Step into the Past at San Marco

San Marco USA studio, located in the Summerour building in Midtown Atlanta

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.

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By |October 5th, 2011|Materials, Products|4 Comments

Crossville Exhibits Eco-Friendly Tile Lines

Tennessee-based Crossville, Inc. announced at Greenbuild this week that the company is the first tile manufacturer in the US to achieve certification of its waste recycling programs through Scientific Certification Systems, or SCS.  This certification is third-party verification of the fact that all tile produced by Crossville will contain a certain amount of recycled content, according to a company press release.

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By |October 5th, 2011|Products, Recycled|0 Comments

Get the Complete Picture at Greenbuild

InterfaceFLOR’s new introduction, Raw is composed of 100% recycled yarn. It contains 40% less embodied energy and requires 85% less water to produce than carpet made with only 11% recycled fiber.

By Peter Greene, Vice President of Marketing, InterfaceFLOR*

As we head into Greenbuild this week, looking forward to learning about the industry’s latest “green” products is at the top of everyone’s minds. But how do you sort through all the “green” claims that have proliferated?  How do design professionals (and savvy consumers) know if there are hidden tradeoffs or if their decisions actually lead to a more sustainable world?

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By |October 4th, 2011|Editorial, Materials|1 Comment

Japanese Style Tub with Recycled Content

If you saw last night’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which I had the fun opportunity to work on, you might have noticed several green elements in the home.  The home has water-efficient Kohler products, rooftop solar, a green trellis and solar wall, etc.  It also has lots of copper products — due to the connection with Kennecott and Rio Tinto — such as this Japanese-style tub made with 99.7% pure recycled-content copper.  The 200-pound, hand-hammered ofuro made an appearance on TV by donation from Premier Copper Products.  The fully recyclable tub retails for $9,999.

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By |October 3rd, 2011|Fixtures, Recycled|5 Comments

Plastic Trash Made in to 3form LineUp

3form makes a resin panel called 100 Percent with 100% post-consumer, recycled, high-density polyethylene. Each panel includes more than 1,000 old milk bottles and can help a project team earn a couple LEED credits.  Well, this year — in time for ICFF, NeoCon, and other design shows — 3form unveiled LineUp, a new 100 Percent collection available in two pattern directions and four colors (beach, husk, stream, and turf).  The collection is suitable for countertops and tabletops, and the panels are 4″ x 8″.

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By |September 28th, 2011|Recycled, Surfaces|1 Comment

BamDeck is a New Bamboo Deck Option

Cali Bamboo is now offering a new product, BamDeck, which is a composite material made with 100% recycled content — 60% recycled bamboo fibers, 40% recycled plastics.  It’s twice as dense and strong as the leading competitor, according to Cali Bamboo, and doesn’t require sealing, painting, or refinishing.  BamDeck comes in four colors (natural, coffee, caramel, and slate) and three surface options (smooth, rigid, or alternating).  Quotes available through Cali Bamboo.

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By |September 25th, 2011|Materials, Recycled|1 Comment