You can do one of two things with a grass lawn. First, you can get rid of it and save water and fuel. Or, second, you can minimize the lawn surface and avoid fuels when maintaining it. If the latter is your approach, this new Helix HX1000 from family-owned EcoMower could come in handy. The light, 21-pound reel mower takes a 16″ path with heat-treated, carbon steel blades designed to cut without much upkeep. Maintain the quiet, get some exercise, and ditch carbon-based fuels with this reel mower selling from $220.
California-based IndoTeak Design has what it calls “the greenest teak products on the market.” Its FSC-certified, post-consumer, recycled teak products — flooring, paneling, siding, and decking — come from Indonesian structures up to 300 years old. IndoTeak also offers a unique, patchwork-painted Balinese boat wood, reclaimed artisan teak cabinets, and other beautiful custom wood products. IndoTeak provides competitive pricing and matches competitors, assuming the same quantity and quality.
Wisconsin-based Kohler recently unveiled Numi – the company’s most advanced toilet to date — according to a press release. Numi meets CALGreen requirements, is WaterSense certified, and has two flush alternatives with .6 and 1.28 gallons per flush. But it also does a lot more than conserve water.
San Jose-based Fireclay Tile, manufacturer of a recycled-content line of ceramic tiles called Express, has another line called the Debris Series. This line includes several patterns with up to 112 colors, and the company just released six new field pattern tiles (shown above) that can be made to order in under four weeks.
A Dutch company, Bolefloor, has developed a new method of producing floors from pieces of wood stock that allow for the natural shape of wood to be used. The company uses wood scanners, computer-aided technology, and optimization algorithms to maximize wood cuts to create a unique floor with curving joints between boards for a floor like none other on the market.
Urbio is a fascinating vertical garden system that’s minimalist, expandable, and affordable. It was designed by Volare Studio and Enlisted Design, who posted the system on Kickstarter to raise funds to bring the product to market. Urbio includes wall plates, wall mount pucks, and various pot sizes. It’s the perfect kind of system to liven up a wall while growing herbs, succulents, and other small plants.