Every year, more and more Southwest residents are becoming aware of the impact they have on the environment and are choosing to do something about it. Whether biking instead of driving, planting native plants or eating and buying organic, these small steps have a big effect in helping to conserve and protect vital resources.The Southwest Orlando Bulletin has compiled a list of local businesses and products that offer environmentally friendly choices for those looking to green-up their homes or lifestyles.
Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake offers both passive and active amenities for park guests.Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake offers a scenic nature park with many passive and active amenities for public enjoyment, while protecting a section of the endangered Florida sand pine scrub habitat. The park’s lands are vital to the Floridian aquifer system and help replenish the underground water supply. Operating hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily from April-October and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily from November-March.
407-246-44863401 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlandowww.cityoforlando.net
County Line Ornamental & Tree offers an assortment of tropical and cold-hardy plants and trees.County Line Ornamental & Tree carries an assortment of tropical and cold-hardy plants and trees for all landscaping needs to green up every space imaginable. County Line offers plants that tolerate full sun or full shade, as well as provides palm trees for a Floridian look or live oak trees and crape myrtles for a country look.
407-654-464413246 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Gardenwww.countylineot.com
Gracie’s of Winter Garden specializes in natural and holistic pet food.Gracie’s of Winter Garden is a natural and holistic pet food store located in historic Winter Garden. Gracie’s specializes in dog and cat foods that do not contain byproducts, gluten or fillers. Two of the many products offered are Great Life and Canine Caviar. Great Life is a holistic kibble enhanced with raw food, while Canine Caivar offers eco-friendly protein-based diets. Many of Gracie’s foods have either beneficial grain or grain-free versions, and free samples always are available.
407-654-6169220 S. Dillard St., Winter Gardenwww.graciesofwintergarden.com
Royal Mulch & Nursery offers plants, trees and shrubs of all sizes and varieties at its 18-acre property.Royal Mulch & Nursery is a family-owned and -operated full-service nursery. With 18 acres offering plants, shrubs, trees, mulch and sod, Royal Mulch has everything both homeowners and landscapers need to beautify their homes and businesses. Royal Mulch’s brick-paving division is home to the area’s largest outdoor showroom and offers complete design and installation of patios, pool decks, driveways and retaining walls.
407-296-30422204 Hempel Ave., Gothawww.royalmulchandnursery.com
Ryan Homes builds all its new homes to meet Energy Star standards.Ryan Homes is a national home builder that brings more than 60 years of experience to Orlando. Ryan Homes builds all its new homes to Energy Star standards. In fact, Ryan Homes is a recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 Energy Star’s Partner of the Year award in the Large Builder category. All new Ryan Homes are built with windows containing low-emissivity coated glass, which keeps out excess heat and cold. Interior and exterior paints are low in volatile organic compounds, meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria. In addition, exterior siding contains up to 30 percent of recyclable material.
407-850-46757800 Southland Blvd., Suite 102, Orlandowww.ryanhomes.com
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