Tag Archives | eco-friendly materials

Eco-Friendly Quartz Countertops

Elements by Durcon eco-friendly quartz and glass counter color chart

It’s easy being green when materials are as attractive as Elements by Durcon.

Pure quartz and post-consumer glass are fused together through a unique manufacturing process. The result is a product suitable for the kitchen, laundry and bath. The surface is non-porous so it resists staining, such as food, juice or wine. Moisture and bacteria are out of luck too — it’s NSF certified for safe food contact.  Available in a dozen colors [below], it is 100% recyclable at the end of its lifetime with the company’s Dust-to-Dust program. I have to wonder if the shiny surface would be a maintenance nightmare for some but the website states Elements is easy to clean with a soap and water mixture.… Continue Reading

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Stylish Dog Beds

custom MCM dog bed from Atomic Ranch

Fetching beds for our four legged friends.

An often repeated question on decorating forums is where to find an attractive pet bed.  We want our homes to reflect who we are and look their best, but that’s hard to achieve when Fido’s lair is tattered.  This microsuede bed is reversible, so even the pups can enjoy a change now and then.  Its removable tufted seat can be used for their comfort when traveling.  This custom bed is available in four sizes and three color combos with a three to four week delivery time.

If you have a sprawler, the Metro Classic Pillow bed is contemporary and stylish in an orange and brown geometric print. … Continue Reading

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Hip Eco-Friendly Rockers

eco-friendly modern rocking bed from Shiner International

Modern design blends functionality with comfort and beauty.

It’s long been proven that a rocking motion brings health benefits – breathing slows, blood pressure falls and a pleasure center in the brain is stimulated.  From babies to adults the rocking sensation brings about a sense of peace and comfort.  Rock in style with the hip designs of the Pant Rocker [above] and Mood Rocking Bed [below] from Shiner International.  Craftsman Joe Manus and his team of artisans begin by upcycling materials destined for the landfill or incinerator.  Pine, oak, walnut or calico wood is paired with a blackened or brushed carbon steel frame that can be left to rock or frozen in any position with rubber stops. … Continue Reading

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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tools

Twist European eco-friendly sponge cloth paper towel substitute

Twist has succeeded in combining design and environmental responsibility into cleaning alternatives.

Earlier this week I posted imaginative solutions to the common kitchen dilemma – where the $%## do I put the paper towels?!  For those who want to lessen their dependency on paper products or have been looking for alternative to the lovely, colorful sponges offered at the local grocery, Twist has the answers.  The Dish Dumpling is a scrub made from the succulent Agave.  The tough, twine-like pad is an excellent abrasive – it even removes baked on food – but it won’t damage your cookware or sink.… Continue Reading

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Eco-Friendly Round Place Mats

handmade felted wool round place mats

Replace the ordinarily used rectangular mats with simple round ones for a fresh summer look.

The first step in creating an understated yet elegant table is place mat selection.  The natural materials of the hand dyed cotton [above] and hand felted [below] round mats bring interesting textures, soft shapes and subtle colors. Crafted by fair trade artisans from sustainable materials, they are beautiful, functional and environmentally friendly.

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Eco-Friendly Geometric Rugs

eco-friendly plastic Gunnel blue rug from Brita Sweden

Floor coverings with contemporary patterns and vibrant colors for active households.

If you are in the market for a sturdy (but attractive) rug or runner, today is your lucky day! Plastic foil and polyester are woven into organic floor coverings by Brita Sweden. They are perfect for high traffic areas, food spaces, wet places and anyplace children roam. Built to last and virtually maintenance free, spills wipe up easily. They are even machine washable – a parent’s or pet owner’s dream.

(Source: Scandinavian Design Center)… Continue Reading
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