Feel overwhelmed by the choices in home improvement products, especially those claiming to be “green”? Ever wonder if anyone but the wealthiest folks can afford the latest environmentally friendly products?
Small businesses are popping up to serve this need for average people with limited budgets who want value-priced green choices. One example is the (n)Habit supply + design store now housed alongside local artists in the old May Hosiery Mill in Nashville. Just two and a half years ago, Rachel and Edward Martin returned from their architecture careers out West to live closer to family and start one of their own. In recent months they relocated the business from a small house to their current warehouse-style location.
|Recycled Glass Countertop Samples|
The Martins have tackled the challenges of eco-conscious design on a a budget for themselves, and they’ve already vetted hundreds of products. They look for products that are good for people and our environment, using recycled items when possible and looking for ways to conserve energy. Their showroom displays recycled glass countertops, colorful glass tiles, and paints and lacquers free of volatile organic compounds. They sell high efficiency, clean-burning wood stoves, modern light bulbs and recycled denim insulation. They look for products made from renewables like cork or bamboo, as well as wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to be selectively harvested from sustainably managed forests.
|Recycled Denim Insulation|
|High-Efficiency Wood Stoves|
|Rain Collection Cubes|