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Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Green Tip & Product of the Week

Becky

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So, what lazy green thing have I been up to this week? I signed up to follow AltUse on facebook. That way, when they tell me some wacky way to reuse something or a new way to use something simple and organic and it’s not crazy, it will stick in my head and I’ll waste less. It doesn’t really get much lazier than simply following something on Facebook, does it? I never claimed I was a go-getter.

Also, I really loved this article over at Styleture about Sustainable Interior Design. Check it out here.

Now, for the sustainable product of the week….drumroll please…

I LOVE the Vitra Cork Stools. I love that there are three shapes, though I kinda wish there were four, just to even things out. The top one reminds me of fungi, and the bottom two remind me of chess pieces. I think it would be really cute to have two pairs of them around a kids table, since they are only 13″ high. This is also good coffee table height, and end table height if they are next to a low modern sofa or daybed. I have to say, the pricetag forces me to think of these more like functional art in the form of sculpture, but when I pick my favorite products, I have no budget constraints holding me back.

So what makes these eco-friendly? Cork. Cork is a natural product harvested from trees in the Mediterranean basin of Spain and Portugal. While many people think cork is a new technology, it has actually been used for thousands of years. Unlike hardwood, the useful part of a cork tree is the bark, not the lumber of the tree itself. Cork is only retrieved from mature cork trees and is limited to being harvested in 9 year cycles so that the same tree can harvested for generations making it an environmentally friendly resource

About Becky

Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!

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  1. visualingual says:

    July 30th, 2009 at 4:53 am (#)

    The fact that there are several designs that work well together reminds me of the Eames walnut stools for the Time Life Building [which also only come in three options].

  2. Becky says:

    July 30th, 2009 at 7:32 am (#)

    I love those Eames stools so much. They are gorgeous. I didn’t realize there were only three different designs. Interesting!

  3. visualingual says:

    July 30th, 2009 at 11:38 am (#)

    Maybe the “rule of 3″ is something you learn in Stool Design 101?

  4. Becky says:

    July 30th, 2009 at 11:39 am (#)

    Ha Ha! that pun works on THREE levels…

  5. angkasuwan says:

    August 5th, 2009 at 4:05 am (#)

    clever ideas. glad there’s a facebook page.

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