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Modern vintage goes green
he modern vintage shop is community accountability.” taking the resale of used goods In true “green” fashion, the community to an entirely new, and green, is inclusive of all people who are impacted level. No longer a bodega by consumer choices, both locally and of second-hand forget-me-nots, today’s abroad. vintage shop aspires to raise social and Melanie Hodges of Lilly Bee’s Conenvironmental consciousness, one sale at signment Shop in Pullman also feels that a time. vintage shops allow consumers to take Austin Storm and his wife, Laura, were responsibility for the greater global comeager to start a business that upheld the munity. following three tenants: Green, Thrifty She was appalled to learn that Chrisand Local. tian Dior gowns were made in prisons, They wanted to bring something to the and she was unable to reconcile that new community that side-stepped corporate clothes are often the product of slave manufacturing and the cycle of waste that labor and questionable trade practices. comes along with the purchase of almost Moreover, she wanted to start a business anything new. that put money back into the commuFrom the fuel used nity, rather than the to ship goods overcorporate pockets. seas and across the Hodges opened country to the chokLilly Bee’s Consigning landfills, Storm ment Shop two and wanted to provide a half years ago. It an alternative to the is 3,000 square feet savvy shopper. of “quality vintage,” “I was amazed to whereby Hodges Heidi Kite, owner, learn in my environonly accepts items in Open Eye Consigment Shop, Palouse excellent condition. mental research that Americans dispose A patron can spend of 4 million tons of clothing in landfills hours perusing the neatly organized racks – every year,” Storm said. of coats with fur trim, designer handbags, And so came The Storm Cellar, the vin- showcases of treasures, antique furniture tage store that Storm and his wife openedw and even a hopeful rack of sundresses. on Moscow’s Main Street in November. Lilly Bee’s and stores like it are a winOften referred to as hip, fun and trendy by win. With patrons either purchasing items its patrons, the Storm Cellar is every bit as at a fraction of the cost or making money green at its roots. on items they would have otherwise The recycling of used clothing and thrown away, these stores offer far more household goods has obvious “green” than a new shirt. implications. But the impact has a greater According to Hodges, vintage stores ripple effect. are in a position to give a great deal back “It is easy for an individual to forget to the community’s bottom line. In the they are supporting sweat shops when short time that Lilly Bee’s has been in they buy new,” Storm said. “Buying from business, Hodges has paid back $80,000 a vintage store offers a small step in fixing that. We are supporting a greater sense of See VINTAGE, Page 4
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“When people respect well made things, they are less inclined to throw them away.”
A poster at The Storm Cellar in Moscow uses a pioneer adage to remind shoppers of the importance reusing items. The business sells idependent consignment and local goods.
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and extend the utility of an item before it winds up in a landfill.” While putting together his business strategy, Storm came across a slogan from a World War II poster that he feels is a fitting mantra for his shop and its green ambitions: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” Storm and Hodges agree that the recent economic strain has boosted the consignment business, but they are both confident that the growing support of the green movement will keep their shops and others like them in good standing, regardless of the economy. Businesses like Storm Cellar, Lilly Bee’s and Open Eye have put money back into the community, they’ve donated to local charities and cut down on the environmental waste and social abuses associated with corporate manufacturing and retail. They may be small steps, as Storm said, but if one foot follows another, vintage has brought a modern spin to living green.
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Another green aspect of vintage is the sustainability of the product. Most would agree that they just don’t make ,em like they used to. With that in mind, many consumers are interested in older items that were made better and retain greater value than their mass-manufactured counterparts from contemporary assembly lines. In the rual city of Palouse, Heidi Kite has been in the consignment business for nearly a decade. The owner of Open Eye Consignment Shop, she specializes in antiques and collectables. Kite’s main objectives for her business are to encourage people to be resourceful, to give back to the community and to teach respect for older things. “When people respect well made things, they are less inclined to throw them away,” Kite said. Like Storm and Hodges, Kite is also passionate about not overwhelming the landfills so senselessly. “If someone has a perfectly good table,
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to her patrons. Additionally, what goes unsold is donated to local charities.
Owner Austin Storm hangs clothing at The Storm Cellar in Moscow. The business sells independent consignment and local goods. why throw it away? Someone else can use it.” Her words are a near echo of Hodges — “If it’s a good piece, use it. Don’t throw it away!” These remarks may seem obvious, but
in fact, many participate in an easy-come, easy-go mentality, and green vintage shop owners are trying to raise our awareness to it. Storm says that he hopes to encourage individuals to “keep things in rotation
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Beyond the green thumb By Sarah Barrett | For NWgoinggreen
ommunity gardens offer more than the space two rented plots in the garden. to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers. They “I feel good knowing that my family reduces our imare becoming a popular way to take back the pact on the environment by growing our own vegetables,” reins of the food at your table. Spurred by Peterson said. Furthermore, harvesting their own has health, economic and environmental concerns while satis- proven to be financially beneficial for the Peterson family, fying the need for sunshine and community, local residents saving the household nearly $2,000 a year in food costs. are harvesting a delicious, peaceful revolution. Peterson explained that her family enjoys knowing Mary Jane Butters, one of the Palouse’s greatest advowhere their food comes from and in the process of growing cates of community gardens, fondly recalls being raised on it, they have also gained a great deal from the community her family garden’s produce. of families and gardeners that make up the “I was required to work Pullman Community Garden. at the community farm as a Founded in 1988 as the Koppel Farm child,” Butters said. “I rememto preserve the grounds of the historic ber my father filling up the enGreystone Church, the land emerged as tire back of our pick-up truck the Pullman Community Garden in 2002. with pea vines and us sitting Now it is 100 plots strong, all of which are in the backyard all day shelling rented, according to plot coordinator Tim them. When money and comPaulitz. modities like food are scarce, Paulitz said that although the weak old fashioned neighborliness economy has increased interest levels in the can make up the difference.” garden to some degree, he considers the It would not be uncommon greatest motivators for the gardeners to be Stephanie Peterson, Pullman to find Stephanie Peterson the access to green space in addition to the bowed over patient rows of ability to cost-effectively grow and consume carrots, beets and broccoli at the Pullman Community food that isn’t harvested with pesticides. Garden. For four years, Peterson and her family have harPaulitz explains that being located near a riverbed, the vested the vast majority of the produce they consume from soil is rich and well suited for squash, potatoes, garlic, beets
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Kim Johnson of Pullman plants broccoli seeds April 10 during a work day at the Pullman Community Gardens at Koppel Farm. and coniferous vegetables. The garden reserves two plots for produce that is given to local food banks. Additionally, gardeners often donate the excess of their yields to supplement the food banks and other community groups. In Moscow, community gardeners have been harvesting their own crops for the last decade at the Moscow Community Garden. An offshoot of the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute which was founded by Butters, the garden consists of 32 perched plots overlooking Palouse farmland. Sara Cucksey, the Watershed Project Manager for the PCEI, feels the growing success of community garden See GREEN THUMB, Page 6
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largely stems from increased economic and environmental awareness. “People are trying to lean on themselves more, and community gardens provide a sustainable element,” Cucksey said. “They build community and self-reliance.” Cucksey said members of the Moscow Community Garden works hard to educate and support gardeners in using sustainable gardening practices. An organic garden, chemicals are prohibited, and the members are encouraged to be mindful of water and ground space efficiency. The Moscow Community Garden members consist of a wide cross-section of local residents, including students, families and individuals and starting this year, plots will be made accessible for gardeners with limited mobility. Cucksey also points out that a few plots are reserved for low-income families and that, like the Pullman gardens, excess produce is donated to local food banks. With the assistance of Backyard Harvest, a local organization founded by Amy Grey to connect local gardeners and their produce to area food banks, an estimated 30,000 pounds of produce are delivered from the community gardens to 16 local food banks each year. Both the Pullman and Moscow gardens were originally created with the goal of being a catalyst for community development. As Cucksey points out, over the years, they have come to raise social awareness regarding environmental and community responsibility. As a result, “the garden-
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ers appreciate having the space – and they hold it close to their hearts.” Following the lead of these and other community gardens, more and more are popping up in the area and beyond. Troy opened a community garden two years ago, and Steptoe Village, an apartment complex in Pullman, has a private garden for its residents. Dan Cease, the visionary for the Clarkston Community Garden, will see his dream come true as he and the founding garden members will officially take to their plots in May. The garden will consist of 120 plots located near the river. Having completed the Master Gardener program at Washington State University, Cease wanted to do something for the community. “My biggest inspiration for the garden is to provide nutritional benefit,” Cease said. “There is a lot of illness associated with the rampant use of chemicals in mass-harvesting. The garden is a great alternative for safe produce.” In addition to providing green space for gardening, Cease is working with WSU and other groups to offer classes and demonstrations in composting, nutrition and green living. When asked why community gardens seem to be growing in popularity, Peterson said: “It is becoming more mainstream to consider the impact that mass agricultural water use and the related transportation routes have on our environment. People are realizing that healthier food does not support global warming.”
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In the beginning … W political agenda. However, it was the spark that was needed to raise the awareness of the issue that would develop into Earth Day. When Nelson was at Sen. Gaylord Nelson a conference in Seattle in September 1969, he made an announcement. He spread the word of the nationwide grassroots demonstration held for the environment that would take place in the spring of 1970. He encouraged participation, and the news traveled quickly. Almost instantly, Nelson was receiving telegrams, letters, and calls from those requesting more information and those offering their service and support. Finally, American citizens had a forum to express their concerns about the enviSee BEGINNING, Page 10
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Truck manufacturers also took suit to making their fleet vehicles more environmentally friendly. Not only were businesses anxious to line their operations with more fuel efficient vehicles that would save them a great deal of money, companies that employed these more efficient workhorses would also set a good example for their customers and competitors alike. As technology continues to progress, auto manufacturers have made great strides when it comes to fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. Someday, internal combustion engines that utilize petroleum products may become obsolete as alternative fuels have made a significant mark and will continue to do so in the years to come. Not only are hybrid vehicles more fuel efficient than their older counterparts, they are also quieter. The popularity of hybrid engines has even reached off shore, with many boats and ships taking advantage of the cost and environmental savings. From the United States Navy, to the commercial market, hybrid technology today can change the way we move. Many governments across the globe have offered incentives for individuals and large companies that take advantage of hybrid vehicles. Although the incentives provided by the government seemed to play a huge role in incentivizing the purchase of a new hybrid vehicle in the beginning, the vast amounts of reduced emissions and lower fuel consumption has not affected the popularity or sales of these eco-friendly modes of transportation.
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Five Things You Can Do At Home To Help The Planet
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pril 22 will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. This special occasion presents an opportunity to promote greater awareness and advances towards a healthier and cleaner Earth. This provides an avenue for businesses, individuals, governments, and countries throughout the world to make a conscious effort to make smarter choices and work together to build a global green world. This is an exciting time in the history of the planet, and everyone can be a part of this important and historic event. Many people believe that their actions alone cannot make a difference. This is one of the largest misconceptions in our world today. If everyone worked together one by one to help protect the planet, imagine what the results could be! Often times, people feel that they need
to attend rallies, groups, or events in order to help the planet. However, there are numerous simple and almost effortless things that one can do at home to help make the planet healthier and safer. Begin with recycling, which is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to make a significant impact on the Earth. Make recycling as easy as possible by placing a bin, small box or bag in the kitchen. This way, when sorting through junk mail, doing dishes, or discarding items, they can easily be tossed into the recycling holder without having to walk into the garage or outside. In addition, place a bin or box upstairs. Instead of throwing out recyclables, you can simply toss them into the hallway bin. By placing small bins around the house, recycling is made convenient. Second, use regular silverware and dishes rather than paper, plastic, or Sty-
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ronment. For the following four months, two members of Nelson’s Senate staff put all their time and energy into managing Earth Day affairs. Linda Billings and John Heritage worked at his office to handle the correspondence and ensure that the first Earth Day would prove successful and productive. On Sunday, Nov. 30, 1969, The New York Times featured a lengthy article reporting the astonishing uprising of concern for the environment and the events that it ignited. Reporter Gladwin Hill wrote, “Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation’s campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam. ... A national day of observance of environmental problems ... is being planned for next spring.” After the release of this article five months before Earth Day, it was clear that Nelson’s dreams were becoming a reality. This also meant that the ballooning
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TOYS Hodgins Drug & Hobby 307 South Main, Moscow (208) 882-5536 Serving the Palouse for over 119 years
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12 â€˘ Lewiston Tribune / Moscow-Pullman Daily News
April 22, 2010
Drive away in a new Toyota Hybrid Pruis, Camry or Highlander On the Moscow Pullman Hwy