The Pros and Cons of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is a fast-growing grass which is typically ready to harvest every 5 or 6 years, when it reaches optimal hardness, as opposed to hardwoods which take 60+ years to mature.  It regenerates itself and new shoots will start to grow once the harvested bamboo is removed.  Different manufacturers utilize varying methods to process the […]

The Quiet Beauty of Cork Flooring

The cork oak tree is remarkable in that its outer bark (cork) can be stripped off allowing new bark to grow in its place without harming the trees.  The harvesting of this cork can be done numerous times over the course of the 200 year life of a cork oak tree, making it a sustainable, […]

Light Fixtures Crafted from Recycled Materials

If you’re looking for unique and eco-friendly light fixtures, you’ll be happy to learn that there is a wide variety of styles available.  A few innovative companies are integrating recycled metals and glass, as well as sustainable woods, into stunning new designs, many of which accept energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Green Cabinetry, Part II

It’s certainly getting easier to find cabinetry made with sustainable materials that have less of an impact on the environment than conventional materials.  In Part I of my series about eco-friendly cabinetry, I highlighted the benefits of cabinets made from a rapidly renewable resource–bamboo. Here, in Part II, FSC-certified cabinetry will be the focus.  FSC […]

Green Cabinet Options, Part 1: Bamboo

Renovating that old kitchen and looking for some sleek, sustainable options?  In this series of posts, I will shed some light on various eco-friendly cabinetry options for the kitchen, bathroom, office, or media room.  One great green choice is bamboo, a member of the grass family and a rapidly renewable resource.  It grows very quickly, […]

Recycled Glass Makes Beautiful and Durable Countertops

It’s amazing how crushed glass mixed with a binding agent can create such cool countertops for the kitchen and bath.  The companies that make these solid surfaces not only divert waste materials from landfills, but many use sustainable manufacturing processes as well.  These eco-friendly alternatives to granite and quartz  are offered in a wide variety […]

Clearing the Air in the Bedroom

A bedroom should be a peaceful place where you can take a few deep breaths and relax.  One fundamental principle of green design is that the air you breathe should be of good quality, especially since indoor air can be more polluted than you might think.  Considering we spend about a third of our lives […]

Eco-friendly Outdoor Furniture, Part II

Whether you’re looking to furnish your patio, deck or backyard with a new table & chair set, benches, Adirondack or lounge chairs, accent tables & planters, or perhaps a porch swing, there are plenty of durable, eco-friendly options for your outdoor spaces.  In part 1 of this series, old skis and snowboards were shown to […]

You’ll be Floored by these Eco-friendly Outdoor Rugs!

Looking for that perfect area rug to add some pizazz to your patio or terrace?  These days it’s easy to find great weather-resistant rugs that are made from eco-friendly materials, such as recycled soda bottles, flip-flop remnants and recycled plastic & packing materials.  Whether you need a new doormat or want a beautiful accent for […]

Eco-Friendly Drapes to Dress your Windows

One of the easiest ways to give your living room, dining room or bedroom a whole new look is to change out your old draperies.  Today, many styles of drapes are available in eco-friendly fabrics. Whether you prefer the elegant look of pleated drapes, the contemporary style of drapes hung with metal grommets, or the […]

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