Deck out your Outdoor Spaces the Eco-friendly Way, Part I

Thinking of building a deck to enjoy your outdoor spaces to the fullest?  These days, decking materials come in all sorts of eco-friendly materials, from recycled plastic and composites to FSC-certified lumber and reclaimed wood.  Here, in Part I of my series, I’ll reveal the merits of composites that contain recycled polyethylene plastic (non-PVC) mixed […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Green Ways To Give New Life To Recycled Furniture

The following is a guest post by Caroline Smith of, where you can find a selection of bar stools made from recycled or sustainably-sourced materials. Since I moved to my new house I’ve been concentrating on redecorating one room at a time, as my budget allows.  Furnishing a room from scratch can be expensive, […]

Beautiful Backsplashes

Looking to spruce up your kitchen or bath?  One high-impact, do-it-yourself project is to install glass tiles to your backsplash.  These unique tiles will add sparkle and color to any room.  Of course, you are only limited by your imagination, as these tiles are perfect for indoors and out.  They’ll add instant character to fireplace […]

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