• Green & Thrifty Options

    I’d love to have your suggestions for this community page.  There are more great local Green options in goods than we can shake a cottonwood branch at, and I don’t know them all; I’d like to keep updating this page.

    Food-

    If your wallet is thin, there are some great cafes that will welcome you for a meal for a donation that you decide on:

    S.A.M.E. Cafe
    Comfort Cafe

    Govinda’s is not this kind of cafe, by the way. Depending on the guest chef the chutney can be amazing, but Govinda’s supports the temple, and it’s not a cheap vegetarian cafeteria.

    Farmer’s Markets:

    Here’s the link to the Local Harvest farmer’s market Finder.

    For most local produce resourcing:

    Denver Urban Homesteading

    Feed Denver

    Very Green Local restaurants:

    Mercury Cafe

    Watercourse Hub

    1515 Restaurant

    Snooze

    Transportation Breakdown

    The West is wide; there are still a lot of neighborhoods that aren’t conducive to public transportation or even cycling to work, and not all of us are lucky enough to work conventional hours, which makes taking the Light Rail and bus much easier.  Buses run infrequently on the overnights.

    Here’s the other consideration:  in many cases, it’s still cheaper to drive to work, and not just in terms of cash.  Driving can mean the difference between a 3-hour commute and a 20-minute commute, and not everybody has 6 hours in a day just to get to work and back.

    But, there are ways to cut down on your gas.  Fill your tank before 9:00 AM and after 5:00 PM.  Condense your driving routes when you can to get errands done.  And when it’s possible, be an opportunist when it comes to saving trips, and if you’ve got good relationships with your neighbors you can arrange to pick things up for them and have them pick up things for you, if you travel to different parts of town.

    Help with the power bill

     ReCharge Colorado

    Goods-

    A great blog on Green goods: Green Girl Around Town

    Unguents

    Making your own isn’t that time-consuming but there is an initial investment in bees wax, coconut oil (obviously NOT local), high-quality oil and essential oils. Once you’ve compiled those you can cook up lip balm, lotion and about a billion other products on your own. You can learn to make them when the classes get offered at places like Denver Urban Homesteading and Botanic Gardens.

    When you want to splurge on great personal care products, locally made brands that walk the walk are Lovely Lady Products and Pangea Organics.

    Clothing-

    It’s a good re-use practice, and cheaper, to buy at consignment or Goodwill. When you want something well-made and new there are some local choices; Beckons Yoga Clothing pays local people a decent wage to sew up her designs.

    The Green Bride specializes in pre-loved wedding gowns.

    In Colorado we wear a lot of outdoor clothing – and some is even made here, in Leadville at Melanzana.

    Footwear-

    I’ve yet to find great used or locally made footwear. I bite the bullet and buy new Tevas every few summers. I’ve had my LL Bean hiking boots for 10 years, and 2 pairs of cowboy boots that I get re-soled every couple of years. But you have to buy sneakers new. Just recycle them, and that helps.

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