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Inspired by Nature: Topanga Collection


Environment Furniture recently unveiled a new shelving system called the Topanga Collection.  The system was designed by creative director Jean-Marie Massaud and is made with a recycled-content, honeycomb cardboard that's strong and lightweight. 

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Pre-composting Waste with GreenCycler


Today, the GreenCycler is making its debut at West Coast Green 2010.  This is a "small-footprint" countertop or cabinet appliance that shreds organic kitchen waste and deposits it in a storage and transfer container.  In other words, GreenCycler is helpful in pre-composting waste into a size that's just right for quick composting. 

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Fresh Pallet Style Office in Amsterdam


Using pallets as office furniture is about as peculiar as using containers as a home structure, but in this case, aesthetically speaking, the design by Most Architecture seems to work well.  Maybe it’s the mixture of clean walls with jenga-like stacks and bold lines.  Whatever it is, BrandBase, a company based out of Amsterdam, commissioned the temporary space and wanted it to be built with recycled materials.  The design incorporates 270 pallets all together.

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Ecotrax Recycled Content Floor Tiles


Swisstrax, a company out of California, makes an interlocking recycled content floor tile called Ecotrax.  Made with PolyDyne Engineered Rubber Powder, or recycled rubber tires, Ecotrax — according to the company — is durable, strong, and 100% recycled.  Also, to close the loop, Swisstrax takes its products back to be recycled into future products.  It's available in gray colors, various patterns, and two sizes, 13” x 13” x ½” and 15.75” x 15.75” x ¾”. 

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New Free Primer on Design for Reuse


Public Architecture, the firm behind Scrap House, just published a free primer on the topic of material reuse.  The Design for Reuse Primer, funded by the USGBC, includes 15 case studies of all sorts of projects — civic, education, residential, office, retail, interpretive, religious — calculated to show that "material reuse represents one of most creative, exciting, and effective approaches to building green."

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SketkaStone Recycled Paper Surfaces


I’ve always loved recycled paper countertops and recently noticed ShetkaStone from All Paper Recycling.  SketkaStone is made with old paper and can be used in countertops, vanities, sills, and moldings.  It will also hold up to use; the manufacturer told me in an email that no other similar product on the market “can match our durability.

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