1. Caroma’s Invisi Series II wall-hung toilet features Smartflush technology, which conserves water through a high-efficiency, low-flush system, saving as much as 330 gallons of water a year per person. With plumbing hidden inside the wall, it is ideal for smaller bathrooms. caromausa.com
A Refined Process
2. Sina Pearson Textiles’ new Global Village Collection of indoor/outdoor fabric uses a polypropylene fiber by-product of the petroleum refining process that would otherwise be incinerated. A GreenShield finish is designed to repel moisture in the most environmentally sound way; the fiber and yarn can be recycled without harmful effects to the environmt.ensinapearson.com
New and Different
3. Kirei Board is a strong, lightweight, durable substitute for wood—usable for furniture, cabinetry (such as the bathroom vanity pictured here), casegoods and other interior design elements. Made from reclaimed sorghum straw and no-added-formaldehyde adhesive, it creates an unusual, modern look. kireiusa.com
4. Earthcrete tubs from Sonoma Cast Stone are made with a recycled, concrete-like material that is lighter than regular concrete. It utilizes no river rock and 87 percent less river and delta sand, which results in a lower impact on local waterways. Tubs are available in a range of colors; embedded heating coils are optional. sonomastone.com
5. Architectural Systems, Inc.’s Sculptured Collection offers ultra-textured MDF wall panels made with no-added-urea formaldehyde. Packaged in 100 percent recycled cardboard, these panels come primed in white or unprimed for a natural wood appearance; custom finishes are also available. Pictured here in a room by J. Britto Designs. archsystems.com
The Real Thing
6. NewStyle Hybrid Shutters from Hunter Douglas offer the color and grain pattern of real stained wood with the strength, stability and uniformity of manmade materials. Available in stained and painted finishes and 11 frame styles, they are highly energy efficient and GreenGuard Indoor Air certified.
7. With the petroleum industry under increasing pressure to go green, eco-minded designers are making a statement by turning formerly utilitarian oil drums into recycled furniture. Pictured here, a vibrantly hued stool that is part of a series of Mobil and Texaco oil drum pieces. peoriaemporium.com
8. Discovered on an old military base in Hungary, these vintage stools from the 1940s had plastic backs that were split and faded with time. Retrofitted with reclaimed pine and oak taken from demolished buildings, they now provide durable, recycled seating made from completely sustainable materials. europe2you.com
9. Designed by John Reeves for Henry Hall Designs, the Cast Outdoor collection is made of 100 percent recycled aluminum with a durable zinc plate patina finish and FSC-certified teak wood. The collection includes a rectangular dining table and side chairs (pictured), square and round tables in a range of sizes and a bench. henryhalldesigns.com
10. Morso’s wood-burning stoves are eco-friendly and energy efficient. The emission of particles during burning is reduced to a minimum through refined combustion technology and advanced purification systems; the stoves are made using 98 percent recycled materials. Pictured here, a wall-mounted stove in cast iron. morsona.com
11. Mythic paint—the only latex paint that is non-toxic with zero VOCs—has launched a high-end line called Mythic Black Label. Serving as both paint and primer, it’s available in 1,232 colors and in semi-gloss, satin and matte finishes. It features the company’s New Color Capture Technology, which provides richer, more lasting pigments. mythicpaint.com
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