- Brittany Fox: Empowering women, emitting freedom
The women make unique and fashionable bags out of trash, recycled plastic bags and pop cans. Each unique purchase promotes environmental stability and emits freedom into the lives of women in need.
- Door to Door Organics: Inspired organic food made simple
"Local isn't necessarily the new organic, though," warns Collier. "Just because something comes from the local community doesn't mean it's organic. There is a wealth of information online that people can peruse to get informed on the benefits of organic."
- Kirk Heinze: Eco-Painting-Good Idea, but Be Careful
O'Leary has seen a steady growth in the use of eco-paints, not only among homeowners, but also among professional painters. Also spurring some of the growth is the use of such paints to garner valuable points in the LEED certification process.
- LED lighting: the bulb that could last you six years
Further money savings are realized because of an LED light's unbeatable energy efficiency. According to Palm, these lights consume 50-90 percent less energy than conventional options. LEDs are a top pick for green consumers not only because of their reduced energy and maintenance costs, but also because they contain no mercury or chlorofluorocarbons and are frequently produced from recycled materials.
- Michigan Green Safe Prodcuts: Growing by doing the right thing
"We've met with Chrysler, which is considering using our products at their world headquarters cafeteria, and we're beginning to meet with some of the bigger companies who are interested in using our products," says Harworth. "More companies are looking at doing the right thing even though it can cost more.
O’Leary Paint Company proven to be superior paint manufacturer
- Russ White talks with David O'Leary and Scott Bower
Family-owned O’Leary Paint outperforms all brands, according to Coatings Research Group, Inc.
Based in Michigan, O’Leary Paint captured gold, silver and bronze honors recently from Coatings Research Group Inc (CRGI). CRGI tested regional, national and international paint products and O'Leary products were rated the highest of all paints tested. “We’re just really proud to be able to be recognized in a national study,” said David O’Leary, Co-President of O’Leary Paint Company.
No single paint company has ever taken the top three spots in this rating, said O’Leary. O’Leary’s Duramax 90 Line, Ceramic Coat and MicroSpec paints are locally produced in Lansing, Mich. “We produce everything right here,” O’Leary Paint chemist Scott Bower says. “We do all our research in the lab, make our own products, and produce everything right here.”
Bower has been with O’Leary Paint for 17 years and is the chemist who tests raw materials and refines coating formulas in O’Leary’s paint lab. The products he creates are made specifically to weather Michigan’s climate in addition to exhaustive lab and industry tests. “I make a lot of pre-production versions and test them in actual home settings. Painting 2-by-2 squares of drywall isn’t the same as painting a whole room with it.”
As the largest manufacturer of house paint in the state, O’Leary Paint outshone all national brands in the 2012 National Paint Ranking. Rating criteria included stain blocking, adhesion, water resistance, and washability and O’Leary received high ratings in all categories, the only brand to do so. “For a homeowner, if you’re only doing a project once every four years,” said O’Leary, “you rely on studies like this to tell you what kind of a product you should use.”
Many of O'Leary's products are certified as environmentally responsible paints by Green Wise Paint. A division of CRGI., Green Wise certifies paints as “green” if they have low amounts of volatile organic compounds, (VOCs), which evaporate into the air. “What we’re trying to do is make a very functional, green coating,” said Bower. Anyone can eliminate VOCs from paint formulas, but O’Leary aims to produce environmentally friendly paints that retain high quality and performance.
O'Leary Paint is a Michigan-based, fourth-generation, family-owned company in the paint business for over 100 years. Today O'Leary Paint manufactures a complete range of premium paints and coatings that are distributed exclusively through our company-owned stores in Michigan and Indiana. olearypaint.com
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