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 […]

10 Ways to Save on Water Bills, Part II

In an earlier post, I mentioned easy and inexpensive ways to save on water bills, along with some reasons pertaining to why it’s important to conserve water.  In this post, I’ll list some ways that you can go a few steps further.

For a Classic Bathroom, Go Vintage

Remodeling your bathroom and seeking a timeless look?  It’s easy to achieve with authentic vintage elements or new reproductions.  You can re-purpose an old bureau into a vanity or visit your local architectural salvage yard for aged pieces such as clawfoot tubs and sinks.  By refinishing existing items, you’ll reduce the demand on our natural […]

10 Easy Ways to Save on Water Bills, Part I

In an earlier post, I wrote about why we should conserve water, including among many reasons:  nationwide water shortages within 5 years, and of course, saving money on water bills.  Here are ten ways to easily save water in your household and reduce your expenses. If you look closely at your water bill, you’ll likely […]

How to Buy the Most Efficient Appliances

Nobody likes to get their monthly electricity, water and sewer bills, but there’s plenty of ways to reduce them.  Read my Top 5 Reasons to Conserve Energy post where you’ll also learn about easy ways you can reduce your energy consumption.  Read about the importance of saving water here.  I’ve written numerous posts about water […]

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 […]

Recycled Paper Makes Cool Countertops

It may seem a little odd to make kitchen and bath countertop surfaces from recycled paper, but such materials are manufactured to be surprisingly durable and versatile for a variety of applications.  They can be used as countertops, tabletops, floors, and wall panels. These easy-to-care-for countertops resist water, stains and scratches, and do not offgas […]

Eco-friendly Updates for a Tired, Old Bathroom, Part II

In my previous post, I concentrated on easy, green fixes for an outdated bathroom — everything from towels and personal care products to paint and hardware.  If a more elaborate renovation is in the cards for your old bathroom, and you’re interested in earth-friendly materials, you may want to consider some of these options for […]

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