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Eco-friendly home supplies store Green Depot on the Bowery gets the Times treatment this week when Mike Albo stops by to pick up some non-toxic cleaning supplies and to assuage his plastic bag guilt. Like us, he was taken with the place immediately: "The smart green filter graphics and well-organized displays make the store feel like a child-friendly interactive wing of the Museum of Natural History — in a good way. At the front of the store a wooden bar with big beer-style taps offers refills of cleaning solutions, and a small curtained booth allows you to turn on different bulbs to check their brightness. The whole place seems playful and educational and gave me that goofy 'I’m learning' feeling." [NYT]