New Free Primer on Design for Reuse

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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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By |September 23rd, 2010|Materials, News|0 Comments

SketkaStone Recycled Paper Surfaces

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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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By |September 15th, 2010|Materials, Recycled|2 Comments

Indestructible Fossilized Bamboo Floor

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Let’s say you get a lot of floor traffic or you have a kid that jabs Hot Wheels into the ground.  Maybe you have a dog that runs in circles, and you want a strong wood floor.  You’ll probably look for a high Janka scale rating — a measure of hardness — to find something that will hold up against denting and wear.  You might even consider this strand woven floor from Cali Bamboo that the company says received a 5,000+ pound score in recent tests.

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By |September 14th, 2010|Materials, Surfaces|2 Comments

Edwin Blue: Crafted, Modern, Green

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Edwin Blue is a new company out of Missouri that makes modern outdoor furniture.  The company's first collection, Rise, includes chaises, lounge chairs, stools, side tables, and dining tables, etc.  Each piece is handmade in America with steel, sinker cypress (or FSC-certified machiche from Guatemala if a hardwood is desired), and wood finishes free of heavy metal, petroleum, and VOCs.  Visit Edwin Blue for more on this warm, sleek collection.

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By |September 13th, 2010|Furniture, Modern design|0 Comments

Versatile Recycled Content EcoGlass

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Earlier this year, specialty glass maker Bendheim introduced a new line of textured architectural glass made with 25-40% post-consumer recycled content material.  EcoGlass, as it is called, is made in Europe by Glasfabrik Lamberts in an oxygen and fuel-fired cast glass furnace.  The product also contains a minimum of 20% pre-consumer recycled content.

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By |September 9th, 2010|Materials, Recycled|0 Comments

Eco Modern Outdoor Furniture on Sale

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It's that time of year when exterior furniture is discounted and available for a song.  Loll Designs, maker of beautiful, recycled, modern outdoor furniture, is offering free shipping on all products, 15% off of black furniture, and 10% off of all color furniture.  Loll furniture is made with 100% recycled HDPE and shipped in recycled and recyclable packaging.  Check out some of these deals:

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By |September 6th, 2010|Furniture, Modern design, Recycled|5 Comments