Efficient Soapstone Stoves by Tulikivi

These soapstone stoves are made by the Finish company Tulikivi. They use radiant heat to warm up your house, which is a highly desirable type of heat because it’s even and non-drying. Radiant heat passes through the air in a room, and warms all of the solid surfaces in the room that it “shines” upon. Tulikivi uses soapstone to build …

Rock It Chair by Offi

This modern rocking chair is built of out of sustainable, non-toxic mateirals (Baltic birch veneer and non-toxic painted wood). It’s part of the new “Built-By-Me” collection from OFFI, and it’s designed by Jennifer Carpenter. Available from Velocity for $109.

Modular Architecture: Lukas Lang

Lukas Lang Architecture Technology is based on a modular component system, which allows the customer to plan and modify buildings of different shapes and sizes. The pre-fabricated wood components and other elements fit together in different configurations to construct everything from housing complexes to simple water gazebos. Lukas Lang Architecture Technology

Intriguing Designs: Get Sticks by Extremis

Recently featured on MoCo Loco, “Get Sticks” are space dividers for indoor or outdoors. Designed by Hsu-Li Teo and Stefan Kaiser, the dividers come in separate modules that you arrange as you wish. The base is available in wood or recycled rubber with cork. The sticks are 6 feet (180 cm) high and are made of wood or fiberglass and …

Eco Decking Tiles That Snap Together

These decking tiles snap together without the need for screws, nails or glue, to create a deck or walkway. The tiles are made with Bolivian Ipe wood, which is suited to outdoors use, naturally resisting mold and decay. The Ipe wood is harvested according to strict environmental standards, according the manufacturer, Eco Wood International. They say the tiles can be …

Bent Ply Chairs

Even retail stores sometimes offer efficient bent plywood furniture, like Hold Everything which sells this “Bent Ply” chair. You may need to go to their site and zoom in to get a good look at the wood grain. Available in four different stains for $88 (including shipping) from Hold Everything. This attractive “Kinetic Santa Catarina” chair (below) is available from …

Bent Plywood Overlap Tray by Offi

Bent plywood is energy efficient in its construction. Also, less wood is wasted because the wood is not milled but molded instead. This overlap tray by Offi is molded plywood with a Baltic birch veneer, and has a cork covered area for your cup of coffee. Read more about Offi here. Available from Amazon for $99.

Enertia Homes: Wall Segments: Solid Wood: Efficient

Enertia builds houses with solid, engineered wall segments in place of siding, framing and insulation. The houses are designed so that an envelope of air runs around the building, just inside the walls, creating a miniature biosphere. Solid wood buildings, common in Europe and Scandinavia, are not seen much in America, except for log homes.

Cellulose Tape: Biodegradable

Cellulose Tape is metaefficient because it is completely biodegradable. It is difficult to find, especially in the US. Almost all transparent tape sold here is made of acetate. One store, Green Earth Office does offer it. Brands such as Sellotape are available in the UK. Sellotape is made from wood pulp that comes from suppliers with extensive reforestation programs.

Recycled Newspaper Vases

At first glance the surface of these vases look like wood grain. But they are actually constructed entirely out of recycled newspaper and aluminum. The paper is carefully die cut and bound like a book. They have other unusual shapes too. They are prices from $23 to $32. Available from Wishing Fish and Gardners Eden