An important tool in the effort to build greener buildings and live greener lives is the selection of products that were made using environmentally friendly processes and are used in environmentally friendly ways.
Green products are available for just about any daily need, and the ways they are green are many and varied: They are energy or water efficient; they use healthy, non-toxic materials; they are made from recycled or renewable sources; they make current products you use more efficient or more durable; and they are recyclable or biodegradable, among many other things.
But among all the truly green products comes the risk of “greenwashing;” that is, products that are advertised as green without truly offering environmental or health benefits.
The ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) provides the following list of resources on their website www.asid.org. The directories below can help you sort through the claims and find the products that best meet your needs.
1- GrenSpec Directory www.buildinggreen.com
The online GreenSpec® Directory lists product descriptions for over
2,100 environmentally preferable products. Products are chosen to be
listed by BuildingGreen editors. They do not charge for listings orsell
2- GREEN BUILDING PAGES www.greenbuildingpages.com
Green Building Pages is an online sustainable design and decision-
making tool for building industry professionals and environmentally
and socially responsible consumers.
3- GREEN2GREEN www.green2green.com
Green2Green.org features comprehensive information regarding
green building products, materials and practices. The site offers side-
by-side comparisons of products using a variety of environmental, technical and economic criteria.
Oikos is a World Wide Web site devoted to serving professionals whose
work promotes sustainable design and construction.
5- THE GREEN GUIDE www.thegreenguide.com
National Geographic’s Green Guide offers staff-written reviews of a host
of products, ranging from appliances, home furnishings and home
improvement products to personal care and pet supplies.
6- GOOD TO BE GREEN www.goodtobegreen.com
Good To Be Green is a directory of green building products,
sustainable building materials and green building service providers.
Products must: be made out of recycled materials; ensure a low
environmental impact during the construction, operation and/or
demolition of the building; conserve natural resources like energy,
wood and water; and improve air quality.