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Earth Hour Chicago On Saturday, March 29, 2008, from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Chicagoans will join together in a collective effort during Earth Hour Chicago 2008 to illuminate the effective impact of even the smallest individual contributions to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse emissions.  For one hour, between 8:00 – 9:00 PM, residents of more than 20 cities around the world are being invited to take part by switching off lights and turning off appliances.  The concept which originated in Sydney Australia in March, 2007 is being embraced by Chicagoans and by participating cities around the world including Bankok, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Manila, Tel Aviv and Toronto.

Kokua Hospitality properties including The Allerton Hotel, Chicago City Centre and The Inn of Chicago are three such businesses that will be hosting soy candlelit (soy candles)gatherings featuring low impact specialty libations including organic beer and eco-tinis complimented by a selection of upscale eco-efficient cold fare, acoustic music by Chris Gelbuda and a healthy dose of ambiance.  It is estimated that the monetary impact of this one hour “lights out” effort at these properties will result in approximately $5000 in energy savings which will be generously donated to the World Wildlife Federation to support the ongoing effort.  While many will choose to enjoy a quiet, lightless moment of tranquility others will choose to paint the town green.  Below are just a few of Chicago’s best:

Avenue M Restaurant and Lounge at the Allerton Hotel is offering an Earth Hour menu prepared without the use of heat or energy. Fabulous offerings and specialty cocktails enjoyed over candlelight are sure to make Earth Hour a memorable experience.  These special items will be available throughout the evening.

InnBar at the Inn of Chicago will host candlelight cocktails from 8:00pm-9:00pm. Join us all night for our highly anticipated Eco-Tini (made with organic vodka and raspberries) and a selection of organic beers. Chris Gelbuda will be performing at 7:00pm, acoustically of course! Soy candles will illuminate the swanky scene provided by Flowers with Feeling.

Winners at the Chicago City Centre is proud to offer a selection of organic beers and spirits to encourage our guests to get in the true spirit of Earth Hour. Soy candles, provided by Flowers with Feeling will again set the mood in an eco-friendly way.

Earth Hour 2008 will begin in Christchurch, New Zealand and will cascade through 14 time zones including participating U.S. cities Phoenix, Atlanta San Francisco and Chicago.  This dramatic and symbolic initiative is yet another step in Chicago’s ongoing commitment to being one of the greenest cities in the nation.  Visit http://www.worldwildlife.org/ or http://www.earthhour.org/ for more information.  

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Organic Calla Lily centerpiece in recycled glass vaseWith the emergence of all things green, some are left to wonder how to incorporate eco-consciousness into the fabric of their lives.  For many, the decision to make eco-friendly choices is directly affected by the effort necessary to make a contribution.  In a result oriented society, some find it difficult to make decisions which, by themselves, seem insignificant.  Weddings and events offer the ideal opportunity make a contribution with minimal effort.  In the special event / wedding design industry, this budding concept has been widely embraced. 

With nearly 2.3 million weddings projected nationwide in 2007, many small contributions can clearly make a significant impact.  One popular choice being made by Chicago brides is the use of recycled glass vases.  Recycled glass vases, often used for centerpieces and wedding reception décor, are widely available in hundreds of forms, shapes and colors to accommodate a wide range of style and budget needs.  Recycled glass bowls, bottles or platters paired with seasonal organic, hand picked or locally grown floral can add the perfect finishing touch to any holiday table.  Growers of organic and transitional organic flowers, once overshadowed by the more abundant organic produce growers, now make available an ever expanding selection of “green” botanicals to complete your eco-friendly design without compromising style.  From Roses to Calla Lilies, rustic to formal, eco-friendly floral selections are more readily available than ever.

Recycled glass vases can be recycled an infinite number of times without loss of quality, require considerably less energy to process and conserve natural resources.  Recycling a single glass vase saves enough energy to operate a television for 90 minutes.  To put this in perspective, if each 2007 wedding chooses to recycle just one vase, enough energy would be saved to operate a single television continuously for nearly 400 years. 

Whether planning an elaborate wedding or simply sending a floral arrangement to someone special, making eco-friendly choices is easier than you might think. 

For more information on recycled glass vases and organic flowers for your next event call Flowers with Feeling at 312-829-1141 or visit them online at http://www.flowerswithfeeling.com/.

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Elegant pave style Black Magic rose centerpiece in silver compote.Green Events Chicago: Soy Candles by Jennifer VanDonsel, Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago

We all love candlelight, right? It’s romantic. It makes us look younger and more beautiful. Team it with the right bottle of wine and anything can happen… Now we can team our love affair with candlelight with our love for the environment. Thanks to nature’s cute, little soybean, there are many candles on the market for environmentally conscious consumers.

Unlike paraffin wax based candles, 100% soy candles burn cleaner. They don’t produce the soot residue and carcinogens that you find with paraffin wax and they are made with cotton wicks rather than lead. This healthier alternative will keep the air in your home as well as your walls, ceiling and furniture cleaner.

Consumers also have the added benefit of knowing that they can help support the American farmer. Consumers can purchase candles made from soybeans harvested right here in the Midwest, grown by farmers in America’s heartland.

So the next time you’re thinking of adding a little romantic ambiance with some candlelight, share the love with mother earth and light a soy candle.

Consider using soy candles for your next green event. What could be greener?

For more information or for assistance with designing your next event email jennifer@flowerswithfeeling.com or call 312-829-1141.

Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago: Floral / event design and plant rental for weddings, conventions,  meetings and more. Visit www.flowerswithfeeling.com.

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Green Events Chicago: Organic Flowers (https://flowerswithfeeling.wordpress.com/2007/08/07/chicago-green-events-organic-flowers/)

Chicago Special Events: Going Green  (https://flowerswithfeeling.wordpress.com/2007/03/29/chicago-special-events-going-green/)

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Flowers with Feeling, Inc. is proud to have been selected to provide floral services for the 90th Annual Lions Clubs International Convention 2007 held at various locations throughout Chicago.  Since 1917, Lions Clubs International has fulfilled the needs of communities in need throughout the world.  For more information about Lions Clubs International visit www.lionsclubs.org.

Flowers With Feeling has provided floral and plant rental services to many of Chicago’s best known conventions groups since 1986.  Lions Clubs International Convention brought together 18,000 members for a week of meetings and events at locations throughout the city including McCormick Place, United Center, Sheraton Chicago Hotel, Oakbrook Bath and Tennis Club and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.  Floral decor requirements ranged from casual to formal for groups of 70 to more than 1800 and incorporated a wide range of design styles, color pallettes and floral selections.  For more information about Flowers With Feeling convention services or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.flowerswithfeeling.com or call 312-829-1141.

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