Life in the 406

Choose friendship April 18 2017

One of the biggest compliments that we receive from our visiting customers is that Montana is wonderful because of the people that live here. We often hear "you're all just so friendly!" We agree, and we love the reputation that our state has built.

Yesterday afternoon a lovely young woman visited the green light and I offered to put her luggage safely behind the front desk while she did some browsing. She explained that she would normally turn down my offer had she been in her home town; that it wouldn't be safe. She said she felt safe here, in Montana. While walking in the dark one evening during her stay, a couple of strangers offered to keep her company and walk her to her car. She told me she was so taken back by Missoula's beauty and the kindness she had been given, that when it came time to pack for her flight back home, she looked outside and began to cry.

At the green light, we believe in connecting with people. We believe in lending a hand. We believe in friendship. You never know how much of a difference you can make in someones life, just by being in it. So, get to know your neighbor, hold the door for the person behind you, wave hello, smile and know that the small choices we make, are often the ones that make a big difference.

 

 

Pictured here are two of our junior models; Amelia and Beasju. What started as a fun photoshoot for our beautiful printed dresses by Mata Traders, ended up blossoming into a life-changing friendship.

                                                                                      


BEES PLEASE! April 12 2017

 

 

 

Our fuzzy little pollinators are struggling to stay healthy and happy. The bumblebee population has decreased more than 90% across its range in the northeastern and mid western U.S, due to habitat loss and agricultural pesticides. The Rusty-patched Bumblebee was officially added to the endangered species list as of February 10th and you can help bring them back!

 The Green Light store owner, Sabrina Smith, and her family have been doing all they can by rehabilitating the struggling bees that buzz to their home by providing them sugar water and they make sure to avoid harmful gardening supplies. (see photo)

 Remember, as dandelions may not be your favorite blossom, they supply food to bees early in the spring. There are many other ways to help such as buying local, raw honey (from hives that are not treated with chemicals.) and don't forget to spread the word! 

Less dandelions= less bumbles.

For more information on the rusty-patched bumblebee visit:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/11/509337678/u-s-puts-first-bumblebee-on-the-endangered-species-list 

Why are bees so important? click link to find out!

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/why-bees-are-important-to-our-planet/

and for more ways to help save them click this link:

http://www.queenofthesun.com/get-involved/10-things-you-can-do-to-help-bees/

 

SAVE THE BEES!

 

 


Go GREEN this Spring March 22 2017

One of these days, Montana is going to decide it's time for spring; and when it does, let's make a conscious effort to help our mother earth flourish and thrive by remembering the little things that make a BIG difference.

Recycling is a simple and easy way to be green. Create an alternative waste basket for cans, paper and glass. So much of what we use can be salvaged and made new again! Here are a few tidbits about recycling that might help you remember to reduce, reuse and recycle!

  • Recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours.
  • In less than 15 years, worldwide waste is expected to double. (World Watch Institute)
  • It requires 95% less energy and water to recycle a can than it does to create a can from virgin materials.
  • Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
  • Recycling a stack of newspaper just 3 feet high saves one tree.
  • Glass can be recycled and re-manufactured an infinite amount of times and never wear out.
  • Making glass from recycled material cuts related water pollution by 50%
  • Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 46 gallons of oil.
  • Nearly 80% of all retailers and grocers recycle their cardboard. (The Green Light loves recycling)
  • Almost half of the food in the U.S. goes to waste - approximately 3,000 pounds per second.

 

The Green Light's focus is to provide you with sustainable and well-made products that are made to last. Many of the items we carry are made using salvaged treasures. Otra Vez (meaning "another time") is a women-run group in seattle who uses recycled scrap metals to make stunning jewelry. Re-Create uses previously worn shirts and sweaters to make new skirts, pants, t shirts and sweatshirts. (These are seriously too cute!) Blue Q is an incredible group of individuals who craft and assemble coin purses, bags, pencil cases and much more, woven with 95% recycled materials. 

These are just a few of the many who have gone green. Let's be gentile with the earth that carries us. If we don't, who will?

 

 

 

 

 

  • Amazing facts found at : http://www.recycleacrossamerica.org/recycling-facts

 

 


Lucky to Live in Montana March 21 2017

With St. Patrick's Day approaching, we thought it'd be nice to express our gratitude and pay a tribute to (406) by naming  few of the many reasons we feel lucky to live in Montana.

 

1. Mountains everywhere! : SO much exploring and adventuring to do. So many places to see.

2. Low population: Montana was ranked 44th most popular state... We are doing a good job of keeping this big ass state on the down low, but it's so wonderful that we can't help but brag!  

(http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/montana-population/)

3. With low population comes small community vibes: Montana is full of farmers markets, street dances, fairs, rodeos and more! Our state loves to spread and share the love! 

4. Friendly locals: Have a flat tire? How about a handful of groceries? Need directions? Some of the nicest folks live in Big Sky country. Someone is always willing to lend a helping hand.

5. Four seasons: Sure, our weather is unpredictable, but we get our fair share of rain, sunshine, changing leaves and white fluffy snow. 

6. With the season change comes an array of outdoor activities: Skiing, snowboarding, skating, running, hiking, rock climbing... Something for everyone to enjoy.

Our state may be less populated, but we like to think of it as a private island. Our community is strong and our people are full of soul. 

If you're visiting, welcome to paradise. If you're a local, welcome home.


Go Sing it on the Mountain March 11 2017

The winter is long lingering and many of us Montanans are ready for some vitamin D. The sun has been shy, but a few warm rays have warmed my shoulder and reminded me that we are almost there. Spring is on the way!

Feel like you could use some fresh air? Want to escape from it all? Need some adventure? Luckily we live in a place where you are always 10 minutes away from being in the middle of nowhere. 

Here are some of our favorite day hikes and trails around the Missoula Valley and beyond. Stay warm, hold on a little longer and if you have some feelings you need to get off your chest; go sing it on the mountain.

 

"The Obvious"

1. The M. Mount sentinel. Overlook the Missoula valley- day or night. Open Switchbacks.

2. Waterworks. One mile up the west side of Rattlesnake Creek you'll find a turn off to the left. Beautiful views. Bring your dog! (this is Labrador land)- also a great trail run option that's close to town.

3. The L. Loyola Sacred heart Trail. The east side of Rattlesnake Creek.

4. Kim Williams Trail. Along the south side of the Clark Fork River. Doggy park near the university for anyone who is looking to socialize your fur friends. 

5. Greenough Park. Beautiful during every season. Child friendly!

 

"The Not So Obvious"

1. Crazy Canyon- You'll find the trail head at the first turn off (to the left) up Pattee Canyon. Follow the signs for a stunning mountain trail that wraps it's way around mount sentinel. Creek for thirsty pups included. Watch for mountain bikers!

2. Blodgett Canyon. This one is a quick beauty. 2.8 miles to reach it's beautiful overlook. Easy to find, as the road matches it's name. The Bitterroot Valley never disappoints. 

*If you're looking for a more difficult hike- make sure to check out some of the hidden valley lakes. Canyon Lake is a favorite. Bring a fishing pole!

3. St. Mary's Peak. Tucked away in the Bitterroot Valley is this gem. Stunning views from every angle. You don't want to miss this! (Pictured below) Just short of Hamilton, MT.

4. Morrell Falls. Located in the Seeley Swan Valley- this 3.5 mile hike is a great place to cool off in the summer time as the waterfall is a fierce one!

*hikers hint* If you're really feeling adventurous, there is a narrow trail above the falls that leads to another chain of waterfalls. Not recommended for children. 

5. Holland lake/ Holland Falls. This is a family favorite. Dogs, children and all else welcome. Enjoy the beauty of Holland Lake, mountains and pit stops with stunning views. Perfect place for a picnic- or pack for an overnight trip!

 

We hope that this will encourage and motivate you to get outside and enjoy the true beauty of this incredible mountainous paradise. 

Happy hiking!