Green Depot Takes Root

The Green Depot is growing. Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., the supplier of environmentally friendly building and living solutions opens its seventh store on Feb. 12. This flagship location, located on the Bowery in Manhattan, is housed in a building that once served as the city’s first YMCA in 1885.

Green Depot, which now has seven locations in the Northeast, features many eco-friendly products and limited editions of sustainable design solutions by home designers. It also includes a resource center where staff advises customers about how to build in an environmentally friendly way and a zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint bar.

The chain attempts to demystify green for consumers. Its flagship store will be the first to implement an icon system, developed with the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, that evaluates each product they carry based upon five categories of what can make it green: air quality, conservation, local, energy and responsibility.

“Our new Bowery flagship store will be a touchstone for connecting consumers with healthy, affordable, energy-efficient products and services,” stated Sarah Beatty, founder and president of Green Depot, in a statement., which will feature the new icon system, will launch on Feb. 12 as well.

The renovated flagship building includes salvaged tiles; bricks and wood trim from the original building. Green Depot anticipates receiving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It was built in accordance with the “Green building rating system.”