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Best for Remodeling: Great Home Products

Greenovate your home with these eco-friendly products.
By Nancy Nachman-Hunt
March/April 2006
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Sandhill Industries makes 100 percent recycled glass tiles in a variety of colors and styles using a process that requires less than a quarter of the energy it takes to produce a cast-glass tile.

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From floors to furnishings, going green has never been easier.

Add interest and color to your kitchen or bath with artistic glass tiles. Sandhill Industries makes 100 percent recycled glass tiles in a variety of colors and styles using a process that requires less than a quarter of the energy it takes to produce a cast-glass tile. (208) 345-6508

Lower your utility bills with energy-efficient, fluorescent fixtures. American Fluorescent makes Energy Star–qualified indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures designed for the most discerning decorators. The Iris Pendant chandelier retails for $498. (847) 249-5970

Phillip Jeffries grasscloth wallcoverings are made from arrowroot, jute or reed fibers; natural vegetable dyes; and 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper backing. Retails from $35 per yard. (800) 576-5455

Harvested from the bark of the cork-oak tree, cork is earth friendly. Duro-Design cork flooring products contain as much air as they do cork, making them natural shock and sound absorbers. More than 50 Duro-Design cork flooring products are available, ranging from $4 to $6 per square foot. (888) 528-8518

If your new rooms cry out for new furnishings, consider pieces made from sturdy, sustainable bamboo. Crate & Barrel’s new Bento line of solid bamboo furniture sports a contemporary, Asian look. Bento Chifforobe: $1,599. (800) 967-6696

Sofas made from natural, organic and recyclable materials are perfect in any green redecorating scheme. Furnature makes foam-, vinyl-, formaldehyde- and toxin-free sofas in a variety of styles that also feature water-based glue, organic cotton and recyclable, biodegradable upholstery. Genoni (shown): $6,000. (800) 326-4895

These countertops resemble popular soapstone or concrete, but they’re mostly recycled material. Squak Mountain Stone’s handmade countertops come in four colors and are created from Seattle-area waste paper, fly ash and glass dust. A 30-by-48-by-1.5-inch slab retails for?$420.29. Orders: Environmental Home Center, (800) 281-9785

AlterEco makes fine cabinetry from bamboo, sustainably harvested wood and wheatboard using low-VOC (volatile organic compound) finishes. Cabinetry systems are priced by the job. (415) 331-8342.

Save space, energy and money by installing tankless water heaters to supply all or part of your hot-water needs. Tankless technology heats water only as it’s used and comes in a variety of sizes. Rheem Ruud makes units that range in price from $200 to $1,000 and that qualify for 2006 energy tax credits. (800) 621-5622.

Leaky windows can account for 10 to 25 percent of your heating bill. Think about retrofitting your home with Energy Star–qualified, double-pane, wood-frame windows such as Pella’s Architect series. Approximately $620 each. (800) 847-3552

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