The Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the Planet

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the Planet

My best friend just told me she’s too lazy to do anything for Earth Day.  What???  That’s not gonna work.  Even the laziest of us have to do SOMETHING to help save the planet.  So here’s a list of 5 suggestions for all you couch potatoes. If you don’t have the energy to read through them, just skip to #5.

#1 Plant a Tree

Plant a tree for Earth Day 2017

This is a no-brainer on Earth Day. Trees are Earth’s best friend. As the biggest plants on the globe, trees give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. The Arbor Day Foundation will send you 10 free trees to plant in your yard. Even easier… have them send the trees to someone else and they can do the planting.

 

#2 Grow Milkweed

Earth Day 2107 Suggestion #1: Grow Milkweed The monarch butterfly population is down over 90% in the USA, Canada & Mexico due to habitat destruction. Join our effort to save the monarch butterfly by restoring their summer habitat, which is milkweed. Stop by Stonehurst and pick up some free milkweed seeds or buy them at your nearest nursery.  If either of those options is too much trouble, order free milkweed seeds online.

 

#3 March for Science

March for Science, Vermont 2017

March for Science is an international movement to celebrate science and support the scientific community. “It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.” Whether you’re a scientist or a fan, join others in over 500 cities around the world to March for Science. Vermont will have events in Burlington, Brattleboro, Rutland, and Montpelier.

 

#4 Clean Up on Green Up Day

Green Up Day 2016, Vermont Woods Studios

Green up Day is the first Saturday in May every year, so it’s May 6th this year.  It’s the day that decent, Earth loving community members go out and clean up the trash their apathetic neighbors threw out along roadsides, in parks and on beaches.  At Vermont Woods Studios we’ve been cleaning up the Connecticut River front in Vernon for the past several years.  We all leave work early on Green Up Day, clean up the shoreline and then head to Nesbitt’s Portside Tavern to rest, recuperate and replenish.  Join us this year– we have a great time!

#5 Donate Money

Donate to Earth Day 2017

OK if none of these suggestions suit your fancy or if you’re exhausted even at the thought, then surely you have enough energy to take you mouse and click over to the Earth Day Network where you can donate to help power the movement.

Let us know which one of our suggestions you took us up on (or at least considered) on our Facebook!  We’ve planted over 50,000 trees at Vermont Woods Studios and are planting at least 2 more for each furniture order.  Read more about our environmental mission here.

 

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Happy Easter | Happy Passover | Happy SpringFrom all of us at Vermont Woods Studios, we wish you and yours a happy relaxing day, whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, another holiday or just the end of winter.  We will be closed today so our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families.  Please contact us on our website or Facebook with your questions and we’ll hop to it first thing Monday morning.  Thank you for shopping with us and for your continued support of our work!

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Sunshine, warm weather, birds singing, more daylight, picnic lunches… what’s not to celebrate during Spring!  So if you’re coming up to shop for furniture, bring your boots and build in a little extra time to enjoy Spring at Stonehurst. It’s beautiful! A couple things you can do here that you never thought of doing at a furniture store:

Take A Hike

Take a hike at Stonehurst and celebrate Spring.Hike through our 100 acre woodland at Stonehurst. We located our sustainable furniture store here so you can experience the kind of responsibly-managed forest where your furniture originates.

Check Out the Flora & Fauna

Deer enjoying a drink from the brook at Stonehurst
Stonehurst is home to deer, foxes, bear, porcupines, flying squirrels, numerous birds and many other types of wildlife.  This photo doesn’t look much like Spring, though does it?  It was taken just after last week’s Nor’easter.  Fortunately a lot has changed since then.
Spring flowers are starting to bloom at Stonehurst, a sustainable furniture store in Vermont
The daffodils and crocuses Nina planted last Fall are beginning to flower now, starting a parade of colors that will continue throughout Spring, Summer and Fall.  Much of our gardening and landscaping is focused on bringing monarch butterflies back to Stonehurst and Vermont.  Come see it!

Enjoy the Sights & Sounds of the Woods

Bring a picnic lunch and take a 20 minute hike back to the Stonehurst Brook.  You’ll see and hear the roar of Springtime’s snowmelt bringing new life to all who dwell along the stream’s banks.

Meet the Team

Ken is part of the Vermont Woods Studios team at StonehurstAnother sure sign of Spring is the presence of Ken’s and Dennis’ motorcycles in the parking lot at Stonehurst.  The team is finding all sorts of ways to enjoy a few moments outside on these sunny Spring days.  Our favorite excuse to get away from the computer is to enjoy a little fresh air on the back deck with a customer.  So stop by and give us a reason to celebrate Spring!

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So Many Choices!

Walnut, cherry, maple, oak, birch, ash, poplar, rubberwood, mango wood, mahogany, eucalyptus, Brazilian cherry, teak. These are just a few of the woods you’ll find when shopping for hardwood bedroom furniture. So how to choose and what difference does it make?

We’ve decided less is more.

natural wood species
If you’re looking for furniture that’s made in America, you can narrow your choice down to exclude the last 6 (everything after rubberwood).  Those woods are imported, often stolen from tropical rainforest countries and brought here illegally.   We recommend looking for woods that are grown locally.  At Vermont Woods Studios we’ve chosen to work mainly with four hardwoods because they’re abundant in our region, they’re beautiful and they stand up to a lifetime of wear and tear.
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Earth Hour 2017
Lights out tonight, from 8:30-9:30.  Show #YourPower for #EarthHour.

When World Wildlife Fund‘s WWF Earth Hour project started in 2007 we were a fledgling startup company.  But I was excited about the project because we were looking for comradery as a small business driven by an environmental mission.  We turned our lights out during that first #EarthHour in Sydney, Australia and have done so every year since.

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