Where Did the Eco Go?

can of Freshaire paintTwo to three years ago eco was everywhere. Stores were offering eco-friendly products including home renovation stores like Lowes and Home Depot.

But now when I need these products I can’t find them.

I recently went to several of my local do it yourself home renovation stores looking for eco-friendly paint and I couldn’t find any eco products. Not one option. Not even something slightly eco. Oh the paint guy said the Martha Stewart Living paints are considered low VOC but that was it.

I wanted Freshaire, the no VOC paint that is eco-friendly in other ways as well. Their brochures and paint chips are printed on eco friendly recycled paper and can be recycled, the paint can is made from 100 recycled materials and can be recycled and the label on the can is made from 75% recycled fiber and printed with soy ink.

But no, nothing.

So there goes my eco dreams of redoing my bathroom as green as possible because the hubby is tearing everything apart this weekend and hoping to have it completely finished by Sunday night. We don’t have time to shop around because in a household of five we can’t be without a shower for long.

My question is where did all the eco go? Where are all the green products that filled shelves a couple years ago in the height of the green frenzy? Did they not sell well? Was there something wrong with them?

My husband blames the economy and interest in eco in the area we live. He said he doesn’t know anyone who cares about VOCs and how paint smells other than me. He also says people are going to choose what is cheapest and that they aren’t going to pay a couple extra dollars for something eco-friendly.

I guess that’s true, at least here in Flint, MI where the economy is worse off that in a lot of other areas of the country.

Have you seen a decline in green products on your local shelves or an increase? Are there still eco paints at your local home stores? I’d love to hear about how things differ from city to city and state to state.

Written by Wenona Napolitano

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book.

She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible.

Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including PlentyMag.com, EthicalWeddings.com, MyEcoChicWedding.com, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and Life123.com.

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