Friday Close-Up: Green Depot

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Green Depot aims to be your one stop shopping location for all things green. For new parents, this spot is a godsend. The owner, Sarah Beatty, spent hours, days, weeks, scouring the market for non-toxic products to put in her first child's room. The fruit of her efforts--one phenomenal nursery department. 

From laundry soap to cribs, Green Depot hopes to set your mind at ease that after baby arrives, the little one won't be ingesting or inhaling fumes, toxins or chemicals. (And I should mention, this is just a fraction of what the store offers--mom and dad can breathe free and easy too). I was lucky enough to talk to Sarah at the flagship store and get this exclusive scoop.

The first Green Depot store opened in Brooklyn in 2005, and they've manged to grow despite the recession. There are nine stores on the East Coast providing smart solutions for modern living. I asked about the inspiration of the store and Sarah said, "This is a conversation. A lab for thinkers and designers of the future."

I like her can-do attitude: If she didn't find the products that met her needs she' make them herself. This "vertical solution" has resulted in an exquitiste line of cribs that are FSC certified and have zero VOCs. I'm swooning for the Spindle Crib (shown; $795).

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Another big endeavor is the Green Depot Baby Colorways--paint that looks good without harming baby or the air. When Sarah redid her kids' room she let them pick paints from the Green Depot line. Her son picked "Sleepy" (sky blue) and her girl Pink Blossom.

My thought: Outifitting a nursery isn't just about organic sheets--think about adhesives, and paint that surround your child. Parents should spend more time considering carpet options and paint than deciding between bunnies or bears. Many of us have been neglecting to look at the big picture. Green Depot has solutions.

What else is there for parents? Green Depot teams up with local moms' groups to host events. The flagship store works with Bowery Babes for Mommie and Me outings.

Living her work seems to come naturally to Sarah, this mom aims to "show the true benefits of green" to all the parents in her network. Before you head to a baby superstore, check out Green Depot first, From Natsursutten pacifiers ($8.95) to Plover crib sets ($335), you can get eveything you need for baby under one roof.

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Green Depot

Manhattan, NY

M-F 10-7

Sat 11-7

Sun 11-6

222 Bowery

New York, NY 10012

(212) 226-0444

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