"We are so focused on local food--and then we serve it on toxic linens." That's just one dilemma that Ruth True means to remedy as proprietor of Capitol Hill's newest green-minded shop. Specializing in ecologically-minded gifts, the just-opened NuBe Green offers a number of food-related items, such as herb grow-kits from Potting Shed Creations in Idaho. "I am really working to focus on local or U.S.-grown, milled, or made," says True.
Located in the northeast corner of the Oddfellows building, Nube (pronounced newbie) also sells cloth napkins, tablecloths, dishtowels, oven mitts, and a selection of hip, reusable grocery bags in American-grown organic cotton, all of which are made in California and will save you from that toxic-linen problem. The one item that skirts the rules is a locally-made Sweet Beauty lip balm made from Theo Chocolate's cocoa butter; the chocolate itself most likely traveled an ocean to get here.
Ms. True is best known locally as an art collector, but she's got a background in food. "I was catering for a million years," she says "And I've been a locavore for a long time." She is still working to find more well-designed food and cooking products that meet her criteria, but she's got at least one promising project on the horizon. "Local designer Erich Ginder is in the process of creating a gorgeous cast-iron pot that'll last forever," she says.