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Some Oklahoma City retailers treat every day like Earth Day

Green Oklahoma has compiled a directory of eco-friendly businesses in the state, and it includes baby stores, composters, maid services and more.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: April 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm •  Published: April 18, 2013

For many Oklahoma City retailers, it's easy being green.

Well, not always easy, but it's something so ingrained in the business that it's more than just the products or services they sell, it's how they operate.

Environmental activist Lisa Sharp in 2010 began compiling a list of eco-friendly businesses in the state and the result is Green Oklahoma, a website that includes a directory of these companies.

Among them: maid services, dry cleaners, composters, recyclers and baby stores.

“I wanted to put it all in one place so everybody could easily find it,” Sharp said. “The site has grown a lot. People seem excited to be able to find this information more easily now.”

Eco-friendly business

Here are a few eco-friendly businesses in Oklahoma City:

• The Changing Table. The cloth diaper and baby store opened in October on the west Interstate 240 access road between Western and Pennsylvania Avenues after being an online-only business for several years. The retailer primarily sells cloth diapers and offers unique programs like newborn diaper rental and a trial program for parents interested in trying different kinds of diapers, said co-owner Elizabeth Pilgrim. They also seek out locally made diapers and other products.

Pilgrim said becoming a parent is often a turning point for people wanting to be more green.

“Sometimes when people have babies, they are more aware of it because they are bringing this little person into the world,” she said.

• Well Maid. Cleaning green is how Well Maid operates, using natural, nontoxic products, essential oils and reusable microfiber towels to spruce up clients' homes. About half of its customers seek out Well Maid specifically because of its eco-friendly methods, and the other half just like the job its employees do, said owner Candace Lockett.

“We're conscious of it on every level. Our brochures are printed on recycled paper. All our employees are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles,” she said.

• Fertile Ground. Terry Craighead co-founded Fertile Ground last year by offering a compost service to restaurants.

The company picks up food waste, turns it into compost and eventually, plans to sell the finished product. Restaurants pay for the service because it offsets some of the cost of trash pickup.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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On the Web:

www.greenokla.com, Green Oklahoma, a directory of eco-friendly businesses

www.thechangingtableok.com, The Changing Table

www.wellmaidokc.com, Well Maid

www.fertilegroundokc.com, Fertile Ground

www.okgoodwill.org, Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma

www.green-bambino.com, Green Bambino

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