There's a push for density and urbanization and efficient use of space, but all too often a connection to nature is lost in the process. Luzinterruptus, a guerrilla style outfit out of Madrid, recently installed this Packaged Vertical Garden to make a statement about the importance of preserving urban greenery.
Whether you’re looking for an innovative material for wall paneling, interior signage, or some furniture piece, ECOR may just be the right choice. ECOR is made through a proprietary process with old newspapers, old cardboard, and various agricultural fibers, including processed bovine fibers, commercial fiber crops, and other residue fibers. You can see how this is done in the video below.
If you’re in the market for modern sustainable furniture, you might check out Domiphile, a company founded by Tony Church near Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently offering tables, side tables, dressers, and desks, Domiphile handcrafts these pieces with North American FSC-certified white ash and black walnut and “super-duper low VOC” waterborne finishes. Pieces range in price from about $1,110 to $4,000, depending on what you’re looking for.
If you work with LEED, you’re familiar with FSC, and if you read good books and magazines, you’ve probably seen both SFI and FSC. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) both certify and provide labels for wood and paper products. Consumers look to these for comfort with regard to environmental impact and sustainable harvesting of wood, but after you read Monte Paulsen’s five-part series on the topic for The Tyee, you may not be so sure about what’s going on.
The same folks behind Bio-Glass, Coverings Etc, recently sent us information on another interesting product, Bio-Luminum. Bio-Luminum tiles are made from 100% recycled aluminum salvaged from retired aircrafts. Available with a beveled edge on one side and straight edge on the other, the company says the strength of aircraft aluminum makes this product perfect for high-traffic flooring and high-end wall treatments.
These days, there's a nearly endless array of options on the market if you're looking for a stylish, green countertop. Availability varies and transportation costs — in more ways than one — so you might stop by the local green building store to see what's being made locally. You might see some of the products discussed below.