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.
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.
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.
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