(Welcome to Stephanie, one of the finalists in our Editor search for the upcoming Apartment Therapy Green blog. She's writing from Berkeley, California. Comment away!)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.