The first product I found was not only green and eco-friendly but is sustainable. When Fabric Innovations launched in ’97 the words green, eco-friendly, and sustainability weren’t even in the public interest at the time; are now the recognized leading supplier of linens, bedding, and custom fabrics to some of the industry’s most prestigious hotels. Their new bedding line, which includes uniquely textured quilted coverlets and pillow shams in a soft color palette, crafted exclusively from 100% Moso bamboo, recognized worldwide for its superior sustainability and eco-friendly characteristics. In addition, bamboo fabric’s unique silky texture provides a high degree of luxury and comfort that is unattainable with traditional cotton fabrics. Bamboo grows using no pesticides or chemicals, and is completely biodegradable. It replenishes at a rate of 3+ feet per day, making it one of the world’s most prolific regenerative crops. Bedding made from bamboo also contributes to a healthier environment, since it is naturally and permanently antibacterial.
The second product is in field most of us would not have thought, running shoes, because it is where sustainability and green can be severely challenged. However, one running shoe manufacturer stands out with their sustainability-driven innovations and commitment to eco-friendly products. Running shoe manufacturer Brooks Sports launched their “BioMoGo” midsole in their Trance line. BioMoGo is the industry’s first biodegradable midsole and has since become standard in most of Brooks’ performance running shoes, including the popular Adrenaline, Infiniti and Cascadia models. Brooks’ other innovations include a compression molding process that reduces waste associated with the standard midsole manufacturing process by 50%, and an outsole known as HPR (High Performance Rubber) Green, a proprietary material that is made from sand rather than the typical petroleum.
The third and final product is in an industry that is always trying to be on the cutting edge of sustainability, the construction industry. Second Glass is a small yet fast growing enterprise dedicated to providing architects, building owners, and contractors with a clear choice in eco-friendly glass products. What they do is recover and convert damaged and junked automobile windshields into a wide range of glass products. By recycling these windshields again, they reduce landfill space and carbon dioxide in the air. Using a simple yet complex formula of art and science, their products can be frame, hung, lighted, or mounted just like most glass applications. One other unique bit of info is that they are working with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™, which encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices.