Homestead

  • Let's Get Organized!

    2GYB1NSBQGThere are few things more enjoyable than a clean house or work space. Clean doesn’t just mean the surfaces are clean, it means everything is in its’ place. Being organized eliminates clutter, reduces the amount of waste you create, makes it easier for you to dictate to others where things should go, and makes you more prepared to take whatever the day throws at you. We have amassed several things that can help you get organized in your home or work space in a stylish and environmentally responsible way.

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  • Popular Supply

    I was raised in a tiny Texas town where my parents had run the area’s general store, Popular Supply. It was a labor of love and I grew up surrounded by stories of the store and the trials of running it. Long after retirement, my parents still held onto some inventory. In fact, although my parents have passed, I still have some of the inventory today. And the store, long since sold, is still standing—a lasting legacy of my parents’ hard work and devotion.

    So, yes, “Supply” makes perfect sense. How strange to have found myself accidentally inheriting this name through a business transaction when it belonged to me all along. It is a powerful feeling to realize the meaning of “Supply” within our family and then apply that to the meaning I hope it will eventually evoke: a reliable, convenient, affordable supply of eco knowledge and goods to the world.

    As I listened to the speech I alluded to at the beginning, I pondered the true power of this name. It is a true embodiment of who we are as a company—our mission, our aspirations, our potential. And it embodies our past, both my family’s and that of Green Apple School Supply, and I can only hope that Green Apple Supply will become my legacy, as Popular Supply was my parents’—still standing long after my demise, and inspiring someone else to embrace their own potential.

    And as I proceed to introduce myself and my company, I hope that you will respond in kind. We want to get to know you and your stories. We have a lot to say, but we also have a lot to learn! Please email your stories to me at steph@greenapplesupply.org. The most inspirational stories will be posted here as guest blogs.

  • How Did We Get Here

    As our new lifestyle in our new home (yes, we moved!) became cleaner and greener, I noticed our pocketbook becoming leaner and leaner. It struck me as patently unfair that providing a healthy home for our family was obscenely expensive, and therefore impossible for most of the population.

    Fast forward another 2 years, once we have moved to Evergreen, Colorado, where we could live in a more natural (i.e., less concrete) environment. I had moved from protective mama bear to rabid environmentalist. It was a school supply shopping trip to a big box department store that finally sent me over the edge. I looked from our basket full of school supplies to my two precious children, and back to the basket, and then I asked my kids just how many rain forests they thought were in our basket. And how much plastic? They answered “a lot!” to both and we decided that, more than “a lot,” it was “too much,” and we walked out of the store.

    As we marched out, I was fiercely proud of their decision to leave. I was also freaking out. Where were we going to find eco-friendly school supplies? And although my kids might have eco supplies on the first day of school, how many of their friends would find themselves and their toxic shopping carts going through the checkout line. Ensuring that my kids went to school with safe supplies only went so far. I had to ensure that all kids had access to them.

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