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Are you seeking to reduce your winter holiday footprint? Try replacing throw away gift wrap with make it yourself gift wrap. Here are green alternatives for wrap and ribbon, from the Grays Harbor County Recycling Center.
Gift Wrapping

* Scarves, handkerchiefs or bandannas.
* Old posters and maps.
* Pages from a child’s coloring book taped together (especially nice for relatives who would enjoy the artwork).
* Old sheet music.
* Newspapers (foreign newspapers are great).
* Last year’s holiday paper (press with warm iron if wrinkled).
* Wallpaper scraps.
* Home-sewn cloth bags.
* Fabric scraps.
* Pictures or advertisements from magazines and catalogs.
* Sunday comic pages.
* A present in a present (for example, a hat in a matching scarf, jewelry in a wooden box, cookies in a reusable tin or cookie jar, barbecue grill utensils or picnic supplies in a tablecloth, kitchen gifts in towels or all-purpose cloths).
* A plain box decorated with leftover glitter, paint, markers, etc.
* A cake pan, basket or a wooden box.
* Reusable decorative bags. (B.B.Begonia grocery sacks and Blue Q handy totes are both good for gift giving.)

Bows and Ribbons Ribbon:

* Bows saved from other gifts.
* Reusable items, such as hair bows, ornaments, shoe laces or toys.
* Stencils or pictures from holiday cards pasted onto a plain brown paper bag or box.
* Last year’s holiday cards cut up for gift tags.
* Old neckties.
* Spices, such as bundled cinnamon sticks or cloves in mesh cloth.
* Scrap fabric, lace, yarn, rickrack and seam tape.
* Scarves.
* Combinations of beads and buttons.
* Dried or silk flowers.

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Happy Halloween!

The hounds wish you wonderful tricks and treats today!

Devie the witch

Hawise dressed as a Hot Dog

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There’s a Baying Hound Way in SC!

Thanks to the wonder that is google alerts, I learned today there is a road called Baying Hound Way in South Carolina.  How cool is that?!?
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25 Things about Baying Hound

The Facebook ’25 things’ note has been a huge social media phenomona.  We thought you might want to know 25 things about Baying Hound too!

25 Things about Baying Hound Ltd.

  1. Our mission is to provide the green products customers need to enjoy an earth friendly lifestyle.
  2. Our business exists to serve customers, promote eco-friendly practices and use profits wisely.
  3. Our online retail business developed as sort of a bizarre accident.  We began selling military surplus helmets on a shoestring budget and have grown from there.
  4. We had no previous experience in retail before opening BayingHound.com.
  5. Our accountants (Pusateri and Nichols) are paperless and we love that!
  6. All 4 of Rachel and Alex’s siblings have worked for us.
  7. We reclaim boxes and packing material from friends and family.  It’s a win-win situation as they want to get rid of materials and we need them.
  8. We considered participating in 1% for the Planet.
  9. We wanted to give to smaller and more varied charities so we started 1% for Good instead.
  10. Our big hound Devie is good at modeling for product photos devie with sigg
  11. Our little hound Hawise is almost never still long enough for a good photo
  12. The dogs are named after Alex’s ancient relatives
  13. The business is named after our Bluetick Coonhound, Devorguilla aka Devie.   The breed is meant for hunting raccoons but we have no interest in that.  She is, however, in relentless pursuit of squirrels and cats that dare to enter the backyard.
  14. We are still looking for dog gear that meets our production and materials standards (Email us if you know of a great green dog product!)
  15. We have shipped packages to all the continents except Antarctica. We have only shipped to South America once.
  16. Our initial idea for the company was  a microbrewery.  All of the beers were to have dog names.  We put that business idea aside after we realized how much repetitive manual labor and start-up money a microbrewery required.
  17. Alex homebrews beer, hence the microbrewery idea.
  18. We are both avid outdoor types.  Having a child three years ago made us appreciate the trips we were able to take before her and look for new ways to explore nature.
  19. Cycling is our favorite outdoor activity right now because we can enjoy it as a family.
  20. Growing our urban fruit and vegetable garden is another outdoor activity we enjoy.
  21. Two years ago, we could never have pictured maintaining the dizzying array of water bottles that we now possess.
  22. We look forward to a day when we have enough sales to warrant employees and a warehouse.
  23. In our 4 years of business, we have have sold our green gear via ebay store, amazon seller, google site with paypal buttons, a local brick and mortar store Sprout Soup and a yahoo store.
  24. We write a business blog at bayinghound.wordpress.com and personal blog at houndsinthekitchen.com
  25. The best benefit of running Baying Hound is the satisfaction we feel when we communicate with grateful customers.

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Green Kitchen Renovation Project

In personal news, we are undertaking a kitchen renovation project at our home in Columbus OH. The house is 90 years old, the cabinets are 40 years old, and the kitchen is not laid out for functionality. We are going to change all that with a complete remodel (tearing down to studs and building back up). We are using as many green materials and practices as we can along the way.

If you care to follow and comment on our journey, read www.houndsinthekitchen.com.

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Happy Holidays


Whatever holiday you celebrate in whichever way, we wish you Peace and Hope and a wonderful new year.

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Eco Bags from Japan

We received a holiday packaged today from our friend Miyu in Japan. It was really fun to open! Miyu sent Alex and I two “pocketable” eco bags with this cute little note:

Eco Bag from Japan

“In Japan, we’re trying to not have (get) plastic bag at supermarket. I always bring a bag for shopping! Please use it with Alex!!”

Of course we already have tons of reusable bags (and more for sale in the store), but none so adorably Japanese. Yeah for the global spread of sustainability!

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Giving Thanks

Baying Hound has many reasons to be thankful this year:

*great repeat customers who make selling enjoyable

*strong relationships with our manufacturers, particularly Hannah at Peregrine Outfitters and the crew at Guyot Designs

*a growing relationship with local brick and mortar Sprout Soup

*exciting new eco-friendly products

*a business successful enough we can give back

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May you have many reasons to give thanks this year as well.

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Over consumption – of energy, raw materials, and land – is the central cause of most environmental problems. Unfortunately it is also the central cultural practice in American winter holiday rituals.

We eat huge feasts on Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. We cut down trees and cover them in baubles to decorate. We hang lights and run them for hours every night. We send cards through the mail to everyone we know. We buy and give material gifts to many people. We party with excess every December 31.

Changing consumption habits is the simplest way to reduce the human environmental impact. The holidays are full of opportunities to do this without losing the meaning and joy of holiday rituals. Here are some things we do in our family to reduce our environmental impact and increase the spirit of the season:

Decorate a potted indoor tree – our Norfolk Island pine has been kept alive for three years running now!
Reuse decorations year to year – they become family heirlooms
Send holiday postcards – to save paper and transportation fuel because they weigh less
Run one strand of lights around the porch and one inside around the tree, both with limited timers
Donate time or money to local food banks for holiday meals
Make gifts at home, purchase green gifts, or skip material gifts in favor of sharing a meal or time with the special people in our lives

What do you do to “green” the holidays?

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We are accepting nominations for charities to benefit from our annual donation program. All you have to do is Email Rachel or leave a comment below for nominations with your suggestion by November 21!

Because this year we will be using eBay Giving Works, your nomination must be on this list of MissionFish eligible nonprofits. If your favorite charity isn’t listed, ask them to register.

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