2007 - [Sustainable Concepts] Green Gardening & the Reuse
2007, vol. 50
Welcome to the May 2007 newsletter from Design Forward.
Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "Only when the last river has been
polluted, and the last tree been cut down, and the last
fish been caught, will we realise we cannot eat money."
- Cree native saying
Lisa A. Swan
The Reuse People (TRP) is a licensed demolition contractor
for commercial buildings, bank interiors, store and
office interiors, municipal buildings, and military
facilities. They call their practice "deconstruction"
versus demolition. The buildings deconstructed are recycled
and not sent to the landfills. TRP reduces the solid
waste stream and renews the built environment by salvaging
building materials and distributing them for reuse.
Deconstruction jobs have ranges from a 600 square foot
residential addition to large military warehouses. Recently,
TRP deconstructed three Warner Bros. Movie sets at the
old Alameda Naval Air Station-this project diverted
over 10,000 tons of reusable and recyclable material.
TRP also deconstructed the Clock Tower at NorthStar.
Their Certified Contractors have diverted over two hundred
thousand tons of usable building materials from landfills.
These materials go to markets both in the U.S. and abroad.
In the U.S. materials are shipped to one of their warehouses
or those of a partnering organization for sales and
distribution to the public. Some materials are used
as raw material by furniture, cabinet and flooring manufacturers.
Larger dimensional lumber is shipped to mills that resurface
and cut the lumber for reuse in homes and commercial
Now that spring has arrived, it is time to get our
the gardening gloves and wheelbarrows. Before you head
outside this year, take a look at green products for
your landscaping projects.
- Rubber Mulch - mulch made from recycled tires for
walkways or planter beds. It is non-toxic, non-staining,
and long lasting.
- Evapotranspiration (ET) controllers for sprinkler
systems - these computer controlled sensors are "smart"
systems to regulate exactly how much water your garden
needs. Includes, automatic rain shut off, tracks temperature,
moisture content or soil, and more. It will only give
you garden the water it needs.
- Subsurface Irrigation can save up to 60% of water
- it only targets the root zone and disperses water
at the ground level. Reduces evaporation, over spray,
and is gray water compatible.
- Solar lamps for exterior lighting. These lights
can be used as spot lights or malibu lamps to light
a garden with no pollution or electricity.
Article © Lisa A. Swan
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