Suberra: Durable Recycled Cork Slabs

After cork bark is plugged by the wine industry, it can be fashioned into a durable, high-density slab called Suberra by the folks at the Eco Supply Center in Richmond, Virginia.  They compress post-industrial recycled cork grain with a polyurethane binder to create 1-1/4″ composite slabs that are 25-1/2″ wide by 36-1/2″ long.

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By |March 22nd, 2011|Materials, Surfaces|3 Comments

Embrace a Lush Vertical Plant Wall

Plant wall pioneer McRae Anderson recently introduced this new ebook publication called “Embrace the Vertical” on the topic of vertical green walls.  It’s free, colorful, and concise – just enough to whet your curiosity for more.  Anderson provides a list of plants, some basic case studies, and a little background information on his own Greenwalls product.

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By |March 18th, 2011|book, Vegetation|6 Comments

How to Clean Air with Indoor Plants

In this rather concise TED video, Kamal Meattle explains that there are three common plants that can be used to grow all the fresh air needed to maintain human health.  Research suggests that these plants can help with tight, energy-efficient structures to mitigate what’s commonly referred to as sick building syndrome.  The plants are:

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By |March 10th, 2011|Air Quality, Vegetation, video|8 Comments

Haskell Intros Eco Modern Series 9 Line

As spring approaches, folks hankering for vitamin D will find a way to get outdoors. Lounging around may require furniture and Haskell, a new design firm, wants to help with its new Series 9 collection of outdoor furnishings made in Southern California. Series 9 includes a chaise, chair, occasional table, side table, and the “sultan”– a low 8″ riser seating option for up to two adults.

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By |March 9th, 2011|Furniture|11 Comments

Decking with 95% Recycled Content

It may only be mid-February, but I imagine some of you are already planning Spring projects.  If any of those involve decking perhaps Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies has a recycled content material worth using: MoistureShield.  The company just announced that certain lines of MoistureShield contain 95% total recycled content, as verified by ICC-ES.

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By |February 15th, 2011|Materials, Recycled|1 Comment

Colorful Hexagon Wall Tiles by Träullit

Hexagon is a new wall tile collection by Form Us with Love for Träullit, a manufacturer of wood wool cement board in Sweden.  The shapely material absorbs sound, retains heat, resists fire, and resists moisture — making it easy to dress up a large blank wall or add a block of color to an otherwise minimal space.  Träullit makes each tile with a combination of wood wool, cement, and water. Hexagon is on display at a church in a secret location in conjunction with Stockholm Design Week 2011.

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By |February 8th, 2011|Materials, Modern design|2 Comments