New store encourages green lifestyle


Northborough A new store in town will have residents seeing green. The ‘g’ Green Design Center is the area’s newest environmentally friendly products store. The store is intended to provide a wide variety of reusable products and items that are safe for the environment. With its location at 290 West Main St., Northborough, it’s only the second store of its type to open in Massachusetts, and owner John Tehan is hoping this new store will be a catalyst for residents to lead a greener lifestyle.

     “The good news is we [consumers] recycle 50 percent of what we buy,” he said “The bad news is we don’t recycle 50 percent of the things we buy. There are a lot of things that we all can do to make a difference.”

    The store had its official opening Sept. 12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Local government officials who were present included State Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, and Northborough Selectman Fran Bakstran. For Tehan, it was a good feeling have support from local government.

     “We love it,” Tehan said. “It gives you a great feeling. It certainly has been wonderful to have that kind of support.”

    A wide range of products is available at the store, including re-usable home products like grocery bags and kitchen utensils made from bamboo. Customers can browse through the store’s stylish cabinetry, also made from bamboo, and recycled glass countertops. Non-toxic cleaning supplies are also available. It’s these products that Tehan hopes will get people to think of a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.

     “Not everyone has to lead a completely green lifestyle,” he said. “But if everyone just made one change in their daily life, it would make a difference. It’s the little things that make a big difference.”

    Tehan sees people taking an interest.

     “We had a lot of interest already with contractors and people in town,” he said. “It is really ramping up.”

    And prices are reasonable. While buyers might expect a higher cost for eco-friendly products, Tehan said, the items are more affordable than some might think.

    That [higher prices] is not always the case, Tehan said. For some products, sure, you have to pay the premium rate. But there are a lot of options and prices that are more down to earth.

    And one goal for Tehan and the ‘g’ Green Design Center is to educate the public. According to Tehan, classes and seminars will be offered to give people tips on green ideas for bathrooms, kitchens and other areas of the household. It’s a big part of the ‘g’ store plan.

     “It is certainly our mission,” he said.

    For more information about the ‘g’ Green Design Center, visit the website at www.ggreendesign.com or call the store at 508-393-4111.


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