Green Depot opens in Albany

There was once a time when getting green paint required so much traveling, the benefit to the environment would be a wash.

One business owner is hoping to change that by opening a local Green Depot, an environmental building supplies store that celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Green Depot is located at 86 Railroad Ave. in Albany, and founder Sarah Beatty said it is the company's ninth location, with the first having opened in Brooklyn in 2005.

"We've been planning this for nine months," she said of the Albany location's grand opening.

Beatty, a self-described "accidental entrepreneur," started her business after she had a toxicity issue in her apartment and could not find a store in the area where she could purchase new, cleaner materials.

Since then, Beatty said she had learned from the Environmental Protection Agency that 90 percent of a person's life is spent indoors, but the indoors are generally two to three times more contaminated. This furthered her desire to provide clean, healthy building materials in New York.

"We're a one-stop shop for green supplies. [Shopping green] is accessible, affordable and gratifying," she said.

A big part of Green Depot, she said, is providing information for customers so they understand what they are buying and why it is good for them and good for the environment. Informational signs are posted throughout the store.

Politicians, customers, suppliers and business are all still learning about the power of green, Beatty said.

"Everyone is on this massive learning curve," she said.

One product offered at the store " kitchen caesarstone quartz surfaces " offers "exceptional stain, scratch, heat resistant products, that is twice as strong as granite and never requires sealing."

Jim Millhouse, a supplier with National Fiber, said the cellulose insulation that National Fiber sells to Green Depot is made from recycled newspapers and blue jeans. He said air is trapped inside 40 percent more efficiently.

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