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January 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

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September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hello all!

The Gorgeous and Green blog is in a new place, in case you are a subscriber, or have this old address on your mind.  Check it out: http://gorgeousandgreenevents.com/blog/

I just posted something about a local wedding in Berkeley featuring this bouquet….

 

 

 

 

GG table for Ceremony Magazine Shoot

September 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Recently I was approached by Ceremony magazine  to do a tabletop design for their new Bay Area magazine.  They have a beautiful wedding magazine in southern California, and are launching one up here. Gorgeous and Green finally fit the shoot into our busy schedule and were able to make something happen this week!  Here are some sneak peak shots of the table decor my assistant Ryan and I came up with.

I collect a lot of vintage glass and items, both for the boutique and for my personal use.  I am also a big fan of the show Madmen, so as you can imagine, the two mingled together to form this table design.  Not only was it super cute, but very green.  Local and unsprayed flowers and greens.  Even my vintage purse made it into the picture!

Using vintage luggage in muted jewel and primary colors as well as a lot of vintage glassware, the scheme came out very mad men-esque and playful.

I even included a vintage typewriter and some cigars that I asked Ryan to make especially for the shoot.  They are just for looks of course.

We tried to maintain a style and design that would have fit in with the time period, the early 60’s.  We didn’t want to get too modern, so the arrangements themselves were fairly simple and monochromatic.  And although they may have a rounded floral foam look, they definitely lack it, since we never use it.

I couldn’t help but include some more modern flowers like flowering kale and airplants.  The colors were also kept to a muted tone, not overly flashy and more a signature of the glassware that was used during that time, ruby and dark red, butter and egg-yolk yellow, forest and emerald green.

Anyway, we had a lot of fun and look forward to the pics in the new magazine.

In green and health,

G&G

Amethyst, Rasberry and a Green Wedding

August 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Earlier this year Gorgeous and Green helped a bride and her savvy friends decorate a sustainable wedding at the Brazil Room in Tilden Park.  They had a small budget, so many of the sustainable elements were also budget friendly as well.

She chose a floral print dress for the bridesmaids that they thought they could wear again.  An important thing to think about when you are choosing dresses.

Photography by Claire Mulkey and Daniela Fedorowicz

The colors were dark jewel tones in the purples, pinks and blues.  I used a lot of local scabiosa and amaranth, as well as local anemones, dahlias and celosia.

She provided a collection of found vases for us to use as her centerpieces, and each arrangement consisted of a trio of vases artistically filled with blooms, ferns and branches.  Most of the vases were salvaged or reused and then reused again when she invited guests to take them home.  The arranged centerpieces were all different, and I loved how they turned out.  I only have a few pics to share, but you get the idea:

A good friend of the bride made some paper flowers to use in the decor and I attached those to a fern garland I lined the aisle with.

Even the boutonnieres were delicate jewels with both local scabiosa flowers and pods.

In Green and Health, G&G

MSDS Floral Foam

August 16, 2011 § 1 Comment

Many people have contacted me about getting the msds sheets for floral foam products, and I have acquired a recent copy of the Smither’s Oasis Floral Foam MSDS sheet so I will repost it here for you to view.  Some of it I had to reformat because it is copied from a pdf, so it may look slightly different in print. I have not changed any information other than formatting.

Page 1 of 5

SO-0013

SMITHERS-OASIS NORTH AMERICA

919 MARVIN STREET • P.O. BOX NUMBER 790 • KENT, OHIO 44240

 

MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET 

 

Oasis® Floral Foam 

 

SECTION 1 – CHEMICAL PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION 

IDENTITY 

OASIS® Floral Foam DATE PREPARED 

     6/08/2009

SYNONYMS, CHEMICAL NAMES, COMMON NAMES 

OASIS® Floral Foam USE:  

Arrangement of cut flowers

 

MANUFACTURER’S NAME 

Smithers-Oasis TELEPHONE NUMBER – INFORMATION 

330-673-5831

ADDRESS 

919 Marvin Street

P.O. Box 790

Kent, OH 44240  USA

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER 

Transportation emergency: CHEMTREC:  800 424-9300

International Transportation: CHEMTREC: 703-527-3887

Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center: 303- 623-5716

 

SECTION – 2 – HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION 

 

 EMERGENCY OVERVIEW   

 Green fine-celled thermoset phenolic plastic foam.

May be irritating to eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.

May contain formaldehyde and/or carbon black. Prolonged exposure may cause cancer.

  

PRIMARY ROUTE(s) OF EXPOSURE

Contact and Inhalation of dust.

 

IRRITATION DATA: 

May cause irritation to skin, eyes, and respiratory tract.

 

INHALATION: 

ACUTE: Dust or fumes may cause irritation to the nasal passages, lacrimation, olfactory changes, and pulmonary changes.

Inhalation of heptane fumes may irritate the respiratory tract producing light headedness, dizziness, muscle incoordination, CNS depression and narcosis.

CHRONIC: Prolonged exposure to formaldehyde and/or carbon black may cause cancer.

SKIN CONTACT

ACUTE: May cause irritation.

CHRONIC: May cause dermatitis. Frequent or prolonged exposure to formaldehyde can cause hypersensitivity leading to contact dermatitis.

EYE CONTACT

ACUTE: Contact may be irritating.

CHRONIC: May cause conjunctivitis.

INGESTION: 

ACUTE: May cause mouth irritation due to local pH effect.  Swallowing formaldehyde may cause violent vomiting and diarrhea.

Aspiration of heptane into lungs can produce severe lung damage.

CHRONIC: Prolonged exposure may cause symptoms similar to acute effects.

 

MEDICAL CONDITIONS GENERALLY AGGRAVATED BY EXPOSURE 

None known.

 

SECTION 3 – COMPOSITION, INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS 

HAZARDOUS COMPONENTS CAS# %

Acid catalysts Proprietary 8-12 %

Barium sulfate 7727-43-7 2-3 %

Heptane 142-82-5 < 1.5 %

Formaldehyde 50-00-0  < 0.15 %

Other components, if any, are not hazardous or hazardous components are present at less than 1% (0.1% for carcinogens).

 

SECTION 4 – EMERGENCY AND FIRST AID PROCEDURES

INHALATION: Remove from exposure to fresh air.  If breathing has stopped, give artificial respiration.  Oxygen may be given if breathing is difficult.  Get medical attention.

SKIN CONTACT: Wash affected area with soap and water until no evidence of the material remains.  Get medical attention if irritation develops.

EYE CONTACT: Flush thoroughly with water for at least 15 minutes, occasionally lifting the upper and lower lids, until no evidence of the material remains.  Get medical attention if irritation develops.  If wearing contact lens, remove immediately and flush eyes as above.

INGESTION: Do not induce vomiting. Treat symptomatically and supportively.  If a large quantity is ingested, get medical attention since there could be a problem with physical blockage.

 

SECTION 5 – FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES 

Flash Point:  Not applicable.

Flammable Limits UEL:  Not applicable.

Flammable Limits LEL:  Not applicable.

Autoignition Temperature:  ~600°F.

Extinguishing Media: Water spray, foam, carbon dioxide, or dry chemical.

Special Fire Fighting Procedures: Avoid breathing smoke.  Firefighters should wear full protective NIOSH approved self- contained breathing apparatus.

Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards:  Finished foam will support combustion if it is ignited by direct contact with an open flame or exposed to temperatures in the range of 600°F.  If foam is placed in a microwave for an extended period, it will begin to burn.  Combustion occurs at the center of the brick and due to the insulating effect of the foam, can proceed unnoticed until an appreciable heat buildup occurs.

 

SECTION 6 – ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES

Wear suitable protective equipment.  Reclaim or place in suitable container for disposal.

 

SECTION 7 – HANDLING AND STORAGE

Store in a cool, dry well ventilated area, out of direct sunlight.  Foam stored in stagnant or hot enclosures may result in off gassing of residual formaldehyde gas.

 

Wash thoroughly after handling.  Observe good personal and industrial hygiene procedures.  When foam is soaked or used in water, some low levels of residual formaldehyde may accumulate in tub water.   Repeated skin immersion in water containing formaldehyde has caused skin rashes, particularly in sensitive persons.  It is recommended that impervious latex or chemical resistant gloves be worn and water tubs be emptied regularly.

SECTION 8 – EXPOSURE CONTROLS, PERSONAL PROTECTION

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION 

A dust mask is recommended if dust is excessive.  Where airborne concentrations may exceed guidelines for permissible air concentrations, choose a respirator in accordance with OSHA Respirator Standard 29 CFR 1910.134.

VENTILATION 

Use general dilution ventilation to maintain exposure below the exposure limits.

PROTECTIVE GLOVES 

Use barrier cream or choose appropriate gloves in accordance with OSHA Subpart I Personal Protective Equipment Hand Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.138.

EYE PROTECTION 

Safety glasses are recommended or choose in accordance with OSHA Eye and Face Protection Standard      29 CFR 1910.133.

OTHER PROTECTIVE CLOTHING OR EQUIPMENT 

Not normally required.

RECOMMENDED EXPOSURE LIMITS 

OSHA and ACGIH have not set exposure limits for this material.  .

 

COMPONENTS—————— OSHA PEL ——————–ACGIH TLV 

Formaldehyde                                    0.75 ppm TWA                             0.3 ppm CEILING

CAS# 50-00-0                              2 ppm STEL

Acid catalysts: inorganic acid      1 mg/m 3 TWA                             1 mg/m3 TWA

CAS # Propriatary                                                                                 3 mg/m3 STEL

Barium sulfate                     15 mg/m 3 TWA as Ba (Total dust)    10 mg/m3 TWA

CAS# 7727-43-7          5 mg/m3 TWA as Ba  (Respirable fraction)

Heptane                                       500 ppm TWA                                     400 ppm TWA

500 ppm STEL

 

SECTION 9 – PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES 

Appearance:  Green, fine-celled thermoset phenolic plastic foam

Odor:  None.

Odor Threshold: Not applicable.

Physical State:  Solid

pH:  3.0 in 5% slurry

Melting/Freezing Point:: Not  available

Boiling Point:: Not applicable

Flash Point:  Not applicable.

Evaporation Rate:  Not applicable

Flammability:  Will burn.

Upper Explosive Limits:  Not applicable.

Lower Explosive Limits:  Not applicable.

Vapor Pressure:  Not applicable

Vapor Density:  Not applicable

Specific Gravity or Relative Density:  Not available

Solubility:  Not soluble

Oil/Water Coefficient:  Not applicable

Autoignition Temperature:  Not kn9own.

Decomposition Temperature: Not known.

 

SECTION 10 –  STABILITY AND REACTIVITY 

CHEMICAL STABILITY:  Stable.

CONDITIONS TO AVOID:  Stable at normal room temperature. 

INCOMPATIBLE MATERIALS:  Normally unreactive.

HAZARDOUS DECOMPOSITION PRODUCTS:  Smoke, oxides of carbon, and possible trace amounts of formaldehyde, phenol, cresols, xylenols, and sulfur dioxide.

POSSIBILITY OF HAZARDOUS REACTIONS:  Will not occur.

SECTION 11 – TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION 

Toxicity studies on a similar compound indicate that the Oral LD50 (rat): >5000 mg/kg

Primary Dermal Irritation Study in Albino Rabbits on a similar compound: Non irritant

Inhalation LC50 (rat):  103 gm/m3/4H   Heptane

TDLo (rat): 60 gm/kg/3W  Heptane: Changes in liver weight

TDLo (rat): 260 gm/kg/13W: Heptane:  Changes in bladder weight; Changes in brain and coverings.

Carcinogenicity: Formaldehyde has been classified as a Group 2A carcinogen by IARC, is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen by NTP, and is a suspected human carcinogen by ACGIH. Carbon black has been classified as an IARC2B carcinogen.

Tumorigenic data (RTECS) Formaldehyde; barium sulfate; carbon black

Reproductive data (RTECS): Formaldehyde

Mutagenic data (RTECS): Formaldehyde; barium sulfate; green dye

Teratology data (RTECS): Formaldehyde

SECTION 12 – ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION 

This formulation has not been tested for environmental effects.  It is a thermoset plastic and is not biodegradable.

 

SECTION 13 – DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS 

Dispose in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local environmental regulations.

Recycling is recommended. It can be cut up and used as a soil conditioner. Since it dries faster than regular soils, it can be used to aerate tightly packed clay type soils.

 

If discarded in its original form, material is not regulated by Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as a hazardous waste.

Passes TCLP test requirements.

 

SECTION 14 – TRANSPORT INFORMATION 

Material is not regulated as a DOT Marine Pollutant

Proper Shipping Name:   Not regulated.

Hazard Class:   Not applicable.

ID Number:   Not applicable.

Packing Group:   Not applicable.

Marine Pollutant:   Not regulated by 49 CFR 172.101.

SECTION 15 – REGULATORY INFORMATION 

OSHA: This material may be classified as hazardous under OSHA regulations. 

 

TSCA: All components are listed or exempt from listing on the TSCA 8(b) inventory. 

 

DSL: All components are listed or exempt from listing.

 

EINECS: All components are listed or exempt from listing.

 

SARA Title III – Toxic chemicals list 40 CFR 372.65 

Formaldehyde CAS# 50-00-0 <0.2 %

Barium sulfate is exempt from reporting under the category “Barium compounds” (59FR33208)

 

SARA Hazard Categories: 

Acute Health Hazard : Yes

Chronic Health Hazard: Yes

Fire Hazard: No

Reactive Hazard: No

Sudden Release of Pressure: No

 

CERCLA Toxic Chemicals List 40 CFR 302: 

 Formaldehyde RQ: 100#  

 

A spill in excess of 66,000 pounds would require reporting to the National Response Center based on the maximum residual content of formaldehyde in the foam.

 

CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65: The following statement is made in order to comply with the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.

This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer or other reproductive harm.

SECTION 16 – OTHER INFORMATION 

HMIS Ratings:

Health                1

Flammability      1

Reactivity           0

where 0=minimal,    1=slight,    2=moderate,    3=serious,    4=severe

European Risk Phrases: R: 20, 45 

 

Key/Legend: 

 

ACGIH: American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists

ACGIH TLV: ACGIH Threshold Limit Values

 

CAS: Chemical Abstract Service

CERCLA:  Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

CFR: Code of Federal Regulations

CNS: Central Nervous System

CPR: Controlled Product Regulations

DSL:  Domestic Substances List

EINECS: European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances

IARC: International Agency for Research on Cancer

IDL: Ingredient Disclosure List

NIOSH: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA PEL: OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits

RCRA:: Resource Conservation and  Recovery Act

RTECS:  Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances

SARA: Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act

TSCA: Toxic Substances Control Act

TWA: Time Weighted Average

WHMIS: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

 

 

The information and recommendations set forth herein are made in good faith and are believed to be accurate as of the date of

preparation.  Smithers-Oasis makes no warranty, either expressed or implied, with respect to this information and disclaims all liability from reliance on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 


An Impromptu Green Wedding

August 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

This Spring Gorgeous and Green had the pleasure of working with a bride and groom who walked into my boutique the weekend before their big day. They decided to have an impromptu wedding at a local winery called Testarossa Winery, and I have to admit that their quick decision making and planning was phenomenal. It also turned out to be quite green and sustainable because they were choosing from great local vendors and had sustainability in mind.


Besides myself, another sustainably-minded green vendor that they chose for their wedding was Cara of Cara Mia Photography. Not only is she a lovely person, but her work is beautiful, and I thought I would share some pics from the event as well as some interview questions I asked her.

GG bride’s bouquet with local anemones, peonies, pincushion berry

How are you personally invested in sustainability and being green?

For me being green expands beyond my business which is just an extension of how I live life and the choices I make every day that effect the environment. I like to work with companies and vendors who are conscious of their carbon footprint and who offer real sustainable alternatives like recycled paper products, vegan leather and less plastic packaging. My work is all digital so there’s less paper and chemical waste and I buy used equipment to try to get the most life possible out of electronics. At home, where my office is, we try to eat mostly locally grown organic food and compost our waste. My biggest passion is focused on raising awareness about plastic pollution in the ocean. I have a blog “A Mermaid’s Tear”http://www.amermaidstear.blogspot.com/ where I share information about the devastating affects of single use plastic waste in the environment and ways we can change our habits. As I’ve learned more about this issue my awareness about both our spiritual and physical interconnection with nature has deepened tremendously and permeates my personal and business life.

GG local ivy garland with hanging amaranth, roses and local anemones

What are some of your favorite green ideas you’ve seen at weddings?

I always enjoy seeing handmade or eco-friendly favors like homemade jam or candy, plantable seed cards or beeswax candles. Any couple who chooses to work with a green caterer or florist that specialize in locally harvested and organic produce and flowers is my most favorite idea. That’s the single most environmentally friendly thing a couple can do.

GG boutonnieres with local and non sprayed callas

Thanks Cara for your beautiful pictures and lovely thoughts.

A Succulent and Dahlia wedding at Flora Grubb

August 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here are a few sneak photos from a wedding Gorgeous and Green participated in at Flora Grubb in San Francisco on July 30th.  We created the table centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres as well as a large 4 foot wide arrangement that hung above the wedding party table.  Lots of local succulents and dahlias!  It was a grand affair with the planning help of Vera Devera of  Va de Vie Events.  Beautiful.

Bubble cognac vase with gathered local blooms and succulents

Repurposed wood drawer with local dahlias, scabiosa pods and succulents.  No floral foam was used, I have a secret trick that included more reusing….

Planted terrariums (one borrowed from Vera) are so interesting to look at and classy.

A large arrangement of blooms and succulents in a footed glass vase.

And the amazing hanging box………..

Cheers to the newlyweds,

G&G

Revival’s flowers July 20th 2011

July 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

This week at Revival bar and kitchen, the flower arrangements Gorgeous and Green created included some bright protea and local berries.  Here are a few pictures of the week’s arrangements.

The host table has one yellow pincusion in a vintage candlewick drinking glass.

 

The Large French bucket in the back is stacked with bushy branches and some bright organic and local sunflowers.

The vintage vase (my favorite vase) has some pink protea and lovely local amaranth, organic bells of ireland and local branches and berries.

 

 

In green and health,

G&G

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