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  • Eco-Friendly Tips For Surviving The Winter In Your Home Or Office

    As the last of the Halloween decorations are taken down and stored in the back of the closet for another year, we begin to set our sights on the upcoming winter. The days are shorter, the nights are colder, and our habits at home and in the office tend to not be as eco-friendly. But fear not, because the cold winter months do not have to mean wasted energy and extravagant heating bills.

    Before it gets too cold, we’ve put together some tips to make your office or home more efficient, healthy, and eco-friendly.

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  • Cyber Monday Savings on Green Gifts: Three Days Early

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    Cyber Monday is that awesome day each year when the whole internet goes on sale. We think you are pretty awesome, so we want to give you a head start! Start your eco-conscious holiday shopping today with Green Apple Supply. Beginning today, everything in the store is 20% off our already super low prices — with free shipping too.

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  • Joel Harper: The Independent Mind Behind an Independent Environmental Book for Kids

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    Joel Harper is a lot of things.

    Musician. Writer. Teacher.

    But it’s his work as a children’s book author and independent publisher that is getting him noticed of late, using education and reading as a platform to affect environmental change.

    His most influential release to date being All the Way to the Ocean. This illustrated kids’ book takes a serious look on how littering adversely affects watersheds, rivers, lakes and streams — all of which lead to the ocean (storm drain pollution is the No. 1 source of pollution entering into our oceans, a message he wants to resonate with the audience). Continue reading

  • Relaunch Reflection

    It’s an amazing feeling to be able to look back on any successful endeavor. And it’s that much sweeter when your professional goals align with your personal values, the way that Green Apple Supply’s do with mine. After over a year of hard work, modifications, setbacks and uncertainties, seeing our new site come alive last week was beyond thrilling! And our customer response was both humbling and exhilarating—the emails and phone calls of support were so very meaningful! Thank you for each and every word!

    And since Green Apple Supply has truly been a family endeavor, it was also incredibly fulfilling to watch my husband and children enjoy the week’s success. On July 30, my daughter’s 10th birthday and the date of the relaunch, my first blog posted. So I started the day by reading it to her. It is rare that we can find a reason to celebrate her disease and recognize it as a tool for growth and success. Yet I could see the pride and realization as it shone in her eyes, growing stronger with each word.

  • The Power of a Name

    Until the following summer, when I was busily placing reorders for the upcoming school supply season. One of our major suppliers was sadly no longer able to keep afloat. I was heartbroken for him and worried for The Green Garage. We sourced many of our most popular products through his store. So, after some complex conversations, he agreed to sell us his remaining inventory, along with the name of the eco side of his business, Green Apple School Supply.

    By then, we had already expanded from the sale of school supplies into household goods, gifts and toys. After all, kids went home from school every night and I wanted to offer families the most green options possible. So we dropped “School” and became Green Apple Supply.

    The “Green Apple” makes perfect sense. It’s fresh, appealing, earthy—a great image for an eco organization. But the “Supply” threw people for a loop. But to me, it made perfect sense...

  • Why We Live, Shop and Share Green

    Why We Live, Shop and Share Green

    As Green Apple Supply celebrates it’s new web design, I thought it appropriate to go back to the beginning and tell you the story of who we are, how we came to be, and how we got our name. So to kick off our new site, I hope to introduce you to Green Apple Supply in a series of posts about our history. First, who are we and how did we come about?

    Almost 7 years ago, our daughter, Kiki, was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, a brutal auto-immune disease that left her limping, exhausted, and in terrible pain. After researching the disease and its possible causes, the most likely trigger was our home. At the time, we lived in Houston and our home (where we lived when Kiki was between 3 months and 2 ½ years old) was located on a plume of contaminated groundwater from which VOCs may have been seeping into our home. Her diagnosis immediately sent me into mama bear mode—I was obsessed with making sure that our family was, from that point forward and to the best of my ability, free from the threat of toxic chemicals.

    Sometimes I think about how they say that everything happens for a reason. And those reasons sometimes seem sinister—like the day Kiki got diagnosed. They also say there are six degrees of separation between any two people. As I sit here today, I wonder if there aren’t the same six degrees of separation between those bad things that happen for a reason and the resulting good of their outcomes.

    Our daughter’s disease was most definitely painful but it changed our lives in such a dramatically positive way. Without a doubt, my family is better off as a whole—maybe even healthier despite the arthritis, than we were previously. We immediately began eating more healthfully and extracting chemicals from our daily routine. We began spending time outdoors, appreciating our natural surroundings. We became environmentalists.

    Everything may not happen for a reason, but it was in her disease that I found my purpose. I could not sit idly by while innocent children continued being poisoned by environmental toxins. I became an activist; an outspoken, unafraid champion for my daughter and everyone else’s and we founded Green Apple Supply.

    The six degrees between our daughter’s diagnosis and today’s celebration are poignantly communicated in today’s date, July 30, my daughter’s 10th birthday. Looking back on the seven years following her diagnosis, I can honestly say that I have found peace with her disease. I can see that, regardless of the why and the how of our difficult situation, we are better human beings as a result. And as we celebrate her birthday and our re-opening, we also celebrate her blessed remission.

    Happy Birthday to our beautiful Kiki!

    Welcome to our green family.
    -Stephanie Tobor

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