April 14th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
Earth Day is just around the corner, on April 22. This year is a Big Milestone: the 40th anniversary of Earth Day so I thought you might want to do something special to honor Mother Nature. How about planting a tree?
As makers of wood furniture, we at Vermont Woods Studios are all about tree planting and hugging and such. I love this website, called Trees Are Good. It's run by the International Society of Arboriculture in Champaign, IL. In addition to extolling the many environmental benefits of trees (like moderating climate, improving air quality, conserving water, and harboring wildlife) they also point out virtues like beauty, serenity and tranquility:
"We feel serene, peaceful and restful in a grove of trees. Hospital patients have been shown to recover from surgery more quickly when their room offers a view of trees."
Amazing isn't it?
Trees Are Good has lots of advice on how to plant a tree, what kind of trees to select, care for trees, pruning, feeding, mulching, pest control and much more. Check it out!
Next Thursday, a week from today I hope you'll consider planting a tree in your yard or perhaps in someone else's yard as a gift. Maybe you have someone you'd like to honor or remember with your new tree. Trees make a beautiful and enduring memorial.
Happy Earth Day.
April 16th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
Been waiting to purchase that fine furniture you’ve been lusting after all these many months or even years? Well, wait no more! Here’s a great reason to finalize your decisions and get your house in order today.
Vermont Woods Studios is launching it’s Fifteen Percent For the Forest initiative and Eco Furniture Sale. From Earth Day, April 22 until the Summer Solstice on June 21, 15% percent of the profits from all furniture purchased will be donated to charitable organizations working to protect the forest environment.
Choose which organization you would like to benefit from your purchase, including our favorites:
Or suggest your own favorite. As long as it is a bonafide non-profit organization, working to preserve forestlands, it’s good to go. Give us a call at 888-390-5571 for more details.
Start your shopping today! It takes awhile to find the perfect furniture for your space, especially if you have any customization in mind. The initiative ends in June. What are you waiting for?
April 10th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
Vermont Woods Studios has been selected to partner with Franklin Pierce University on their Annual Earth Day Forum in Rindge, New Hampshire. The event takes place on Tuesday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Pierce Hall. It will include information on government and private sector incentives to live a greener lifestyle. All events are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended as seating is
limited. Please call 603.899.4322 to reserve.
Franklin Pierce University is at the forefront of the green movement
with recent sustainability initiatives including a conversion to wood
pellet heating of campus buildings, elimination of disposable
dinnerware in the cafeteria and initiatives of student groups such as
the ECO Club, the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and the Small
Business Advisory Group (SBA). We hope to see you at the Forum!
March 30th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
Congratulations to our Vermont Woods Studios customers and readers who celebrated Earth hour with a candlelight dinner, a cribbage game or a relaxing chat by the fireside. You joined hundreds of millions of environmental activists around the globe who made this annual climate change awareness event a phenomenal success.
Here are some cool pictures on the Earth Hour sponsor’s (World Wildlife Fund) website that show lights out from Sydney to Bejing to New York City. You can upload and share your own photos, films, blog entries and more.
We’d love to see your photos too. Send us pictures of you enjoying a candlelight dinner seated at your Vermont Woods Studios eco-friendly table and chairs and we’ll send you a $25 gift certificate!
March 23rd, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
We’re asking all of our Vermont Woods Studios customers, vendors and friends to join us this Saturday, March 28 at 8:30pm in turning out the lights for the Third Annual International Earth Hour.
Earth Hour is World Wildlife Fund‘s global initiative where individuals, businesses and governments turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change. Major cities across the US and around the world have committed to participate in Earth Hour 2009.
Last year, all seven continents turned out their lights in the largest climate event of all time. The movement captured the public’s imagination with lights going out at some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including:
Even Google’s homepage went dark.
What does Climate Change have to do with Green Furniture and why are we so fired up about this initiative?
Believe it or not, 20% of global climate change is caused by deforestation. As woodworkers, we’ve been reaching out to educate others about the need to preserve the forests. Not just the temperate forests in which we live and work, but particularly, the world’s rapidly disappearing tropical rainforests.
We all depend on the forests for our survival. They are the lungs of our planet and house many of our most precious natural resources and endangered species. Forest preservation is our passion and Earth Hour is a way to symbolize that passion. We hope you’ll join us!