Location: 110 W Elizabeth St Austin, TX 78704
Description: Open since 1990 in Austin, Eco-Wise is a building and living supply store, specializing in “non-toxic Earth-friendly” products. Its showroom is split into two portions: one for building/construction and one for home/living goods, targeting a broad demographic of environmentally conscious customers.
+ Significant portion of the showroom dedicated to green flooring and countertops.
+ All wood products come from sustainably harvested or reclaimed sources.
+ Bamboo constitutes much of the “new growth” based product, along with natural oils from maize, flax, and linseed.
+ Countertops produced from magma, recycled paper & glass.
+ Supplies local companies such as Whole Foods with sustainable materials.
+ Section of the store dedicated to children’s green awareness and education programs.
+ Healthier living section features household products made from sustainable and non-toxic materials, such as clay, wool, bamboo, and organic cotton.
Conclusion: Eco-Wise is a store with a very distinct identity, perhaps reflective of its surrounding community and Austin at-large. It’s employees are clearly knowledgeable and dedicated to the “greater good,” of which their business plays an essential part. Unfortunately, this attitude may prove slightly intimidating or off-putting to the casual (or curious) consumer. Eco-Wise is not, nor does it aim to be, merely a green alternative to Lowe’s or Home Depot. Rather, it intends to be a local purveyor of Earth-friendly products, perhaps sharing some knowledge along the way.
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