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This is one of my favorite new trends in interior and exterior design. Living walls, which are also known as green walls, make an incredible addition to any space that can accommodate them. Living walls are totally self-sufficient vertical gardens that are on the outside of buildings or on the interior walls.

Unlike ivy walls, which occur naturally and use the wall itself to grow on as well as the ground and nature in order to stay alive, living walls receive water and nutrients from within the structure of the wall itself. Living walls aka green walls, or vertical gardens. The French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc created the first vertical garden over 30 years ago.

Many kinds of plants and foliage have been tested in vertical gardens to test which ones work best, and there are literally hundreds of species that do well in this kind of structure.

Here’s a gallery of some of the most gorgeous living walls I’ve seen recently. Enjoy!

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gorgeous living wall vertical garden

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Recycled Eco-Friendly Rustic Christmas Tree

It’s a debate that many families have around the holiday season; which is better for the family Christmas tree, real or fake? Both offer pros and cons but in this instance that opens up both options to preference, as long as you take into consideration some facts and make a commitment to your choice.

Real Christmas Trees

Many don’t realize that real Christmas trees bought from local retailers are in fact a sustainably harvested product. All real Christmas trees carried by retailers are not from virgin forests but rather harvested from tree farms. There is however the major downfall of the fossil fuels consumed to cut these farm trees down and transport them to your local retailer. Then of course, unless you are the previous governor of California, you need to tack on the addition fossil fuels you burn from your home and back. Unless you are driving your fully electric vehicle recharged by renewable energy. Baby steps, I know!

Don’t forget, if you do decide to buy a real Christmas tree make sure you check your city’s tree and post-holiday pickup schedule. You city services will pick your tree up, turn it into wood chips and recycle it as mulch. Wouldn’t you be much happier to know that the tree you spent the holidays with went to gardens versus the landfill?

Fake Trees

Fake trees also have there pros and cons. The cons are in the manufacturing process and the amount of fuel, mainly large amounts of petroleum, used. It’s a large impact at first but overall if you were to buy a fake tree and use it during the next few decades you would be reducing your carbon footprint versus buying a real tree every year. If you decide to go the fake root than be sure to find a tree you like, don’t go buying a new tree each year!

Rustic Recycled Home Made Tree

If you’re feeling crafty and can handle not having the typical green, but rather the real green Christmas tree, than you might consider building your own simple tree from lumber you can recycle. You can see in this post’s image an example, it’s quite simple to find scrap lumber around your home, town, or city and you can make the tree as simple or extravagant as you would like. You can still find ways to hang all your traditional ornaments and will make for a great conversation piece around the fire, just be sure not to keep it too close to the fire! : )

Cork Credenza

cork credenza

This Cork Credenza has clean, contemporary lines and will look great in most modern decor. The cork doors are made from the renewable bark on cork trees so no harm is done to the tree itself. This Cork Credenza is also made with a bamboo frame, which is a highly renewable resource. The Cork Credenza has two adjustable shelves, soft closing doors, and stainless steel legs. A great utilitarian product that looks great!

Women’s Ethletic Vegan Sneaker

womens ethletic vegan sneaker

Animal free products are gaining popularity and with that improvements in selection and quality can be found. Such is the case with this Women’s Ethletic Vegan Sneaker. Modeled after the popular Converse Sneaker, the Women’s Ethletic Vegan Sneaker is made with 100% Organic Free Trade Cotton and is ethically produced. The Women’s Ethletic Vegan Sneaker is a great casual, everyday sneaker that will pair well with jeans and keep you looking stylish and comfy every step of the way.

EnviroWood Casual Bench

envirowood casual bench

This EnviroWood Casual Bench was “designed for comfort and built to last.” The High Density Polyethylene, known as Envirowood, is made from recycled bottle and containers and is capable of withstanding extreme heat and cold, moisture, harsh chemicals, UV rays, and the occasional beating. The EnviroWood Casual Bench is the perfect piece to relax and enjoy your view, no matter how rough the terrain or how cold the air. The EnviroWood Casual Bench provides you with the look and feel of traditional painted wood furniture without the maintenance.

recycled oak wine barrels bench

Waste not want not. This beautiful bench is made from recently retired oak wine barrel staves. Constructed of pine and oak, this recycled oak wine barrels bench is a perfect accent piece for any room in your house. Perfect for the wine enthusiast or the environmentally conscious, this recycled wine bench is a classic looking bench that’s sure to add some refined beauty and prestige to your decor.

Eco-Friendly Wood Sofa

eco friendly wood sofa

With a straightforward, Asian inspired design, this eco-friendly wood sofa has modest lines and a rich dark oak finish. The wood from this sofa is made from sustainably harvested wood. Create a soft and tranquil mood throughout your home with the complete Shin Collection, which features a sofa , loveseat, coffee tables and buffet.

sustainable series media tower

Manufactured entirely from highly sustainable, organically grown bamboo from the famed “moso” forests of China. This bamboo is inherently known for its perfect color, grain, density and strength. The Sustainable Series Furniture collection includes an amazingly simple tool-free assembly that connects any two Sustainable Series Desks together for limitless workspace configurations. Modern curvilinear design ideally appeals to young, nomadic urban dwellings, start-up businesses and students. What is most notable to me is the smart adjustable shelving and concealed cable management that this collection offers. The Sustainable Series Media Tower includes 5 shelves, large spaces for audio equipment and holds wide flat screen or projection TV’s.

sustainable series straight desk

Manufactured entirely from highly sustainable, organically grown bamboo from the famed “moso” forests of China. This bamboo is inherently known for its perfect color, grain, density and strength. The Sustainable Series Furniture collection includes an amazingly simple tool-free assembly that connects any two Sustainable Series Desks together for limitless workspace configurations. But what is most notable to me is the smart adjustable shelving and concealed cable management that this collection offers. The Sustainable Series Straight Desk’s design ideally appeals to young, nomadic urban dwellings, star-up businesses and students.

sustainable series file storage

The Sustainable Series furniture collection, including the Sustainable Series File Storage, has been manufactured entirely from highly sustainable, organically grown bamboo from the famed “moso” forests of China. This bamboo is inherently known for its perfect color, grain, density and strength. The Sustainable Series collection features an amazingly simple assembly that provides plenty of file storage for letter size documents and can be configured to stack up to 3 carts high. Combine with the other sustainable series pieces for an eco-friendly, unified look.