Along the lines of Urbio or Minigarden, check out these new modular wall planters by KuL Studios made with recycled HDPE plastic. Called Ballavaz, the planters can be used indoors or outdoors and are available in 10 colors. KuL offers two sizes, 24″x12″ and 24″x18″, which mount with screws or hooks. Ballavaz include a concealed recess for drip irrigation — making these just right for herbs, veggies, and maybe a flower or two.
You’ve probably seen bamboo tile, but have you seen some of the handcrafted wood tile from Colorado-based Everitt & Schilling Company. They offer a Trail Mix series (pictured above) that is made from the scraps — alder, poplar, oak, walnut, hickory — of cabinet and door makers. E&S also has a few country-luxe lines made with reclaimed barnwood and finished with water based, low VOC finishes. Re-Claimed Barnwood tiles come in 2×2, 4×4, 2×8, and 4×8 with various configurations. Pricing varies and can be provided upon request, though I understand it starts at around $24 per square foot.
North Carolina-based Meld USA, maker of several materials we’ve mentioned including ecoX, Micro, and Plus Plus, introduced a new material in the last year called Luxe. Luxe is made in Raleigh with up to 74% pre-consumer recycled-content material and can be used with various products, including countertops, tiles, and wall paneling. Meld offers six standard colors — Natural, Cement, Graphite, Saddleback, Caper and Southern Mud — and basically infinite custom colors.
Tetra Pak and similar gable-top cartons have many advantages such as keeping food fresher for a longer period of time. However, one drawback has been that these polyethylene-coated packages cannot be processed in most curbside recycling programs. The ReWall Company, on the other hand, can’t get enough of the stuff.
Louisiana-based Aquaponic Modular Production Systems, an urban agriculture development company, just announced the debut of a project — the first aeroponic farm in New Orleans. The Tower Garden is hosted by Hollygrove Farm and Market to showcase an innovative, fast, and eco-friendly way to grow fresh produce for the community.
Reader Randall Otulakowski walks around town in Toronto scavenging for gems thrown away by others in the community. He then takes that stuff to his 747 square-foot home and forms it into furniture and art — like the lath pieces here. Randall told me in an email he’s been getting good feedback on his reclaimed art made with hollow core doors and a lath patchwork. I think the feedback is right on; these are rich and full of statement.