When Aquafil began manufacturing carpet fiber almost 50 years ago, sustainability wasn’t an option but a must. Doing business in the Lake Garda region of Italy, where environmental protection has always been top priority, meant constantly innovating to keep up with strict mandates on noise, water, and air pollution. “Preserving the environment is in our DNA,” says Giulio Bonazzi, President and CEO of what is now the second largest worldwide supplier of Nylon 6 yarn for carpet producers like Interface and Desso. A timeline of unprecedented milestones, including the recovery and reuse of all their own internal production waste, has led to their most important environmental undertaking to date: the Econyl Recycling Project.
When we first profiled Anchorage Builders in 2010, they were in the construction phase of North Carolina’s first Passive House. We followed up with the project in a subsequent post and were quite impressed with the completed home, both aesthetically and sustainably. Building on this successful experience, Anchorage and architect Jay Fulkerson have recently collaborated on yet another Chapel Hill home designed with Passive House building methods.
David Hanacek of EcoCycle Solutions loves to think up practical, cost-effective building products that make a big impact on efficiency. Take his Flow-Thru Finisher for example, a handy little caulk gun attachment that helps get adhesive exactly where and how you want it. Before that, it was a clog-free drain device and lightweight steel shipping pallets. But it’s his new invention, the CanCoverIt, that gets him most excited. After all, what looks like a ho-hum, odd-looking box is actually a breakthrough invention that can save countless kilowatts and millions of dollars for homeowners. Read more »
Keeping our tootsies pampered during midnight trips to the bathroom is a job any carpet can handle. But clean the air of all that icky stuff floating around that we know is there but glad we can’t see? According to Dutch carpet manufacturer Desso, their new carpet line AirMaster can greatly reduce the concentration of that microscopic particulate matter to improve indoor air quality eight times better than hardwood floors. Tall claim, but they have several independent studies backing it up.
In Atlanta, the door to San Marco — a purveyor of natural paints, plasters, and cements — is propped open all day, welcoming a never-ending stream of visitors. An architect brings his cabinetmaker by for a demonstration of their wood varnish. A young couple pops in to report how beautifully their bungalow’s paint job turned out. A flooring contractor spends several mornings perfecting a lime-washed effect for his client’s hardwood floors. I, too, have become a regular visitor; first drawn in by their limestone stucco, the discovery of all these other eco-friendly, high-performance and surprisingly affordable finish materials from Italy has me “just stopping by” for my own impromptu tutorials.
Hello, my name is Lisa. I am (gulp) a modernist who loves color. There I said it, the truth is out! I enjoy the nuances of greens, blues, yellows and my all-time favorite aquamarine. And not just on a throw pillow, mind you. I long to see it up on my walls and even (dare I say it!) on the exterior of my house. Unfortunately for a color-lover like me, I live with a typical modernist devoted to white and grey. But a girl can dream, as I’ve been doing since discovering Unearthed Paints, a gorgeously-hued new line of natural paints and wall coatings.