2005 - [Sustainable Concepts] Vinyl and Going Green for the Holidays
2005, vol. 33
Welcome to the December 2005 newsletter from Design
Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's
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
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?
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
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
- Use reusable gift wrap instead of paper, like
fabric or gift boxes. Small handbags make a great
- 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
- 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
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