Do you want to change the world?  I remember about 10 years ago, when I was searching for a way to do my part, I started a non-profit– Kids Saving the Planet– with the goal of providing environmental education activities (both locally and online) for children and their parents.  After a couple years, I realized that KSP alone, was not going to get me where I wanted to go.  That’s when I started developing Vermont Woods Studios.  I needed the power and flexibility of Green Commerce to be able to move ahead at the right speed and in the direction I wanted to go. 

If you are someone who’s considering establishing a Green Business, check out http://www.greenbusiness.net.  It’s a place where you can connect and collaborate with other Green Entrepreneurs. Together we can make a difference.  Environmentalist, entrapreneur, journalist and author, Paul Hawken puts it this way:  "Business is the only mechanism on the planet today, powerful enough to produce the changes necessary to reverse global, environmental and social degredation." 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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The Giant Sequoias of California, the most massive and magestic trees on our planet, are in real and imminent danger.  Many of these living, breathing giants are as ancient as 3400 years old, measuring over 35 feet in diameter, and reaching as tall as 25 stories. In 1400 BC and they were mere seedlings; they had reached the ripe young age of 75 when King Tut was entombed and they reached their adolescence just as the Great Wall of China was being built. 

These amazing works of nature’s art need our help.  They need protection from impending commercial logging operations and other environmentally corrupt lobbies.  You can (and should!) weigh in and voice your opinion to your House and Senate leaders at the Sierra Club’s petition site.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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I know some
people who are so organized they have already completed
their Christmas and holiday shopping. They do it piece by piece all
throughout the year, picking up the perfect gift whenever opportunity strikes. I envy and admire them, of course, but unfortunately cannot consider myself
one of their ranks. Holiday shopping never finds its way to the top of my priorities. 

However, over the past several years I have been happily rescued by non-profit
organizations like the World Wildlife
Fund
who provide
easy and thoughtful gift giving ideas that support their conservation efforts and
help save some of the world’s most endangered animals from extinction.

One of my
favorites is WWF’s Animal Adoption Certificate.  For a $25 donation, WWF will send your gift recipient a
beautiful, frameable color photo of the endangered animal of your choice and an
official certificate of adoption.  You can help save
polar bears, cheetahs, pandas, blue whales, blue footed boobies and 50 other
endangered species. These are great gifts for all of us shopping for those-people-who-already-have-everything and really won’t care about getting another goofy tie or pair of
slippers. 

Check it out and let us know what you think.  We’d love to hear your
ideas about this kind of gift giving. 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Wangari Maathai is an environmentalist activist who later became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004: 

"In my own part of the world, I keep telling people, let us not cut trees irresponsibly.  Let us not destroy especially the forested mountains. Because if you destroy the forests on these mountains, the rivers will stop flowing and the rains will become irregular and the crops will fail and you will die of hunger and starvation. Now the problem is, people dont make those linkages." 

However, thanks to Maathai's Green Belt Movement,that is all changing as she works to empower communities worldwide to protect the environment and to promote good governance and cultures of peace. 

Read more about Wangari's important environmental initiatives, like People for the Planet.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

You’ve come to us with your sustainable eco-furniture needs; you’ve come to us to add a touch of class and uniqueness to your homes.  You’ve stuck with us as we’ve striven to build a company with a tri-fold mission—to save our planet’s endangered forests and priceless raw materials, to save the individual artisan and safeguard that traditional way of life in this difficult economy, and, of course, to create a beautiful and innovative line of artisan furniture.  In short: to make art and to make an impact

Now we would like to give a little something back to you.  We have worked very hard to build a relationship with other organizations around the world who share our values and our passions.  We have also done our research—carefully and thoroughly.

Now we would like to share our process with you.  By creating this blog, we are opening even more channels of communication– with you who have helped us become who we are. 

We hope that this blog will be a perfect place to share our Green philosophy with you and to show you how it affects and informs our goals.  It will also be a sounding board for your questions and insights.  We look forward to hearing from you—your thoughts, your opinions and your suggestions.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.