Elements, a New Green Surface Option


When it comes picking a green surface material, there's a lot out there to choose from.  And we're going to give you another option, Elements by Durcon.  Elements is made with 10% post-consumer recycled glass, an epoxy resin, and fine quartz.  Available in five main colors, Elements is non-porous and has inherent anti-fungal and anti-microbial characteristics.  The surface does not require sealing, and according to Durcon, it will not off-gas. 


By |September 15th, 2009|Materials, Modern design, Recycled|7 Comments

Get Kirei with Chocolate Bamboo


Alright, so it's not exactly brand new — Kirei introduced Chocolate Bamboo back in September 2008 — but it has this deep, sophisticated look and we just haven't had the chance to mention it yet (well, Re-nest jogged our memory).  The dark color is obtained through a secret, dark carbonizing process.  The bamboo is made from sustainably harvested Moso bamboo grass and a low- or no-added urea formaldehyde adhesive to create the panels.  If you're looking for something like this, look up a dealer


By |September 9th, 2009|Materials, Modern design|0 Comments

Parasoleil Recycled Content Panels


Boulder, Colorado-based Parasoleil makes these panels from a variety of so called green materials, such as FSC-certified wood, aluminum, and steel.  The copper panels, in particular, are interesting.  Using 90-95% recycled content copper, these panels are made in a zero waste process that uses efficient waterjet manufacturing.  And they're 100% recyclable, too.  I've shown a variety of panels in this article, as well as a playful powder-coated application (above) and steel and copper patinas images (below).  


By |August 10th, 2009|Materials, Recycled|2 Comments

Geeky Tech for Green Dream Home


Photographer John B. Carnett just launched a monthly blog called Green Dream on Popular Science.  You're probably going to want to follow it.  On Green Dream, Carnett's sharing his experience building a dream home using geeky, affordable, green technology.  I was drawn in by one of his early articles on the framing / insulation system that he's using to eliminate thermal bridging. 


By |July 21st, 2009|Gadgets, Materials|2 Comments

Writing on the Green IdeaPaint Wall


IdeaPaint says it has the most environmentally friendly dry-erase product on the market.  As you can see from these images, the product is applied to your choice of walls, and about seven days later, it’s ready to be used.  It’s just perfect for the brilliant, A Beautiful Mind types reading this.  If you work well with dry erase boards, give IdeaPaint a look.  The company claims green attributes in three main areas.


By |July 2nd, 2009|Materials, Modern design|6 Comments

Top 10 Green Building Products [2009]


As the magazine does every year, Sustainable Industries has just published its list of the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2009.  Selections are chosen based upon environmental performance, scalability / market impact, innovation, design aesthetic, value, and compatibility with LEED.  Download the guide at Sustainability Industries.  Here are the top ten:


By |June 25th, 2009|Gadgets, Materials|4 Comments