Category Archives: Green Businesses

Just Say NO to Disposables! Carry To-Go Ware

My To-Go Ware. Photo Courtesy of Coastal Living.

My friend Ann and I had lunch the other day at Boulevard Bread Company. After we picked up our orders at the counter, we grabbed a table, sat, and pulled out To-Go Ware from our purses.

What’s To-Go Ware?

Disturbed by being served her ice cream “for-here” in “to-go” plastic, Stephanie Bernstein founded To-Go Ware in 2004 to encourage people to bring and use their own utensils when eating at a restaurant. To-Go Ware Utensil Set comes with flatware, chopsticks, and a holder made of recycled plastic. Her line of reusable cutlery is made of bamboo, which is highly durable and can be grown and harvested sustainably.

Eddy and I each have owned a set of To-Go Ware for the past several years. We love them! It feels great to prevent disposable utensils from being sent to landfill.

Wanna own a set or give one to someone special for Christmas? Head to Heifer Gift Shop inside Heifer Village.

For more information about To-Go Ware, visit the website,


Green Giving: Give Food! Part 2

The Green Giving series continues today with more ideas on how to give food instead of “stuff” this holiday season.

Do you have foodies on your holiday shopping list? If so, how about giving them dining experience?

Many locally-owned green restaurants offer gift certificates. Some of my favorite green restaurants include:

A gift of dining experience at a locally-owned green restaurant keeps “stuff” out of landfill, helps protect the environment, and supports local farmers and economy. Can’t beat that!

If your special someone is more interested in cooking at home, give him or her a gift certificate to a locally-owned green-minded grocery stores such as Argenta Market (North Little Rock) and Ozark Natural Foods (Fayetteville).

So, those are some of my ideas on how to give food instead of “stuff” this holiday season. The Green Giving series will continue tomorrow with more ideas, so stay tuned!

Thursday To-Do: Good Things Boutique Holiday Open House

WHAT: Good Things Boutique Holiday Open House

WHEN: Thursday, December 9 – 4-8 p.m.

WHERE: Good Things Boutique (108 N. Block) in Fayetteville

Eat, Drink, Shop and Be Merry!

Join Fayetteville’s Eco Store tonight between 4-8 p.m. for its Holiday Open House! Live music provided by the talented Tiffany Christopher. There will be discounts and specials just for you.

Enjoy refreshments, a great live performance, and find special gifts for the loved ones on your list.

This night only – buy one pair of Simple shoes, get a second pair of equal value for 50% off; English Retreads and Mad Baggage hand bags will be discounted 40%; Indigenous Designs sweaters will be marked 30% off!

For more information, visit the store’s website at

AR Democrat Gazette: Fayetteville Solar Company Wins Award at Clean Technology Business Competition

From the November 25, 2010 edition of Arkansas Democrat Gazette:

Silicon Solar Solutions LLC of Fayetteville became the 2010 “People’s Choice” business competition winner at the Cleantech Open National Awards Gala and Expo in San Jose, California.

The startup technology business founded in December 2008 was among 18 finalists selected from 271 applicants looking to compete in one of the world’s largest clean technology business competitions.

The event is touted as allowing investors to preview clean-technology businesses and meet ready-to-be-funded entrepreneurs, according to its website.

Douglas Hutchings, Silicon Solar Solutions’ chief executive officer, said his team won $15,000 in cash and $15,000 in services for being a finalist. Stephen Ritterbush, Brent Bertlesen and Seth Shumate were the other team members.

Hutchings said in a news release that many opportunities and professional connections will be given to the company as a result of the win.

Silicon Solar Solutions has developed a metal-induced crystallization process that lowers the amount of heat needed to make a silicon photovoltaic cell, which converts sunlight into electricity.

I’m Thankful for…

  • Everyone who has read or reads my blog, Thanks for all the comments and encouragements!
  • My friends, both old and new. What would I do without you guys?
  • Our chickens, Paris Hilton, Alpha Ueda, Beta Ueda, and Gamma Ueda, and our duck, Ueda Go. Thanks for eating bugs, fertilizing the land, and giving us eggs. You guys have been great companions!
  • Our bees for pollinating plants. I would appreciate in the future, though, if you would refrain from stinging my head and between my thighs. They hurt.
  • Our cats, Baby and Lulu, for putting up with the humans, chickens, duck, and bees. Actually, we humans do more putting up, but if I say that, I think they will pee on our bed.
  • Local farmers and producers who feed us, most notably all the farmers at the Certified Arkansas Farmers’ Market, all the Asian vendors at the River Market Farmers’ Market, and the Arkansas Sustainability Network Local Food Club.
  • Local businesses. Thank you for services that you provide and for investing in my community!
  • Arkansas’s natural beauty that inspires me in countless ways.
  • Local green activisits. I can’t list all of them because Arkansas has so many, but that’s a good thing.
  • My partner in crime, Eddy. I love you very much.

Tuesday To-Do: Sustainable Business Network of Central AR Quarterly Networking Event

Join Sustainable Business Network of Central Arkansas for its Quarterly Networking Event, tonight at 5:30 p.m. at The Green Corner Store (1423D South Main) in Little Rock. Meet people involved in the sustainable business community and individuals interested in being involved in the sustainable business movement. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Cost: $10/person. To RSVP or for more information, contact

Monday To-Do: CEO of Clean Line Energy to Speak at Clinton School

Michael Skelly is CEO and founder of Clean Line Energy Partners, a project development company formed to build, own and operate renewable energy transmission lines. Previously, Skelly served as chief development officer of Horizon Wind Energy, which he helped transform from a two-man company to a leading player in the U.S. wind industry. At the Clinton School, Skelly will give a lecture titled “The Promise and Challenges of Renewable Energy.”
WHEN: Monday, November 15 – 12 p.m.

WHERE: University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service – Sturgis Hall

Reserve your seats by emailing or calling (501)683-5239.