If there's one thing that seriously gets me down as I green my own home, it's the overabundance of overly-earnest earth tones that dominate the color palette of so many well-meaning eco-friendly product lines. I've bought my share of taupe bed sets, hemp curtains (in bone, wheat, and nude), and pale green bottles of non-toxic glass cleaner. I want to be green, but a lot of the time I also want to be blood red, teal, and sunset orange. No surprise, then, that I'm very fond of Bedrock Industries' BlazeStone 100 percent recycled glass tiles.
They are vibrant — from cobalt blue to zesty lime — and have the potential to transform a humdrum kitchen into a Caribbean dream or a sleek ode to cranberry — your choice. Using recycled materials in your home improvement projects is always good; in this case, you get your new backsplash (or shower) and keep a few pounds of perfectly reusable glass out of a landfill. And, for all the DIY-ers out there, Bedrock even offers easy-to-follow installation instructions here. However, for the greenest results possible, make sure you shop around for a low-VOC grout.