Starring Sustainability: A Green Home Makeover

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

| January/February 2008

Health advocate Michelle Harris was thrilled to offer up her own home for a head-to-toe green makeover for her “Alive and Well” show on American Life TV. Having just moved into a new house in Orange County, California, she already planned to remodel it with healthy, eco-friendly products. “We’d considered featuring green renovations on the show, but asking someone outside the show to let us into their house for six months was crazy, so the timing worked out well,” she says.

Here are some of the tips from Michelle's remodel:

• Stuffed chairs made with scrap foam, from Stanton International, keep foam out of the landfill, look modern and feel soft.

• Hunter Douglas Insulating Shades with three to five layers of material help insulate the home, acting as a radiant barrier and preventing condensation.

• The Recycled-content stainless- steel stair railing made a big aesthetic impact, Michelle says. Many of the home’s design elements hadn’t been touched since the 1980s.

• Bamboo floors made of rapidly renewable bamboo can be manufactured using few toxic chemicals.

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