It seems more and more people are going green, but one Wilmington family has taken it to a whole new level and they want others to do the same. A new baby changed the lives of the Jack family. They wanted to welcome their son into a healthy environment, one that's all green. They recently opened the Sapona Green Building Center, the first one-stop shop in Wilmington offering all eco-friendly household items. Elaine Jack says "all of our products are safe for humans, chemically sensitive children, pets all those kind of thing." A safe and healthy environment is their number one concern when it comes to houses. Jack says developers often cut cost by using cheaper building materials that may hurt the environment, she says spending money wisely now on eco-friendly products is a long-term investment. "Those breaks end up affecting us, affecting our water quality, our air quality, affecting our health and that has a cost in the economy that you don't necessarily pay for when you buy the cheaper counter top product." If you don't have the ability to invest in something like a solar-powered water heater, you can start small with eco-friendly paint that doesn't use harmful chemicals. Elaine says educating the public on how to go green is the best way to change their way of thinking in the long run. "I think you'll have that personal satisfaction of knowing that you've done a renovation, or you've built a house that is environmentally safe for everybody, for human health and environmental health."
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