New store, lodge at Yosemite NP touted as "eco-friendly"

Just in time for Thursday's 40th anniversary of Earth Day, park officials cut the ribbon on two new environmentally friendly concepts in the park.

"Habitat" is a new, eco-friendly store located in Yosemite Village. Operated by Delaware North Cos. Parks & Resorts at Yosemite Inc., the 1,000-square-foot shop is a floor-to-ceiling exhibit of green interior design and retailing.

Store fixtures are made from recycled items used in the park -- displays are supported by bales of recycled cardboard; tables are constructed of stacked, recycled tires topped with recycled glass and reused shelving from the Ahwahnee hotel kitchen; and the cash-register counter is made from wood that was once a Curry Village bar top.

Items for sale in the store are also eco-friendly, including glassware made of recycled wine bottles, jewelry made of recycled metals or paper, and purses that once were computer keyboards, tires or soda-can pop-tops.

The other concept awaits overnight guests at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, where two prototype guest rooms featuring cutting-edge environmentally friendly interior design are now available.

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