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How to Reduce Exposure to Formaldehyde

Although formaldehyde is now listed as a known carcinogen by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, humans will be exposed to this substance in the environment, at home, and in the workplace.  It’s in soil, food, and water, not to mention one of the primary methods of exposure: indoor and outdoor air.  And besides being a carcinogen, health effects include eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; and severe allergic reactions, according to the EPA.

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Crush: 100% Recycled Content Glass Tile

Fireclay Tile, manufacturer of Express and Debris tile, recently introduced a new line of 100% recycled-content, glass tile called Crush. Fireclay acquired the technology to make Crush from Sandhill Industries (Idaho) and now makes the eco-friendly product in California with locally-sourced, pre-consumer window glass. Crush is available in gloss or matte finishes in 40 colors and 17 sizes.  In addition, it’s fit for both residential and commercial applications and may contribute to various LEED credits.

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Eames Lounge More Attainable This Week

While running this site, we get access to deals every now and then.  I figure some of you may want to know about these, so we’ll try to share the related ones and links with “[$]” will indicate that purchases may benefit Jetson Green.

For example, All Modern is selling Herman Miller pieces for 15% off with free shipping [$] through June 13.  This includes the iconic Eames Lounge and Ottoman (pictured), which I’d love to purchase in duplicate someday to pass on to my sons.

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Tigressá SoftStyle Area Rug [Giveaway]

*Leave one comment per person through the end of Wednesday, June 8, 2011, to be considered for a random giveaway of one Tigressá area rug from Shaw Floors.

Last year Shaw Floors sent us a sample kit of their new Tigressá SoftStyle carpet, which is made with recyclable Nylon 6 and designed for durable, long-life performance.  In celebration of the one year anniversary of the launch, Shaw sent us an 8′ x 10′ area rug called A Touch Too Much, the number one selling style in Tigressá, and gave us an extra to give away today.

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New Corrugated FSC Plywood by Corelam

New possibilities with plywood are possible with Corelam, a Canadian manufactured “multi-use corrugated veneer plywood panel product” which we noticed recently at the industrial design site Core77 (no relation to Corelam despite the similar name). The distinctive corrugated wood panels are made with FSC wood and adhesives that do not off-gas formaldehyde or other volatile organic compounds.

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Grow Food in a Vertical Home Minigarden

As someone trying to raise more plants indoors, I really like the Minigarden product, which combines a neat vertical wall design with food growth.  The white garden comes in a basic setup with three layers (nine pockets) with one water collection tray, three lids and trays, three planting rows, and 18 assembly clips.  When assembled, the Minigarden, which is made with a strong copolymer polypropylene plastic, is 25″ l x 5 3/4″ d x 23″ h.  The three-layer version sells for about $59.95.

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