October 13, 2009

Great Local Find: Jill’s Paint in Atwater Village

Jill’s Paint is an old-fashioned specialty paint store whose merchandise includes a commitment to environmentally-friendly alternatives.

What an incredible green gem of a resource this place is! From paints to stains to recycled plastic buckets and bamboo brushes, Jills Paints has all of their green bases covered. They even offer environmentally friendly adhesives and cleaning solutions.

The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and eager to help, and their hospitality is vast and rare to find in today’s market. Where else can you find this type of green selection while being treated to a glass of wine to celebrate the afternoon?

If you’re looking for a wide selection of green paints, great advice, and top notch customer service, then you have got to give Jill's Paints a try:
3534 Larga Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-9067

A Cut Above the Rest-- Eco-friendly Tiles

We are so thrilled to see the availability of green materials expand so greatly!

Within just the last year or two we have seen a large increase in the number of green start-ups as well as new collections from well-established companies that meet the growing demand for green materials.

However, with the increase in attention to green products, there is also a marketing trend to "greenwash" or make products seem more environmentally responsible then they really are so it's more important than ever to thoroughly evaluating a material.

Tiles we’re excited to use at The Go Green Home include:
Crossville- Echo Glass Recycled tile with up to 75% recycled depending on the color. www.crossvilleinc.com
Syzygy- Hand Made clay tiles from New Mexico. www.syzygytile.com
Inertstyle- Icestix 60% recycled glass tiles. They also have recycled porcelain options. www.interstyle.ca
The Five elements- Natural stone stones, durable IPe deck tiles www.thefiveelements.net

When evaluating a green material we look at:
- What’s it made of?
- Is there recycled content? How much?
- Is there anything in here that could offgas?
- Where is the factory it’s coming from?
- Where were the materials sourced?
- What has the factory done to cut down on waste?
- Is it durable? What are customer reviews like?

For more ideas visit www.regreenprogram.org and check out the green product checklist.