Loll | Sustainable Outdoor Lollygagging

lollloung01 Loll | Sustainable Outdoor Lollygagging

As we get closer to summer, I start thinking about spending more time in the backyard. I think this every year, but this time I mean business. And as a means of being proactive, I recently went to an enormous home improvement chain to look at outdoor furniture. And to my horror, all I saw was metal and wicker.

Metal furniture, while durable, lacks the warm, cozy feeling I associate with outdoor living. It’s too industrial for my taste. Plus, what happens to all that furniture when it’s disposed of? While metal is certainly recyclable, a big chair doesn’t easily fit into your blue curbside bin, so I bet most people just trash it. As for wicker, I simply hate it. It looks cheap and it’s uncomfortable. Who knew buying outdoor furniture could be so complicated?

Looking for an alternative, I stumbled across Minnesota-based Loll. Their outdoor furniture is contemporary, durable and sustainable.

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Mater Design | Home Accessories With A Mix Of Social Responsibility

mater design Mater Design | Home Accessories With A Mix Of Social Responsibility

These days it’s not enough to furnish your house with exquisite designer furniture. If you really want keep up with Joneses, it’s got to be ethical, too. Luckily, design companies are cottoning on to consumer demand. Take for example Copenhagen-based Mater Design, which launched at the Maison et Object show in Paris in ‘06.

Mater successfully combines “exclusive home accessories and corporate social responsibility,” according to their website. Mater founder and CEO Henrik Marstrand says “For every one of the millions of products we use to improve the quality of our lives, there are associated environmental, ethical and social consequences. While some products have a small environmental bearing, others consume finite resources in vast quantities and are produced under abusive labour conditions and cause environmental damage.” Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

Funky Yet Fun 3D Recycled Paper By MIOculture

mioculture 004 Funky Yet Fun 3D Recycled Paper By MIOculture

When asked to explore MIOculture, I must admit I was suspicious. I mean ME-culture I’m familiar with, but MIOculture? And why me — a person who’d (almost) prefer a DUI to DIY, a story for “Home and Garden”? Hmmm.

But then I realized I was already very familiar with MIOculture. It’s the company who created the fabulous 3D wallpaper that adorns the set in our G Living studio. I even helped install it. Well, kind of… Alright, we mocked it up — it’s television, people!

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