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New Products Are Created From Recycled and Sustainable Sources

Author: Roberta Landman
Issue: November, 2011, Page 52


Inspired by hues found in coastal areas—and working with carpet manufacturer Shaw—Tommy Bahama Home has designed a collection of rugs that is easy on the eyes as well as the environment.

The line’s offerings are made of Shaw’s EverTouch® recycled nylon and feature labels that denote the product’s green qualities. The carpets themselves may also one day be recycled into new rug fiber at Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling Facility.

Pictured here is Island Lattice in the Ocean colorway. It also comes in Gold and Beige and in several configurations, including runners and sizes up to 7' x 9' by 10' x 10'.

Available through World of Rugs in Scottsdale, (480) 419-6119, and the firm’s other Valley locations

Bolivian artisans are turning rosewood (morado) stumps and branches left behind in that country’s managed forests into items for the home. The hand-carved vessels and bowls, such as those pictured, are crafted with techniques introduced by Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century, according to L’Aviva Home founder Laura Aviva, who travels the world to find products for her namesake website. For online purchasing details, visit
A specialist in environmental preservation, author Sergi Costa Duran stresses the importance of bioclimatic design—a concept that makes use of a local climate—in Eco House: Practical Ideas for a Greener, Healthier Dwelling (Firefly Books).

Included are diagrams to visually demonstrate how methods such as rainwater collection systems, mini wind turbines, and photovoltaic solar panels are installed and work. Duran also considers the angle of the sun in relation to a home’s location, noting that situating a house to face south will provide shade in summer while still allowing winter rays to warm the home.

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