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December 2005 - [Sustainable Concepts] Vinyl and Going Green for the Holidays
Sustainable Concepts )
Design Forward Newsletter December 2005, vol. 33
in this issue
  • Is vinyl siding green?
  • Going Green for the Holidays
  • Feedback


    Welcome to the December 2005 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    Quote of the Month: “Combine invention, economy, beauty, and whimsy and you have the ingredients for a really delightful place to live.”
    - Susan Susanka

    Lisa Van Veen

    Is vinyl siding green?

    I am the development coordinator for a non-profit housing-development corporation. I am having problems finding affordable cladding system that is also green. Can you comment on vinyl siding as it relates to the green building movements?
    -Michael Roane
    Wilmette, IL

    Betsy Pettit, and architect and president of Building Science Corp. in Westford, Mass., replies:
    I've struggled with this question for many years, and here's my take on it. All materials have environmental costs associated with their material extraction, manufacture, and transport. According to a study by the U.S. Green Building Council there's no compelling evidence that vinyl siding is any better or worse than the alternatives.

    Article © Fine Homebuilding. Picture © Vinyl By Design

    Going Green for the Holidays

    Here are a few ideas for helping keep our earth a better place to live this holiday season:

    • Purchase organic and Fair Trade foods for holiday meals.
    • Use reusable gift wrap instead of paper, like fabric or gift boxes. Small handbags make a great gift wrap
    • Avoid toxic PVC and excessive packaging in the gifts you buy. OR Give gifts that do not have be wrapped: Massages, a yoga class, or a bike tour.
    • Put your holiday lights on a photo-senisitive timer to save energy. The lights only really need be seen from sundown until you go to bed. them.
    • Buy a living Christmas tree - when spring arrives you can plant it.
    • 'Tis the season for giving: Volunteer some time for your favorite cause.
    • Donate to your favorite charity in honor of a friend or family member.
    • Choose fashion over energy consumption: Turn down the heat and put on a sweater.

    Also we found a great list of Holiday gift ideas from Treehugger.com.


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