The Austin Environmental Directory is a guide to environmental issues, identifying and purchasing earth-friendly products and services and for becoming involved in environmental organizations in Austin. The print version is distributed free at many environmentally related businesses in the Austin area. The Directory is also listed on the Austin Environmental Directory website as a series of PDFs. The Directory is edited and produced by Paul Robbins, a longtime environmental activist residing in Austin and contains information on topics such as recycling and composting, water conservation, clean energy, green building and locally grown food.
For over sixty years, Austin Organic Gardeners have been sharing information and expeience about sucessfully raising flowers, shrubs, trees and nutritious and tasty vegetables free of harmful pesticides. Newcomers and members meet once a month at the Austin Area Garden Center in Zilker Park to learn and share techniques of gardening with only organic and naturally occurring materials. Meetings are free and membership dues are only $8 per year per household.
Located in the parking lot of Barton Creek Mall overlooking downtown Austin, Barton Creek Farmers Market is open Saturday mornings from 9 AM to 1 AM. Vendors sell only what they grow or produce. Most of the produce available is grown organically or sustainably. Besides fresh foods, the market features live music, kids entertainment, specialty events, food vendors and handmade crafts including jewelry, clothes, soaps, candles, art work, tie dye, and one of a kind gift items.
Owned and farmed by Larry Butler and Carol Ann Sayle, Boggy Creek Farm is a USDA Certified Organic Market Farm located in the heart of East Austin only two and a half miles from downtown. Market days are held at the farm every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM selling seasonal fresh hand picked fruits, vegetables and flowers. Most of the produce is picked only hours before sale, though some items such as garlic and onions are harvested all at once and stored until the supply runs out. Fresh eggs and local dairy and meat products are also available.
Opened in 1990, Eco-Wise features high quality environmentally friendly items such as hemp and organic clothing, footwear, baby care, garden supplies, body care, gifts, bedding, home fashions, non-toxic cleaning and pest control products, energy efficient appliances and green building supplies including non-toxic paint and sustainable flooring. Eco-Wise also sells the renewable fuel Biodiesel produced from domestic crops such as soybean, canola, or recycled cooking oil. Bring your own container.
Established in 1970, Ecology Action is a non-profit organization operating a recycling drop-off and processing center in downtown Austin that accepts more than the City of Austin curbside recyling program. Ecology Action also serve as a clearinghouse for information about recycling, conducts tours and provides volunteer opportunities, staffs booths at various events throughout the year, conducts classroom visits to educate children about recycling and hosts Austin's Earth Day Celebration each year.
A national model of recycling new and used building materials, Austin Habitat for Humanity's ReStore is a building materials recycling center providing good quality building materials at greatly reduced prices as well as a funding source for housing projects of Austin Habitat for Humanity. The ReStores offer a wide selection of both new and gently used building materials including ceramic tile, lighting, cabinetry, flooring, plumbing and more. The inventory changes rapidly, so on one of a kind bargains, snap it up quickly or someone else will.
The Heart O’ Texas Orchid Society was founded in 1961 and meets monthly at Zilker Botanical Garden Center on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 PM. The Heart O' Texas Orchid Society is open to anyone interested in orchids. A non-profit, educational organization, the Heart O’ Texas Orchid Society promotes the propagation, conservation and exhibition of orchids. The last weekend in April, the Orchid Society presents an exhibition and judging by the American Orchid Society of orchids from Austin area growers along with information about growing orchids and products from numerous gardening related vendors. Admission to the Orchid Show and Sale is free. The 41st Annual Orchid Show and Sale at the Austin Area Garden Center located in the Zilker Botanical Gardens is scheduled for the weekend of April 28 and 29, 2012.
The Herb Bar is located on a side street adjacent to the South Congress shopping district and carries bulk dried herbs, tinctures, teas, essential oils, soaps, incense, health and bodycare products and natural pet products, many locally made or created at the Herb Bar itself. The staff is friendly and knowledgable. The Herb Bar also has unique gifts including handmade cards, beeswax candles, teapots, meditation aids and books.
Live Oak Pharmacy is an Austin compounding pharmacy dedicated to prescription compounding and wellness. This Austin pharmacy includes services such as RX compounding, pain management, help with adrenal fatigue, and hormone restoration therapy. Live Oak Pharmacy offers compounded medications, compounded pet medications and compounded pediatric medications. By compounding, Live Oak Pharmacy can change the shape, size, flavor, dose and form of a prescription medication. Bitter medicines can be made to taste sweet. Capsules can be replaced with a liquid. In addition to offering customized compounded prescriptions, Live Oak Pharmacy also fills regular prescriptions written by health care providers. Live Oak Pharmacy also offers veterinary compounding for dogs, cats, birds or horses. By the process of veterinary compounding, medications that pets refuse to take willingly can be turned into a flavored treat. Free parking is available in the garage behind Live Oak Austin pharmacy.
The Austin Regional Group of the Sierra Club is a grass-roots volunteer organization comprised of individuals from Austin and the surrounding region who care about the environment. General meetings are held monthly on the first Tuesday evening of the month. Programs are normally presentations by local experts on environmental areas of interest to both members and non-members concerned about environmental issues.
The Spa at the Texas Healing Arts Institute is located in a 1950's style home adjacent to the Texas Healing Arts Institute Massage School in north central Austin on the corner of Burnet Lane and Cullen Avenue. This day spa offers Reiki healing, deep tissue massage, sports massage, relaxation massage, pain relief massage, Thai body and foot massage, pregnancy massage, couples massage and Arvigo Maya Abdominal Massage. Spa treatments include mud wraps, body wraps, hot stone massage, salt scrubs and body polishes, aromatherapy, and ginger detox packs. In addition, the outdoor courtyard features herbal gardens, fountains, a large hot tub, cold water affusion, and outdoor hot and cold showers.
Now an international chain of grocery stores with almost 200 locations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, John Mackey and partners Craig Weller and Mark Skiles opened the original Whole Foods Grocery in September of 1980 on South Lamar at West 9th Street (currently the site of Cheapo Records). Today the Whole Foods landmark store and corporate headquarters is located at the corner of Sixth Street and Lamar Boulevard. At 80,000 square feet, this downtown Austin store is the company's largest market and features cooking demonstrations, food sampling, sit-down dining and takeout, fifty fresh-baked breads available daily, a chocolate fountain, thousands of brands of beer, almost two thousand wine selections and on top of it all is a rooftop plaza for live music and community meetings.
Located in the Westgate Center adjacent to Central Market South, Yoga Yoga Westgate is one of the largest yoga studios in the United States. Over 6,000 square feet is devoted to yoga classes, with two extra large wood floor studios and a third carpeted studio.