“Green Building Products” Released

BuildingGreen has recently released the GreenSpec Directory of environmentally preferable building products and materials. It includes more than 1,850 listings that designers, builders and building owners can use in identifying products to improve the environmental performance of their buildings. This increased availability of a diverse range of such products and building materials is helping architects and engineers to take green …

Hemp T-Shirts: Durable and Efficient

These shirts by Good Hemp are a blend of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. They are sweatshop and pesticide free, fairtraded and priced at $9.95 to boot. We’ve worn these shirts and they are very soft and feel quite durable due to the hemp content — we’ll probably have these for a while before they wear out. Available in …

(Partially) Biodegradeable DVD Player by Sony

The Sony DVP-NS955 DVD player, recently released in the UK, has 50% vegetable-based plastic parts. The parts are made of a biopolymer called polylactic acid (PLA). The biopolymer was created by Cargill/Dow, and they have been criticized for using GMO (genetically modified) corn to create the biopolymer, because GMO crops could potentially have devastating effects on the earth’s biodiversity.

Riverside Design Group: SeaForm Tableware

Riverside Design Group produces elegant tableware, handcrafted in western Pennsylvania from post-industrial / pre-consumer recycled glass. Despite their crafted appearance, the pieces are highly durable and intended for everyday use, and are dishwasher and microwave safe. The pieces range in price from $26-88.