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

10 ways to spruce up your home’s most-used spaces

| September/October 2006

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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.

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