Insider’s Guide To Knowing If You’re Truly Buying Green Products.

There are thousands of design products and manufacturers claiming to be green. So many design products are being green-washed these days it is hard to know what is truly green.  Are the products you use truly eco-friendly? The best way to know is to ask the right questions, questions such as this: Does the product [...]
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3 Ways to get a Better Night’s Sleep

One of the biggest items in bedroom décor both visually and financially is your mattress. Consider going natural when buying your next mattress. By going natural, you’ll avoid the off gassing of chemical treatments like PBDEs and boric acid used as a flame-retardant which over the long-term are considered potentially harmful by the EPA. 1) Go rubber! Natural latex mattresses are molded from rubber tree sap.  They hold their form and…
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Interior Design: Ditch the Mansion?

In this month's green article, I can hardly believe I'm going to tell you the first rule of being green is living smaller, fewer resources for initial construction, less for maintenance and less for heating and cooling.  In the name of full disclosure, I need to mention that I have worked on some very large homes. One home was 14,000 sq.ft. and I had an incredible time working with the home…
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How can you save some green while being green?

 

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  How green is your abode? Interested in saving some money and do a little good for the planet while you are at it?  A home energy audit, which most utility providers will do free of charge, will tell you the amount of power your household consumes and what you can do to reduce it. The average family can find ways to shave…
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does your TV use too much energy?

Your TV as an appliance?! Today’s consumers are spending a small fortune on their TV sets and therefore display them prominently in their homes. Some large TVs can consume as much energy as a refrigerator. Generally, LCDs seem to be the best flat screen option using an average of .28 watts per square inch vs. the average .33 watts per square inch Plasmas. I’ll do the math for you, that means…
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Forest Stewardship Council: what is it exactly?

The FSC - Forest Stewardship Council. History - The council was formed in 1993 after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where many questions were left unresolved. It was formed in response to the failure of intergovernmental agencies to agree on a global forest compact. Now the FSC has national offices in more than 40 countries. The goal - was to define the practice of forest management and create guidelines for…
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Insider’s Guide To Knowing If You’re Truly Buying Green Products.

There are thousands of design products and manufacturers claiming to be green. So many design products are being green-washed these days it is hard to know what is truly green.  Are the products you use truly eco-friendly? The best way to know is to ask the right questions, questions such as this: Does the product [...]
Read more

3 Ways to get a Better Night’s Sleep

One of the biggest items in bedroom décor both visually and financially is your mattress. Consider going natural when buying your next mattress. By going natural, you’ll avoid the off gassing of chemical treatments like PBDEs and boric acid used as a flame-retardant which over the long-term are considered potentially harmful by the EPA. 1) Go rubber! Natural latex mattresses are molded from rubber tree sap.  They hold their form and relieve pressure points by conforming to your body and are made from a natural material. Latex deters dust mites and bacteria so it is a great choice for allergy sufferers. 2) Go old school. Select a mattress that uses tried and true natural materials that have been used for…
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Interior Design: Ditch the Mansion?

In this month's green article, I can hardly believe I'm going to tell you the first rule of being green is living smaller, fewer resources for initial construction, less for maintenance and less for heating and cooling.  In the name of full disclosure, I need to mention that I have worked on some very large homes. One home was 14,000 sq.ft. and I had an incredible time working with the home owner to make it spectacular. If living 'klein aber fein' (small but spectacular) is difficult, and bigger is better for you, just go the extra mile and do as much green as you can.  In the large home I mentioned, we used sustainable woods for the over 1,000 linear…
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How can you save some green while being green?

 

Image via Wikipedia

  How green is your abode? Interested in saving some money and do a little good for the planet while you are at it?  A home energy audit, which most utility providers will do free of charge, will tell you the amount of power your household consumes and what you can do to reduce it. The average family can find ways to shave 1,000 lbs. of CO2 emissions each year. Energy auditors use special equipment like blower doors and infrared cameras to help you pinpoint exactly how your house is losing energy. You can also perform a do-it-yourself audit (see time.com/audit), but this is one time you might actually want to be…
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does your TV use too much energy?

Your TV as an appliance?! Today’s consumers are spending a small fortune on their TV sets and therefore display them prominently in their homes. Some large TVs can consume as much energy as a refrigerator. Generally, LCDs seem to be the best flat screen option using an average of .28 watts per square inch vs. the average .33 watts per square inch Plasmas. I’ll do the math for you, that means the average Plasma use 18% more energy than the average LCD. The energy saving rear projection TVs use only .13 watts per square inch, sacrificing space for efficiency. The range by brand however is great. For example, 52” LCDs range from .19-.28 watts per square inch while 50” Plasmas…
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Forest Stewardship Council: what is it exactly?

The FSC - Forest Stewardship Council. History - The council was formed in 1993 after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where many questions were left unresolved. It was formed in response to the failure of intergovernmental agencies to agree on a global forest compact. Now the FSC has national offices in more than 40 countries. The goal - was to define the practice of forest management and create guidelines for logging that wouldn’t perpetuate habitat destruction, water pollution, displacement of indigenous peoples, and violence against people who work in the forest and the wildlife that dwells there. There is a certification process for forest land owners and a CoC (Chain of Custody) which traces the wood from the forest…
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