I just love this grain silo home — it's a fantastic example of adaptive reuse. In 2007, Gruene Homestead Inn purchased the 1940s grain silo and remodeled the interior and exterior. The result is authentic and incredible. Can you imagine chilling on that front porch, enjoying a little Texas summer? The Silo includes one bedroom and one bathroom in a loft-type setup for the rental price of $175/$210 a night.
Recently, we mentioned reclaimed cardboard art, the kind of stuff that's perfect for your green boardroom, but here's another neat idea, this time from Studio Crank. It's also a comically ironic idea: a waste paper basket made of 100% recycled cardboard. It's called the "Chuck" Waste Paper Basket based on the notion that tons of reusable materials are typically chucked into landfills.
Just noticed a new product called Invitrum by high design, Italian kitchen maker Valcucine. Invitrum is being referred to as a 100% recyclable kitchen, which means the product can be recycled at the end of its lifecycle — but the consumer needs to make that happen. To help the consumer, as you can see with the image below, the cabinets have been labeled for recyclability. The structure is of drawn, recycled aluminum and the base units are of recyclable glass. Invitrum was designed to be manufactured with less material and energy. So slick …
The small house movement is going buck wild. Some say it's because of a concern for the environment. Others say it's because of the economy. We could all say it's a confluence of both the economy and the environment, but what's important is that people actually rethink what a home can be — including how big it needs to be. Just the other day, The Economist, published a story about two of the main players in the super small home genre, Tiny Texas Houses and Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. We've mentioned Tumbleweed previously, but I learned something new about Tiny Texas Houses.
Ecolect, a website that helps designers, architects, and builders discover eco-friendly material alternatives, has launched an interesting service called GreenBox. GreenBox is an annual subscription of green material samples that's shipped right to your door every three months. Each GreenBox delivery includes 8-12 material samples, material information, sustainability specs, performance overview, cost profiles, and distributor information. And it's all neatly designed to hang on the wall or cubicle or any other place you have in mind.
This sculpture art by Mark Langan is pretty interesting. Mark reclaims corrugated cardboard boxes, cuts them, and creates all sorts of formations, including logos, statements, and images. His creations are so full of texture and life — I imagine one of these could be the perfect piece to complement your green business, green building, and green policies. These sculptural pieces would certainly give you the opportunity to talk about company sustainable policies and initiatives.