There are many trends out there that people are grabbing onto that undermine a sustainable design philosophy. Many trendy items in homes have a sustainable alternative that not only look great but also have attributes that make them more durable and better for the environment. Check them out after the jump.
The folks over at Care2 have put together a great resourse for 5 common design mistakes.
The experts say: Don't use marble; it chips and stains and isn't as durable as people think. Granite, which must be imported from far away, often needs to be resealed annually.
May we suggest: Check out Natural Home & Garden's Resource Guide for environmentally friendly countertops made from recycled, reclaimed or natural materials. My personal favorite is Icestone, a composite made from 100 percent recycled glass.
Find the other four tips at Care2.