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3R Living is Back in Business!

Posted on | April 9, 2010 | No Comments

I was sad when my favorite eco-friendly store 3R Living closed in Park Slope due to the recent economic downturn (downturn? it feels more like a relentless chokehold…but I digress).
The Owners, husband and wife team Samantha Delman-Caserta and Mark Caserta and Samantha’s sister Tracy Ferdinand set up a lovely little shop in Montclair, NJ.
I guess Brooklyn’s loss is New Jersey’s gain (it’s clear where their hearts lie though – the Brooklyn Bridge is still  emblazoned on their website).
3R does mail order and offers carbon offsets to compensate for the CO2 generated by the shipping ($0.50/order).  It’s not a solution for online shopping but it’s a start!
3R is not a huge store and it’s not a franchise but they offer something rare in the retail world:  an in-store recycling program for select items including:
  • Ink cartridges
  • CDs/DVD’s
  • VHS/Cassettes and their cases
  • Hand-held electronics (byte-sized devices)
  • Cell phones
  • Crayons
These are some of my favorite items.

If you live near or pass through Montclair, please stop in and support this great local business!


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