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Introducing Carbon Neutral Goods: A New Kind of Shopping!

Carbon Neutral Goods is a new Etsy shop selling fashion goods with a carbon neutral footprint. Check it out here! The shop inspiration comes from The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken. I have been a fan of Hawken for some years now, and this book has revolutionized the way I view free enterprise and the environment.  I’ve always had an abstract idea of the degradation and lack of accountability companies have for their environmental footprint, but Hawken makes the argument that if we require companies to include the total embodied carbon footprint in the cost of a product and service, it will evolve our economy and society – for the better! He argues, “We require political, environmental, and business communities CLICK for more

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Greenbuild 2017 – Expo top products!

Let’s face it – expos are not fun when you’re 10 and your parents drag you to the local home & garden expo to see new pavers, showers, and mailboxes. But when you’re an eco-conscious architect who’s looking for new ways to improve the status quo – the 2017 Greenbuild Expo floor is a wealth of inspiration! Here are our top 3 picks from the 3 day conference: AirIQ by Biome – This is a concentrated at-home air quality test.  It has a super low cost of entry starting at $249/bottle.  It’s basically a mason jar-sized bottle that you leave anywhere you’d like to test, for several hours.  You then send the bottle to their lab and within two weeks receive the results CLICK for more

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There is No Beauty

THERE IS NO BEAUTY IN THE FINEST CLOTH IF IT MAKES HUNGER AND UNHAPPINESS. MAHATMA GHANDI I have recently been taken with the Adam Ruins Everything movement – first the videos, now the podcast.  I love that he has a fresh take on social injustice and explaining the ills of the world in a logical, albeit tragic, way.  This is why I would like to bring to your attention his latest podcast episode: “Why Fast Fashion Fails Us.”  I am primarily concerned with the waste stream as it relates to the building industry and my own consumption, and the latter is where this fits in.  I have been learning so much lately about the clothing industry and really taking the time to consider my CLICK for more

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Living Building Challenge in Georgia – The Mohawk Light Lab

A few office-mates and I had the recent pleasure of touring the Mohawk Light Lab in Dalton, Georgia. This is the first Living Building Challenge petal-certified project in the state of Georgia, so needless to say, we were pumped! First of all, if you aren’t familiar with the Living Building Challenge, it is a green building rating system start in Seattle  in 2006 and is a rigorous green building rating system administered by the International Living Future Institute.  The rating system is a sort of reaction to LEED that promotes buildings that are regenerative and actually give back to their surroundings. More info on the LBC can be found here. We made our way to Dalton from Atlanta for the CLICK for more

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Healthy Living Starts with a Healthy Environment – Part 1: Cleaning

As a designer, I can attest to the belief that we can impact the world through design.  This is a reason why I try to focus on green strategies – if we are imp acing the world, someone’s world, through the built environment, why not make it as healthy as possible for all those affected? I will be making a series of blog posts regarding healthy environments – where we eat, work, breathe, play, grow, and live out all of our days.  I want to equip you on seeing a healthy environment as a societal expectation: expect your city to pick up and dispose of your recycling properly; expect your cleaning service to use eco friendly products for your sake and the CLICK for more