EcoMtn is the newest home store in Denver. This boutique in Northwest Denver is dedicated to helping you create an all-natural, non-toxic home. Personally, I just want to move right into the shop.
I have a new favorite shop. As regular readers know (and sometimes much to my husband’s frustration), I spend a lot of time hanging out in local Denver shops. So, I do not proclaim this lightly. But, I’ve spent years yearning for a local shop like this one.
Let me tell you a bit why…
I have a long history of using (and declaring the benefits of) non-toxic, all-natural cleaning products in my home. This started selfishly enough…I’ve always had a sensitivity to toxic chemicals. I can catch one whiff and start to feel pretty sick. As a kid, I could be upstairs on the other side of a house and know when someone was using a store-bought cleaner somewhere downstairs. I know my roommate in my 20s thought I was a little crazy when I insisted we strike a deal that we use all-natural cleaners in our apartment. (For her part, she requested cable. I’m sure she thought she got the better end of the deal, but I was happy.)
More than once I’ve walked into a house or store where I could smell the strong chemicals they used to clean…I quickly try to make my exit, often with a headache.
Fortunately today there are a number of ready-made products to make life easier. (I’m a big fan of Mrs. Meyers and Denver-based Humble Suds.) I also keep a large jar of vinegar and a big box of baking soda handy. But the thing I love about the store-bought, all-natural cleaners are the heavenly scents that accompany them. Not to mention the convenience of already made.
I’ve also been working toward creating a more eco-friendly, sustainable home. Last year around this time I wrote a post called 10 Habits for a More Sustainable Kitchen as I worked my way through my own home. I’ll admit, I had a hard time finding some of the environmentally-friendly household items I was looking for, especially locally.
So, you can imagine my unexpected delight when one evening I wandered into EcoMtn Home Store in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood on my way to dinner at Bacon Social House. An entire store filled with all-natural, eco-friendly home products! I was nearly giddy.
The staff person gave me a quick tour. I only had a few minutes before the store was closing, and I didn’t want to keep them late, so I vowed to return.
About a week later I had a chance to pop back in, unencumbered by my kids, and spend a little time browsing. One of my dear friends recently moved into a new house and I thought this was the perfect spot to put together a little housewarming gift for her.
I wandered around picking up some old favorites (locally made Spinster Sisters candle and soaps, Bee’s Wrap sustainable sandwich wrap, a reusable ChicoBag) and even made a new discovery or two (Skoy scouring pads in fun, vibrant prints and re-usable soap nuts).
You could outfit most of your home at EcoMtn…organic, all-natural bedding and bathroom linens, non-toxic and recycled kitchen ware and table settings. I admired the heft and lovely simplicity of the recycled glassware and the beautifully clean lines of the set tablescape. I wondered if perhaps it was time to upgrade some of our bed linens to the Holy Lamb Organics eco-wool bedding.
But, my favorite part of this shop has to be the DIY household cleaner station. Sure, I could purchase some essential oils and other ingredients to whip up my own. There are certainly countless recipes online, but it always seemed like I would need to source hard-to-find ingredients (where does one find borax anyway?) and felt like a hassle.
Eco Mtn’s DIY cleaning station means you can follow the simple recipes to create your own all-natural laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, and general cleaners, and make just the amount you need by selecting from Eco Mtn’s stocked ingredients. It only takes a few minutes. And, once you purchase a reusable bottle, the price for the cleaner is about the same, maybe a little less, than the store-bought products. I’m loving this concept!
Before leaving, I assembled a lovely little housewarming gift for my friend (if I do say so) and left with a couple of goodies for our home, too. And, I think there’s no question that I’ll be a repeat customer.
EcoMtn is located at 4350 Alcott Street (303-993-5419) in northwest Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood. Store hours are Tue to Fri, 10am to 5pm, and Sat and Sun, 10am to 4pm.