Established in 2003, West Ridge Bungalow Neighbors is a voluntary group of neighbors in Chicago who desire to assist each other in preserving and appreciating the homes in our neighborhood; educating each other and the broader public in the value and the story of our neighborhood; and providing resources to each other to improve the quality of our homes, enrich our lives and assure our neighborhood's future.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Greening, part 2

From: A Fresh Squeeze

The clocks have been reset, the Easter eggs have been found, and whether the weather agrees with us or not, Spring has arrived. Time to get your house—and garden—in order. But while you’re busy with home improvements, why not improve your health and the planet’s as well? Green building has been proven to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, while improving occupants’ health and performance. Whether your project is large or small, Greenmaker Supply can help you find the eco-friendly products for the job. As co-founder Joe Silver puts it, “it’s a one stop shop for all your energy-efficient, water-efficient and healthy interior, non-toxic products.” At the 2500 North Pulaski Rd store, you'll find low VOC paints, recycled countertop tiles, bamboo flooring, natural fertilizers, and energy saving appliances—even installation made from old blue jeans. Greenmaker Supply’s “Seven Seeds of Sustainability” code makes it easy to decipher the eco-benefits of products. And the knowledgeable staff can help homeowner and developer alike. Silver says that 70% of the store’s inventory is competitively priced with conventional products, and “as our volume goes up, expect the price to continually drop.” Currently there’s only one location, but Silver and his partner Ori Sivan are looking to expand. “We want to bring these new alternatives to the mainstream, to bring them to your doorstep.” Perhaps with time, it’ll be a fly-ash concrete doorstep, surrounded by a naturally pest-free garden. To learn more about green building and its benefits, visit the US Green Building Council. For more information on Greenmaker Supply, check out their website, where you can browse their products and learn more about their Seven Seeds of Sustainability.

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