Tammy and I had the pleasure of meeting with Kristina Carter, owner of Vrai Photography last week.  We talked for quite some time and shared views on business and green initiatives in the special event industry.  Kristina is a charming and truly talented photographer with a passion for spreading the word about all things “green”.   Kristina emphasizes customer experience as a key element of her services and her artful eye and photographic technique capture memorable moments in a truly unique way.  We are thankful that Kristina has taken the time to post a wonderful vendor spotlight post about Flowers With Feeling, Inc. (http://vraiphoto.blogspot.com/2009/04/impact-tipvendor-spotlight-flowers-with.html).  You can find out more about Kristina’s work at her website at http://www.vraiphoto.com  or the Vrai Photography Blog at http://www.vraiphoto.blogspot.com/.

Vrai Photography Blog: Vendor Spotlight / Green Chicago Florist

Vrai Photography Blog: Vendor Spotlight / Green Chicago Florist

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.  

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.

Related Articles:

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/)