Here at Green Goods, we love to celebrate the holidays by remembering the history and cultural festivities behind Halloween. Check out this video for some interesting historical facts and enjoy some information about our two favorite back stories: The celtic history and Dia de los Muertos! Also Please enjoy this picture of Green Goods owner, Mikel Robertson Dressing up for the occasion! 

Celtic Halloween History courtesy of @archaicwonder:


The site of Tlachtga (aka Tlachta) on the Hill of Ward, in County Meath, Ireland is believed to have been the first site of the celebration of Samhain, the precursor to our modern Halloween. The ringfort dates from around 200 AD but festivals and rituals at the site may have taken place as far back as 1000 BC. Priests, augurs and druids used to assemble there to light the winter fires of the Great Fire Festival on Samhain eve. Under penalty of law, all fires that were lit within the kingdom that night were to be kindled from the fire at Tlachtga. Samhain was a festival celebrating the dead and it also marked the beginning of the Celtic New Year. It was during this time that the Irish believed that the graves would open and their gods and spirits, who dwelt inside, would walk the earth again. The emerging of creatures from a cave, Oweynagat, (Ireland’s so-called ‘gate to hell’) is part of this belief.

The site takes its name from Tlachtga the daughter of the Druid Mug Ruith who died there giving birth to triplets. It was known in medieval Ireland as a place where Mug Ruith’s flying machine Roth Rámach had been seen, and where the Ard Rí (High King of Ireland) Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair had held a massive assemblage in 1168. He was the last High King of Ireland before the Norman invasion. It’s one of only three similar sites in Ireland; the others being the nearby Hill of Tara and Rathcroghan in County Roscommon.

Dia de los Muertos history courtesy of nationalgeographicmagazine

Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.

Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, a typically Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism, brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores. (Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, minor holidays in the Catholic calendar.) 

Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.

The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras(skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday: in candied sweets, as parade masks, as dolls. Calacas and calaveras are almost always portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and entertaining situations.

The Bradbury Building is the oldest commercial building remaining in the central city and one of Los Angeles’ unique treasures.

Behind its modest, mildly Romanesque exterior lies a magical light-filled Victorian court that rises almost fifty feet with open cage elevators, marble stairs, and ornate iron railings. The identity of the building’s final architect is a subject of debate. Lewis Bradbury, a mining and real estate millionaire, commissioned Sumner Hunt to create a spectacular office building. Hunt turned in completed designs but was replaced soon after by George H. Wyman, who supervised construction.

According to Wyman’s daughters, he was asked to take over because Bradbury felt that Wyman could understand his own vision for the building better than Hunt, although there is no evidence that Wyman changed the design. Wyman later designed other buildings in the Los Angeles area, but the Bradbury Building (if indeed it was designed by Wyman) was to be his only work of lasting significance, whereas Sumner Hunt went on to design many other notable buildings, including the Southwest Museum.

The building underwent complete restoration in the early 1990s as part of the Yellin Company’s Grand Central Square project.

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Owner of Green Goods Brian Robertson demonstrates one of our favorite brands Festool! We love Festool because it complies with our customer satisfaction and quality craftsmanship!

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We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Lavender Smith Farm owned by Finny and Stacey Smith. Please enjoy all the knowledge they had to share with us including their experience using green building materials in their shipping container home as well as their experience owning and living on a lavender farm!

Featured in their house:

Nova tiger cork flooring

Green Leaf Custom bamboo cabinets and vanity

Recycled Content Tile

Salvaged volcanic rock countertops

Salvaged cherry wood ceiling

Reclaimed oak deck railing

Compost Toilet

Solar Energy





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The water hyacinth is a floating plant that when uncontrolled, causes immense damage to the waterways by obstructing the oxygen from the water, which can kill the underwater life. However, the plant still has its use in the production of biogas and paper and now wall coverings!

The water hyacinth is a plant, not a tree, so there is no deforestation involved. The plants fully grow back only three months! Being removed from waterways and lakes, the communities benefit from harvesting this rapidly renewably resource. 

Processing the hyacinth requires drying its stalks thoroughly, after which the inner foam is removed. The stalks are flattened to resemble thin, soft sheets of wood. Its natural color is a mix of light green, camel and dark brown.

Each stalk is laminated by hand on a non-woven backing and finished to show its rich color and texture. The individual colors are applied to create this extraordinary and natural wallpaper!


Patrick Blanc | French | Botanist | Superstar

Imagine if every building had a green wall how much cleaner the air would be! Here at green goods we are ALL FOR urban gardens. Thanks to individuals like Patrick Blanc leading the way!