1G is a Water-Wise Tornado of a Toilet

TOTO just introduced a new toilet called 1G and announced that it’s the first manufacturer to break the one-gallon per flush barrier for a gravity-fed toilet, according to a recent statement.  1G is like a tornado in the toilet — less the noise of pressure-assist version — with a Double Cyclone flushing system.


By |April 25th, 2012|Products, Water Efficiency|5 Comments

Loll Debuts Fresh Eco-Friendly Furniture

Just in time for outdoor entertaining and BBQ, Loll Designs introduced a new line called the Fresh Air Collection derived from a flat-pack design for furniture originally intended to be shipped in a prefab, disaster-relief home.  The home never materialized but that didn’t stop Loll from finishing their designs.  The collection is made with paper-composite Richlite for structural bracing and recycled and recyclable HDPE (from milk jugs).  Fresh Air includes a table at $760 and benches from $210.


By |April 19th, 2012|Furniture, Modern design, Recycled|1 Comment

Viridian Debuts New Reclaimed Oak Floor

Oregon-based Viridian Wood Products, a company we’ve mentioned in relation to reclaimed veneer panels and shipping pallet floors, just announced the debut of “American Classics.”  These are a new line of reclaimed red oak, white oak, and rustic oak floors derived from industrial shipping crates.


By |April 11th, 2012|Materials, Recycled|1 Comment

A Wood Panel System for Passivhaus

The main driver for the performance and affordability of the recently-mentioned Rainbow Duplex is a panelized prefab system of construction that was designed to help projects meet the Passive House standard.  BC Passive House in Canada has a manufacturing plant that’s making these panels, and I thought it would be interesting to share what’s inside the company’s next-gen, high-performance panels.


By |April 11th, 2012|Materials, Passive House|11 Comments

New Glazed Brick for Eco-Friendly Design

Fireclay Tile recently announced “the most sustainable glazed brick ever produced” with a new Glazed Thin Brick for interior and exterior applications. The brick is available in nine colors and made in the USA with a skinny brick sourced from McNear Brick and Block near San Jose, California. Glazed Thin Brick has anywhere from 30-90% post-consumer recycled content and a lead- and VOC-free glaze.


By |April 4th, 2012|Materials, Recycled|0 Comments

SmartDeco is Simple, Affordable, and Green

Here’s an interesting product that got its start with a successful funding from Kickstarter.  SmartDeco is affordable, engineered, blank furniture made with 100% recyclable Enviroboard — a light-weight corrugated fiberboard, like cardboard, but with a middle layer of oscillating arcs for strength.  The flat-pack furniture is made in California and folds in places without the need of tools.  Available pieces include a stand, dresser, and desk, and all of these items are available for about $65 or less each (white costs a little more).


By |April 1st, 2012|Furniture, Products|3 Comments