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InterfaceFLOR’s new introduction, Raw is composed of 100% recycled yarn. It contains 40% less embodied energy and requires 85% less water to produce than carpet made with only 11% recycled fiber.

By Peter Greene, Vice President of Marketing, InterfaceFLOR*

As we head into Greenbuild this week, looking forward to learning about the industry’s latest “green” products is at the top of everyone’s minds. But how do you sort through all the “green” claims that have proliferated?  How do design professionals (and savvy consumers) know if there are hidden tradeoffs or if their decisions actually lead to a more sustainable world?

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Japanese Style Tub with Recycled Content

If you saw last night’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which I had the fun opportunity to work on, you might have noticed several green elements in the home.  The home has water-efficient Kohler products, rooftop solar, a green trellis and solar wall, etc.  It also has lots of copper products — due to the connection with Kennecott and Rio Tinto — such as this Japanese-style tub made with 99.7% pure recycled-content copper.  The 200-pound, hand-hammered ofuro made an appearance on TV by donation from Premier Copper Products.  The fully recyclable tub retails for $9,999.

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Plastic Trash Made in to 3form LineUp

3form makes a resin panel called 100 Percent with 100% post-consumer, recycled, high-density polyethylene. Each panel includes more than 1,000 old milk bottles and can help a project team earn a couple LEED credits.  Well, this year — in time for ICFF, NeoCon, and other design shows — 3form unveiled LineUp, a new 100 Percent collection available in two pattern directions and four colors (beach, husk, stream, and turf).  The collection is suitable for countertops and tabletops, and the panels are 4″ x 8″.

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