Hip hip horray! In 2009, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute will celebrate its upcoming 100th birthday by opening its laboratory doors to visitors for behind-the-scenes tours. The GHRI -- located in Manhattan’s LEED-certified Hearst tower -- has been granting consumer products with the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval (after rigorous testing and evaluation, of course) since 1900. Rosemary Ellis, Good Housekeeping’s editor-in-chief and a recent honoree at Global Green’s Sustainable Design Awards, currently oversees the institute. Tours of the GRHI labs will take place once a month throughout the year and last about an hour, so sign up post haste.

If you can’t make it to Manhattan, take a peek at a video tour of the GHRI labs. And this wouldn’t be a proper MNN post if I didn’t steer you towards eco-friendly GH seal holders. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute evaluates and approves green household products in a variety of categories including “household helpers,” home accents, gardening tools, and cleaning products. Check ‘em out and make a resolution to make them part of your household in ’09. 

Via [The New York Times]

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Happy 100th, GHRI
Tour the laboratories at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute in celebration of its 100th b’day.