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Sustainable Sisal – Eco-Friendly Sisal Rugs & Flooring

It is important to realize that using sisal rugs in your home or workplace helps to promote sustainability in developing countries.  Likewise, you are providing a healthier environment for yourself and also those around you. For us to begin discussing the benefits of sisal rugs we need to first look at the plant itself, sisal […]

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Bamboo Countertops – The Sustainable Option

Bamboo countertops can be a great choice for anyone who is interested in replacing their current counters with a new, eco friendly option.  There are lots of great reasons to consider bamboo, we’ll go over them all here. Strand woven bamboo countertop What Makes Bamboo Countertops Green? Bamboo has emerged in recent years as a […]

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Environmentally Friendly Materials – Seagrass

For those who are looking for different styles and alternatives to the many popular eco-friendly area rugs that are currently available, you should consider seagrass area rugs. These finely woven area rugs tend to be made from all-natural and imported materials that are both durable and desirable. Seagrass is similar to hemp, harvested from many […]

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Greener building techniques begin to gain traction in South Africa

The green building industry in South Africa is showing signs of maturation, with increasing numbers of architects, engineers and product suppliers showing interest in the sector, not only to discover more about it and understand it, but seeking ways in which to successfully implement and create greener buildings. The recent Green Building conference, held in […]

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Why Buy and Use Bamboo Products?

Bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly building materials there is—it’s sturdy and solid, yet it grows extremely fast and is therefore rapidly renewable.(Hint hint: that means it’s often cheap to buy, too) Plus, it has a stark, elegance that will likely blend into the decor of your home. So it’s really no wonder we’re […]

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Guidelines for building green homes

You might think that there is a lot more hassle and expense involved in building a home that conforms to your eco-friendly standards, but in truth, it is very similar to standard types of building in that the price and the level of difficulty depend largely on what you choose to use.  For example, the […]

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What about a bamboo water bottle?

After the big BPA scare of aught nine I decided to switch from using my Nalgene bottle, just to be on the safe side. Normally I’m not one to throw away perfectly good water bottles willy-nilly just because I heard that something might possibly be not the healthiest. At least, not without reading the research […]

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Greening our Cities (Part 2)

Studies estimate that 1 square metre of grassed rooftop can remove up to 2kg of polluted particles from the air every year, depending on the foliage type. By definition a green roof can be: A layer of living vegetation that is installed on the top of a conventional flat or sloping roof; An extension of […]

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Greening our Cities (Part 1)

Offering respite from the urban jungle along with a host of unseen building benefits, green rooftops are now a rapidly growing trend. Half of humanity now live in cities.  In the developing world some 3 million people move into cities every week.  This new urban age is faced with many overlapping challenges.  The demand for […]

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