Why so few green building materials at Home Depot?

Homedepotgreen2_2Here’s what would make my life easier: if I could purchase all my green building materials at Home Depot.

I’m talking about:

• Tile for my counters made of post-consumer recycled glass
• A vanity for my bathroom made with FSC-certified wood
• Bamboo for my floors from an FSC-certified company
• Plywood and dimensional wood from FSC-certified forests
• Cool metal backsplash material made of recycled metal
• Stone quarried from California and not China or India
• And so on

It seems to me that every single aisle I walk down at Home Depot or Lowe’s should have a large section devoted to green choices. Even if I had to pay 10% or 15% more, I would.

The reason I hammer so hard on Home Depot to carry these things is that I love the place. It’s my "drug of choice." There’s a sensation of unlimited creativity and possibilities when I walk into the cavernous store.

So why can’t I buy my green stuff there? Why do I have to scour the Internet and drive all over town in a hit-and-miss fashion to find ecologically sensitive materials?

I’ve got a message out to the Home Depot folks asking these questions but I’ve not heard back. When I do, I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, I want you to complete this sentence: