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MDO, America’s First Environmentally Healthy Shopping Experience

MDO, America’s First Environmentally Healthy Shopping Experience

Long recognized for the sanguine effect of its fresh air and clean water, Vermont offers designer outlet shoppers  "retail therapy" that not only makes men and women feel better for buying something new, but is also environmentally healthy. Manchester Designer Outlets, an upscale designer outlet center, features "green elements" of construction and design, including  experimentation with solar paneling, all conceived to provide a nontoxic shopping experience to its valued clients.

According to Ben Hauben, president of Manchester Designer Outlets in Manchester Center, Vermont, "I became interested in the green lifestyle before it became a trend and am committed to seeking new ways to create healthier buildings and a healthier environment for consumers and store personnel."

The newest buildings incorporate such green elements as zero VOC paints and floor coatings, natural cotton insulation, and cedar lumber used for exterior work versus chemically pressure-treated wood. Hauben is also focusing attention on the effects of electro-magnetic fields which have been known to cause harmful health effects. Extensive electrical testing along with the incorporation of new wiring specifications has been successful in reducing these harmful effects.

"These eco-friendly elements are also being incorporated into our corporate headquarters in Manchester Center, including the non-toxic furniture provided for our office staff," says Hauben. Already known for its high profile brands and elegant buildings, Manchester Designer Outlets continues its role as a trend-setter.

"While most developers simply put up basic buildings for their outlets, we continue to insist upon attention to detail that provides a wonderful environment for the upscale shopper," says Hauben. "Now, we are taking the green road to further enhance the experience."

Manchester Designer Outlets boasts such brands as Giorgio Armani, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Theory, Lilly Pulitzer, Coach, BCBG MaxAzaria, Anichini, Brooks Bros., J. Crew, Hickey Freeman, Furla, TSE, Baccarat, Theory, Movado, Escada, Yves Delorme and many more.

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