By Becky Striepe on November 14, 2012
Here in the developed world, we’re lucky to have lots of eco-friendly and efficient roofing options, but in the third world most of those choices are out of reach. Researchers at the New York Institute of Technology are looking to change that and address some of the single use plastic problem at the same time with their plastic roof concept.
By Becky Striepe on June 1, 2011
Flooring might not be high up on your list of eco-friendly home decor, but that flooring choice matters. Just like any other wood or paper product, irresponsibly harvested wood contributes to deforestation, and in the case of Brazilian hardwood flooring it’s linked to slave labor.
By Beth Buczynski on May 31, 2011
Although it might feel like we’re being taken over by Big Brother (don’t worry, it’s just Google), building more intelligent homes can actually help save energy and reduce environmental impact.
By Becky Striepe on May 4, 2011
We’ve talked here before about the scourge of single-use plastic, so you can imagine how it warmed my heart to run across this video, where kids are taking plastic bottles and upcycling them into building materials:
By Becky Striepe on July 20, 2010
Remember the amazing Repurposed Pallet Adirondack Chair (PAC) from designer Shelton Davis? We said we’d be keeping an eye on Shelton’s project. Well, we did. And the kits are now available for sale! Davis found that it wasn’t really feasible to ship the pallet parts, but folks who want to try their hands at chair [...]