"Duluth Running Store goes Green"

By KBJR News 1

December 22, 2010 Updated Dec 22, 2010 at 9:51 PM CDT

It can be difficult this time of year to not put on a little extra weight from all of the holiday meals.

In This Weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes us inside a running store that has incorporated greener practices into their new location.

The Duluth Running Company in East Duluth recently moved two blocks west to their new building. But looking around the new location you will notice that the carbon footprint it now makes is very small.

"In size comparison it is about two and a half times bigger, its right around 3800 square feet. So it's significantly larger than our previous space", said Clint Agar. Co-Owner of Duluth Running Co.

In this space, they went green from the ground up.

"We spec the whole floor bamboo flooring, which we got locally which bamboo can be regrown very easily", said Agar.

The next level up is the benches and the Apparel.

The benches are made out of pop bottles, 100 percent recycled pop bottles.

"A lot of the technical fabrics for apparel are being made out of recycled plastic bottles or cocona which is derived from coconut shells", said Agar.

Finally for the lighting, they hired a green architect.

"So he helped advise with the lighting design, but that helped us cut out about 20 percent of the lights that we needed just by placing them in effective places", said Agar.

Natural Lighting is also played an important role in the placements of the lights.
In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson. The Northlands Newscenter.

The store also carries a energy bar made in Minnesota.