Crate & Barrel boasts an impressive eco-friendly line of furniture, including this Fulton 56-inch reclaimed teak TV stand/media storage unit. Fulton’s minimal lines and mixed materials extend to open-and-shut storage with a streamlined, rustic-modern statement. The warmth of richly-figured, solid teak and reclaimed teak veneer contrasts beautifully with the industrial black metal frame, finished in three steps for an oxidized effect. Two drawers offer a unique take on contained media storage, with open shelving for electronics and a top wide enough for virtually any flatscreen TV.
We are always on the hunt for eco-friendly stocking stuffers, and we think we’ve found a winner with these Writersblok Bamboo Notebooks. Made with 100% sustainable bamboo, these notebooks come with a cover that is waterproof and washable, and as an additional handy feature, the last 8 pages are perforated. As an inexpensive, attractive and eco-friendly item, these notebooks make a great gift for your green-minded friend or family member. They come available in large, medium or small, and in plain and ruled.
What’s Christmas without Christmas crackers!? These wonderful looking crackers are made from recycled paper and cardboard, so not only are they perfect for the holidays, they are better for planet Earth! Inside each recycled eco-friendly Christmas cracker is a different traditional parlor game, so you can have fun around the holiday table playing simple and old-fashioned games. It’s like stepping back into a simpler time. And, as an adorable little extra, at the bottom of the box, there is an eco version of that old family favorite board game, Snakes and Ladders.
This wonderful looking Teak Bath stool is the perfect addition to your eco-friendly bathroom! It is naturally water-resistant and is resistant to the steamiest of bathrooms! This eco-friendly fair trade teak bath stool also doubles as a bathroom table or shower seat, so you can maximize your bathroom real estate. Made from sustainable teak, the original looking bowed-design seat is hand-sanded and finished with an oil finish by Indonesian artisans, ensuring that it will last for years. And you can rest assured knowing that the sustainably grown plantation teak used in this shower seat was supplied by a fair trade, family run business.
Check out these fabulous recycled plastic floor mats from Mad Mats. They are all handcrafted by Thai craftspeople who all earn a fair wage for their incredible and detailed work. These beautiful mats are made completely from recycled soda bottles! The colorful polypropylene strands can take a ton of abuse, even in your most heavily trafficked areas.They are tough, but they have a soft feel, even on bare feet! And, when they get dirty and muddy, simply take out your garden hose, and give these eco-rugs a quick spray down, and they’ll be as good as new!
More and more people are working from home these days, and are putting together their home office to create a comfortable and quiet work space. When you are making decisions about what to buy for your home office, its a great opportunity to make eco-friendly choices. Desks, shelves and chairs can do more damage to the environment than simply using up energy and natural resources when they’re manufactured. They can also introduce toxic chemicals into the environment, both during their manufacture and after their disposal. Some of the top office furniture companies are aware of these issues, and have started to offer greener choices to the consumer.
At this time there are more choices than ever for choosing sustainable, environmentally-friendly home office furniture. Furniture and equipment that has been certified by third parties like BIFMA and SCS. With this growing number of environmentally conscious furniture manufacturers, you are sure to find something that fits your ergonomic, style and eco-minded needs. There are even more online shops that put their main focus on eco-friendly office and home furniture with options to fit any budget.
Another option is getting used furniture for your home office. Look for used office furniture on eBay, Craigslist or even at yard sales. Now is the time to start making eco-conscious decisions about your home.
When it comes to putting together the perfect home office, we want two things above all. We want the products we choose to be as environmentally sound as possible, and we want ergonomic quality, so that after 8 hours at the computer, our backs, necks and wrists are still in good working condition.
Herman Miller’s Aeron chair has taken these two factors into consideration, and they’ve also made sure the chair looks amazing. It’ even in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art! The Aeron chair is up to 94% recyclable at the end of its life. It is comprised of up to 53% recycled materials. This figure breaks down to 31% post-consumer recycled content and 22% pre-consumer recycled content. The Aeron chair is GREENGUARD certified as a low-emitting product that meets current indoor air quality standards.
This chair also takes the cake because it is adaptable to all body sizes and shapes and all the motions that one goes through every day while seated. It provides healthy comfort and balanced body support with its innovative suspension and easy-to-use adjustment controls. When it comes to assembling the right home office furniture for your eco-friendly office, there’s no better place to start than Herman Miller.
In our rush to reduce both our carbon footprint and monthly utility bills, the humble house and home needs a complete reassessment with regards to what resources we use, where and why, and how we might reduce usage.
Whilst the bathroom might seem fairly basic with regards to energy and resources there are a number of simple alterations that go a long way in reducing waste and increasing efficiency.
The first and foremost resource in bathrooms is water – and whilst water may come in at the cheaper end of our annual living costs, it’s a valuable resource that is predicted to become a scarce and highly valued commodity in the wake of climatic temperature increases. The easiest way to instantly reduce water usage in the bathroom is to install a toilet with a dual flush cistern – this allows you to select a half-flush where necessary. Old fashioned toilets use up to nine liters of clean water on every flush; by using a dual flush or simply placing a ‘save-a-flush’ or ‘hippo’ in the cistern you can reduce usage by up to three liters each time.
Showers are another key area for energy use – and with the increasing popularity of power showers the equation now includes both water and electric usage. Whilst the common assumption is that showers use less water than baths, modern power showers can use more water than a bath in less than five minutes. If you’re keen to reduce water usage without compromising the power of flow, an aerated or low-flo shower head will reduce the amount of water used but maintain pressure by mixing with air.
Bathroom lighting needs to be precise to fulfill its required roles in bathroom activities such as shaving, plucking and make-up – if designing an entire bathroom natural lighting should be taken into account and capitalized on where possible. Where installing new lighting systems consider spot lighting for key areas, such as mirrors, bath and shower, plus it’s worth considering low energy options that can reduce electricity usage by up to 80%.
Choosing to opt for both recycled and renewable resources is the best way to go green in the home – in the bathroom as well as the rest of the house installing gray water recycling and a solar hot water system will radically reduce cost and waste. Waste water from showers, baths and wash basins is collected, treated and reused for purposes other than drinking, such as flushing toilets, watering the garden and feeding the washing machine. Whilst solar collectors positioned on the south side of a roof are currently the most efficient use of solar power, creating hot water year round for very little investment.
There are plenty of uses for old CD’s, especially around the holiday season. Decorate your Christmas tree with these great-looking and eco-friendly hanging decorations made from recycled CDs. They will shimmer and shine in the lights from your tree, and will be durable enough to use year after year. This is just one idea you can use to make sure you have a much more efficient and green holiday season.
The Back Bay Collection Platform Bed is made of laminated engineered wood, which gives it great strength and durability. They use wood panels entirely made from recovered and recycled material. The manufacturers do much to preserve the environment by conserving forests, without compromising quality and durability. This sleekly designed and modern bed has a great-looking dark chocolate finish and a durable particleboard construction. Perfect in almost any bedroom decor, this bed will be a welcome addition to your home.