I have to admit, I was very skeptical when I first heard about Home Depot’s new, green paint, The Freshaire Choice. I associate large corporations like this, who are not generally known for being environmentally or socially responsible, with a concern for their bottom line, not the earth. Whether or not this is true, Home Depot has made an impressive eco-friendly step with this line of paint.
In a break from the blue suit and red tie mentality here at JG, I thought I would share this news about The Real World Hollywood’s green digs. Think MTV teamed up with Bunim-Murray Productions to green the next, certain-to- be-dramatic installment of the show. It’ll be the first time they’ve gone with green finish outs for the show. The greenly decorated house includes environmentally friendly products ranging from solar panels and hybrid cars, to bamboo flooring, energy efficient appliances, and a number of recycled and reused products around the house. No word on product specifics, but here you go — feel free to play name that green product in the comments if you notice something in the pictures.
I’ll also add that I think this news definitely stands for two things: (1) green is here, and (2) green is mainstream. Any perspective?
American Clay creates a natural plaster product for your walls, ceilings, and even fireplaces. It's a wonderful, environmentally friendly alternative to cement, gypsum, acrylic, and lime plasters. American Clay is made in the USA from American materials including natural clays, recycled and reclaimed aggregates, and vibrant natural pigments. The look is beautiful, textured, earthy, simple, and elegant.
In this interview, G Living sits down with Peter DeMaria to talk about his work using containers in modern home design and construction. I was really impressed with DeMaria — he tells you everything you ever wanted to know about container architecture and talks about scalability, sustainability, mold, termites, insulation, design, etc. If you're thinking about using containers in your project, the ones mentioned in this interview cost about $900 – $2500 and are about 320 sf per unit. Great video!
I recently received an email from reader Roxanne Nelson about her green transformation of a 1940s cape cod home in St. Paul, Minnesota. When done, it’s going to be a modern green knockout. Roxanne and her husband, Kevin Flynn, both architects, are documenting the transformation at EcoDEEP Haus, which I’ve been following for the past couple weeks. Check it out.
SMC Furnishings is a small, New York-based company that creates handcrafted, high-quality furniture with earth friendly methods. In their tenth year of business, this company has been doing the green thing for longer than most. Even their workshop produces almost zero waste as they reuse even the smallest scraps for fuel. Almost all of their wood comes from reclaimed buildings, downed trees, or trees that are cut down because of disease or nuisance issues.