Earlier this month I was invited up to Austin for a tour of Treehouse, a home improvement store dedicated to sustainable living. I drooled over their website and immediately made plans to go.
I’ve never heard about a home improvement store dedicated to sustainability, and was excited to meet with local bloggers to learn more.
I have a big heart for green living (although I’m far from perfect at it), and to find a store that not only seeks to provide products that are good for you and your home, but that also holds itself accountable was like heaven on Earth to me.
At first glance, Treehouse may look like any other home improvement store–but there’s no second-guessing once you take a closer look (inside or out–they have giant rain barrels and solar panels out front). I was pleasantly surprised to hear that they’re housed in a former Borders bookstore (bittersweet memories). I love when companies repurpose old buildings.
After an amazing story about his passion for healthy homes, cofounder Jason Ballard led us on a tour around the store showcasing the high quality products handpicked by the Treehouse team. Each item goes through the Treehouse product filter and must meet health, performance, sustainability, and corporate responsibility requirements to earn their place in the store.
I must have thrown a couple dozen questions at Jason throughout the tour and he didn’t bat an eye. He had straight answers for every question and was friendly in sharing his wealth of information–this guy knew his stuff.
One of the most shocking things I learned? Our homes are the number-one offender to the health of our world–there’s no escaping the toxins we escape to each day–unless we make our homes smarter. Treehouse’s mission is to help us do just that.
Some of Treehouse’s top products include rain barrels (they actually sold the last ones that night–definitely high demand in South Texas), VOC-free paints (including milk paint–I also loved their clay plaster), and LED lightbulbs. In fact, Treehouse is the very first home store to sell the brand new omnidirectional LED lightbulb by Switch, how awesome is that?
And what home improvement store do you know that hunts down salvaged items to share with its customers? I didn’t think so.
Treehouse also goes beyond your typical home improvement items, with awesome sustainable gift ideas for kids as well as home goods like locally sourced beeswax candles and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. I could have wondered the aisles for hours (and brought home one of everything).
They even have a garden section with native plants only, and homestead products like chicken feed and homebrewing kits! If I could marry a store, this would be the one.
I’m totally pining over it even thinking about it–I feel like prank calling just to hear Treehouse’s voice–I’m that obsessed with this store. Now when are they moving to San Antonio? This is my new secret mission. I’ll be there at the ribbon-cutting!
But seriously. I’m in love with this store because it’s doing something that no other home improvement store has yet done. People come first, and the products on their shelves are their to make every life better. They have a dream and a vision, and it is good. ‘Nough said. Forget Ikea*, who wants to take a trip to Treehouse with me?
Want to help Treehouse make it big and (hopefully) one day open a store near you? Go
stalk like them on Facebook or Twitter. And make a few prank calls to their store. Okay, not that last one. But really, let’s help them make it to the big time–it’s about time for a store like Treehouse!
*Austin has the closest Ikea store for we San Antonians, but Treehouse is even closer!
This is not a sponsored post–I’m writing about Treehouse because I’m in love.