We are a husband and wife team that lives with a passion for protecting
the health of our family & our earth. We opened our store in 2008, when it became apparent that there were some really great, healthy, eco-friendly, stylish products on the market, but it often took us hours of research to find them. Family & friends showed interest in being "greener," but wanted someone to show them the way and make it easy! We decided we could do the research for them, then open a store where we would offer nothing but green, Fair Trade, sustainable products, all under one roof. However, let us assure you,
this store is not just for tree-huggers (although we love you too!).
With Heather's background in the fashion & interior design
industries, a focus on great design has always been important to us
too. We were also inspired by the idea that if we could simply raise this generation of children to live green, it would be "all they know." We wouldn't be stuck trying to change habits later in life. Thus the name ... Generation Green.
As parents of 2 extraordinary children and a fun-loving Labrador, we feel a deep responsibility to not only make smarter, more informed choices for ourselves, but to help others do so along the way. We search high and low for the best mix of products & do a great deal of research on both individual products & their manufacturer. We personally test as many of the individual products ourselves as possible, and often enlist the help of family & friends to help us do so. Our pledge to you is that if we won't personally use it, we won't sell it. Please join us in making a difference, making smarter purchases that benefit people & the planet, and simply spreading awareness. We believe in leading by example, which is probably why our favorite quote is from Muhammad Gandhi, "Be the Change You Wish To See in the World."
- We compost all organic matter (food) in 2 composters in our back yard
- We have 3 rain barrels on our home
- We have installed a rain garden to help eliminate flash flooding & chemical run-off into our waterways
- We have 2 vegetable gardens & have replaced several grassy areas with native plants & mulch
- We have on average one small grocery bag of trash each week due to our efforts to reuse everything we can, recycle everything possible, and buy items in minimal/ recyclable packaging.
- We have water saving, low flow shower heads & low flow toilets throughout our home
- We don't use any chemicals on our lawn or gardens
- We support our local farmers through farmer's markets & local delivery methods like Green Bean Delivery
- We are members of green community groups, Simply Living & Sustainable Westerville
- We support other independent stores
ABOUT OUR STORE:
We pride ourselves on being green from the ground up. You can expect to find an eclectic mix of items that are any mix of the
following: recycled/ recyclable, reusable, sustainable, organic,
biodegradable, compostable, Gluten Free, Paraben Free, Cruelty Free,
Synthetic Fragrance Free, Fair Trade, handmade, & locally made.While we rent our space, we can't control everything, but what we can, we make green. Here's just a few of the ways that we built & run our green store:
- We used Recycled & Recyclable Carpet Tiles for our flooring
- All wall paints are Non-VOC (volatile organic compound)
- Most display fixtures have been reclaimed & re-purposed. Some of our displays were from Gram's House, others were bought at garage sales, and some were literally dragged in from the curb where they sat awaiting a trip to the landfill.
- We use recycled paper & recycle all used paper products
- We print only when necessary & when we do it's double-sided & on draft quality when able. All ink cartridges are re-filled when possible
- Organic waste (food) is all collected & composted
- We give presentations on everything from "Living Greener" to "Waste-Free Lunches" for community groups & school classes at no charge
- We are a Columbus Green Spot Certified Business
- We are a collection site for the Waste-Not Center
- We collect items for re-use & recycling that can't be collected curbside: plastic caps, metal bottle caps, pop-tops (for the Ronald McDonald House), & wine corks. Some are recycled back into new products while others are donated to local schools & artists.