Truly a Cooler Planet

| January 7, 2009 | 1 Comment

By Kristen Holub

January 7, 2008 – As we welcome 2009, most of us are thinking about resolutions and ruminating on positive changes we can make…in ourselves, our household, our planet. One way to move in a positive direction in all three areas is to take a moment to make eco-conscious choices about what we buy…but wait, won’t that mean a lot of research?

Enter A Cooler Planet, a gem of an eco-lifestyle store on Roscoe just west of Leavitt. This is the perfect store to get you heading in the green direction since they strive to provide items that are sustainable, locally produced, fairly-traded, organic, renewable, recycled, or eco-conscious.

Owner Heidi Bailey contemplates the life-cycle of every product that they carry and vendors have to work hard to gain her stamp of approval. If a product is made from recycled plastic, Heidi researches what kind of plastic? Where did it come from? How much energy was consumed in that recycling process? When the store’s owner is asking all these questions beforehand, it puts my mind at ease knowing whatever I’m purchasing has passed the test!

Bailey opened the store in Spring of 2008, and I actually happened to wander in off the street on the day of their grand opening! I was pleasantly surprised at the down to earth attitude of the store and those who work there openly share information without being preachy. They got me interested in composting in my condo, and I bought a Sigg bottle for my son which he still uses and loves almost a year later. Every time I visit I learn something new from Heidi or her associate Zoe, since they are both so approachable and knowledgeable about all their product offerings.

Speaking of what they carry at A Cooler Planet, you can find something in just about every category from organic skincare to eco-friendly food storage options. If you are expecting a new baby, check out their organic crib mattresses. At around $300, they are more than the regular run of the mill, but ask a few questions and you’ll find out that this is one purchase that can go a long way in the New Year’s Resolution department.

They have remarkable new dishware (bowls, mugs, plates, etc) by Sanctus Mundo in the $30-$40 range that is stainless steel inside and plastic outside. This way, the pieces are still fun and colorful, but no plastic ever touches your kiddo’s food and they’re more chip-resistant than enamel-ware. In my opinion, the best part is that they can also go through the dishwasher (with phosphate-free detergent of course!).

Another great product is the classy picture frame line by Turning Green made from fallen Chicago wood. They are a beautiful and lasting way to “re-use” this local resource and display your family’s captured moments.

Since making eco-friendly changes is most definitely not supposed to be about deprivation or “going without”, you can also look to A Cooler Planet if you are looking to pamper yourself a bit! They have luscious handmade soap sets, pretty accessories and don’t miss the Simple slippers, made of recycled rubber and felted wool. These slippers are so comfortable my neighbor wishes she could sneak out in them further than over to my place!

To help you along in making positive changes in 2009, A Cooler Planet is offering an exclusive 15% discount to Chicagonistas on your purchase (excluding sale items) during the month of January. So stop in and check out how the small decisions you make at home can impact the world’s future for the next generations.

2211 West Roscoe St.

January and February store hours
mon 12 – 6
tues & wed 10-6
thurs 10-7
fri & sat 10-6
sun 11:30 – 5

This is an original article.

———————————————Kristen Holub Artist and business owner turned stay-at-home-mom, Kristen Holub stays busy with Chicago Green Families, running around town with her son, and doing her best to keep the household eco-friendly and under control while jotting down and sharing great finds in Chicago.

Category: Shops & Services

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Head Chicagonista, Co-host of the Chicagonista LIVE! show, Lead blogger for, 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. Jen Khatchatrian says:

    I love A Cooler Planet. Heidi is a truly outstanding person who connects with her clients to really understand their needs. And she goes above and beyond to find specialty items for you. We have purchased everything there- an electric composter, bedding, gifts, soap nuts (LOVE!!!), toy trains, loungewear, chocolates & tea! It is the go to location in the city for everything green!

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