Recycled Sculpture Adds Whimsy to any Garden

Some innovative artists know the value in discarded metal, tools, trampoline frames & springs, bike & automobile parts and everyday items.  They re-purpose such materials and create amazing works of art, some FUNctional, some purely decorative.  These ingenious artists turn their ideas, or your commissions, into unique metal garden art in many styles and sizes.

Green Squared: The New Certification for Tile

To make your selection of earth-friendly tile and installation materials easier, the Tile Council of North America has developed a new certification system.  Ceramic and glass tile, setting materials, grouts, backer boards and membranes must meet high environmental standards in the five categories displayed above and include recycled content, waste minimization and indoor air quality. […]

FUNctional Furnishings!

With astonishing creativity, old sports equipment is being transformed into fantastic indoor and outdoor furniture.  From tennis balls and baseball bats to bike parts and ping pong balls, these seemingly used-up sporting goods are reappearing as new benches, chairs, tables, even lighting!  Recycling at its best! See my earlier post about playful outdoor furniture made […]

Transforming Wastelands into Public Parks

Current state of Gowanus Canal (pictured above) A promising plan for the polluted Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York will transform this Superfund site into an 11.4 acre park of greenways, recreational open spaces and wetlands.  The future park, dubbed the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, will use wetland plants to remediate polluted waters.  Wow!  The […]

Top 5 Permeable Driveways

Driveways and other parking areas are typically paved with asphalt or concrete, and are not only unattractive, but detrimental to the environment. When it rains, debris and pollutants flow off these impervious surfaces into our waterways, many times via the sewer system, which contributes to stormwater runoff pollution. Paved parking areas also prevent rainwater from […]

Eco-friendly Gardening Planters

Trying to keep your container garden truly green this summer?  Today’s marketplace offers many greener options for hanging baskets,window boxes, raised garden beds and patio/deck containers for flowers and veggies.  Look to your local nursery/garden center or online resources to find a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and price ranges of planters.

First Buildings, Now Landscapes becoming Certified Sustainable

For years the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has been certifying buildings under its highly esteemed Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating program.  It’s about time our landscapes, with or without buildings, are recognized when outstanding environmentally-sound designs are implemented.

Upcoming Portland Green Home Tour

Portland, Oregon is one of the greenest cities in the U.S. and is a great place to see first-hand the latest sustainable technologies in action.  Take a self-guided tour through 22 remodeled and new homes that have implemented measures to save energy and natural resources.  Learn about green building, solar energy, rainwater harvesting, green roofs, […]

Shopping for a New Eco-friendly Sofa?

Many manufacturers, large and small, are jumping on the green bandwagon and producing upholstered furniture with more than just style and your comfort in mind.  The following companies adhere to sustainable practices, use eco-friendly materials and most manufacture their furnishings here in the USA. So, whether you’re looking for new living room furniture with clean […]

Wood Countertops Add Warmth and Natural Beauty to any Kitchen

Butcher block and wood countertops have evolved to include a variety of looks and materials, yet still offer a timeless look in either traditional or contemporary styled kitchens, as well as in bathrooms.  To keep it eco-friendly, choose from reclaimed woods, FSC-certified woods, Kirei board (made from sorghum straw waste) or bamboo. Benefits of wood […]

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