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 […]

Is Chocolate the New Fuel for Race Cars?

I don’t typically write about cars, but this one caught my eye!  An eco-friendly race car in the works in England claims to be the world’s fastest biofuel vehicle using vegetable oils and waste from chocolate factories as fuel.  Parts of the car are even constructed from plant-based materials.  See the Associated Press article here.

Eco-friendly Cedar Shake Roofing

If you’re seeking the classic appearance of a cedar shake roof, you’ll be happy to learn that there are a few eco-friendly options available — real cedar shingles harvested from well-managed forests or shake tiles made from recycled materials.  Either way, you’ll get a long-lasting, beautiful roof that will add a traditional look to your […]

Eco-friendly Outdoor Furniture, Part 1

If you’re finally “suffering” from Spring fever and anxious to spend some quality time outdoors with friends and family, you may be in need of new furnishings for your outdoor living spaces.  Even outdoor furniture can have environmental attributes, such as being made from recycled and sustainable materials. In part one of this series, I’ll […]

Old Bicycle Parts Live on as New Household Goods

Ever stop to think about what happens to bicycles once they’ve outlived their usefulness?  Hopefully, they’re not headed to the landfill.  Some innovative entrepreneurs have found a cool, creative outlet using discarded bike parts.  Not only does this keep these materials out of landfills, but it also saves energy and resources when creating “new” items. […]

Recycled Materials + Concrete = Cool Countertops

Looking for a modern, green countertop for your kitchen or bath?  Many durable, eco-friendly options are now available that will transform the look of your space.  Some forward-thinking manufacturers, here in the U.S., are adding a waste product, fly ash, to increase the green quotient of concrete and cement (most of which is not energy-intensive […]

Eco-friendly Butcher Block Countertops

The timeless look of butcher block in the kitchen has a new, modern twist.  Creative options include the use of eco-friendly FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) woods, reclaimed woods, local hardwoods, bamboo, and even recycled paper composites. These countertops are sure to have a great impact in your kitchen with unique details including inlays, accent stains, […]

Eco-Friendly Interior Trimwork

Thinking of dressing up that tired old living room with some elegant crown moulding?  Or, perhaps you’re in need of new base mouldings, or casings to surround doors and windows.  Now there are more eco-friendly options available for trimwork. From recycled plastic to wood waste fibers, the following options readily accept paint and are easily […]

Open the Door to the Past

Old doors, like those found at architectural salvage yards, can add instant character to a newer home or help maintain a by-gone era in a historic structure.  Not only can they be used for their original purpose again, but for other, more creative functions.  Use your imagination and you’ll find that re-purposed doors can serve […]

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