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September 2008 - [Sustainable Concepts] Green School Supplies and ThermaRock Drywall
Sustainable Concepts )
Design Forward Newsletter September 2008, vol. 66
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  • Green Schools Supplies
  • ThermaRock Energy-Saving Drywall
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    Welcome to the September 2008 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    Quote of the Month: "If there is to be an ecologically sound society, it will have to come the grass roots up, not from the top down."
    -Paul Hawken, The Ecology of Commerce

    Lisa A. Swan

    Green Schools Supplies

    It is that time again: Back to School. Students all over the US gear up for classes and with that come lots of new supplies. How can you make this year different? Are there good sources of green school supplies? We complied a few that offer a variety of earth-friendly office and school supplies.

    One place you can start is GreenLine. They carry a large selection of paper items, notebooks, binders that are made from recycled products.

    Red Apple School Supply has a line school and office supplies cleverly named Green Apple. These earth-friendly supplies are made of either recycled, reclaimed, or managed forest products.

    YourGuideToGreen.com has a Back to School section with messenger bags made from recycled #1 PET water and soda bottles and organic cotton t-shirts.

    TreeSmart pencils are made out of rolled up recycled newspaper - as you sharpen the pencil you will be able to see layers of newsprint at the tip.

    And how about a stapler that doesn't use any staples. This handy staple-free stapler cuts out a sliver of paper and stitches the sheets together.

    Have more green supplies for school? Share them with others on Lisa's Blog.

    Article Lisa A. Swan Picture aboutmyplanet.com

    ThermaRock Energy-Saving Drywall

    New ThermaRock XI (eXtreme Insulation) is the world's first wallboard that can reduce energy use and cost. ThermaRock provides an insulation R-value of up to R 4.1, compared to 0.5 for gypsum drywall. This substantially reduces heat transfer through un-insulated or insulated exterior walls, and reduces heating and cooling costs up to 30% as a result. Their models show potential savings of $1,700 per panel over the life of the product.

    The use of high-performance drywall to add insulation uses much less floor space than other approaches, and makes it particularly valuable for retrofits. It can also be the only practical way to add insulation to masonry or cement walls. ThermaRock XI allows a much faster, simpler construction process than the alternative of building out an inner wall - which is especially helpful in owner-occupied situations for minimizing disruption, dust and hotel living expenses.

    ThermaRock XI delivers its extreme performance by incorporating a 'blanket' of space-age aerogel, a low-density, high performance insulating material, into the panel itself. The product is used like standard drywall.

    ThermaRock is available in a gypsum version, for use on wood or steel studs or over existing drywall, and a magnesium oxide version, for use on masonry or CMUs.

    Article Serious Materials

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