Best Green Store - 2010
Going "green" has come to mean many things to many people, but to the folks at New Living, it is a social, environmental and economic lifestyle. The place itself, located in an old hardware store in Rice Village, specializes in building supplies, such as organic bedding, nontoxic paints and nontoxic children's furniture. Additional "green" services include chemical-free home cleaning, recycling pickup and professional consultations. Before stocking its shelves, New Living requires vendors to fill out a survey with questions about the social and environmental impact of their products, and asks about the companies' labor standards and ethics. New Living then fact-checks the answers and displays the results next to each product, so buyers can better know what they're purchasing. Local venues such as Beaver's Icehouse boast nontoxic paint from New Living, and the Moody Gallery used the store's tiles, made from 100 percent recycled glass, in its new kitchen.