Nashville-based musician Matt Glassmeyer sent us photos of this adaptive use roof built with unplayable old vinyl records. Glassmeyer said in an email that he used his own collection and records collected via Craigslist. After designing the patio roof, he put a dab of caulk in the record hole and nailed each disc down in an overlapping pattern using large washers and roofing nails. And there's been no leakage even in heavy rains or melted records because the roof is not directly exposed to sunlight. How about that!
When looking for an eco-friendly countertop, there are various factors to consider and literally hundreds of options. Here's another one to consider: Rivers' Edge Countertops, Inc., an Oklahoma company that makes concrete and recycled glass surfaces. The company sources post-consumer recycled glass — bottles, dinnerware, windows, safety glass, and light bulbs — from a local recycling center, making surfaces with 75-80% recycled content and a cement base bolstered with crushed granite.
North Carolina-based Meld USA, maker of ecoX and Micro, launched a new paver called Plus Plus. The cement paver is available in six standard colors, as well as nearly limitless custom colors, and made with up to 74% recycled content. Also, to minimize the environmental impact of manufacturing, Plus Plus is “wet cast, air cured, and form finished,” according to Architect Magazine. Meld’s paver can be used in any garden, driveway, or patio.
Colorado-based Ec Manufacturing started making structural insulated panels (SIPs) about a year and a half ago. The company was studying 2009 building code and thinking about how to innovate their products, when someone decided the building industry could use a thermally broken lumber material. That led to the creation of rSTUD.
TerraChoice recently released a new report, The Sins of Greenwashing: Home and Family Edition, and published some interesting findings. The company found that big-box retailers stock more "green" products and products with legitimate environmental claims than smaller boutique-style stores. TerraChoice also found that over 95% of consumer products with a "green" claim are committing at least one "sin" of greenwashing.
Recently Moen sent us an Envi showerhead to test out for fun. Installing the fancy new fixture took nothing more than a few minutes, and I’ve been using it for a few weeks to get a good feel for how it works. All things said, Envi saves water and provides good flow, although of the two functions, rain and rinse, rinse is by far the best for daily showering.