Products We Love

We love discovering Eco-friendly products and products that are useful in our everyday life. Check out these 3 products we’ve come across in our search and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

SpeakaBoo:

Bamboo can be used for many things, and we love what SpeakaBoo has done with transforming it. Made out of 100% bamboo, SpeakaBoo is a bamboo speaker that amplifies the acoustics from your smartphone in a natural way. Each speaker is hand crafted and comes also with handmade carry bag made out of recycled newspaper.  It works for both iPhone and Android devices and also allows you to charge your phone while in use. To learn more click here. 

Cassava Bag:

Plastic in general has been a mainstream item ever since the early 1950-1960’s and since then have been becoming more and more of an issue. Plastic isn’t biodegradable, so while some of it does get recycled a lot of it will just end up in landfills and the ocean. That’s why we love what the company, Avani has created. A biodegradable “plastic” bag made out of  Cassava (Yucca), an edible root.  This bag is  100% bio-based, and will break down within a few months. The highlight of this bag is if it gets into water, they’re completely safe for animals to eat, unlike typical plastic bags and can also dissolve in hotter water. To learn more click here.

LifeStraw: 

While not necessarily a new product, we love what LifeStraw has to offer. The company started their research back in early 1999 trying to come up with a product that will filter out all the microbiological contaminants that would make water unsafe to drink.  With a little bit of time and research they were able to achieve that. The first LifeStraw was introduced in 2005 and since then have created everything from water bottles, purifiers for institutional settings, and high-volume collapsible bags for group settings like hikes, campsites, and expeditions. LifeStraw makes it more accessible to drink water practically anywhere and while the Earth is made of about 71% of water, only 2.5% is actually drinkable so LifeStraw will go a long way. Learn more here.


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Benefits of Cork Flooring

Most often than not you have seen cork in some shape or form throughout your day to day life style. Whether its preserving your wine bottle or holding photos and notes up on a memo board at home or in the office, cork is a product that not only benefits your home but also the planet. If you’re looking for an alternative option for flooring in your home, why not try installing cork? Let’s look at some of the benefits of a cork floor:

  • Self Healing – One of the great attributes of cork is the self healing aspect.  If something is dropped on a cork floor, not only will it absorb the shock it will also bounce back to its original shape. This is mainly due to cork consisting of more than 50% of it’s cells consist of air making it light weight as well.
  • Overall Healthy Option –  Great for people who have allergies, cork is a natural material that is naturally resistant to mold, mildew, and termites.  Cork is VOC free, preventing any compounds that would typically cause any irritation from your eyes, throat, and nose from releasing into the air. One last thing that make’s cork the overall healthy option is it is anti-microbial.
  • Sound Absorbent -Cork is a great natural sound dampener.  Aside from used as flooring, cork can also be installed on walls for places such as music studios or auditorium. You can install it on your second floor or bedroom to help limit the spread of noise throughout the house.
  • Soft & Cushioning – Cork is much softer than your typical standard floors like tile, hardwood, and bamboo. It also has better indoor air-quality compared to carpet.  Cork gives a comfortable cushion underfoot and comes in with a built-in underlayment making it easy to install on a sub-floor or concrete slab (a moisture barrier is still recommend on a slab).

Below are some photos of cork flooring from a company we love: USfloors:

Above: USfloors Traditional Plank Marmol 

Above:  USfloors Cork Deco  – Symmetry Gris 

Above: USfloors Wide Tile – Mistral

What are your thoughts on cork? Let us know in the comments below!


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The Pro’s & Con’s of Recycled Glass & Concrete Counter-Tops

Last week we spoke about solid surface material counter-tops and the multiple brands that are not only around but are also Eco friendly. This week is all about recycled glass & concrete counter tops and the pro’s and con’s of installing it in your home.

The look of recycled glass & concrete counter-tops is a truly unique one. Looking for a more subtle look, try going with smaller glass pieces. For a bolder more statement piece, you could go with larger pieces. Just take a look at the difference between an Icestone counter-top and a Vetrazzo counter-top.

Below: Icestone

Below: Vetrazzo 

So what are the pro’s and con’s of a recycle glass & concrete counter-top?

Pro’s :

1.  Color – The best thing about doing a glass & concrete counter-top is the endless color choices that are available. From clear glass to blue Skyy Volka bottles to a mixture, there is a lot of different options you can pick to fit your design preference. We recommend looking at Icestone & Vetrazzo’s websites to view more color options and get a sense of how big their glass pieces are.

2. Easy Cleaning  – Easy and simple to clean. Just take a damp cloth to wipe clean. Concerned about rings? Just take a damp cloth with mild liquid soap or detergent and it will come right off .

3. It’s Sustainable – The best part about recycled glass & concrete? It’s recyclable. Made with 100% recycled glass bottles from both pre and post consumer glass bottles right here in the USA.  Whether installing in a kitchen, bathroom, or fireplace you know that the material put in your home is bettering the environment.

As for the Con’s: 

1.  Porous – The one main con is how porous the material is. Concrete is known for being a porous material, so since this is a mixture between glass & concrete you will run into the same problem as if you you were just installing a concrete counter-top. It’s an easy fix, you will just have to seal the counter-top to protect not only the finish, but maintain it’s overall look. Not necessarily a con per say, it’s just something you typically will have to do annually to keep your counter-tops looking brand new.

2. Not for Outdoors – The only additional con we would add? We wouldn’t really recommend putting it outside due to weather. It could damage or break the material, especially in colder climates.

What’s your favorite thing about recycled glass tile?

Let us know in the comments below!


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A Wide Range of Solid Surface Material

When looking at counter top materials, what are some common materials people normally would list off? Granite? Quartz? Butcher Block? How about Corian? If you didn’t know Corian is actually a brand, not a material. Corian is actually a solid surface material, one of many in fact. Lets take a look a few other solid surface materials, specifically ones that are Eco-Friendly.

Avonite: Acrylic Solid Surface

NSF Certifed Food Zone Safe product with a broad palette of colors, patterns, and designs. Easy to clean, a durable nonporous material that not only is stain resistant, but bacteria and chemical resistant. Can be easily repairable as well.  They also have a variety of surfaces that are made with recycled content.

Alkemi: Recycled SurfaceMade with 88% to 97% recycled content. Alkemi is a beautiful and sustainable surface alternative. Typically made with pre consumer waste such as flake aluminum & copper, solid surface scrap and recycled acrylic.  Comes in a wide variety of colors, finishes, and styles. They even do a line of tables with four distinctive styles.

Durat: Sustainable Solid SurfaceContains recycled post industrial plastics and is 100% recyclable.  They use their pieces generated in production and re-use them to continue to create products. They also use 100% renewable electricity in their manufacturing facility. Comes in over 70 vibrant colors, and if you don’t see a color you like they will do a custom color for you. A wide range of design products such as tubs,sinks, and showers to stools and tables are offered aside from being used for counter tops in kitchens and bathrooms.

Take a look at these Solid Surface Materials and let us know in the comments which is your favorite!


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Why Recycled Glass Tile?

When it comes time to selecting tile for your remodel it can start to feel a bit overwhelming with all the different possibilities. How do you choose what material to use? One tile we love because of the wide range of versatility is recycled glass tile. Between the different patterns, colors, and sizes there is an endless assortment to choose from . Recycled glass tile is great for most applications, from kitchen back splashes, shower walls & niches, to fire places and pools.

Above: Collection – Tessera, 1″x1″ , Color – Peacock

Oceanside Glass & Tile offers great recycled glass tile, made with pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled glass bottles. For those that don’t know, pre-consumer materials are developed during the manufacturing process, consisting of scraps and trimmings that were never used for the end product. While post-consumer is when the end product has completed its life cycle and would have been disposed of, and instead are taken and recycled.

Oceanside’s recycled glass tiles are offered in a wide range. From mosaics for those customers that want a bit of color variation, to stone & tile for a mixture of texture. They also provide field tile in different sizes, glass tiles for pool installations, and even offer their customers the option to customize their own mosaic tile to get exactly what you like.

Below are a few different applications from Oceanside. Be sure to take a look at their website here to view the wide variety of tiles and the different installation photos.

Above: Collection – Devotion, Pattern – Scalloped, Color – Astral Antique Mirror & Bright White

 

Above: Collection – Muse, Pattern – 7/8″ x 1 3/8″ offset, Color – Moroccan Desert Blend
Above: Collection – Devotion, Pattern – Jali, Color- Rain Cloud

One great factor to recycled glass tile aside from being sustainable, is also the durability it has. It is a very strong build material and is impervious to water and is freeze/thaw resistant. A key when looking to install in outdoor applications as well.

What glass tile is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

 


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