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Trending on Remodelista: 5 Ideas for Sustainable Design

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Trending on Remodelista: 5 Ideas for Sustainable Design

April 13, 2018

This week the Remodelista editors found eco-friendly design solutions: reuse, reclaim, recycle. Here are five of their favorite ideas, from non-disposable drinking straws to non-toxic limewash paints.

Shiplap Siding

Photograph by Justine Hand.
Above: Photograph by Justine Hand.

Annie rounded up 15 Favorite Uses of Shiplap from the Remodelista Archives.

Rainforest Rattan

Marrying a traditional Indonesian craft with a distinctly California aesthetic, Oakland, California, designers Michelle Plante and Genevieve Bandrowski&#8\2\17;s line or low-eco-impact rattan furniture includes the Ring Rattan Chair; \$\290.
Above: Marrying a traditional Indonesian craft with a distinctly California aesthetic, Oakland, California, designers Michelle Plante and Genevieve Bandrowski’s line or low-eco-impact rattan furniture includes the Ring Rattan Chair; $290.

See more of their home furnishings with a high level of social and environmental commitment at From Java, by Way of Oakland: Rattan Chairs from Wend Studio.

Limewash Paint

Above: “When it comes to paint, do the Belgians know best?” asks Janet. “Environmentally friendly and used for centuries, limewash is one of the original house paints.”

See more in this week’s Remodeling 101 post about Everything You Need to Know About Limewash Paint.

Bamboo Drinking Straws

Above: “Can small acts of refusal make a difference? We hope so. For the past few years, we at Remodelista have made an effort to rid our kitchens of plastic drinking straws, no exception,” writes Julie.

For more, see Beyond the Plastic Drinking Straw: 5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives (Including One Made of Straw).

Retractable Walls

Above: A wall of folding, perforated black metal screens opens onto a simple wooden deck to connect indoors to out in New Zealand. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds, courtesy of Fearon Hay.

On an island with no central power or water supply, a secluded cottage generates our own power, collect our own rainwater, and processes our own wastewater. See more in An Off-the-Grid Cottage in New Zealand, Available for Rent.

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