Mother Earth Living

Starring Sustainability: A Green Home Makeover

Television host Michelle Harris used her own home as the model for a floor-to-ceiling green makeover.

After: The recycled-content stainless-steel stair railing made a big aethetic impact, Michelle says. Many of the home's design elements hadn't been touched since the 1980s.
Photo By Scott Van Dyke
Stuffed chairs made with scrap foam, from Stanton International, keep foam out of the landfill, look modern and feel soft.
Photo By Scott Van Dyke
Before: Ripping our the dirt-and mildew-filled carpet helps reduce allergens.
Before: You can donate used furniture to a thrift store, Habitat for Humanity, or Freecycle.
Before: The pre-remodel bedroom contained particleboard furniture, which is often filled with formaldehyde.
After: Recycled-Glass dishware from Riverside SeaGlass in Pennsylvania is made of post-industrial recycled glass comes in 12 colors and 10 shapes.
Photo By Scott Van Dyke
After: Michelle loves her new, recycled-content EnviroSlab counters. "They're different looking, but they're not like 'oh my gosh, what is that?'. They're similar to granite", she says.
Photo By Scott Van Dyke
Before: The original barthoom didn't include water saving fixtures and its sinks and vanity were outdated.
After: Recycled and biocomposite bedstand lights by Frankie Goes Fluorescent are made of recycled glass and a natural biocomposite of soy flour and recycled paper, with nontoxic finishes.
Photo By Scott Van Dyke

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