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Featured Business: The Peaceful Housewife

The Peaceful Housewife makes homemade, eco-friendly cleaners and personal care products. The ingredients for the products are disclosed and many can even be customized. We had the chance to talk to Jenny of The Peaceful Housewife, here is what she had to say.

GO: What made you decide to start The Peaceful Housewife?
The Peaceful Housewife:
Our son was born 6 ½ weeks early in 2007, and when he came home from the hospital we quickly discovered that he had eczema. It was obvious that he was reacting to disposable diapers, so we put him in cloth diapers to help clear up his skin. While, that helped, he still had reactions to the detergent that we were using to wash our cloth diapers. I formulated our first product, our laundry detergent, because of that need. When we found a formula that we really loved, we decided to share our products with other families in order to give them less expensive, better options for their family.

GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
The Peaceful Housewife: Wow, so many reasons, really. First and foremost, we believe that God gave us the Earth and asked us to be good steward of the resources and gifts that He gave us. It’s important that we honor His creation and take good care of the Earth so that it’s here to take good care of our children.


We also know that the majority of the time, taking better care of the Earth also means that you’re doing things that are better for your health.

GO: What’s the best advice about going green you have ever gotten?
The Peaceful Housewife: No one can flip a switch and magically be green in every area of their life overnight. There are many shades of green, and no one should feel guilty for not being as green as they would like to be. Going green is a process, and you have to prioritize what’s most important for your family and start there. And don’t get overwhelmed in the process!

GO: What’s your favorite product that you sell?
The Peaceful Housewife: My favorite product is the one that started it all – our laundry detergent! I love seeing the looks on peoples’ faces when I tell them that they can get a year’s worth of laundry detergent for $50 or less. And I really love it when those same people come back and talk to us months or weeks later and tell us that they love our detergent more than the mainstream detergents that they had been using. We’re giving people options that are more economical, healthier and work better. What’s not to love?!

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
The Peaceful Housewife: There is so much data out there showing that areas that support local businesses rather than big box business are more resilient to recession, and that in itself is a huge bonus. When you do business with a local small business, you’re helping your area stay financially strong.

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
The Peaceful Housewife: We love taking our kids to the zoos here in Oklahoma, whether it’s the Tulsa Zoo or the Oklahoma City Zoo. It’s such a fun family time with great learning opportunities. My husband and I also love to go camping with our tent and float the Illinois River. The sun on your shoulders, the cool water and great friends. It’s a favorite pastime for sure!

GO: Other than your own business what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
The Peaceful Housewife: We love Green Bees Diapers! Raye is such an amazing woman, and so much fun to do business with. We love that Raye is making cloth diapering financially viable for more families and helping to introduce cloth diapers to those who might not have otherwise heard of them. In fact, we love her so much that we carry her diapers right here in our store.

If you would like to learn more about The Peaceful Housewife 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 The Peaceful Housewife 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 The Peaceful Housewife.

Featured Business: Theraganics

Theraganics is an all natural soap store in Tulsa. It’s Tulsa’s only all natural soap shop! You will find everything from soap to bath bombs. The soaps use essential oils which are much safer than the fragrances most soaps use. We got the change to talk to Stephanie at Theraganics to learn more about the store, here is what she had to say.

Theraganics' Owner Stephanie

GO: What made you decide to start Theraganics?
Stephanie:
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.

GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
Stephanie: Everything we do impacts the environment, and that really holds true for business. By minimizing our ecological impact we increase our positive output, in a sense. And, since Theraganics was founded on the desire to help people, I cannot think of a better way do that than by being eco-friendly.


GO: What’s the best advice about going green you have ever gotten?
Stephanie: The best advice I ever received was from the owner of a solar company. I originally wanted our production facility to be solar powered, and I had some very big ideas. However, my big ideas did not fit my small pocket-book unfortunately. Feeling frustrated about not being able to be as eco friendly as possible, he told me “just do what you can when you can”. Simple, right? That simple statement made a huge impact on me, and since then we take advantage of every chance we get to make an improvement on our eco-friendliness that we are able and it is reasonable to do. If everyone took that approach I think we would be so much better off as a society.

GO: What’s your favorite product you sell?
Stephanie: My favorite product has to be our Carrot Tomato soap. We take organic carrots and tomatoes, juice them, and then make soap with them. It adds a luxurious feel to the lather of the soap and leaves your skin feeling amazingly soft – just as if you had received a facial at a spa!

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
Stephanie: It is important to support your local business people because the tax money goes directly into reinvestment in your community. Therefore you as a consumer have a direct impact on how your community flourishes.

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
Stephanie: I love to fish! Oklahoma has some of the best fishing spots, and it’s a short drive to your favorite fishing hole.

GO: Other than your own business what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
Stephanie: Ion Solar here in Tulsa. They are one of the only solar companies around here and they are trying to make an impact on how Oklahomans power their homes and businesses. The concept definitely has not caught on here as much as the West coast, but they are seriously trying to change that.

Hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about Theraganics 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 Theraganics.

September’s Featured Business: Elote

Elote is a Mexican restaurant, located in downtown Tulsa. Elote is working to not only bring great food to Tulsa, but also to do it in a green way. They do this by using local, organically grain-fed and raised meat, they compost, recycle their fryer oil for bio-diesel, use 100% recycled paper, and support local farms.We got the chance to talk to Elote owner Libby Auld about her business and being green in Oklahoma, here is what she had to say.


GO: What made you decide to start Elote?

LA: I decided to open Elote because the restaurant industry is all I know. I have been working in restaurants since I was 16. I knew I wanted to be downtown because I knew I could make the biggest impact in the growth and revitalization here.


GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
LA: It is important to me that Elote is an eco friendly business because I want to see future generations enjoy nature the same way I did growing up here. I have worked in lots of restaurants and seen how wasteful the food service industry is. Little things like composting, recycling and using biodegradable to go products can have a huge impact with the volume of people we serve.

GO: What’s the best advice about going green you have ever gotten?
LA: The best advice I have received about going green is that it being eco friendly is not all or nothing. Every bit makes a difference and when you make a small change in a business you have a big impact on your consumers, your employees and the earth.

GO: What’s your favorite item on the menu?
LA: The Veggie Burrito is my favorite item on the Elote menu, it’s my comfort food. I am a life long vegetarian (this is what happens when you are raised by hippies) and I am often disappointed with vegetarian options here in Tulsa. I love that our Veggie Burrito is a filling meal that even a meat eater could eat and feel satisfied. Plus going vegetarian, even if it’s just 1 day a week, makes a huge impact on our environment. I think practicing “Meatless Mondays” is a great idea.

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned restaurants?
LA: It is important to support locally owned restaurants because the money you spend there is staying in our economy and the tax dollars are staying in our city. Also, It is easier to make an impact with a local business owner then to try to track down there corporate office in another part of the country or world.

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
LA: My favorite thing to do is Geocaching with my family. It is basically a outdoor treasure hunt that you can do all over the world. It helps keep my kids spirits up during long road trips and anytime we have an hour to kill we just locate one on my iPhone and start looking.

GO: Other than your own business what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
LA: Natural Farms Grocery store and Co Op. They make natural shopping easy. I get 1 or 2 co op bags every week.

 

Hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about Elote 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 Elote.

August’s Featured Business: A Cleaner Place

A Cleaner Place is located in Walnut Village at 122 and North Rockwell in Oklahoma City. It’s a locally owned, family business. They sell and repair vacuums and also sell natural cleaners, personal care products and more. We were able to interview A Cleaner Place’s co-owner Jeanie Jones, here is what she had to say about the store.

Steve Fuhrman & Jeanie Jones owners of A Cleaner Place

GO: What made you decide to start A Cleaner Place?
JJ: Steve had a Vacuum Cleaner Store in California. When we got married, we moved to OK, home for me. Our first location in OK, we used the name VacShack, which was the name of his store in CA. When we moved to our current location, November, 2009, we changed the name to reflect what we do. I started using natural cleaning products because of my own sensitivities. I used to make all my own, before they were available commercially. Steve carried some cleaning products and I convinced him to try greener alternatives. Now we look for products that are natural, sustainable and regionally-made, whenever possible. That has expanded into not just Vacuum Cleaners, Floor Cleaning Products, Cleaning Supplies but also Kitchen Gadgets and Personal Care Products.
GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
JJ: We want to offer things that are healthy for our customers. Our tagline, Your Clean & Healthy Home Store, is what we are all about. We don’t believe you can have healthy without clean and vice versa. Healthy for our Environment is a natural extension of that philosophy. We both grew up on farms and agree that more natural, getting back to nature is good for us, the next generation, our pets and our precious planet.


GO: What’s the best advice about going green you have ever gotten?
JJ: It still has to work.
GO: If someone was going to try just one of your products which would you recommend?
JJ: Wow! That is a hard question. I guess it would be Pet Odor Eliminator by Unique Manufacturing. It can be used for what it says, but also for any organic stain or odor. It can replace so many products and can be diluted and used as a spray, as well. It is completely natural and was in existence and eco-friendly before eco-friendly was cool.
GO: Why do you feel it’s important to shop locally?
JJ: The local shops are our neighbors. They have a vested interest in the success of their business, which means they care about us as customers. You get much better service from them. But, the reason it’s important is because the money you spend stays here. You are supporting people who choose to make their home in the same community that you do. More like-minded, they care more about the things that you do.

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
JJ: Watch Sooner Football, of course! Really, anything that involves getting together with friends. The people are Oklahoma’s greatest resource.



GO: Other than your own business what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
JJ: Braum’s. I know it is not what people typically think of, but I love that they have their own dairy and are only major ice cream maker in the country that milks its own cows. Buying local is the best kind of sustainability, in my opinion. I love their fresh markets. From their website: “We have always believed that the natural way is the best way.”

 

Hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about A Cleaner Place and the face behind the business. Be sure to let us know 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.

July’s Featured Business: Green Bambino

We asked our readers to let use know what their favorite local green business is and the overwhelming response was Green Bambino, in Oklahoma City. We had the pleasure of interviewing Morgan Harris, the owner of Green Bambino,  to find out more about this store you all love.

Morgan Harris, Owner of Green Bambino


GO: What made you decide to start Green Bambino?

MH: When we chose to cloth diaper our son when he was born, I had to do all my research and purchasing online. My best friend was the only person I knew attempting to cloth diaper when I was, so we felt pretty alone.

About the time our son turned one, we started to talk about opening a cloth diaper store. We couldn’t understand why something like it didn’t already exist in Oklahoma City. I knew how much help I needed and how much I would have enjoyed seeing the diapers before purchasing them, so we thought other people out there would feel the same. I knew I could share the knowledge I had gained since my son was born and show Oklahoma parents how much cloth diapers had changed.

GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
MH: Since we sell products that help families reduce their environmental impact, it only makes sense that we should run our business with the same values. It’s not hard to make a business greener – we take home paper, plastic and glass to recycle and make regular cardboard recycling runs to Goodwill. We choose recycled paper products wherever possible. Recycled paper gift bags and copier paper don’t cost any more than products that aren’t made from recycled paper. When it comes to the design and furnishing of our store, we have found that reusing things like doors for tables and shelves saved us money over traditional retail fixtures and makes our store unique.


In short, being eco-friendly is a big part of who we are anyway, but there are business advantages to making green choices with our store.


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

MH: The best advice is what we tell our customers – going green doesn’t happen overnight and shouldn’t stress you out. Do what you can, when you can. For some people, that means recycling more this month than last. For others it means a 100%-organic diet grown locally. If we all take small steps toward being greener, we’ll make a bigger impact than if a few of us jump in feet first.

GO: If someone was going to try just one of your products which would you recommend?
MH: Charlie’s Soap laundry detergent. Whether you have children in diapers or not, Charlie’s is a much greener alternative to traditional petroleum-based detergents and actually works. We’ve used it for all of our laundry for more than three years.

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to shop locally?
MH: Here’s me getting on a soapbox.
Many people don’t understand that they really do vote with their wallets. When you shop online, every dime you spend goes somewhere else to fund some other town’s schools, streets and police departments. Not a penny stays in Oklahoma. When you shop at locally-owned businesses, almost 70% of your money stays in Oklahoma helping to keep our communities thriving. If you want to learn more about how you impact your local economy, visit http://www.the350project.net/home.html.

When you shop locally, you are telling local business owners “I value what you do for our community and I want you to stay around.”

When was the last time Amazon.com donated something to your child’s school fundraiser?

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
MH: If I base my answer on what we do most, it’s eating at locally-owned restaurants. Oklahoma City has so many amazing local restaurants that we refuse to eat at chains. My son would say his favorite thing is to go see Malee, the baby elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

GO: Other than your own business what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
MH: Green Goodies by Tiffany. Have you tasted her cupcakes and cookies?!?

Hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about Green Bambino and the face behind the business. Be sure to let us know 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.