After cans of soda and bottles of beer pass their expiration date, they don't go to the landfill. Thanks to the crew at Silver Creek Materials, the liquids inside are instead used to prepare nutrient-rich compost, which will nourish and sustain local gardens, lawns, and flowerbeds. Leaving nothing to waste, the crew recycles all the glass, metal, and plastic packaging.
Though making compost is only a small part of Silver Creek Materials' business, the aversion to waste and commitment to the environment reflects the company's focus on eco-friendly operations. When mining sands and soils, the staff works carefully to prevent adverse effects on the land or water, winning a Texas Environmental Excellence Award in 1997. The company also recycles organic materials such as trees, grass clippings, and fussy children's bread crusts.
Tucked away within Madtosh Crafts lies a treasure trove of crafting supplies. Even though the shop specializes in needle art and quilting, its bounty spans the spectrum of the crafting arts, ranging from designer patterns and books about knitting, crocheting, hand spinning, and embroidery to fabrics for sewing, appliqué, and sashiko. Fabrics from Anthology and Free Spirit and yarns from Knit Collage and The Fibre Company arm DIYers for the shop's workshops and events. These hands-on sessions include Knit in Public, which encourages artists to work on individual projects among friends, and the Color Theory workshop, a class that helps students choose ideal hues for their artwork or forged mood rings.
It’s a good thing James Bryant’s parents didn’t pay him more allowance. At 10, he found his $10 weekly payday unacceptable, so he started knocking on neighbors’ doors to see if they’d like him to mow their lawns. The business grew as he did, and, by the time he finished high school, he felt certain that landscaping was his true passion. Since officially founding Bryant Lawn and Sprinkler in 1995, James has continued to find fulfillment in creating natural works of art out of previously lackluster yards and gardens. He and his team do this by planting flowers, mulching gardens and installing eco-conscious sprinkler systems. They also design yard lighting so that, at night, freshly pruned shrubs stand out and moths can use shadow puppets to tell their brief life stories.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
Frustrated in her quest to secure toxin-free wares for her baby’s nursery, Liz Johnston began to closely research the origins of products that claimed to be green or natural. Her discoveries inspired her to found The Greener Good, which compiles only eco-friendly, chemical-free goods for abodes and bodies. Johnston researches all of her suppliers’ claims, and her scrutiny has earned her praise from the Star-Telegram. She’ll happily relay her products’ origin stories to curious customers, leaving them feeling confident in the quality of their purchases and in their purchases' ability to be licked without repercussions.
Browsing the spacious showrooms at Heritage Furniture Galleries’ two locations truly ignites the imagination to start thinking about what your living room or bedroom could look like. Throughout the space, sofas, sectionals, bedroom sets, and tables crafted by brands such as Coaster, Ashley, and Broyhill sit in cozy arrangements. Shoppers can mentally place a new couch in their family room and choose which beanie-baby portraits to display on nesting coffee tables. The helpful staff can come up with decorating ideas and suggest pieces to suit any aesthetic, whether contemporary or traditional, masculine or feminine.