The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 12, 2001 · Page 17
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 17

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, April 12, 2001
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THE SALINA JOURNAL HOME & GARDEN THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 20P1. C.3 GREEN PRODUCTS your hometur Environmentally friendly home improvement products are beating a path to our doors Vetrazzo is made of recycled glass Is poured into molds to fit specifications. By JERD SMITH Scripps Howard News Service Yvonne and David Steers wanted to do something different in their modern 1950s home in Englewood, Colo. After months of research, they opted to install cork floors because such floors were widely used in homes of that era. But cork floors also are one of the hot new environmentally friendly products you can install in your house. "We decided to use cork because we thought it was pretty," Yvonne Steers says. "We didn't And out about its environmental qualities until later." Cork is enjoying a comeback among eco-conscious homeowners because it's durable, it's nontoxic and it's made from bark that can be harvested without killing a tree. Cork is just one of several popular new "green" home products. Like cork, many of these new products are old- fashioned items enjoying a rebirth. What's old is new again Though environmentalists can argue endlessly about what constitutes green, experts such as Peter Yost, editor of Brattleboro, Vt.-based Environmental Building News, say a product deserves a green label if it's made from a renewable resource, is energy-efficient, is durable (products with long lives reduce waste because they aren't replaced as often) and is nontoxic. Others on the list of hot items include recycled glass tiles, wallpaper made from honeysuckle vines, traditional linoleum, milk paint, bamboo floors and cotton insulation made from blue-jean waste. Traditional linoleum — not to be confused with vinyl floor coverings — is back big, says Paula Moseley, a sales associate at Planetary Solutions, in Boulder, Colo., which specializes in eco-friendly home products. Real linoleum is made from cork, linseed oil and wood flour and has a jute backing. Vinyl flooring is made from petroleum-based products, which aren't renewable and which many believe emit toxic fumes, Moseley said. Milk paint — used long be- These iiandmade tiles are made with leaves and recycled windshields. "More people are,committed today to helping the environment." Paula Moseley sales associate fore modern petroleum paints were invented — also is an environmental winner because it's made from milk powder and is nontoxic. Bamboo flooring a hit Homeowners intent on pursuing the green ethic also are discovering bamboo flooring. Nearly as strong as traditional hardwood, bamboo flooring is renewable because bamboo essentially is a weed that grows quickly, unlike the 50 years it takes to grow a mature oak tree. And at $4 to $6 per square foot, bamboo flooring comes in close to the $2 to $5 per square foot that traditional oak costs. Also making waves are prod­ ucts such as glass tiles made from recycled glass. They come in an array of translucent colors and are in the same price range as traditional decorator tiles. StiU another new product is a concrete-like floor tUe that looks like terrazzo but is made from recycled glass set in a durable nontoxic resin. The list goes on, experts say, driven by a better-educated public interested in protecting the environment. Planetary Solutions staffer Jaime Yates was pleased to see a new breed of wallpapers emerge this year. Imported from Europe, the paper is made from honeysuckle vines, grass, wood pulp and garment Photos by Scripps Howard News Service Environmentally friendly flooring material and other green products for the home are available in the United States. Vetrazzo (bottom left), is made from recycled glass. Bamboo flooring (bottom right) is becoming more popular for the home. waste. "What's cool about these new papers is, in addition to being nontoxic, they're mildew^resistant because they're breathable," Yates says. Many new products making the home scene are imported from Europe. "Europeans have been concerned about things like pollution and scarcity longer than we have," Moseley says. Moseley who has been selling eco-friendly home products for 10 years, says interest in the products grows as more are developed and prices come down. "More people are committed today to helping the environment," Mosely says. Translucent colored tiles made from recycled glass cost about the same as traditional decorator tiles. New product: CONTACT: Panda Products, Inc., www.panda; 1-888-726-3277 The Associated Press Ultimate Carpet Cleaner Up to now, removing glued-down carpet meant an inch-by-inch battle with the old adhesive. But before resorting to heavy scraping, try Panda Products Fas-Strip Carpet and Adhesive Remover (about $27 for a 5-gallon container). The liquid penetrates through the carpet and dissolves the adhesive below so that the carpet lifts up without a fight. The stripper, which the manufacturer says contains no harsh chemicals, cleans up with water. It also removes the stuck- on adhesives used with sheet vinyl and parquet floors. — Today's Homeowner Online Mow / Cut at the right height FROM PAGE CI • Ryegrass: 2-3 inches • Tall fescue: 2.5-3.5 inches • Zoysia: 1-3 inches Mowing too short too early in the season is especially damaging to cool-season grasses. Grass renews its root system in the spring, and very early short cutting eliminates the food factory of the leaf. Insufficiently renewed roots may be the cause of most of the damage suffered in the hot, dry summer months. Mowing too short also encourages weed competition. Clippings were once regarded as a cause of thatch development. They add to thatch only when the clippings are excessively long. This can be avoided by mowing only a third of the top growth from the turfgrass at any one time. So schedule mowing by grass growth rather than calendar dates. For a cool-season grass such as tall fescue, this may mean mowing twice each week in the spring, every two weeks in summer and once a week in faU. For healthy tall fescue lawns, mow it tall and let it fall. Some other mowing tips: • Vary your mowing pattern. • Don't mow wet grass. • Don't bump trees .with' the ; lawn mower • Keep the lawn mower in good condition. • Keep everyone, especially small children a safe distance. away from mowers, a long distance when using a rotary mower. • Pick up all debris before each mowing V J r Paint matching If you're repainting wooden kitchen-cabinet doors, keep track of which doors go with which frames by mark-matching them before removal. On the inside of the frame and the door, use a hammer and a slot screwdriver to make matching Roman numerals, which are easy to identify even after painting. Sharp solution Use safely pins to display your quilts on the wall. Attach safety pins all along the back of your : quilt and hang them on straight : pins or little nails driven into the ' wall. j Shady fix If you have an old lampshade,; give it a face-lift. Use a spray ad: hesive and some pretty fabric. ; You will need only about a half • yard of fabric to cover the lamp- "• shade. Use a hot-glue gun and:i some gimp to make a border'. -: around the top and bottom of the shade. •' ••

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