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Want to throw a "green" party but don't know where to find compostable, disposable plates and cutlery? As of April 1, you'll be able to stock up on that stuff at the Waste Free Living store on Pine Street in Burlington.

The Waste Free Living retail shop will occupy a 300-square-foot space inside Pine Street Artworks, according to WFL owner Holly Rae Taylor.

Taylor worked for six years as the Compost Maven at Intervale Compost Products until her departure in 2007 — she was let go during the whole permitting brouhaha. She started Waste Free Living about four months ago, and has been selling a variety of earth-friendly gardening and lifestyle products through her online store ever since.

Taylor sells a bunch of compostable stuff, and products you can use to start composting, like the spiffy bamboo compost pail — nice. She also stocks "eco clothing," journals and recylced office products. Everything that's available online will also be available in the store, she says, though I'm not sure how she's going to pack all that stuff in there.

Taylor sums up her mission thusly: "Kind of everything that you do, that you want to do a little bit greener, we're going to help you do that without sacrificing style."

Full Disclosure: I've known Taylor for at least 10 years. When she was a grad student at UVM, she was my partner's TA. She's also currently dating my friend Alison. Oh, and I have one of her paintings hanging in my house. So I'm not exactly an objective observer. But I still think her mission is a noble one, which is why I'm passing along this announcement. Plus, I think it'll give people yet another reason to frequent that vibrant block of Pine Street, home to Speeder and Earl's, Great Harvest, Fresh Market, The Green Door Studio, Pine Street Art Works, Terry Zigmund's glass studio, etc.

Waste Free Living opens to the public on Wednesday, April 1, but Taylor is planning a grand opening for the weekend after Earth Day — Saturday, April 25. She's not yet sure what her hours will be, but she'll probably be open Tuesdays through Saturdays. She's also planning to do house parties. Because friends don't let friends throw out food scraps. Or something.

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