I May Not Have Green Genes But Andersonville Does!

| November 19, 2008 | 2 Comments

By: Molly Katholi

November 19, 2008 – Being green does not come naturally to me. I want to be green, I try to be green but the fact is I often put something in the garbage and have to dig it out later when it dawns on me it was recyclable. It was only last New Year’s Eve that I made it my resolution to be more environmentally responsible, so I am really a work in progress.

Thank goodness for people willing to guide me in my quest. People like Heather Muenstermann and partner Christina Isperduli who who run Green Genes, an adorable boutique that I dare you to resist. Just try not going inside after you see their colorful window display. They carry great environmentally sound choices for parents and children. And darn it, their choice are adorable!

They have basic baby and child care needs covered with their selection of BPA free bottles and cups, simple gifts that would be perfect for baby showers and a large, but not overwhelming, selection of children’s toys. As usual I did an Internet price comparison and was thrilled that this local neighborhood store was priced right on target. In fact, for the things I wanted it was the best buy I could find.

On our first visit Heather, who is a former nanny, chatted with me about what I needed and helped me select a BPA free cup for my younger child. She knew from other patrons which cup would work best for my little girl’s very picky sipping habits. Now, if only she had something that would help me keep track of that cup!

Beyond helpfulness and a great selection I love the judgement-free attitude of Green Genes. It is hard enough for me to navigate the rules of a green lifestyle without feeling judged. But, the staff at Green Genes really work as guides rather than judges. For example, make sure and take notice of their classic Fisher-Price little people display that supports their “organic, recycled, re-purposed” mantra. As a confirmed pack rat I find comfort in knowing that a toy I cannot let go of from my childhood is just fine to hold onto, even if it is made of plastic.

Speaking of plastic, I have been mulling over my children’s Christmas gifts and could not resist getting a pots and pan set for my son and a little tea set for my daughter made completely of recycled milk cartons. Not only are they colorful and fun, they are made from something I myself use and actually remember to recycle. Finally, a full cycle in my recycle.

Green Genes
5111 N. Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 944-9250

This is an original ChicagoMomViews.net article.

Molly Katholi is a lawyer and pregnant mama to two children (almost three) who lives in the bustling Andersonville neighborhood. With what is left of her spare time, she manages to scour and jot down her fabulous Chicago finds.

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Head Chicagonista, Co-host of the Chicagonista LIVE! show, Lead blogger for TheChicagoMoms.com, and Co-Founder of Women Driving Excellence. MJ is also the annual host of SocialRevUp - Brands & Bloggers Summit (#bbsummit) attended by about 200 professional high-profile bloggers nationwide. Follow MJ on Twitter: @mjtam

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  1. kristen says:

    Great article, Molly! I know the pots and pan set you are talking about and was going to order them online for AJ, but now I will head over to Green Genes and buy local. I love the upcycling aspect!

  2. Green Genes says:

    Molly, Thank you so much for your kind words and compliments. We truly appreciate it! Heather and Tina 🙂

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