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.
You’d think bamboo floor is pretty cut and dry, but EcoTimber, a leader in the push towards environmentally-friendly flooring options, has found a way to innovate in this area. They’ve just released a new, prefinished, strand-woven bamboo flooring that doesn’t look like your regular bamboo. The top image is a blown-up version of the amber color (view others below). Looks like a regular hardwood, doesn’t it? It actually acts like a hardwood, too. It took about two years to develop and can be sanded and refinished just like regular hardwoods. With a suggested retail price of $5.99 sf, there’s no reason to stick with the old growth products. Seriously.
Here are a few green reasons to like this new EcoTimber Bamboo offering:
Milk Paint has been around for thousands of years, with the roots as far back as 6,000 years ago when it was used for cave paintings. It is now gaining recognition as a biodegradable, green product. Milk paint is made from milk and crushed, natural pigments, and it is used for walls, furniture, and even art. It is very durable, as it hardens with age. But, beware, there are companies who market "milk paints" which are not natural and contain harmful chemicals.
Green buildings, with their natural light and excellent indoor air quality, have the potential to make a big difference in the healthcare industry. At some point, there’s going to be the world’s first LEED Platinum healthcare facility in the world and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas just might be the location to do it. The 32-acre, $200 M project is on schedule to take LEED Platinum, if everything goes as planned. The pictures are magnificent and we here at Jetson Green think it would be great if no one ever had to go inside! TBG Partners was kind enough to provide photos of the work they’re doing on the project, which includes site planning, sustainable design, and landscape architectural services.
Amenity is a wonderful green home company, especially for all you eco-parents out there. Amenity offers a hip line of eco fabrics, bedding, nursery furniture, pillows, wall art, and even totes. Their fabrics are all made from organic and sustainable materials and printed using water-based, environmentally-friendly inks.
The Sidwell Friends School is the first LEED Platinum-rated K-12 school in the world, but what’s incredible is the story behind it. First, it’s a renovation of a fifty year old facility. Second, the renovation involved the students, so everyone was able to participate and learn about the benefits of a green building. Matter of fact, about sixteen 5th – 8th graders studied the building, wrote about its benefits, and recorded an audio feature explaining each green feature. Feel free to take the green building tour to learn about low-VOC materials, CO2 monitoring, natural light, native plants, the green roof and biology pond, photovoltaic panels, a heat recovery wheel, vertical solar fins, and the settling tank, etc. This is quite the impressive interactive visual/audio tour. Seriously, great work.