[Lifestyle photo from Sci Fashion. Discarded Ethernet Cables Become Recycled Fashion in Colombia. Environmentalists worry about piles of non-recyclable e-waste, or discarded high-tech equipment. And somehow that's led to an explosion of Ethernet cable fashion, as you can see in this recent fashion show in Medellin, Colombia.]
true nesters and build our sanctuary of good living, it’s a good idea
to give back + take less. Thank goodness we can turn to the creative,
risk-taking, and innovative designers in decor fashion to bring us cutting edge designs made with sustainable + organic materials. Not only do they seek out alternative sources such as, FSC certified woods and recycled fabrics, they find creative ways to upcycle* things like Ethernet cables, automotive seat-belts and 100% recycled plastic waste.
upcycling* to the next level and creates clean lined modern frames for
the true green urban dweller. Check out Peter's cool modern wares,
including my favorites made with post-industrial automotive
seat-belts, which are available in various industrial colors. [the goods: above, Stewardship Bench by Peter Danko. *green info: European beech sustainably sourced from FSC certified forests].
decorative arts of a magnitude not seen since the advent of the Bauhaus
movement in the 1920’s. The event is the birth of Eco-Modernism, a
design style embracing the marriage of sustainability with industrial
production.” – Peter Danko
What makes Peter Danko True Green?
"The furniture we design is largely Ply-bent, a relatively new medium whose aesthetics have been explored by a mere handful of designers. We are developing a new vocabulary of shapes, forms and techniques using lamination layers as decorative elements. Ply-bent furniture is the perfect sustainable material because veneer yields 8-10 times more usable wood from a log than solid lumber. Our furniture is made using non-toxic water based adhesives, and we use recycled materials for seat suspension and padding." ~ Peter Danko
A few other urban cool designers of the Eco-Modernism lifestyle are half-brothers Ryan Schultz and Travis Nagel who founded Viesso ~ a designer driven custom house of modern wares which allows you to make the conscious chose to "choose" green materials to create sustainable upholstery pieces. Eco-Modern choices include: locally sourced SFI Alder frames, FSC Certified Maple, Natural Latex, Recycled or Natural Fibers, Water based Glue + Stains. To learn more about the amazing founders and designers, and their Road To Green, visit the boys at www.viesso.com.
What makes Viesso True Green?
"We didn't start the company fully green. Our father is an energy specialist, so we grew up living a pretty green lifestyle. Both our parents were using solar panels over 25 years ago. They are happy that the revolution is finally taking place. Quickly after we began this company, we realized that we could offer green options. As we work with different companies, we see that they're all moving in that direction, so we almost don't even have a choice now." ~ Ryan Schultz
sofa by Viesso].
It doesn't have to be all or nothing. It's about balance. And although everyone wants to get into the green movement, the green road is not as easy as it looks. True innovation + change comes with time and commitment. Consumers need to understand the "shades of green" in terms of sustainability and need to make informed choices in how to purchase home interior goods and when you do make that choice ~ it feels good to be green.
[Green notes: What
is Upcycle* ~ A term coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braungart.
The process of converting an industrial nutrient (material) into
something of similar or greater value, in its second life. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
is an international organization that brings people together to find
solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world's forests.]