Green In the House

starting seeds in my greenhouse

starting seeds in my greenhouse

One of the best things about my home is that it came with a greenhouse in the backyard. It’s been dormant all winter, but this weekend I put it to good use by starting some seeds.

This is my second year of using the greenhouse. Last year, I had a success in starting basil, tomatoes, peppers and thyme, most of which successfully transferred.

In staying true to the “green” in greenhouse, I use only organic seeds in organic potting soil. And, I’ve been saving bowls from Annie Chun’s noodle bowls (my husband apparently had quite a few this winter), which are made from corn-based compostable “plastic”. (Yes, that’s plastic wrap on the pots, not terribly green, but it’s a less toxic type I bought from Whole Foods).

For pest control, I’ve been using a soy oil based spray that I bought at Whole Foods and a mixture of rosemary and lavendar essential oils in water that I made. This year, I’m adding neem oil to my arsenal.

We plan to plant several vegetables and herbs later in the season, but it’s nice to get a head start with some species that are easy to grow from seed.

I’ve Been Made

dccm_banner1Recently, I was recruited to the DC Craft Mafia, along with two other local crafters. We officially became members at the end of February. The DC Craft Mafia a chapter of the Craft Mafia, an organization of independent business owners who represent multiple creative disciplines in fashion, jewelry, handmade goods, fine art, writing and craft design. 

There’s a lot of energy in the DC Craft Mafia, and I’m looking forward to being part of this dynamic group of talented artisans. Plans are underway for craft shows and community events. Stay tuned!

Green Is Calling You

greencommunicationsThe following is a guest post by Julia Guarino

I try to be as green a I can in all aspects of my life, but is it possible to think green when you are making decisions about everyday products like cell phones and credit card companies?

It is! I recently became an individual member of Green America, which publishes the National Green Pages – a listing of environmentally and socially responsible businesses. (Incidentally, Herban Lifestyle recently applied to be a member of their Green Business Network). They list businesses in almost any category you can think of, and (speaking from experience) their screening process is extensive, so you can feel good about working with any of the businesses they include.

One of my favorite Green companies – one that I have had a credit card with and that my family purchased long distance phone services through for years, and which I discovered has recently started a mobile phone service called CREDO Mobile on the Sprint Network – is Working Assets. They donate a portion of the revenue from their reliable, high-quality services to nonprofits “Supporting peace, equality, human rights and the environment.” This has amounted to over $60 million since 1985. You can read about the nonprofits they support, and even vote on who they should support next year, here.

So, the next time you’re looking for any new service, or thinking of switching from any of your old providers, take a look at the Green Pages! And when you’re there, keep an eye out for Herban Lifestyle!

Sundance Film Festival Gift Bags

Spike Lee at Sundance Film Festival Holding An Eco-Friendly Gift Bag   




Spike Lee during Sundance Film Festival Holding An Eco-Friendly Gift Bag

In mid-January in Park City, Utah played host to the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. And during the 10 days of film festival festivities, Park City Television played host to 76 different filmmakers (plus cast members and documentary subjects) and 21 musical acts in their studio.

Each of the over 200 guests left with an organic cotton tote bag from Fierce Hugs containing a nice selection of eco-friendly goodies provided by local companies. A few non-local companies provided items for the gift bags, and Herban Lifestyle was one of them. Ori Hoffer, who spearheaded the quest for earth-friendly items lived in the DC area for 9 years before moving to Utah, so said he considered me to be local in some sense :)

Some of my favorite actors and directors walked away with a tin of my Tangerine Dreamsicle lip balm, including John Krasinski, Kyle MacLachlan, Spike Lee, and Kevin Spacey.

You can see the full list of directors, stars and contributing companies on Park City TV’s blog.

Belated Thanks to Chaptastic

obamabalmsI just came across this post from Chaptastic, which was posted back on January 26th.

Chaptastic is a blog that reviews lip balms of all kinds, but shortly after the inauguration, they expanded their coverage to include balms in general. Well, balms in general if their names happened to play on Obama/Obalma.

The post author, JavaJive, found several fun items that capitalized on the this theme. However, she did say that our O-BALM-A is “Definitely the best-looking of the bunch.” She left out the part that our product is the only one that donates 100% of the profits to charity (Feeding America).

Thanks, Chaptastic, for including us in your fun blog post!