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Sunglasses and Sunscreen Make the Adventure Better June 08 2016

Montana is full of adventures. From climbing mountains to white water rafting and everything in between, Montana has it all. The mountains and rivers are accessible and when the summer time hits it is nice to be able to escape the heat by either going up into thinner air or down into the water.

This past weekend I climbed St. Mary’s Peak in the Bitterroot valley. The summit’s elevation is 9,400 and although it is not the tallest mountain in the Bitterroot Mountain Range (Trapper Peak is), it does provide an incredible view once you make it to the top.

The weather was hot the day we hiked to the summit, and there were very few clouds in the sky. Luckily I had the right gear to help me reach the top without getting sunburnt or blinded. I rocked my colorful Blue Planet sunglasses. The reflection of the sun off the snow was brutal, but luckily my sunglasses were there, on my face, to protect my eyes. They are polarized and awesome. Blue Planet is a socially and ecologically responsible company. They use recycled and reclaimed materials along with wood and bamboo. One of my favorite things about this company this their global impact on those who are visually impaired. Every pair of sunglasses sold gives a pair of glasses to someone in need.

I also made sure I was wearing some sunscreen. I prefer the 50SPF Cool Sport Air Powered Spray by Kiss My Face. It is water resistant, contains no parabens, oxybenzone, or phthalates and it doesn’t use any chemical propellants! The continuous spray is easy to apply and reapply without that feeling of greasy hands. I am a very pale individual and the sun likes to burn me when I am not being careful. I was able to hike all day in a tank top without getting burned at all. I reapplied the spray every 2 or so hours and my skin stayed moisturized and sunburn free.

Every Montanan knows that the weather here is unpredictable. It’s not always sunny and warm. It can change in an instant but it’s nice to know your eyes and skin are protected




Klean Kanteen and a Cleaner World May 26 2016

Here, at The Green Light, we are committed to helping advocate for the environment and the preservation of the natural world. Many of the products we carry come from companies that have initiatives that go towards the restoration and preservation of the natural world around us.

Klean Kanteen is a company that has all the right stuff. From their #bringyourown campaign to help reduce the use and waste of plastic cups at events and festivals, to their pledge of at least 1% of all annual sales to non-profit organizations working to protect, preserve, and restore the natural environment. 

We've been carrying their insulated thermos canteens, water bottles, growlers, tumblers, and stainless steal pints for years and we are excited to continue our relationship with them as they remain committed to a sustainable life. 

Check out all the ways Klean Kanteen gives back to our world: 

Join Us for Eco Expo 2016 April 26 2016

Presented by the Missoula Independent, Home ReSource, Climate Smart Missoula and Sustainable UM, EcoExpo is a day-long event that brings together people and businesses from our regional community to impart knowledge, spark innovation and move the conversation forward about sustainable living.

The day includes a variety of panels and hands-on workshops covering topics such as home food production, water conservation, the zero-waste movement, eco-friendly business practices and more. In addition, there will be kids’ activities, movies, music, exhibitors and craft vendors.

Working in conjunction with the University of Montana’s Office of Sustainability, the goal is to present a zero-waste event.

Stop by our booth in the University Center Ballroom for great information on our Solar Loans and check out some awesome, green giveaways!

Get Comfy and Start a Riot July 15 2014

This preshrunk cotton top "ain't no gym hoody" guys.
This super soft two-tone is perfect for overcast days, or
defense against a cold breeze during evening drinks or
Once again, the Gentlemen Shorts "ain't for the gym"
fellas. Ultra soft cotton combined with a slouchy fit that
stay just above the knee makes for the perfect summer
evening shorts. 

Summer Inspired 406 July 11 2014

Whew, it's hot, and so are these new 406 combinations.
Super-soft American Apparel tees are just the thing
cruising town, a casual get together, or simply enjoying
the air conditioning at home in your jamies. Stop by The
Green Light for the color that speaks to you. 

Aprons For Any Occasion July 08 2014

Petal Pushing, Influenced by a lifelong familiarity
with hand-quilting and patchwork, and inspired by
contemporary colors, designs, and the vision of a
young watercolor artist. Using ecologically friendly
materials (natural fibers like cotton, linen, and silk)
together with vibrant colors and hand-printed
designs,Petal Pushing strives to bring together
home-style comforts with everyday aesthetics and
In addition to some of the most comfortable
and vibrant aprons you have ever seen, we also
have a full inventory of Petal Pushing table clothes,
and place mats. The large design variety is sure
to offer something special for your kitchen.