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So I would be remiss if I didn't give a shout out to the tree-huggin' entrepreneurs at Greenmaker Building Supply for all their help with the Crack House Beautification Project. One of the things I've been most excited about in buying my own home has been to make it more eco-friendly than I was ever able to do in an apartment.

Some of the stuff we've been able to get at Greenmaker:

--American Pride low-VOC paints and primers. They cost about the same as good regular paints (about $26/gal), but with no toxic fumes. And Greenmaker will match colors from other manufacturers like Behr and Benjamin Moore.
--Disposable paint trays made from recycled plastic pop bottles.
--Paint brushes with removable bristle cartridges so you can use the same handle forever. I got two cartridges for each handle so one can soak and dry while the other is put into action.
--A fancy aerated shower head.

Some of the stuff I have my eye on for future home improvements:
--Recycled glass tiles (oh, the backsplash I have in mind for the kitchen!) and countertops.
--Recycled rubber floor tiles for the kitchen and bathroom.

They also have lots of green cleaning products and more compact-fluorescents than you can shake a stick at, should you want to do that. So if you've got redecorating to do, head on over to Fullerton and Pulaski and let the hipster kids help you do it greenly.

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I had ceramic counters in Portland. They are so gorgeous, so hard to keep clean, and they chipped my dishes something awful, so you might want to rethink glass counters. On the other hand, there's linoleum. If your kitchen floor is vinyl and needs replacing, linoleum is the cheezal-- made from flax, won't catch fire, and has no fumes, very nice underfoot. I know some folks who used it on their countertops and were quite satisfied. Only drawback is that it must be waxed.

elavil @ 05/08/2007 09:30 AM CST

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