Love Your Mothers

photo copyright Organic Bouquet

Sunday, May 9th is Mother’s Day, a holiday when people in several countries (United States, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey and Belgium to name a few) make it a point to call, visit or send cards and gifts to our mothers. We take the time to show our gratitude for all they have done for us. And in light of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, I started thinking about the image of our Earth as Mother. The Earth supports and feeds us, so it seems fitting that we show the same respect and gratitude to our Mother Earth as we do to our human mothers.

And I was very happy a couple of years ago when I came across an environmentally conscious company that delivers earth-friendly flowers. At last, a way to honor both mothers at the same time.

According to the National Retail Federation, in 2009 consumers spent about $14.10 billion on Mother’s Day, about $1.9 billion of which went toward flowers. Unfortunately, commercial flowers of the type sent to so many mothers are typically grown using toxic chemicals that can negatively affect farm workers who handle the flowers. These chemicals are also bad for local wildlife and the environment. This is no way to show for love your mothers.

Organic Bouquet was the first company to offer eco-friendly floral products delivered right to your home. Organic Bouquet offers flowers and plants purchased from growers who are committed to using sustainable farming practices (Organic, Veriflora, Biodynamic, Fair Trade and Transitional) “that aim to improve the quality of farm working conditions, minimize damage to ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, and enhance environmental quality for future generations.” If you order by 3:00pm EST today, Organic Bouquet will waive their $10 Saturday surcharge.

If you live in the DC area, local florist Green Space in Georgetown offers organic flowers and plants in eco-friendly containers. All of their products are organic, recycled, biodegradable, fair trade and/or locally sourced from small farms and artisans.

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LiveGreen’s Green Rush April 17th

If you are in the neighborhood, please join us on Saturday April 17th in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, where we will be exhibiting as part of Live Green’s Green Rush. The Green Rush is an  action-packed, fun-filled scavenger hunt where teams will race against the clock to explore DC’s most eco-friendly spots and compete for the chance to win $1,000 Grand Prize!

The Green Rush scavenger hunt will kick-off at the Green in the Circle Festival in Dupont Circle with great performers, speakers and green exhibitors.  The Green Rush will conclude at The Reef (a seaside-themed, sustainable, fun multi-floored restaurant in Adams Morgan) for an after party with delicious food, raffle prizes and great entertainment!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • First, gather 2 – 5 friends and create a team
  • Next, sign up online as individuals, but include your team name so we know how to group you.
  • Then, on Saturday April 17th, meet at 1pm near the fountain in Dupont Circle for the Green in the Circle kick-off festival. Check-in with your team at the Live Green table.
  • The Green Rush starts at 2:30pm

And here is the schedule for the day:

Green Rush Kick-off at the Green in the Circle Festival
Dupont Circle
Saturday, April 17th
Check-in is open from 1 – 2:15 pm

The Green Rush will kick-off at the Green in the Circle Festival in Dupont Circle, hosted by NBC4 News Anchor Wendy Rieger. There will be great speakers, entertainment featuring Beat Ya Feet Kings and No Second Troy, and lots of green exhibitors.  Team check-in will run from 1pm – 2:15pm at the Live Green table.  Even if you can’t make the race, come check out the festival and all the Earth Day excitement!

The Green Rush
Saturday, April 17th
2:30 pm – the race begins!
The scavenger hunt will have you race against the clock to explore DC’s most eco-friendly spots. Teams of 2 – 5 people will have 3 hours to explore hidden treasures, solve puzzles, complete challenges, collect clues and sample food to earn as many points as possible. The team with the most points wins the $1,000 Grand Prize! There will also be a year’s supply of Honest Tea for the team with the best Green Spirit, and 5 tickets to the Washington Mystics for the winning Youth Team!  Clues and eco-goodie bags will be handed out at the kick-off event at the Green in the Circle Festival.

Live Green members register here – $20
Non-members register here – $25

Green Rush After Party
The Reef in Adams Morgan
2446 18th Street NW, Washington DC 20009
Saturday, April 17th
Finish Line & Family-friendly After Party, 5:30pm – 8pm

The Green Rush scavenger hunt will finish up at The Reef in Adams Morgan with food, fun and entertainment.  We’ll celebrate with an after party and awards for winners in 3 categories: Grand Prize, Youth Prize, and The Green Spirit Award.  The first 10 teams to cross the finish line will get a FREE DRINK and there will be great raffle prizes for lucky attendees!  If you can’t make it to the Green Rush during the day, you can register separately for the After Party at The Reef.

Live Green members register for after party only here – $10
Non-members register for after party only here – $15