Archive for March, 2010

My Meeting with Debbie Meyer

I spent a good chunk of this week at the International Home + Housewares Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.  There I got to meet some celebrities, like Lou Manfredini, Gordon Ramsey, and Emeril Lagasse.  But the person who stands out most in my mind is Debbie Meyer, of the famous Debbie Meyer’s Green Bags (and coming soon, reusable containers!).  I walked into her booth, and Debbie was in the middle of her lunch.  I was just casually looking at her products and waiting to speak with the sales rep, but Debbie quickly interrupted her lunch to introduce herself to me.  We spent about 5 minutes discussing her products and how they fit my customers at GHE.  Debbie acted like I was the only buyer in the whole building, spending as much time with me as I needed.  This is a stark contrast to how I was treated at another booth–the booth of a line I already sell!  Well, used to sell.  My interaction with Debbie is proof that attentiveness, courtesy and kindness still go a long way in this world.  Debbie treated me the way I like to treat my customers.  And because of that, I’m even more proud to carry her products!  When the reusable containers become available, we’ll be phasing out the bags and replacing them with the containers.  Looking forward to having them soon!Debbie Meyer

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Save 20% on Earth Machines

Earth Machine Compost Bin Pre-Order Today for 20% off!
Call or stop in before April 1st to order an
Earth Machine for just $80.
(Pick Up in Early April)

The Earth Machine™ has several features that make it superior to other compost bins on the market:

The lid is the most utilized part of any compost bin. The Earth Machine™ lid is easy to use, functional, durable and secure.
The Earth Machine™, with its gently conical shape, is designed to allow adequate ventilation throughout the unit, to promote aerobic decomposition of organic materials, plus controllable ventilation built into the exclusive lid.


The Earth Machine™ secures to the ground with sturdy “Twist Pegs” with securable access door, twist locking lid, air vents too small to allow rodent entry, and securable harvest door all add to the rodent resistancy of the bin.


Basic two piece assembly that snaps together in seconds without the use of any tools. The unit will not sit around in garages, sheds, etc. because of assembly complications.


High-density injection-molded polyethylene made with a minimum 50% post-consumer recycled materials.


The Earth Machine™ is made of tough high-density polyethylene with UV stabilizers for all season strength and weatherability.


The Earth Machine™ has a ten (10) year warranty against cracking, deterioration, warping, or any other defect that would diminish the effectiveness or appearance of the compost bin.

Unit dimensions when assembled: 33″ diameter by 33″ high.
Weight: 15 lbs
Volume: 10.5 cubic feet (80 Imperial gallons or 300 litres)

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Save the Date!

Big Plans, Small Yard? No Worries!
Free Workshop on Square Foot Gardening
The good folks from Dig Right In Landscaping are back to wow us with information on square foot gardening, a technique for gardeners of all levels of experience, physical abilities, and geographical locations.  Learn to grow whatever you want in only 20% of the space of a conventional row garden. This is a free workshop open to the public, so come with your neighbor or your garden club!  We’ll be offering discounts on garden items to all participants.

Thursday, April 13
6:30pm-8:00pm @ GHE
Due to space limitations, RSVPs are appreciated.  Please email us or call (708) 660-1443 to reserve your space.

Saturday, April 24th
Oak Park Earth Fest, a village-wide celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day

Thursday, April 29th
6:30pm @ GHE
Renew. Refresh. Reconnect.  Bring a necklace or bracelet from your jewelry box that you’d like to refresh.  Add new beads, give it a new look and reuse without buying a new piece!  Fowzi Kelty will lead this fun class and will have different beads available for sale.  Class is limited to 6 participants, so please RSVP by April 15th.  Fee is $15/person, payable to Green Home Experts.  Light refreshments will be provided.

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