Mother Earth Living

Best for the Kitchen and Bath: Seventh Generation, IceStone, Forbo Marmoleum

10 ways to spruce up your home’s most-used spaces
By Nancy Nachman-Hunt
September/October 2006
Add to My MSN

Content Tools

1. Neil Kelly uses Forest Stewardship Council–certified Smartwood, recycled woods, wheatboard, natural oils and low-VOC paints in its cabinets. Cost is competitive with mid- to higher-range conventional cabinetry. (503) 288-6345.

2. Sunbeam’s hand-poured beeswax and soy candles are made in a solar- and wind-powered shop in Van Etten, New York. From $7 each. (607) 589-7375.

3. Sears’ Energy Star-rated Kenmore Elite bottom-freezer refrigerators were rated “tops in 2005” by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Available at Sears stores or online. $2,200. (800) 349-4358.

4. Cusp Natural Products makes reusable coffee filters and tea bags from hemp, a natural fiber that’s three times stronger than cotton. $4 to $7 each. (877) 464-2877.

5. Recycled bathroom and kitchen fixtures bring character into any home. The Old House Web lists architectural salvage operations that sell sinks, tubs, medicine chests and more. (207) 430-0267.

6. Seventh Generation makes bathroom tissue, paper towels and facial tissue from recycled paper without chlorine bleach. Available online or in natural-food stores and supermarkets. From $2.49 per package. (802) 658-3773.

7. IceStone fabricates its spectacular, durable surfaces, available in 25 colors, from recycled glass and concrete. From $95 a square foot, installed. (718) 624-4900.

8. Native Organic Cotton’s organic cotton bath towels are colored using the cotton fiber’s natural hues or low-impact blue dyes. Bath towel: $36. (800) 766-7454.

9. Forbo’s Marmoleum—made from linseed oil, rosins and wood flour—is antimicrobial, so it prevents germs from multiplying on its surface. Available in 12-by-12-inch squares ($5 to $6.50 per square foot, installed) or 36-by-12-inch panels ($5 to $9 per square foot, installed). (866) 627-6653.

10. Flower Peddler’s soaps lather up in herbal scents such as lavender, peppermint, apple cinnamon and rosemary-mint—and they’re packed with skin-friendly glycerin and essential fatty acids. $5.25 per bar. (888) 569-7627.

Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.

(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here