Friday, March 28, 2008

Philadelphia's Green Building Product Store - Greenable

Yesterday I told you about my trip to Philadelphia and how everywhere I looked things seemed to be turning up green. I also quickly mentioned the new building product store Greenable. I had heard about this new store in Old City, and we decided to hunt it down after our lunch. We almost walked right by it. It's a small store front located on Market between Front and 2nd, but once inside we realized that Greenable has a lot more to offer than just what is on their showroom floor.

We were greeted by the store's executive director, Angelo. We had lots of questions, and he took the time to answer and explain in depth all that we asked. I was specifically interested in learning about the bamboo flooring, and he showed us some beautiful samples of flooring that I would love to use in our home when we do our renovation and addition.

Some of the things that can be seen and purchased at Greenable's store are paints, stains & finsihes, wall coverings, carpeting, flooring, counter tops, sheet materials, insulation made from old denim jeans, and cleaning products. All are, of course, smarter and greener than the products you'd find at a tradtional building product store. 

Greenable also offers services. They can help with a project from the design phase right through the end of redesigning one room or building an entire building.

We were really impressed by the store. I think what I appreciated the most was the fact that we felt like Angelo seemed sincere in helping and educating us. Not once did he try to sell us anything. He let us look, ask our questions, and then leave to think it all over. That is the kind of place that my husband and I like to do business with. Since we're planning an addition to our home in the near future, it's good to know there is a place like Greenable that is available to help us do it right.
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alex9852 said...

Hey thanks for the great blog, love this stuff. I don’t usually do much for Earth Day but with everyone going green these days I thought I try to do my part.

I am trying to find easy, simple things I can do to help stop global warming (I stress easy, I don’t plan on going out and buying a hybrid). I took the Earth Day Challenge that is promoting ( ) and I am planning on lowering my score. They have some pretty good tips (they call them pledges).

I am looking for more easy fun stuff to do. If you know of any other sites worth my time let me know.

Robin Shreeves said...

Welcome Alex. Glad you've joined us. Also glad you're willing to do something to help the earth - there are lots of easy things you can do.

-Go meatless once a week
-turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth
-Change your lightbulbs to CFL's
-Walk somewhere instead of drive if it's possible once in a while

Those are all easy things - but don't discount the hybrid. We love ours. It may not be feasible for you now, but perhaps someday.

Take a look at the links on the side of my blog for some more sites. It's a small list right now - this is a reminder for me to build it up.