Earth Day was a perfect opportunity to revisit some of our favorite green stores, designers and products. From FLOR to The Ultimate Green Store, these resources will help you feather your nest while remaining environmentally responsible.
• Lee Industries has been creating environmentally friendly sofas since 1969 - one year before Earth Day was established. The sofa frames are made from sustainable materials, fabrics are natural and organic and even the seat cushions are filled with renewable soy-based foam.
• FLOR has a few green factors going for it. First of all, when you redecorate you can return your worn FLOR tiles, postage paid. Also, the tiles themselves are made from recycled content.
• Pet supplies, clothing, office supplies and solar gadgets — they don't call it The Ultimate Green Store for nothin'! This e-commerce site is like a green shopping mall.
• White Attic owner Terry Ledford transforms vintage furniture into new show pieces. And he uses low VOC paints and stains to do it. It's like getting all the joys of a before and after without all the work.
• Canvas has adopted "a continued pursuit of products made under fair trade and green principles." They work with artisans and craftspeople both in the US and abroad to offer a range of products that are as beautiful as they are green. (They also recently introduced a line of products by Jason Wu.)
• As their name suggests Compostable Goods specializes in products that are biodegradable and compostable. As they say, what's good for the soil is good for the soul.
• In addition to using reclaimed wood, Environment Furniture also produces furniture that's made in the USA — and local can be just as important as sustainable. Additionally, when new wood is used in designs, it is procured from only strictly managed certified forests.
• With everything from paints and stains to baby and cleaning products (not to mention a handmade section), Sustain rightfully calls themselves Your Eco-Living Store Online.
• Eco Supply Center is an East Coast distributor of green building materials. Offering flooring, countertops and architectural panels, this site is a great destination for green rehabbers.
• Of course not everything has to be labeled as specifically green to be earth friendly. Buying from the independent designers found at Supermarket is greener than buying from a big box retailer.
Image: Lee Industries