2008 - [Sustainable Concepts] Green School Supplies and ThermaRock
2008, vol. 66
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
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.
has a Back to School section with messenger bags made
from recycled #1 PET water and soda bottles and organic
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.
more green supplies for school? Share them with others
on Lisa's Blog.
Article © Lisa A. Swan Picture © aboutmyplanet.com
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
on this Article on Lisa's Blog
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