Crag Castle, a large-format porcelain tile from Architectural Ceramics, made of recycled materials.
Rigaudon from O Ecotextiles.
A sofa from CR Laine's eco-friendly upholstered seating collection.
A cork tile floor from Globus Cork.
SureCrete's Xtreme Series Terrazzo recycled concrete.
The Squirt Alarm clock from Bedol Water Clocks.
A table finished with Unearthed Paints' toxin-free Hard Wax Oil.
Nemo Tiles' latest line of flooring, made from 40 percent recycled ceramic material.

Going Green

A batch of new products blends style and sustainability

Architectural Ceramics’ latest collection, Crag Castle, is a large-format porcelain tile that comes in six-by-36-inch planks. Made from recycled materials and manufactured through environmentally responsible means, the tiles (shown on wall) are so named because they resemble the look of natural rocks—or crags—on the outside of a castle.

When sisters Patty Grossman and Leigh Anne Van Dusen founded O Ecotextiles in 2004, they wanted to prove it’s possible to produce luxurious fabrics using non-toxic, ethical and sustainable methods. Their latest collection, Rigaudon, is Global Organic Textile Standard-certified, meaning that no freshwater source is polluted during fabric production. Rigaudon is 55 percent organic linen and 45 percent organic cotton.

CR Laine’s upholstered seating collection boasts frames made of sustainably harvested hardwoods, coil springs made from 50-percent recycled metal, low-VOC glues and 80 percent regenerated fibers recycled from plastic water bottles. Available through Classic Interiors in Ellicott City, the collection is covered with reclaimed cotton fabric that comes in three neutral colors. 

To make its cork tiles, Globus Cork does not cut down any trees; instead, the company harvests the bark from cork oak trees every nine years, leaving the forest undamaged. It also recycles waste from the wine cork manufacturing process in its tiles. Adhesives, stains and finishes are water-based. Globus Cork tiles are available in more than 20 sizes and a variety of custom designs and colors.

SureCrete Design Products now offers Xtreme Series Terrazzo recycled concrete, which contains recycled glass, stone and other post-consumer recycled materials. Because it’s non-porous, this surface repels microbial growth, resulting in better indoor air quality. SureCrete Terrazzo is more durable and lighter than other concretes, and comes in a range of colors.

Created by inventor and entrepreneur Mark Bedol, the diminutive Squirt Alarm clock from Bedol Water Clocks runs entirely on waterpower—no batteries necessary. Metallic plates inside the clock turn H2O ions into a current that creates power. Bedol water clocks come in five different colors.

Unearthed Paints’ Hard Wax Oil is a toxin-free finish for interior woods, cork and stone. Created sustainably from linseed oil, carnauba wax and a derivative of pine tree sap, Hard Wax Oil enhances the natural color and beauty of a surface. For every square foot of Unearthed Paints products sold, this family-owned company purchases a square foot of Paraguayan rainforest and donates it back to the indigenous people.

Nemo Tiles has been offering unique flooring options for nearly 100 years. The company’s latest lines, Twill, Claystone and Crossover, include 40-percent recycled ceramic material. Crossover offers the look of sandstone in five color varieties; Twill (pictured) is slightly textured, reminiscent of hand-woven linen, and comes in five colors; Claystone comes in four earthy, veined patterns.