A Durable Soft New Carpet Tigressa

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Last month, Shaw invited a number of bloggers to Atlanta for the launch of a new carpet product called Tigressá SoftStyle.  While we were invited, we were not able to participate, so the company sent us a sample kit for review.  The kit includes a new patch and one that’s been tested with 20,000 steps, and they’re both just as soft — I can’t tell a difference between the two.  Hence, the tagline: The Softer, Stronger Carpet.

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By |June 10th, 2010|Materials, Recycled|2 Comments

NovuStone Colorful Recycled Surfaces

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I first noticed NovuStone at 1105 Dwell, a green development in Seattle. NovuStone is a green surface material made with about 75% recycled content, of which 100% can be post-consumer recycled glass. It’s fabricated in Seattle of locally-sourced materials without steam or pressure curing and available in a variety of sizes and colors.

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By |June 2nd, 2010|Materials, Recycled|0 Comments

Energy-Wise Landscaping Design [Book]

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When you think about sustainable landscaping, you probably consider water efficiency and using low-maintenance native plantings.  But do you think about energy efficiency?  Cooling the air, cooling the ground, and harnessing the sun, wind, and water?  Landscape architect Sue Reed has put together a comprehensive resource on the topic in Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for your Home and Garden.  In the new book by New Society Publishers, Reed explains how to save money and energy, while creating a beautiful and natural landscape.

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By |June 1st, 2010|book, Giveaways, Vegetation|60 Comments

Compact and Green: Wave House

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This affordable, 1,400 square-foot home is under construction near Reims, France, according to Dezeen.  With a curvy green roof — somewhat similar to the one seen at Birchway Eco-Community — Wave House has a double-skin polycarbonate glass facade and a vegetated surface to shield against summer heat and winter cold . 

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By |June 1st, 2010|Nature|2 Comments

Niagara’s Stealthy New Efficient Toilet

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Niagara Conservation has developed what it claims is the world’s only 0.8 gallons per flush toilet, the Stealth.  The ultra high efficiency toilet — recently profiled as Alex Wilson’s Cool Product of the Week — uses a patented hydraulic technology to deliver a quiet flush with the performance of a pressure-assist toilet.  It’s a water saver, too, using approximately 37% less water than a standard high efficiency toilet.

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By |May 25th, 2010|Fixtures, Water Efficiency|3 Comments

Micro Recycled Eco-Composite Surface

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Meld USA, maker of ecoX, recently launched a new surface material called Micro, which is made with up to 74% pre-consumer recycled content in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The product, which can help contribute toward several LEED credits, is available in slabs of 30" x 96" x 1.5" or in over-sized custom slabs.  Micro can also be custom fabricated into a variety of applications. 

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By |May 20th, 2010|Materials, Recycled|3 Comments