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Tesla’s Integrated Solar Roofing Products
Nov 13, 2016

Tesla’s Integrated Solar Roofing Products

 
Tesla, best known for their innovative electric cars, and SolarCity, the leading US rooftop installer, have ventured into the green building market with their new integrated solar roofing products.  Panasonic is to produce the solar cells, Tesla is to construct the glass tiles, and SolarCity is to handle the installations.  The venture is dependent on a successful shareholder vote on November 17th to approve the $2.2 billion acquisition of SolarCity. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, introduced the new product…
 
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Nature's Crib
Mar 21, 2016

Nature's Crib

 
Infants need 16-20 hours of sleep a day, so it seems natural to want only the best bedding for them.  At Nature’s Crib, luxurious quality, affordable prices, and sustainable materials blend to produce items ranging from organic baby mattresses, bedding, and toys to juicers and laundry detergent.  At Nature’s Crib, sustainability means locally-sourced materials and eco-friendly processes in order to create the best products for the eco-conscious consumer. Nature’s Crib owner Janet Ouellette started the online retail business,…
 
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Moss Design
May 5, 2015

Moss Design

 
Finding a company for your building design needs that has an exceptional work ethic and stunning designs can be hard in and of itself. Finding a company that has those things and is eco-conscious as well can be even more difficult. The good news is, you need look no further than Moss Design. Moss Design is a based in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. They assist you in every process you need to build a building, from…
 
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Real Goods Solar
Mar 22, 2015

Real Goods Solar

 
Every so often a company comes along that goes where no other company has gone before. The Real Goods Store is one of those companies that breaks new ground and opens up doors for people all over the world. The Real Goods Store, founded in 1978, is the original online seller of solar living goods. They offer a huge range of products that make it possible for people to take their impact on the environment and the…
 
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Loll Designs
Mar 3, 2015

Loll Designs

 
Taking something that was going to be thrown away and turning it into something new is a concept that’s been explored by various companies over the years. However, there’s a duo of companies (collectively known as Good Sheet) that take that concept to a whole different level. Good Sheet’s roots come from an unlikely place. TrueRide was founded in 1997, and its purpose was to build skateboard parks. Based in Duluth, Minnesota, they designed, built and installed…
 
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Earthfriendly Landscapes
Feb 16, 2015

Earthfriendly Landscapes

 
When you own a home, the landscaping of your yard can be a headache. Many people choose to hire someone to come in to set everything up for them. However, when you choose a conventional landscaper, you don’t really know what you’re getting into. While the plants they choose for your home may be pretty, how much water do they need? Does the landscaping company use synthetic fertilizers, toxic pesticides or herbicides? What goes into your soil isn’t…
 
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Vers Audio
Feb 2, 2015

Vers Audio

 
Listening to music is one of the universal human pleasures. With modern technology, we can carry our favorite music with us wherever we go. In the car, at work, or at home you can have access to all of your music at any time. Choosing the right speaker for your music needs can be difficult. There are countless options on the market, and not all of them are good. Vers Audio is a company that has created…
 
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The Solterra Ecoluxury Apartments
Dec 9, 2014

The Solterra Ecoluxury Apartments

 
The Solterra Ecoluxury Apartments in San Diego, California is one of the most eco-friendly places to live in the nation. While Solterra Ecoluxury Apartments are energy efficient and water efficient, the communitie’s apartment complexes were also built with green materials. The Solterra Ecoluxury Apartments have a 334 photovoltaic system (solar panels) capable of providing 100% of the electricity to the entire Solterra community, including the apartments. Each apartment is equipped with Nest smart thermostats, GE Energy Star appliances,…
 
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Unearthed Natural Paints
Aug 16, 2014

Unearthed Natural Paints

 
Perhaps you, like many other people, have visited the paint store recently with a project in mind: repainting a bathroom, changing the mood of your bedroom, or picking out the color palette of your new home. You may have noticed that many brands now offer paints that are labeled as low-VOC, zero VOC, or environmentally friendly. Purchasing those products seems like a great decision, because they are better for the environment, better for the health of your family,…
 
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EcoSteel® Building Systems
Aug 2, 2014

EcoSteel® Building Systems

 
When people first started turning to Eco-friendly building and construction solutions, many companies popped up to offer their answer to the burning question, “How can we build a structure that is both Eco-friendly and cost effective?” Many companies offered some form of modular or prefabricated home or building, on the theory that if they used green materials and offered some customization, they could carve themselves a niche. However, many of those companies are already out of business because…
 
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ABC Carpet & Home
Jun 24, 2014

ABC Carpet & Home

 
In 1897, an immigrant with a dream pushed a cart through the Lower East Side of Manhattan, selling his wares of used carpet and linoleum. Today, the descendants of that immigrant from Austria, Sam Weinrib, carry on his vision on a grand scale, as the company he began, ABC Carpet & Home, is now the largest carpet store in the world, and also offers furniture, home décor, several eateries and a Foundation that supports worthy causes locally and…
 
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AISO.net
May 13, 2014

AISO.net

 
Can web hosting be green? Many people think of a website as just something that exists “out there” in cyberspace, but the environmental cost of hosting that website can actually be quite large. Companies providing web hosting rely on large data centers, servers that need a physical location and require large amounts of energy, and constant monitoring in case of outages. They also use backup generators that often run on environmentally unfriendly diesel gas. Long before the Google…
 
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Ethos Landscapes
Apr 20, 2014

Ethos Landscapes

 
Colorado residents live in an enviously beautiful part of the country, where you’re surrounded by beautiful, natural landscapes almost everywhere you look. Mountain vistas, sparkling streams, quiet wooded areas - Colorado seems to have an abundance of natural beauty. If you live in the Denver, Colorado area and are hoping to bring the natural beauty of Colorado’s great outdoors to your own backyard, Ethos Landscaping & Design can help. Ethos is a landscaping company that is focused on…
 
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Maytag Ranch
Apr 5, 2014

Maytag Ranch

 
Have you ever dreamed of living on the vast open range, where the land meets the sweeping mountain views and the endless blue sky? Maytag Ranch, a working cattle ranch set on almost 3,000 acres of land in southern Colorado, is offering that opportunity to 29 families. This exclusive group of homeowners will be able to select among 25 planned 100-acre homesteads, or four custom Ranch Homes built on 50-acre sites, and be immersed in the Colorado cowboy lifestyle.…
 
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EcoTimber
Mar 18, 2014

EcoTimber

 
You may not think that a wood flooring company helps protect forests and enhance the health of the planet and their customers, but that’s what sets EcoTimber apart from other flooring manufacturers. Founded by people who were concerned by the devastation of the rainforests and who wanted to create a business that was socially and environmentally responsible, EcoTimber has proved that their customer’s dollars can go towards supporting and encouraging responsible forestry, while still gaining a beautiful, durable…
 
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Design Veritas
Feb 24, 2014

Design Veritas

 
If you look up the term “social entrepreneur” in a recent dictionary, you’ll find it defined as “a person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change.” This definition fits what Navneet Magon Anand aims to do with her design consulting firm, Design Veritas. Her credentials are impressive, ranging from degrees in Architecture and Art History, her designation as a LEED Accredited Professional, and her post as the president and chair of…
 
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Lee Industries
Jan 11, 2014

Lee Industries

 
Is your furniture comfortable and stylish? Did you spend time picking out the perfect piece, covered in just the right fabric, and place it in a spot of honor in your home? Would you feel the same about it if you learned it was stuffed with petroleum-based foam, covered in fabric coated with toxic finishes, or even contained formaldehyde? Chances are, if you bought your furniture from most commercial furniture retailers, this is what you would end up…
 
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Kari Whitman Interiors
Nov 27, 2013

Kari Whitman Interiors

 
Jessica Alba loves Kari Whitman Interiors, so much so that she enlisted the celeb-friendly designer to design the "green estate" she shares with husband Cash Warren, daughter Honor, and their pets. Movie and television actress Virginia Madsen also loves Kari Whitman Interiors, and hired the California-based design firm to give her retreat a luxe and modern Eco-friendly makeover. Other notable names ranging from Emilio Estevez to Kristen Bell have also enlisted the designer's help to turn their homes…
 
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The Eton Rukus XL
Nov 12, 2013

The Eton Rukus XL

 
Are you looking for a wireless sound system that truly delivers great quality sound in an eco-friendly way? The Eton Rukus XL is a wireless sound system that is solar powered but doesn't skimp on awesome sound quality. A leading innovator in using natural solutions to deliver quality technology to customers since 1986, Eton Corp first produced short wave and weather alert radios that customers could depend on, and was soon partnering with the American Red Cross to…
 
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In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes
Oct 27, 2013

In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes

 
Does it seem like trying to maintain and grow your yard and gardens is more like fighting a war than engaging in a hobby? If so, you probably understand that in many ways, you're fighting a losing battle against the pests and diseases that are attempting to overtake your gardening efforts. It's not just you – the reputable landscaping companies and gardening product companies are fighting (and losing) the same war, as they rely on pesticides and chemicals…
 
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Mohawk Flooring
Oct 8, 2013

Mohawk Flooring

 
There aren't many companies in the world who can say they divert 3 billion pounds of waste from landfills every year. Especially not a company with a global reputation and reach, and a history dating back to more than one hundred years. But for Mohawk Flooring, the fact that they keep waste from landfills, recycle billions of plastic bottles into carpet fibers, reuse scrap wood or continuously reuse waste water at some of their ceramic tile manufacturing facilities…
 
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The Villages at Santa Fe Springs
Sep 9, 2013

The Villages at Santa Fe Springs

 
There’s an oasis of relaxation, recreation, and luxury eco-friendly living located right near the hustle and bustle of LA and Orange County. Even if your day is busy with work, travel, friends and activities, once you pass through the private gates to your neighborhood and arrive at your custom townhome or family home, all of the stress, worry, and demands of the day are left behind. When your choose one of the five neighborhoods within the master planned…
 
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Whit McLeod
Aug 24, 2013

Whit McLeod

 
Did you know - most woodworkers agree the best quality wood comes from “old growth” trees? The wood from this resource tends to be hard, dense, and stable as compared to younger trees. The catch? Getting old growth lumber from nature would require the destruction of very old forests. Whit McLeod, a Healdsburg, CA-based furniture maker, has found a unique solution to this dilemma. It's one that allows him to use the wood that makes the best furniture,…
 
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Raine Heidenberg Interior Design
Jul 14, 2013

Raine Heidenberg Interior Design

 
While all of us would love to live in a home that reflects our personal style, has just the right feel, and features design and layout choices that enhance the whole space, not everyone has the time or the knowhow to accomplish this. Hiring a professional designer to transform a ho-hum space into an amazing one can be a very smart decision when you work with a professional who will listen to your ideas, understand your wants and…
 
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The EcoStrip
Jun 8, 2013

The EcoStrip

 
When it comes to conserving energy and protecting our planet’s energy resources, there is much good advice: buying energy efficient products and appliances; making sure lights, electronic devices and other items are unplugged when not in use; or using energy for household tasks during “off peak” hours to help reduce the energy burden. All of these suggestions are important, but they require planning and thought on our part. How about an energy reduction tool that is effective and…
 
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Shades of Green LA
May 25, 2013

Shades of Green LA

 
No longer is it fashionable (or acceptable) to bend a landscape to fit the proposed design, or to includes plants that are not native or materials that are unnatural. In order for a landscape design to work well, it is important to use native plantings, natural, recycled or sustainable materials, and to make the best use of water, light and other natural resources. Shades of Green LA understands the principals of sustainable landscape design and can provide a…
 
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ThinkGlass
May 13, 2013

ThinkGlass

 
ThinkGlass knows that most people think glass is just for windows. Chances are, people don't immediately think of glass when they are poring through materials to use for home improvement projects like countertops, new stairways, or accent walls. But ThinkGlass also knows that once people see how glass can transform a project from ho hum to heavenly, they'll never look at it the same way again. From a small bathroom remodel, to the addition of a countertop or…
 
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Skokomish Farms
Apr 28, 2013

Skokomish Farms

 
Sometimes the nostalgia of yesterday hazes our view and makes us forget that much of living in the past was hard work and sacrifice. Still the perception remains that times were simpler, people were friendlier, and the Earth was green, clean, and abundant. Many people think that it would be wonderful to go back to that simpler life, if only for a little while. Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to live the simpler life…
 
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Christian Rathbone
Apr 7, 2013

Christian Rathbone

 
To designer Christian Rathbone, a rug is not just a rug. The rugs his company produces are a representation of his commitment to design aesthetics, mixed with a strong sense of social responsibility and Eco-consciousness. To many, a rug is just a floor covering that completes a design, or keeps your bare feet from touching a cold floor. But a Christian Rathbone rug makes an underfoot statement, and contributes to the health of your home and to the…
 
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Berglund Architects
Mar 5, 2013

Berglund Architects

 
A home designed by Berglund Architects looks like it belongs right where it sits, with its natural stonework, soaring wood beams, and crystal clear glass that reflects the blue of the sky and the Earthy tones of the natural surroundings. It is this quality, the harmony the structure creates with its surroundings, that makes a Berglund building both unique and environmentally friendly. A home designed by Berglund Architects also features the most innovative new energy efficient, sustainable building…
 
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Greenwise Organic Lawn Care
Feb 24, 2013

Greenwise Organic Lawn Care

 
Did you know that dandelions can be beneficial to your lawn? Or that some types of weeds help improve the health of soil? Or that some of the herbicides and pesticides in your garage right now are linked to cancer, birth defects, and neurological damage? These are some of the things you'll know when you become Greenwise! Being Greenwise means thinking about how our choices affect our families, the environment and the plants and animals who depend on…
 
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Kaydas
Feb 5, 2013

Kaydas

 
There’s a lot of information available lately about using light bulbs that last longer, are more energy efficient and cost less to operate. You may have noticed that a trip down the light bulb aisle at the store yields new options each time you visit. But which ones are the best choices for your home? Are the bulbs really as efficient and safe as they claim? Are the “green” bulbs worth the money? All of these questions are…
 
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iZen Bamboo Bluetooth Keyboard
Feb 4, 2013

iZen Bamboo Bluetooth Keyboard

 
Many of us use our keyboards daily, and some of us use a keyboard for several hours every day. We may not give much thought to our actual computer keyboard until something goes wrong with it, but the makers of the iZen keyboard saw a great opportunity to take an everyday item and make it environmentally friendly. Using bamboo, a sustainable and renewable resource, iZen makes bamboo keyboards, along with other tech accessories that are beautiful, unique, and…
 
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Weatherford Place
Jan 25, 2013

Weatherford Place

 
Weatherford Place is a solar community of eight "EcoCraft" homes located just steps away from historic downtown Roswell, Georgia. Anyone who is interested in eco-friendly living, and who would also like to put down roots in a safe, family-oriented community should take a look at all that Weatherford Place has to offer. The homes available in this special neighborhood aren't "just" eco-friendly. They were designed to set the standard for green living, and in doing so the entire…
 
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ECO-heater
Jan 14, 2013

ECO-heater

 
Most people give a lot of thought to how they will heat their home during the winter months. Wood stove, electric heat, space heaters, pellet stove...there are many options available depending on where you live, your budget and your style preference. However, many people don't know that you can heat your home economically and eco-consciously! Thanks to the ECO-Heater, heating your home this winter can be easy on the budget and easy on the environment. The ECO-heater is a…
 
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LivingHomes
Dec 22, 2012

LivingHomes

 
We've all known that little boy who spent hours creating whole worlds with a box of colorful Legos. For many boys, once they grow up and become an adult, those hours spent using Legos to fuel the imagination and make spectacular structures becomes a fond memory. However, that was not the case for Steve Glenn, CEO of LivingHomes. His love of Legos followed him into adulthood, and ultimately inspired him to use his love of creating and developing…
 
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Owen Dell & Associates
Dec 9, 2012

Owen Dell & Associates

 
Landscaping is as personal as home design or decorating. The feel and look depends on the individuals within and their preferences and needs. With landscaping, the same holds true, with one important addition. In designing a landscape for a home, business or public facility, the land itself must be taken into consideration. In fact, in order to make landscape design sustainable as well as beautiful, the first concern should be making sure the design works for that particular…
 
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Savvy Rest
Nov 18, 2012

Savvy Rest

 
The term “beauty sleep” has long been used to describe the positive effects of a good night's sleep. But is it possible to get your beauty rest on a mattress that leeches toxic chemicals as you sleep? Most mattresses produced today contain a mix of toxic chemicals, and the effects of the prolonged exposure we receive as we spend eight or more hours exposed to these mattresses worries scientists and researchers alike. If you worry about what is…
 
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Life|ware
Nov 9, 2012

Life|ware

 
It's a fact: technology is becoming more integrated into our homes and our lives. From the temperature controls in our homes to our security systems to our digital entertainment systems, many of the daily tasks of our lives can be customized and automated so we can go about our lives without having to worry if the air was set too low or if the lights were left on. As technology advances, so do the solutions for monitoring it.…
 
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CertainTeed Products
Oct 30, 2012

CertainTeed Products

 
Green buildings are become more important than ever for our health and the health of the planet. It is now widely known that healthier building products contribute to healthier indoor environments and are also environmentally friendly. This has led to a growing variety of green building products. From the foundation to the roof, building green makes sense. CertainTeed, one of the most well-known building supply brands, has products to help homeowners, builders and contractors complete their green building…
 
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Aura at Camelback
Oct 21, 2012

Aura at Camelback

 
Situated on two acres of beautifully landscaped desert, the community of Aura at Camelback will provide residents with the opportunity to live in sustainable luxury. It's not just another development. Instead, it will be a community of homes that are efficient, healthy and innovative. The Aura experience will be unlike any other because the thirty-six homes in the community will be carefully balanced between green features and luxurious living. It's this balance that inspired the Aura slogan, which…
 
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William McDonough
Oct 7, 2012

William McDonough

 
Could design be the solution to many of our environmental issues? William McDonough, architect, author, environmental advisor, and Time Magazine's 1999 Hero for the Planet, believes that our environmental problems are design challenges that can not only be solved, but can also have a positive effect on the health of the economy, the environment and social issues. The foundation for this approach to a healthy world is based on three natural principles that inform all aspects of McDonough's…
 
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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Sep 11, 2012

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

 
When asked to name the site of one of the world's greenest buildings, you may not immediately guess Pittsburgh, PA. However, with the recent addition of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, an administration and education center that is putting Pittsburgh at the forefront of the green movement, Pittsburgh can now claim that title. One hundred years ago, when Henry Phipps gifted the Phipps Conservatory to the City of Pittsburgh, he…
 
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Toshiba
Sep 2, 2012

Toshiba

 
There’s no denying that we live in a global digital society. But at what cost to our environment? The increase in technological advances means more consumer electronics than ever before. From outdated technology cluttering up our landfills to the increased emissions generated from powering and charging numerous devices, it is clear that our dependence on technology also creates a burden on the environment. Toshiba is a leader in consumer electronics, but they are also intent on becoming one…
 
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db Design Build
Aug 15, 2012

db Design Build

 
Taking his cues from the natural world for his unique and innovative designs, David Brunicardi built his furniture and home design business on pairing functional yet beautiful pieces with the use of sustainable or rediscovered materials. All furniture designed by David Brunicardi Furniture is hand-crafted and made to order, so customers can be assured that their piece of furniture is unlike any other. While the furniture he designs was the backbone of his company, he recently expanded into…
 
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Trikeenan Tileworks
Aug 5, 2012

Trikeenan Tileworks

 
New Hampshire-based Trikeenan Tileworks offers something unique for your next home project: tile that is both handmade and sustainably produced. Their ceramic tile and brick are available in a wide range of designs and beautifully glazed colors, for any area of your home, whether it be a colorful mosaic to set off the backsplash of your kitchen range or a durable and beautiful tiled floor. Trikeenan Tileworks, named for two of the co-owners' children, Trina and Keenan, opened…
 
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Tehama
Jul 29, 2012

Tehama

 
The name Carmel-by-the-Sea evokes images of beautiful ocean views, quaint shops and windswept meadows, which is exactly what you will find near this coastal California town. Nearby you will also find Tehama, a luxury real estate development located along California’s Central Coast. However, this exclusive gated community of 90 home sites is not a typical development. Created by Clint Eastwood-yes the Clint Eastwood-to be a sustainable development, the homes in Tehama are built to the highest environmental standards.…
 
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D'Bodinus Eco-Luxury
Jul 3, 2012

D'Bodinus Eco-Luxury

 
A commitment to green often comes from a place of deep conviction and personal belief. For Debi Bodinus, a 23 year veteran of the design industry and owner of D'Bodinus Eco-Luxury, the decision to design only green projects was an easy one. Her decision was based on her desire to create beautiful spaces that benefit the people who inhabit them as well as the planet we all inhabit. Using only environmentally friendly materials and with the mission of creating…
 
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NaturaLawn of America
Jun 12, 2012

NaturaLawn of America

 
Summers are made for getting outside and having fun, often in your own backyard. Playing outdoor games and sports, relaxing in a comfortable spot and taking in the scenery, or tending to the plants and flowers in your yard can all bring a sense of pride in your home and family. Unfortunately, there are also frustrations depending on where you live and what type of yard you have. Whether you have weeds that won't go away, bugs that…
 
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Credo Mobile
Jun 2, 2012

Credo Mobile

 
What does your mobile phone service do? If it's like most mobile companies, it probably provides a phone along with a service plan that includes minutes, text messaging, email or web browsing. Have you ever wondered if your phone service could do more? If so, Credo Mobile may be the right company for you. In addition to offering a selection of mobile phones and rate plans on the Sprint network, Credo is the only mobile service company that…
 
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Silver Walker Sustainable Cabinetry
May 22, 2012

Silver Walker Sustainable Cabinetry

 
Anyone who has researched upgrading old cabinets or installing new cabinetry in the kitchen or other rooms in the house may wonder how important it is to make sure the new cabinets are "green." It turns out that the overall air quality of the house, the use of healthy finishes and the use of sustainable wood has a positive impact on the beauty and safety of the home and the future of the planet. Silver Walker Sustainable Cabinetry…
 
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Kravet
May 13, 2012

Kravet

 
Kravet Inc. is a family owned business that has been distributing to the design industry since 1918. Although the company dealt primarily in decorative fabric through the years, recent expansions have led Kravet to include furniture, wall coverings, carpets, brand acquisitions and new collections to their catalog, including the Kravet Green Collection. The green collection is a representation of Kravet’s aim to offer products that are both beautiful and environmentally friendly. For trade industry fabrics and furnishings that…
 
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Bicycle City, SC
May 3, 2012

Bicycle City, SC

 
There is a new innovative approach to healthy living being planned that aims to create a new ideal in urban planning – Bicycle City.  The developments stated mission is “to create great sustainable places where people can live, work, and visit”.  According to co-founder Joe Mellett, "Bicycle City is holistic.  We'll address climate change, childhood obesity, and alternative energy—and hope to have a great diversity of people and ideas."  The first approved Bicycle City is planned just south…
 
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OrganicARCHITECT
Apr 16, 2012

OrganicARCHITECT

 
Green and sustainable home design is all the rage. However, "green" sometimes seems to be a buzz word that every designer, contractor or builder throws around. For the true champions of innovative eco-friendly building, green isn't just a passing fad or a way to please eco-conscious clients, it is a deep and long held belief that the future of building itself will be organic, eco-conscious and sustainable.  The reason is that we can't afford not to. OrganicARCHITECT, a…
 
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Trees of Antiquity
Mar 26, 2012

Trees of Antiquity

 
The planting season will soon be in full swing. If you are looking for something unique to plant along with the usual flowerbeds and vegetable gardens, why not consider heirloom fruit trees? At Trees of Antiquity, you can choose from among a large variety of trees that are grown organically and with care at Neil and Danielle Collins' Paso Robles, CA farm. The trees are shipped right to your home, plus you can find planting and tree care…
 
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Crestron Green Home Automation Products
Mar 18, 2012

Crestron Green Home Automation Products

 
As technology evolves, so does the way we use it. It's becoming easier to integrate the newest technology into our homes and more important to find a way to monitor it conveniently. One way to do this is to use a home automation system. Using technology to control automatic systems within your home will make it easier for you to manage your home and could make your home run more efficiently. There are also green benefits to having an…
 
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American Clay
Mar 4, 2012

American Clay

 
There's an environmentally friendly, beautiful wall covering alternative to those tired options of wallpaper or paint. American Clay Earth Plasters come in a variety of colors and textures to suit any room, decor or style and best of all, they are sourced and produced right here in the United States. While wallpaper and paint may look good on the wall, can they actually improve the health of your home? American Clay's unique wall covering can do that, too. For…
 
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Windermere on the Lake
Feb 25, 2012

Windermere on the Lake

 
A new planned community is showing that it is possible to create luxury living with a consideration for the environment. The new Windermere on the Lake planned community in North Stamford, Connecticut, is giving the development concept a brand new spin, complete with luxury homes, resort-style amenities and environmentally conscious planning. Spread over 74 acres of rolling green hills and natural forests, within a stone's throw of the sparkling waters of Lake Windermere, this carefully planned community of twenty-four…
 
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Cliff Spencer
Feb 10, 2012

Cliff Spencer

 
In order to appreciate the unique style and quality of the furniture and cabinetry made by Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker, it may be best to see samples of his work. Until you see the beautifully colored wood used thanks to a special reclaiming process, or browse through the unique coffee tables, tables made from reused doors or smooth, comfortable rocking chairs, you may not understand how truly unique each handmade piece is. Once you see them, you may not…
 
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Michelle Kaufmann Studio
Jan 28, 2012

Michelle Kaufmann Studio

 
Is it possible to design and build an affordable, eco-friendly modular home that is also stylish and beautiful? The idea of using modular or prefabricated construction techniques is becoming increasingly popular as more people are looking for ways to build homes that are convenient, affordable and efficient. Thanks to the work of architect and home designer Michelle Kaufmann, through her boutique design firm, Michelle Kaufmann Studio, people are able to add sustainable, healthy and beautiful to that list of…
 
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Grounds for Growth
Jan 12, 2012

Grounds for Growth

 
Grounds for Growth is a Chicago-based landscape design company with one thing in mind: the earth and the protection of its natural beauty and endangered resources. While many landscape designers are in their profession because they like the challenge and rewards of taking a yard, park or other outdoor space and making it beautiful, that doesn't mean they always have the earth's best interests in mind. This is what sets Grounds for Growth apart from other landscape design companies.…
 
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HP
Dec 16, 2011

HP

 
Chances are, you have access to an HP product in your home or office, or have used one in the past. Hewlett-Packard's printers, computers, tablets and other electronic devices are part of the reliable, trusted brand that is recognized worldwide. What many people may not know is that the company committed to making consumer friendly tech products also has a strong commitment to the environment. HP's global focus is on the bigger picture of environmental protection and climate change,…
 
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Carlisle Wide Plank Floors
Dec 5, 2011

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

 
Your floor is one of the most important surfaces in your home or business. It receives the most wear-and-tear, frequent washing with a wide range of products and still must maintain the same beauty and character it did the day it was installed. If you are looking for unique, beautiful, earth friendly flooring, you may not need to look any further than Carlisle Wide Plank Floors. This company had humble roots in rural New Hampshire but quickly grew in…
 
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Amenity Home
Nov 20, 2011

Amenity Home

 
It is only natural to furnish and decorate your home with beautiful things that inspire you and bring you and your family a sense of peace and joy. That is exactly what Nicole Chiala and Kristina de Corpo, the owners and co-founders of Amenity Home, wanted to provide when they began making items for the home such as duvet covers, pillows and wall art in 2004. Since that time, they have fulfilled their mission of bringing people beautiful products…
 
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The Community of Serenbe
Nov 20, 2011

The Community of Serenbe

 
If you’ve ever wished for a way to mix modern convenience with an old-fashioned sense of community, then Serenbe may be a wish come true. The Serenbe community is located 45 minutes from Atlanta, GA in the Chattahoochee Hill Country, a 40,000 acre parcel of protected land. Just twenty percent of that acreage was allowed to be developed. But the Serenbe community isn’t just any development. This community was built with a plan to integrate the homes, shops and…
 
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John Spears of Sustainable Design Group
Nov 3, 2011

John Spears of Sustainable Design Group

 
The future of home design and construction looks greener than ever. More homebuilders, construction companies and designers are creating homes and commercial properties that are more energy efficient, healthier and more eco-friendly than ever before. Designing and building in harmony with nature, although seemingly more popular in recent years due to increased news coverage and media attention, is an idea that stretches back several decades. It is a building philosophy that John Spears of Sustainable Design Group, an architecture…
 
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Neuton Mowers
Oct 18, 2011

Neuton Mowers

 
You’ve reduced your environmental footprint by making your home and your car more efficient, but did you know that taking care of your yard can also be done in a more environmentally friendly way? Traditional mowers and yard equipment emit oil and gas fumes and increase noise pollution, but Neuton Mowers hopes to change all that. They are a small company in Vermont that makes lawn and garden equipment that is better for the environment and helps your yard…
 
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Fire & Light
Sep 26, 2011

Fire & Light

 
Have you ever looked at the bin of glass bottles you’re about to recycle and wondered what happens to them once they leave your possession? Recycled glass is often re-purposed into something useful, but you may have not given a second thought about what those bottles will become once they are recycled. People who live in Arcata, California know exactly where their recycled glass is going. They also know their recycled glass will be turned into something useful and…
 
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Safecoat Paints
Sep 11, 2011

Safecoat Paints

 
Anyone who has a sensitivity to chemicals or the materials used in many normal building products knows the relief of finding a product that is safe to use and safe to breathe in after application. No more headaches, no more allergic reactions, no more worrying about the effects of the substance on yourself or your family members. Having a chemical sensitivity, or even making a personal decision to use a finishing product, that is safe, environmentally friendly and healthy…
 
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Nokia
Sep 11, 2011

Nokia

 
It seems difficult to remember what life was like before cell phones. Today, you can stay connected to all the people in your life anytime, anywhere. But did you know your cell phone could also help you stay greener? If going green in all areas of life is important to you, then you may be interested in how Nokia phones not only connect you with your world, but also help you take care of your world. Nokia is leading the…
 
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Saddlehorn
Sep 5, 2011

Saddlehorn

 
If you’ve ever watched a large development go up in what was once open countryside or a wooded acreage, you may understand the panic Doug Averill felt when he learned a developer bought 440 acres located on a ridge near Bigfork, Montana. Doug is a lifelong resident of the Bigfork community and his family had settled there in the 1920’s, living true to the cowboy way of life: family, community, and nature. However, instead of helplessly watching while a…
 
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Associates III Interior Design
Aug 31, 2011

Associates III Interior Design

 
Interior design tends to have a lot of “buzz words” associated with it. Oftentimes, designers will offer the latest look or build their design ideas around what is currently in vogue. Associates III Interior Design follows a different path. Instead of giving you design ideas according to the latest design trends, their designers take time to listen to your ideas, likes, dislikes and way of living. The team of designers then creates your room or home design based on…
 
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Clean Air Lawn Care
Feb 25, 2011

Clean Air Lawn Care

 
Everybody loves a beautiful, healthy, fertile, and green lawn that can be the center of attention in the neighborhood. It is even more satisfying when you are the one tending to the project.  Don’t feel bad if you need help to transform your lawn into an enviable oasis. This is where a professional lawn care service comes in. They are trained, experienced, and equipped to safely to efficiently take care of your lawn. With the upstart of environmentally friendly…
 
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Panasonic 3D
Nov 16, 2010

Panasonic 3D

 
The 3D experience is literally everywhere today. James Cameron’s Avatar was recently released in 3D. Earlier this year, at NYC’s Arthur Ashe Stadium, the U.S Open was broadcast in 3D TV. Now Panasonic’s new HD 3D product line is bringing that 3D experience to our own homes. For your viewing pleasure Imagine feeling like your whole body is part of the scene you are watching and listening to. Image looking at a screen that seems so real you feel you could…
 
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Luxury countertops
Nov 1, 2010

Luxury countertops

 
Elegant and luxurious countertop surfaces for homes and businesses are relatively easy to find. However, it is not so simple to source a surface that is as sustainable and gentle on the planet as it is beautiful and robust. To help you out, IceStone has created a collection of luxury green countertop surfaces. The concept of IceStone was born out of a deep commitment from the company to innovate beyond the harmful materials in traditional stone and the harsh…
 
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Anna Sova
Oct 22, 2010

Anna Sova

 
Anna Sova Luxury Organics offers one of the most beautiful and sumptuous range of organic cotton linen, eco-silk and hand woven ikat bedroom and bathroom furnishings. These are all designed to make your bedroom and bathroom as inviting and comfortable as possible. She has also included in the collections eco-friendly draperies, eco window hardware and essential oils, all of which are perfect accessories for the most luxurious of homes.  Learning From The Past As a young child, Anna Sova read…
 
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Luxurious Eco-Comfort For Your Home Furnishings
Oct 15, 2010

Luxurious Eco-Comfort For Your Home Furnishings

 
An exciting collection of luxury furniture has been designed by Environment Furniture. Created from sustainable materials and textiles, their focus is to provide the discerning consumer with fabulous home furniture that has been constructed using processes and materials with a low impact on the environment. Environment Furniture is now gaining a global profile amongst the luxury market. Celebrity clients, such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Julia Roberts, are praising both their designs and their eco-awareness. TIME Magazine recognized Environment Furniture in…
 
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Wild Rock
Oct 6, 2010

Wild Rock

 
Tucked away in the mountains of West Virginia is a unique community built on the foundations of sustainable development. Wild Rock is a luxury eco-village set in the New River Gorge National Park. Off the beaten path, Wild Rock offers community residents both a natural sanctuary and the adventures of an outdoor lifestyle. The birth of Wild Rock The concept of Wild Rock is “to demonstrate to people that a thoughtful community development can live in harmony with a national park…
 
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Tina Govan
Aug 15, 2010

Tina Govan

 
Sometimes a house isn’t a home until you've played a role in adding the finishing touches, especially when your ideas fit into personal viewpoints regarding the environment. Today, green architects allow eco-conscious homeowners to create tranquil, cutting-edge, and inviting living spaces fashioned out of recycled materials, sustainable woods, and energy-saving features. Helping to shape the dreams and visions of clients, Tina Govan is an award-winning green architect who works with residences and businesses to create…
 
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Danze & Davis Architects
Jul 13, 2010

Danze & Davis Architects

 
Modern green architecture can be amazingly luxurious – especially when the building is designed by Danze & Davis Architects in Austin, TX.  Serving the Austin area for nearly 50 years, Danze & Davis creates residential homes and intriguing commercial structures for clients around the world.  Within the past decade, the award-winning design team has added functional and beautiful eco-friendly blueprints to their portfolio.  The Truth About Today’s Eco-Friendly Architecture While eco-friendly building practices are becoming more…
 
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Q Collection
Jul 8, 2010

Q Collection

 
Your home should be soothing, comfortable, and peaceful; a place of retreat for you. It’s important that it’s filled with furnishings that make you happy and that you love. The last thing you want to do is fill it with items that are unsafe or pose a threat to the environment. With the Q Collection of eco-friendly furnishings and home accessories, you can make sure that doesn’t happen. About the Company Opening in 2004, Q Collection opened…
 
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NYC Ecobroker Susan Singer
Jun 17, 2010

NYC Ecobroker Susan Singer

 
Also known as “The Green Queen”, Susan Singer became New York City’s first ecobroker in 2006 and has since become the number one resource for NYC residents searching for a greener, more sustainable home.  Susan is much more than an eco-friendly realtor; with her extensive experience, she also plays a leading role as an eco consultant for residential clients that are ready for a more sustainable lifestyle. About Susan Singer Beginning her love affair with green living…
 
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Eco-Block
Apr 9, 2010

Eco-Block

 
So you're considering building a new home.  Congratulations!  Now it's up to you to decide what materials your new home will be constructed from.  If you're eco-conscious, you may have already started thinking about materials that will save energy and be more earth-friendly.  If you haven't been introduced to Eco-Block, it's certainly a building material worthy of your consideration.How it Works: This is one of the easiest ways to build in existence.  There are multiple manufacturing locations throughout North…
 
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Eco-Friendly Radios
Mar 16, 2010

Eco-Friendly Radios

 
Over the years, MP3 players and the Internet have really given radios a run for their money. The majority of radios today typically serve as an early morning wake-up call. However, not everyone has abandoned the radio – especially lovers of retro interior design. In some cases, an eco-friendly radio even doubles as a piece of home emergency equipment during power outages. Answering the demand of stylish and innovative technology that keeps the environment in…
 
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VivaTerra
Mar 15, 2010

VivaTerra

 
Whether you’re shopping for intriguing eco-friendly end tables, luxurious bamboo bedding, or creative recycled glass dinnerware, VivaTerra is your one-stop solution.  VivaTerra is committed to providing you with the finest handcrafted artisan furniture and home accessories, made from the best eco-friendly and sustainable materials available.  Reclaimed and Sustainable Wood Furniture From exquisite vintage beds to railroad tie shelving and end tables, the furniture line at VivaTerra is as unique as it is eco-friendly.  Bring nature into…
 
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Issaquah Highlands
Feb 24, 2010

Issaquah Highlands

 
With gorgeous townhomes and houses, plenty of places to play and exercise, and top-notch shopping, Issaquah Highlands brings the true meaning of ‘community’ to Northwest Washington. It’s a close-knit neighborhood, where the residents place eco-consciousness at the top of their list – right up there with family values and fun! About the Community Located north of I-90, Issaquah Highlands is a planned community that is a diverse mix of single and multi-family homes, as well as people…
 
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Low-E Argon Windows
Feb 10, 2010

Low-E Argon Windows

 
With the effects of global warming and constant climate change knocking at our doors, using energy-efficient and protective building products helps lessen the energy strain on the environment. When we require less energy to heat our homes, we're helping our planet recover from the damage of many years of environmental abuse. Choosing low E argon windows for our homes utilizes insulating properties that satisfy a green home initiative. What's Wrong with Regular Windows? Unfortunately, the average…
 
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Vast Pavers
Jan 25, 2010

Vast Pavers

 
The way your home looks from the outside is just as important to you as the way it looks inside. Whether you want to increase curb appeal in order to sell your house, or simply to enjoy the beauty yourself – landscaping is important.  Vast landscaping pavers are an environmentally-friendly way to enhance the way your deck or lawn looks. What are Vast Eco-Friendly Landscape Pavers? Traditionally, landscape pavers are created from concrete or clay, and aren’t…
 
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Mickey Muennig Designs
Jan 25, 2010

Mickey Muennig Designs

 
For nearly 40 years, Mickey Muennig has created architectural masterpieces within the majestic mountains of Big Sur.  The 90-mile stretch of pristine California coastline known as Big Sur is home to a diverse population of rare and endangered plants and animals.   Big Sur is also one of the few places in the US that hasn’t experienced the effects of industrialization. The Big Sur Coastal Land Use Plan strictly governs development in this virtually untouched region of…
 
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EcoBalanza
Jan 12, 2010

EcoBalanza

 
When outfitting your home with the finest eco-friendly furniture, you're sure to come across a multitude of artisan collections that combine organic, sustainable and other environmentally conscious materials. From stylish loungers to family-friendly durable fabrics, EcoBalanza offers sustainable furniture that makes planet-friendly interior design a satisfying and easy experience. EcoBalanza Fabrics As you settle into your sofa bed, chair or lounger, take care in knowing that the EcoBalanza materials touching your skin are natural or earth-friendly fabrics.…
 
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Green Your Game Time
Jan 6, 2010

Green Your Game Time

 
Electronic video game systems have become a staple in most modern households – but today’s most popular gaming options can be a huge drain on your eco-friendly lifestyle.  According to a NRDC report, the average gaming console consumes enough power in a year to supply the entire city of San Diego.  While a truly eco-friendly video game system hasn’t yet appeared on the market, there are several ways to ensure your game time is the…
 
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Luxury Green Communities
Dec 17, 2009

Luxury Green Communities

 
Thinking green and living green are two different lifestyle choices, but with the luxurious amenities, design, and privacy of Arden Estates, you'll find it hard to ignore the beauty of this clandestine sanctuary situated in the West Portal neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Each home offers an open flow of space with features constructed to maximize light and green initiatives. Expect high ceilings, cozy fireplaces, stunning architecture, and the following elements: Green Community Features Going above and…
 
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Kirei: Clean, Beautiful and Sustainable Building Supplies
Dec 9, 2009

Kirei: Clean, Beautiful and Sustainable Building Supplies

 
Green architecture and design is more than a low-impact alternative to traditional building when you choose Kirei design materials.  Kirei panels and tiles are sustainable, natural, nontoxic – and most importantly, Kirei’s selection of eco-friendly building supplies are elegantly beautiful. About Kirei Architectural Supplies Four eco-friendly options are currently available from Kirei, offering a natural and sustainable alternative to builders and interior designers.  Since 2003, Kirei has prided themselves in supplying the architectural world with clean, green…
 
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A Feast of Rainwater
Mar 6, 2009

A Feast of Rainwater

 
Landscaping is a luxurious part of any beautiful home, but an obvious drain on the water supply. The U.S. Department for Environmental Protection notes that nearly 30% of all household water use goes toward landscape irrigation. Nearly 50% of that is wasted through poor design.Luckily, there is a trendy solution throughout much of the world: rainwater harvesting. The rainwater that normally would run off your home and property and be washed down the drain is redirected for home use…
 
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The Experience of Living
Feb 21, 2009

The Experience of Living

 
“A space cannot be truly beautiful unless it functions in harmony with who we are… it’s about pleasure: discovering what pleases us and creating an environment that will celebrate those qualities and sustain us.” – ClodaghAccording to Clodagh’s vision statement, total design is about serenity and simplicity, open spaces and clean contemporary lines. YOUR HOME, YOUR SANCTUARY, published by Rizzoli New York, is a newly released book from world acclaimed designer Clodagh. In the book, Clodagh utilizes the “4…
 
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Low-Impact Christmas: Finding the Right Tree
Dec 5, 2008

Low-Impact Christmas: Finding the Right Tree

 
For many people, Christmas is a season of time-honored traditions. The centerpiece of these traditions, in most homes, is a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Today, as environmental concerns loom, it is just as important to have a “green” Christmas as a traditional Christmas. The verdict is in: it is better for the environment to have a real tree. Artificial Christmas trees are usually made of plastics that have toxic by-products in production, will not biodegrade, and are often made…
 
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Thomas Hood – Sustainable Architect
Nov 2, 2008

Thomas Hood – Sustainable Architect

 
Thomas Hood, well known West Coast architect and designer of the 2008 Sunset Magazine Idea House and numerous other sustainable projects, discusses the growing emphasis on sustainability in architecture and his personal views on sustainability going forward. Mr. Hood, you’re known in the profession as a sustainable architect - could you provide your thoughts on what a ‘sustainable architect’ actually is? “The phrase sounds almost like a title, but it’s actually more a way of thinking about design…
 
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Home stereo equipment that’s good for the ears and the earth
Nov 2, 2008

Home stereo equipment that’s good for the ears and the earth

 
Looking to upgrade your home stereo equipment? Well, if you are, that could be the perfect opportunity to invest in some sustainable products like speakers, amplifiers, or whole-home audio systems. Earlier this year, Knoll Systems in Point Roberts, Washington, a supplier of audio and amplifier products for the home theater market, announced a new circuit design for some of its multi-channel amplifiers. Called the “Eco-System circuit,” Knoll’s technology automatically turns off any channels that are not being used,…
 
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The Green Way to a Green Lawn
Nov 1, 2008

The Green Way to a Green Lawn

 
With varieties like Bluegrass, Bermuda, St. Augustine, Zoysia, Centipede, Tall Fescue and Buffalograss available, you’d think that buying sod can’t get much more complex. However, that’s not entirely the case. Increasingly, in hopes of preserving the ecosystem, sustainable sod is being produced. This allows home and business owners to have their lawns or property grounds designed, constructed and maintained without adverse effects to the environment.But what makes sod sustainable? Is it really different than the traditional sod many consumers have…
 
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Eco-Brokers: It Actually Is Easy to Be Green!
Nov 1, 2008

Eco-Brokers: It Actually Is Easy to Be Green!

 
"The more I researched, the more I realized that the knowledge of Green building and the benefits would help every single client that I met. In more ways than one this certification was common sense. I can help my clients and help the environment at the same time. Amazing.” - Stephanie Edwards-Musa, Certified Eco-Broker White has long been the most popular color for home exteriors, with beige taking a close second. This year, homes all across America seem to…
 
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