December 23, 2008
In a previous gwg article, we discussed the 10 must knows regarding cork flooring. Now to find suppliers near our readers. Within a week of emailing DuroDesign, I received cork samples and information. In fact, they sent me samples in each of their six collections and 54 colors.
When the samples were opened, my husband and I poured over the options and were immediately impressed with DuroDesign’s cork line. Recently, we’ve decided to use cork throughout our future home, except the great room, (unless I convince him to use an area rug). We found it difficult to choose a favorite, so it appears we will have a few different schemes going throughout our home.
One of the reasons we would choose DuroDesign is because their cork tiles and uniclick panels are pre-finished with water-based polyurethane sealants. Just because it is a cork floor, doesn’t mean it is necessarily green. DuroDesign’s water-based finish assures that the cork floor is still green. When you order their product, the price includes enough water-base polyurethane for 4 additional coats (the stain lasts approximately 4 years), as well as Read more
October 20, 2008
10. The easy maintenance is another benefit of cork flooring. It will not collect dust, and is therefore, hypo-allergenic. It is an insect repellant, and anti-microbial, making it a great choice for your kitchen, bathrooms, and children’s play areas.
20 sites that are cork informative:
Jelinek Cork Group – A great history of cork and its uses, as well as a large list of cork products in addition to cork flooring.
Simply Cork /flooring – The one stop source for articles about buying & installing cork flooring.
CorkDirect – Has an About Cork section that offers a visual guide to the cork manufacturing process.
About.com – Tutorial on cork, its benefits, background, and construction information.
BuildDirect – Site that offers quality building materials for less and publishes articles helping you make your decisions regarding cork flooring.
AmCork – A great site for sample cork colors, patterns, and a wonderful photo gallery that offers many cork design ideas.
WECork – Company with a long list of cork flooring installations, even high traffic areas.
iFLOOR– Purchasing information for DIY installers.
floorbiz – Information on the different choices in cork floor style (plank, laminate), as well as a good site for background cork information.
Natural Cork – Floating floor systems, as well as laminate cork flooring.
CorkStore – Buy cork rolls & sheets, wall coverings, fabric, closures, etc.
Expanko – Glueless and floating cork floor systems.
Environmental Home Center – Learn how to install your own cork floor planks/tiles.
Sustainable Industries – Article exposing cork myths and giving more detailed information on cork flooring.
Global Sources – Suppliers and manufacturing resource list.
Flooring Area – News Articles on cork flooring.
Flooring – Online Guide to flooring, including cork floors, articles and tips.
Apartment Therapy – Article on protecting your cork flooring.
Wood Floor Guide – Cork flooring reviews.
Team Wicanders – this blog includes all kinds of innovative uses for cork besides flooring. Some of the uses include furniture, home decor, purses, cottages (made of cork), and prefab building blocks for homes.
(The photo was taken at Balance Massage & Wellness Center, located just outside of Park City, UT. The Owner Marty, made ‘green’ choices when renovating the old home. Balance is a wonderful example of green remodeling.)
October 13, 2008
In today’s marketplace greenwashing is rampant. Many companies are purposefully misleading consumers to believe that their products are environmentally friendly in order to catch that ever-important environmentally aware segment of the population. In such a day, I wondered if there was really a thing as a green vacuum cleaner.
Sure, I’d heard the green benefits of installing a central vacuum system. Longer life and no bags both equal less impact on the landfills. With my modest pocketbook, the upfront price of $2000 plus to install a central vacuum system was out of my league. A portable vacuum was more my speed.
In my attempt to answer this question, the friendly people at Eureka offered to send me their new, green Envirovac to try for myself. I explained to them that I live in a busy household with two energetic kids, a frantic husband and one crazy cat. Carpet, hardwoods, linoleum, and drapes are all included in the household. The brave people at Eureka didn’t seem the least bit concerned. Game on.
The Eureka Envirovac arrived in a 100% recycled and unbleached box. The vacuum boasted such environmentally responsible features as an 8 amp motor (33% less energy to operate) and a washable HEPA filter (cleaner air and less waste). How very green!
Now for the real test. My eight year-old’s Read more