- O’Leary Paint Company proven to be superior paint manufacturer
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
- 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.
- 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.
Door to Door Organics: Inspired organic food made simple
- Carlos Collier talks with Kirk Heinze
The company ultimately tries to help people fit good food into their busy lives. They help plan meals and bring the food directly to the customer.
Collier tells Kirk Heinze that one of the key benefits to organic is the lack of pesticides.
"Eating organic food will greatly reduce your exposure to pesticides and the impact they can have on you," says Collier. "The average conventional apple has 20 to 30 pesticides on it even after you rinse it.
"Organic tastes better, too."
Another advantage of organic is to the economy in the form of the localvore movement.
"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."
Greenwashing can be an issue in the organic movement, too.
"We require certification from all of our partners," Collier says. Collier adds that business is good.
"We're doing very well. We've grown more than 100 percent since April 2010. Even though organic produce is more expensive, consumers seem to feel that we're providing them with good value when the other advantages of organic are considered, too."
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