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Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune Ann Johansen, owner of Enviro Care of Tahoe, stocks energy efficient daylight balanced lights and non-toxic paints.
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Items conserve energy and reduce exposure to chemicals

By Gregory Crofton

Tribune staff writer

Ann and David Johansen got sick of getting sick from products in their lives so they started Enviro Care.

They dropped their chemically involved trades, carpentry and house painting, for the environmental product industry in 1990 after two strange occurrences.

Ann lost an unborn child. She blames a deck stain she used while pregnant. David developed a benign tumor in his neck. He blames it on all the chemicals he used as part of the construction work he did.

“We were poisoned by the products we were using,” Ann said. “People don’t know it or don’t realize it until they get sick. Then the damage is done.”

Today David sells boats and Jet Skis at South Shore and helps Ann run Enviro Care of Tahoe, which opened this month at 3339 Highway 50. It sells products for people who are chemically sensitive or for people who want to protect the environment and conserve energy.

A grand opening for the Tahoe store will happen soon, but Ann said right now she is more anxious to hear from the community and discover its needs.

“People see Enviro Care and don’t know what we are,” Ann said. “We want to know what people in the area want.”

Items already stocked in the store include:

n “Orange Guard,” a spray that kills insects with d-Limonene, orange peel extract.

n Carpet guards that seal chemicals so they don’t allow gas into your home.

n Low-odor, non-toxic house paint.

n Backyard composters; worm-bins composters.

n Air and water filters and no-tank water heaters that save people up to 80 percent on their energy bills.

n Organic clothing for children and recycled stationery.

The couple opened their first Enviro Care store in Pacific Grove in 1990. It stayed open for two years before they moved into a larger store in Carmel Valley. Business waned because many of the products they sold were becoming mainstream, David said.

The couple shut down the store and hit the road, selling composters in communities all over the United States. They also did a lot of business and networking on the Internet. Tired of the road, the Johansens settled in South Lake Tahoe eight years ago. Enviro Care of Tahoe can be reached at (530) 544-5260.


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