Mrs Mo's Shopping Local Guide: Green Design Princeton NJ

Raise your hands if you've already broken your New Year's Resolution to lose weight. Okay, put your hands down. Now raise your hands if you are surprised at all? I thought so.

Let's be honest people, the "losing weight" resolution is so yesterday. It's a sure-to-fail idea, as a 1/3 of people will break their resolution by the end of January. But it is not too late to change your mind and start a new resolution goal for 2009. Let's stick with the healthy theme, but go with something that is easy and good for you, your family and even the whole world. The solution is to "go Green" and the place to start is at Green Design in Princeton.

Located in a perfect spot across from the Princeton Library, Green Design is an eco-goods store owned by recent Bay area transplant Tim McNulty and offers a variety of organic and eco-friendly products from clothing and linens to toys and home goods. The majority of the goods in the shop are from small businesses around the US like wooden puzzles from a toymaker in VT and handmade soaps from a farm in CA to offbeat nature inspired onesie designs by Salvor Fauna out of NYC. Beyond children's clothing and toys, McNulty offers a generous selection of home goods like nylon grocery bags by Baggu, stainless steel water bottles by Klean Kanteen, bamboo cutting boards, organic body scrubs & butters by Trillium Organics and organic bed linens & clothing by Under the Canopy. My favorite find was the Klean Kanteen bottle especially since I've been more aware of the BPA toxin threat in many plastic containers for food, drink and baby formula.

If you're asking yourself: I'd like to "go green" or live more organically, but where do I start, McNulty will tell you to "think of the first thing that you want to be healthy: your body. From there you have many options like the Klean Kanteen bottles, organic soaps and even cast-iron cookware because the non-stick skillets we all have use chemicals to make it stick free. Even our children's toys are great because they use non-toxic materials and lead-free paint."

Instead of rambling on, I'll let you get a taste of what you can find at Green Design. Watch the video below or simply click on the thumbnails to view.

Green Design,
42 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, (609) 651-4643,

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