You can drop off recyclables, pick up worm wine, and take classes on how to be more green all in one location. The Dallas Eco-Op, brainchild of Heather Rinaldi, is an eco-friendly co-operative (pun intended) currently comprised of eight organizations ranging from the Texas Worm Ranch to the law offices of Bruce E. Bagelman, former owner of Green Spot Market and Fuels.

Though its building has been well broken-in by the organizations that utilize it, the Eco-Op itself is still working to find steady ground. After opening in February, it is almost ready to hold classes and educational events later this year.

Rather than a business, the Eco-Op is a “locale and an incubator for sustainable and like-minded businesses,” says Steve Clary of the Texas Worm Ranch. By sharing a space in LH, start-ups and small organizations can save on infrastructure costs. Shared marketing and resources can also allow the organizations easier growth.

Green enthusiasts can check the Facebook page for updates on services and events. Interested sustainable organizations can contact rancher@txwormranch.com. 

While the Eco-Op looks to grow and, ideally, spread its business model across the country, in the meantime you can take part in these upcoming events at the Eco-Op on 10137A Shoreview Road.

Indoor Local Farmer’s Market
Wednesday June 27 and July 11, 5-8pm
These neighborhood events will include music, food trucks, and hyper local and organic vendors.

Growing Healthy Kids Series for Parents and Preschoolers: Take a Bite of This!
Tuesday, July 10, 9:00-10:30am
Help your kids (and yourself) develop a love for vegetables and ability to make healthy food choices. Cost: $20

Growing Healthy Kids Series for Parents and Preschoolers: Planting Seeds of Change
Tuesday, August 14, 9:00-10:30am
Get ideas for your fall family garden and get your kids involved in planting. Location could be Lake Highlands Community Garden or the Dallas Eco-Op. Cost: $20