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A Greener Houston

Houston, Texas is by no means small. In an attempt to make this city a greener place to live, many places have been trying to find a healthier solution to help the environment. City Centre, a mixed-use development takes many steps in becoming green. Not only is it a nice place to hangout for shopping, working or staying at a hotel, it has take many steps to help be green. Not only that, it has different designs in place to make it a more people-friendly area. For example, in stead of water sprinklers that water the grass above ground and leave the sidewalks soaked, City Centre has implemented a system which operations underground. Thanks to this, the water stays only in the area for which it was intended and pedestrians no longer have to worry about slippery sidewalks.

Another big ups for City Centre is one of their restaurants: Ruggles Green. With it’s 4-star rating, Ruggles Green is currently labeled the greenest restaurant in Houston. In addition to having great desserts, they also “operate in the most sustainable way possible with extensive recycling, composting, energy-saving equipment and water conservation steps in place.”

For more info, please see the following link here.

Blue trees are in Houston!

blue trees

Houston is amazing.

As a response to the loss of millions of trees during the drought of 2011 and the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, Konstantin Dimopoulos, has brought his living outdoor project to Houston. The project itself consist of “panting” the local trees around Houston a slightly dark tint of blue to show that a small change within are daily lives can also be a big one… though the paint it self isn’t really paint at all, just water and ultramarine mineral pigment. The “paint” doesn’t harm the tree, and since blue isn’t a known color for any trees it gives it a nice pop.

Check out where you can see the trees around town here. Take advantage of this picnic weather and head to Galveston, as well!

 Via The Coolist.

For a Greener City!

no bags

In an attempt to be a greener city, Austin, TX has placed a ban on plastic bags for stores around the city. It’s already in action! By doing so, they force the population to bring reusable bags with them for all their shopping needs. The stores do offer reuseable bags for those who’ve forgotten them, but for a small fee. Being one of the top major cities in the US, Austin would be setting a huge example on following greener goals to make the city a healthier one. It may seem like a tedious task, but perhaps soon this will seem second place. Maybe Houston will be next?

More info here.

We Went to a Riot

farmecologie Soap

Craft fairs are upon us in a big way! The handmade holiday has gotten bigger and bigger each year and I smile as I glance over at the calendar with each weekend scribbled in all the way through December. The Farmecologie Lab is mostly an attendee this year, but we were pleased to be apart of a the Austin Craft Riot Goodie Bag Giveaway at their holiday fair. The two day craft event opened each day with 25 totes filled with free handmade items given to the first visitors through the door.

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We supplied the cotton totes and wrapped 2 ounce bars in special gingham packaging to get a bit more festive.

farmecologie soap

I am dismayed (completely) to say due to traffic and unexpected weekend construction set back the schedule and alas there is no goodie bag here. Sigh.

farmecologie organic soap

Also the latest in Farmecologie news is our new totes made from recycled plastic bottles. We wanted a tote as Earth friendly as our soap.

If you are curious about craft fairs in your area you can always check out the Craft Calendar and support handmade this holiday season.

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