You can help lower the need for landfills by choosing from any of 12 recycled materials like green glass, construction demolition wood chips, plastic water bottles or crumb tire rubber to combine with cement to form Syndecrete countertops. These counters have twice the compressive strength of ordinary concrete, yet can be easily sawed and sanded like wood.
Syndecrete countertop, $100 per square foot:
Transform a room in minutes with 3-D paintable textural wallpaper tile. Made of 100 percent post-and pre-consumer waste paper, it can be installed temporarily with double-stick tape or permanently with wallpaper paste.
Ripple PaperForms tile, 2-tile pack/$32:
Carved from petrified rosewood logs, this sink is a chip off the old block with a natural bark exterior and a striking polished interior that hints to its centuries-old age via multiple layers of exposed wood.
Fossilized Wood corner sink, $2,740:
It may look like wood, but this chic porcelain tile is better than that for bathrooms because it’s immune to humidity and moisture. No trees hit the saw blade and a portion of sales goes to reforestation efforts in Italy.
Abisko Ebano tile, 6-inch tile/$9.05 per square foot:
Because it burns renewable denatured alcohol instead of wood or gas and doesn’t require a flue, vent, chimney or gas connection, this modernist brushed steel fireplace can be installed in areas where conventional fireplaces can’t be, such as into an existing bookcase or cabinet.
Firebox 650SQ, $4,400:
Made of 74 percent post-industrial recycled content, this exotic-look, click-together laminate plank flooring shrinks landfills and saves forests. It’s exceptionally durable and because no adhesives or glues are used during manufacturing or installation—there’s no off-gassing to hurt indoor home air quality.
Moroccan Plum flooring, $4.50 per square foot:
Hand-sculpted in Canada of 100 percent recycled and recyclable stainless steel, the J7 sink infuses a minimalist touch with its clean cut, geometric shape.
Julien® J7 sink, $1,204:
Carved of nuts harvested from South American rain forest Tagua palm trees, this knob has the look and feel of ivory without harming animals.
Ivory of Tagua Rectangle with Shell knob, $13:
Totally handcrafted of reclaimed wood, each Old World vanity is a one-of-a-kind rustic charmer.
Old World vanity, $1,398:
Woven with Bio-PDO corn sugar fiber, Sorona is a step above conventional nylon carpet because it emits 63 percent less greenhouse gas emissions and uses 30 percent less energy when made—the energy savings equivalent of one gallon of gasoline per seven square yards of carpet manufactured.
SmartStrand Sorona carpet, $17.99-$34.99 per square yard:
A custom mix of SKYY® vodka bottle bits and cement binder, this striking solid surfacing is made of 85 percent recycled glass, contains no VOC additives or resin polymers, and is so durable it can be installed as a counter, shower surround, wall cladding or even as flooring.
Cobalt SKYY® solid surfacing, $100-$160 per square foot, installed: Vetrazzo.com
Foraged from New England rivers and beaches, each stone in this rocky towel hook is unique and made smooth from years of natural tumbling. For every smooth stone collected, a rough one is “planted” in the water so the cycle can continue.
Stone towel hook, $49: