Is recycled wallpaper so much to ask for? (Day 354)…

February 17, 2008


A lot of people hate wallpaper, and I can understand why. It’s a pain in the butt to apply, it can start to peel, bubble and warp over time, and stripping it down when you get sick of it takes an entire day’s worth of steaming and scraping, steaming and scraping.

But I don’t care — I want it. I’ve already committed to buying low-VOC paints, but there are so many cute little rooms in my new house, I’m bent on doing at least one of them up with wallpaper. The one above, which I noticed over at AT, is a hand-painted version from de Gournay, but I’m not sure how eco-friendly it is (plus it probably costs a million bucks per meter).

After some online poking around, I’ve determined that getting recycled wallpaper is not going to be easy, unless I order these weird 3D modular tiles, which are a bit too ’60s, even for a retro-lover like me, or go to the UK for something like this (much prettier and there are some funky recycled flax paper options, but they mostly do wall decals).

Another idea might be to go with something like these animal cutouts made from leftover wallpaper samples, or I could just do a half-and-half brand like Graham & Brown, which at least has some eco-friendly business practices and insists that 50% of their paper is recycled.

Of course, then there’s the issue of the glue, which could be a major problem, seeing as my Coccoina probably won’t cut it.

Ach! Anyone got any tips?

Resleeved, and less peeved (Day 318)…

January 12, 2008

resleeveI’ve been burning CDs recently and thought I might try to find a way to green this process. The most obvious thing that came to mind was doing what my friend Matt does: Uploading playlists to an ftp site and letting people download the mp3 files right onto their iTunes, with no disc, packaging or shipping required.

But unfortunately I don’t really know how to do that — and sometimes, in this digital age, I like to stick to the tangible realm.

With my no plastic pledge, however, jewel cases definitely aren’t an option (plus they tend to crack and break, and are kind of ugly).

So after much searching, I finally found the Sustainable Group, where they sell 100% recycled CD cases called Resleeves (I tried to find them at local eco stores but came up empty-handed, unfortunately). They’re about 50-50 post-consumer recycled fibers and post-industrial recycled fibers, with a round die-cut hole in the middle (open, no plastic screen).

And they’re unbleached, with a big recycled logo at the bottom so everyone knows I’ve made a conscious green decision. That, my friends, is your Simple Saturday change. I’ve got nothing else up my (re)sleeve.

Image courtesy of Sustainable Group