Greater Goods

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Greater Goods on U Street opened last November and is already the Washington City Paper's #1 Eco Store (2008 reader rankings). Greater Goods specializes in environmentally-friendly products and services, including the installation of tankless water heaters, home automation kits and light switches...

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We appreciate the wide range of items at Greater Goods, including waste-reducing biodegradable trash bags, grocery bag dryers (for reusing them), water-saving showerheads, aquabarrel rain boxes (to capture runoff water), and energy-saving solar chargers and drying racks.

In addition to products and installation services, Greater Goods currently offers greener living classes including specific classes on Energy Efficiency, Waste Conservation and Green Your Home 101.

The store's website shares DIY guides, like its DC Recycling Guide and will soon expand to offer its products for sale online. Greater Goods will also recycle certain items for free if you bring them to the store: printer cartridges, cell phones and spent rechargeable batteries (from power tools, laptops, cell phones, appliances, etc.). The store charges 50 cents for each compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) you want to recycle.

Greener Goods is also open to suggestions for its products, classes, and services. Got any ideas?

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