks and going green.

Featured Business: 2 Green Chicks


GO: What was your motive for starting 2 Green Chicks?
Amy: Knowing that many of the chain cleaning companies use products that are harmful to home surfaces, customers, and employees, I wanted to find a way to do better.

GO: Why is it important that your business is eco-friendly?
Amy: I have a 4 year old and I think it’s important to teach the younger generation about eco-friendly practices such as green cleaning and recycling.

There are so many benefits that green cleaning provides including: better air quality in your home, safer chemicals for employees and clients to use and safe for pets as well! We use HEPA filter vacuums with reusable/washable bags and all of our products are no or low VOC’s. We also (in 2015) are going to be introducing our “NEW Chemical FREE cleaning”!! So stay tuned!

GO: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten about going green?
Amy: I am a member of ARCSI and every day I learn from my peers about good and bad cleaning practices. But the most valuable advice stuck with me which is – always keep an eye out for new techniques and products. So that’s what I try to do! I try them out in my own home to ensure they work before making it a permanent product/technique in our company.

GO: What is one of your favorite services you offer?
Amy: Organizing! It’s my true passion – give me a messy closet and I’m a happy girl! I also have had my sidekick Hallie with me for almost 2 years now and she loves it as much as I do!

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
Amy: Because you get to meet the heart and soul of a company. Very seldom do you find a local company where you aren’t dealing with the brains behind the business.

Knowing your dollar has gone to not only a community member, but a business owner you trust makes every purchase that much more special. How could you not love visiting Campus TV & Music and talking to Joe while you get keys made and petting his pet cat Charlie? You don’t get that at Home Depot!!

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
Amy: Of course OU football is a must and visiting all of the fun festivals and fairs in town!

GO: Other than your own business, what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
Amy: I’m a big fan of The Earth Cafe/Deli and Grocery – Richard & Kate truly live “green” to the fullest!

Featured Business: 2 Green Chicks
If you would like to learn more about 2 Green Chicks, 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 2 Green Chicks 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 2 Green Chicks.

Featured Business: MADE: The Indie Emporium Shop

MADE: The Indie Emporium Shop is a retail store in Tulsa. They promote buying handmade and supporting artists and makers. We got the chance to talk to the owner Christine Sharp-Crowe about the store. She also shares some exciting news so be sure to check out the interview below.

MADE: The Indie Emporium Shop

Thom and Christine of MADE: The Indie Emporium Shop

GO: What was your motive for starting MADE : The Indie Emporium Shop?

Christine: When we started Indie Emporium back in 2007, it was always our hope to create a home for the maker movement here in Tulsa. After a few years of doing Indie Emporium, we were able to participate in the TYPROs 1st Street Cred event in the Pearl District and then the 1st pop-up shops downtown. We saw that people in Tulsa wanted a place to go to buy handmade and support individual artists and makers, so we just decided not to leave downtown. The response was so great that we decided to jump at an opportunity to open a second shop in the Pearl. Our business has grown organically by word of mouth and support in the community, so when the opportunity to create a creative clubhouse we’re calling the Workshop at Made we jumped at that too. We want a place for people to shop, learn and create, and with our location in the Pearl, we now have that. This has been a passion for us and it’s amazing to see our dream come to life.


GO: Why is it important that your store is eco-friendly?

Christine: It’s a part of who my husband and I are. We believe that it is our jobs to be good stewards of what we’ve been given and what we plan to leave for the generations to come. If we’re not going to be conscious of our impact on the world around us, what kind of legacy are we leaving?

GO: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten about going green?

Christine: Do what you can as you can. Rome wasn’t built in a day. By having a plan and taking the steps that you can, you are still making an impact as you’re working towards your ideal. All of those small steps add up!

GO: What is one of your favorite items that you sell?

Christine: One of our favorite things to sell are coasters by a company called Stitch Coasters. They use reclaimed wood to create awesome coasters. Since the wood is reclaimed, no two coasters are alike. The guys who started Stitch fell into it. They had a cool old wooden boat that wasn’t operable anymore. The wood was distressed and aged and had a cool look to it. They decided they wanted to do something with it, so they made coasters as gifts. People loved them so they kept going. There’s no shortage of old wood, so Stitch is now a vibrant business here in Tulsa.

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?

Christine: By supporting locally-owned businesses, we’re keeping money in our community, which is good for everyone. We’re keeping our sales tax money in our community, which goes to provide revenue for our city services, fire fighters, police, etc. Plus, it’s a great way to help those who are innovating and creating new things. Take our shop for example, we have around 70 vendors right now. We know these makers, they’re real people and they’re perfecting their craft in ethical ways. We’re not selling stuff in our shop that is made by exploiting indigenous peoples or children, or by ravishing the environment.

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?

Christine: Aside from our event, Indie Emporium, we really love going to Guthrie Green for the variety of events that are always going on there. Oh, and the Day of the Dead Festival at Living Arts. It’s amazing.

If you would like to learn more about MADE: The Indie Emporium Shop visit their website and please be sure like them on Facebook. Don’t forget to tell them we sent you. And check out the new Workshop at Made as well.

We hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about MADE: The Indie Emporium Shop 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 MADE: The Indie Emporium Shop.

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.

Featured Business: Two Bunny Bakery

Two Bunny Bakery is a bakery here in Oklahoma that uses all-natural and GMO-free ingredients. Not only does Two Bunny Bakery use whole, unrefined, and nourishing ingredients. They even use local organic whole wheat flour from Fairview’s Best at John’s Farm. Ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible. You can also request dairy-free and often vegan. Two Bunny Bakery offers cupcakes, pies, cakes, cookies, and scones!

We got the chance to talk to Two Bunny Bakery’s owner Cristina West, here is what she had to say.

two bunny bakeryGO: What was your motive for starting Two Bunny Bakery?  
Cristina: I LOVE baking; it’s my passion! I was working a typical 8 to 5 office job that I disliked, and one day I just decided to quit and pursue my dreams!

GO: Why is it important that your bakery is eco-friendly? 
Cristina: It’s important Two Bunny Bakery is eco-friendly because that’s what I support and that’s what I use for my family. I *could* use conventional, pesticide-laden ingredients and cut my food cost in half, but that’s not good enough for my family, so it’s not good enough for my customers.
GO: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten about going green?
Cristina: Do it because it’s the right thing to do; it may not always be cheaper or easier, but it will always be more right.
GO: What are some of your favorite things you sell?
Cristina: My specialty are my cupcakes! If I had to pin it down to a flavor, I’d pick my chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. All chemical-free and GMO-free, of course!
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GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses? 
Cristina: It really builds a community. Those are our friends, family, and neighbors.
GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma? 
Cristina: My husband and I are big Thunder fans, but I also like going to see the horses at Remington Park.
GO: Other than your own business what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
Cristina: I really love the Wedge! I love that they get ingredients out of their own garden, and support other local farmers. And their pizza is just delicious!

If you would like to learn more about Two Bunny Bakery, please be sure to visit their Facebook page, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you.

We hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about Two Bunny Bakery 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 Two Bunny Bakery.

Featured Business: Natural Green Cleaners

carpet cleaningNatural Green Cleaners is an eco-friendly carpet cleaning, upholstery, tile, and wood floor cleaning business in Norman. They use environmentally friendly cleaners that are safe for your family and pets. Their cleaning methods use less water and electric equipment instead of dirty fuel power equipment that is low and bad for the environment.

We got the chance to talk to Michael, the owners of Natural Green Cleaners, and this is what he had to say.

GO: Why did you decide to open Natural Green Cleaners?
Michael: I wanted to start my own business and I had some experience in carpet cleaning, so I thought about how I could make it better and improve upon what others are doing.


GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
Michael: I feel good knowing that I am not leaving harmful chemicals in my customer’s homes. I’m also trying to set an example for other businesses and entrepreneurs that green is the responsible way to go.

GO: What’s the best advice about going green you have ever gotten?
Michael: “It’s not easy being green” – Kermit. No really, what I mean by that is that running an eco-friendly business takes constant diligence in thinking about what you’re doing and what impact it will have. Also, it’s not as easy just to go pick up the green cleaners I use at the local supply store, those kinds of products are not real popular here in Oklahoma so it takes some effort to seek them out.

GO: What’s your favorite service you offer?
Michael: I enjoy carpet cleaning. It’s very calming to run the machine and it’s also very gratifying to go into a home and see the dirt and then when I leave its nice and clean, I feel a sense of accomplishment. We also offer upholstery cleaning, tile cleaning, and wood floor cleaning.

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
Michael: Locally owned businesses are run by your friends and neighbors. Its great meeting them and they’re always more than willing to discuss their products and services with you. There is a passion there that you don’t get from big box chains and corporations.

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
Michael: I’m an outdoor enthusiast. I enjoy hiking, camping, hunting mushrooms, and fishing all across the state, but most of all in far South East Oklahoma.

GO: Other than your own business, what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
Michael: There is a business called Fertile Ground in Oklahoma City. They do restaurant composting and residential compost pick-up diverting food waste into useful nutrient rich compost. They also do zero waste events in which they recycle and compost all the waste and trash from special events. They build compost bins and raised bed gardens as well.

If you would like to learn more about Natural Green Cleaners, please be sure to visit their website and Facebook page, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you.

We hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about Natural Green Cleaners 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 Natural Green Cleaners.

Featured Business: LOCAL

LOCAL is a restaurant in Norman that focuses on locally sourced and sustainable food. They have a seasonal menu which features weekly chalkboard cuts of grass-fed meats and special dishes using local produce. They also have a market place that features take-away single and family dinners, farm market baskets, and local products for your kitchen.

And LOCAL has LOCALVILLE for the kids. It’s a supervised children area within LOCAL that features imaginative play, media, reading, and infant rooms. Children can either eat with their parents or eat in LOCALVILLE. They feature many great healthy options for the young diners.

We got the chance to talk to Melissa, one of the owners of LOCAL, and this is what she had to say.


GO: What made you decide to start Local?

LOCAL: It actually started with our kids space; Localville.  We wanted a restaurant that was fantastic for adults AND children.  So we made a totally separate, supervised childcare space and created a healthy menu that greater reflects how modern parents are feeding their children.  No French fries, no corn dogs.

From there, we decided to take the best practices of the best restaurants and incorporate them into LOCAL.  Buy direct from farmers, keep the food approachable but unique, have an inventive and dynamic cocktail and wine list, and stay involved in our community.

The sister owners, Left to Right Abby Clark, Heather Steele, Melissa Scaramucci

The sister owners, Left to Right
Abby Clark, Heather Steele, Melissa Scaramucci

GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
LOCAL: Being eco-friendly is an important part of our personal lives, so making it part of our professional lives is an easy continuation of this belief system.  For example, when we were building, we recycled the old glass from the existing storefront into concrete and glass basins in the restrooms.

GO: What’s the best advice about going green you have ever gotten?
LOCAL: Don’t try to fit into someone else’s standard of green.  Don’t try to win an award, or be certified in special ways – just do the best practices every day regardless of outside influence.

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GO: What’s your current favorite item on the menu?
LOCAL: I’m loving our 4 Meat Meatloaf.  It features grass-fed and finished, Oklahoma beef, buffalo, pork and lamb.  It’s topped with bacon we smoke and cure in-house along with a sherry mushroom sauce made with Oklahoma mushrooms.  That single dish is super tasty and it touches a lot of farmers in our state.

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
LOCAL: The money of course!  Keeping our money in our state, instead of sending it somewhere else or overseas is vital to keeping our communities healthy.  And it’s the small businesses that are always on the line for donations and helping with community events.  You rarely see a gift certificate or donated food at a charity event or silent auction from a corporate restaurant.  We all have to help each other succeed in business.

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GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
LOCAL: That is not a fair question – I like to do a LOT of things in Oklahoma.  I have season tickets to the Thunder and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.  I’m a founding member of the Metro Arts Circle for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman. LOCAL participates in the 2nd Friday Art Walk every month.  Norman Music Fest is always a huge blast.  If anything, I have far too many favorite things to do in Oklahoma!

GO: Other than your own business, what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
LOCAL: Urban Agrarian.  They do a spectacular job connecting the farms across the state to the consumers in the OKC metro area.  And their vehicle runs on old grease.  So that’s awesome.

 

If you would like to learn more about LOCAL, please be sure to visit their websiteFacebook page, and their YouTube page which contains a lot of great videos about the restaurant, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you.

We hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about LOCAL and the faces 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 LOCAL.

Featured Business: Greenhouse

Greenhouse is a great multiple business cooperative in Ardmore, Oklahoma. It’s such a great place to for anyone looking for green places to shop. We got the change to talk to Dondi with Greenhouse, and here is what she had to say.

GO: What was the inspiration behind starting Greenhouse? 
Dondi: Greenhouse was born from my first business Muse Studio Vintage, I developed the Greenhouse cooperative to house & incubate multiple small eco-friendly businesses like Muse. We grow together, we learn together, we share resources & talents. Greenhouse is prototype that we will be expanding on in other communities in the future.

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GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly? 
Dondi: If most Americans look in there house and closets, more than 90% (in most cases)of the contents are manufactured outside of the USA. I am very passionate about making long term, sustainable choices so that we don’t leave a legacy of debt, and diminished resources to our children.

GO: What’s the best advice about going green you have ever gotten? 
Dondi: The best advice I’ve ever gotten about being green is “it’s a choice”. Living as a good steward is a choice, and we make that choice all day long , every day. We can do simple things like recycle our trash, or larger things like store rainwater, or install solar panels, but mostly we need to realize that every dollar we spend, every cup we throw away & every leaf we bag instead of mulch – has a long term impact.

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GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses? 
Dondi: Small businesses sustain our communities, when we buy outside of our town, state & country- that money goes where it is spent! As a retail provider, we have a commitment to only buying & selling local, organic, or recycled- that’s it- we don’t buy cheap stuff from outside the US and pretend like we are doing ourselves or our community a favor by selling it to them. If it’s not made in the USA,  it’s a dealbreaker for us. So many small businesses still buy cheap goods from outside of our country, we challenge them to take a sustainable approach and buy local as well.

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma? 
Dondi: Ah! So many fun things to do in Oklahoma! I love to walk down Ardmore Main Street in the evening hours, when shops are closed and everything is quiet, and I love to visit Sulphur and Davis- especially love the Chickasaw Cultural Center, it’s so beautiful and serene.

If you would like to learn more about Greenhouse, please be sure to visit their Facebook page, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you.

We hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about Greenhouse 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 Greenhouse.

Featured Business: Bouncing Woolies

Bouncing Woolies is a locally owned business that was started by cloth diapering mom, Shauna. She started Bouncing Woolies because the product can help everyone as it “saves money, time and energy. After all, everyone does laundry!” We got the chance to talk to Shauna about Bouncing Woolies, here is what she had to say.

Shauna, Owner of Bouncing Woolies

GO: Why did you decide to start Bouncing Woolies?
Shauna: I was a cloth diapering mom who wanted a natural way to soften diapers and clothes. I needed an alternative so our diapers wouldn’t repel moisture.

GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
Shauna: I believe every little bit we can do to conserve our environment adds up. Not only is our product natural, compostable, and biodegradable, our packaging and shipping materials are also reusable, compostable, and biodegradable.


GO: What’s the best advice you have gotten about going green?
Shauna: I was one who was very hesitant regarding cloth diapers. I had the idea that it would be nasty and unsanitary. I was told that I should just try it, that it wouldn’t be that bad. After a lot of research (and coaxing my husband who was less than thrilled), we decided to go green for our children. It was most definitely worth it! In a nutshell, the best advice was not only to go green to help the environment, but to go green for our children and family. It’s healthier.

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
Shauna: Supporting local supports families not only in the US, but in Oklahoma. Supporting our local economy is huge! When you purchase from our little store, you’re helping put food on our table and clothes on our children. You’re helping with tax dollars being put back into our state.

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
Shauna: I love seeking out other locally owned businesses at craft fairs an other events. Oklahoma has some amazing treasures!

GO: Other than your own business, what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
Shauna: Green Bambino in Oklahoma City, definitely.

Shauna was kind enough to off a coupon code for Bouncing Woolies for Green Oklahoma’s readers. Just use the code GreenOK and get 15% off any order of $15 or more. The coupon expires on 10/31/12.

If you would like to learn more about Bouncing Woolies please be sure to visit their website, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you. You can also “like” them on Facebook.

We hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about Bouncing Woolies 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 Bouncing Woolies.

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.