After extensive R&D, Quick Crete was able to come up with a house blend of greener concrete called Ecocast. Ecocast is made of 70% post-consumer and industrial waste. The blend may help contribute towards LEED credits for your project and contains recycled aggregates and other materials such as pozzolans. The new formula produces an average compressive strength of 5000 P.S.I. in 28 days and comes in four colors: strata, geo, erosion, and stone. Ecocast can be used in standard and custom designs, so check it out to see if it’s better than what you’re currently using. Anyone have any experience using Ecocast?
Elmwood Reclaimed Timber is a Missouri based company that reclaims old wood to give it a brand new life. They offer products ranging from stair treads and cabinetry lumber to flooring and beams. They have an incredible range of wood species offered including oak, elm, pine, walnut, redwood and their own special mixes such as "Vermont Moonlight Medley" (shown above).
Anna Sova is a Dallas, Texas based company offering organic bedding, towels, paints, and bath and body products. The bedding uses materials such as eco-silk and US-grown organic cottons and usually at least a 600 thread count. Their towels are 100% organic cotton with spa-quality, 900 gsm (grams per square meter). This compares to conventional towels which have 300-400 gsm. Other products include soy candles, aromatherapy, and bath and body products. My favorite offering, however, is their paint, which is made from 99% food grade materials and is VOC free (or as close as is currently possible).
I have to admit, I was very skeptical when I first heard about Home Depot’s new, green paint, The Freshaire Choice. I associate large corporations like this, who are not generally known for being environmentally or socially responsible, with a concern for their bottom line, not the earth. Whether or not this is true, Home Depot has made an impressive eco-friendly step with this line of paint.
In a break from the blue suit and red tie mentality here at JG, I thought I would share this news about The Real World Hollywood’s green digs. Think MTV teamed up with Bunim-Murray Productions to green the next, certain-to- be-dramatic installment of the show. It’ll be the first time they’ve gone with green finish outs for the show. The greenly decorated house includes environmentally friendly products ranging from solar panels and hybrid cars, to bamboo flooring, energy efficient appliances, and a number of recycled and reused products around the house. No word on product specifics, but here you go — feel free to play name that green product in the comments if you notice something in the pictures.
I’ll also add that I think this news definitely stands for two things: (1) green is here, and (2) green is mainstream. Any perspective?
American Clay creates a natural plaster product for your walls, ceilings, and even fireplaces. It's a wonderful, environmentally friendly alternative to cement, gypsum, acrylic, and lime plasters. American Clay is made in the USA from American materials including natural clays, recycled and reclaimed aggregates, and vibrant natural pigments. The look is beautiful, textured, earthy, simple, and elegant.