There are many ways in which a product might qualify as “green”. Here are a few that might surprise you!
The Talo “Smart Touch” Pull-Down kitchen faucet by Brizo. This faucet incorporates sensor technology that allows you to turn it off and on with just the tough of your fingers (or wrist). So even when your hands are messy you can turn the faucet on only when you need the water. Available in chrome, Venetian Bronze, Brilliance Brushed Bronze and Brilliance Stainless. Working model on display.
The Toto Eco Soiree One Piece Universal Height toilet with the Double Cyclone flush system is a toilet that looks great, is easy to clean and saves water! The double cyclone system eliminates the rim holes which can be such a challenge to keep clean. The “Sanigloss” finish is like a Teflon coating in the bowl preventing dirt from sticking. The 1.28 EcoMax system means this toilet complies with the EPA’s “WaterSense” program. Other Toto models with these features are the “Lloyd” and the “Guinevere”.
Woodpro Bath Cabinetry is a company that makes vanities and medicine cabinets in Cabool, Missouri. Starting out as a two man cabinet shop in 1977 Woodpro offers a HUGH range of styles, woods and finishes all made in the USA. Their commitment to “green” is demonstrated by their participation in the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association “Environmental Stewardship Program”. This program requires annual certification based on compliance in five categories including Air Quality, Product Resource Management, Process Resource Management, Environmental Stewardship and Community Relations.
Body Glove point-of-use water filtration is the perfect alternative to bottled water. Body Glove (yes, it’s the same company) offers three point-of-use systems that filter for taste and odor, cyst and bacteria, and rust as well as VOC’s, TTHM’s and MTBE (not all models). All replacement filters are completely recyclable. In addition Body Glove offers a portable 18oz filter sports bottle that is recyclable and BPA-free and can replace up to 378 half liters of bottled water. Filter is replaceable.
Colonial Bronze offers a wide range of cabinet knobs and pulls as well a hinges and other hardware products. Colonial Bronze recently received SCS Certification (Scientific Certification System) based on their product being a minimum of 95% recycled content. Use of Colonial Bronze hardware can qualify a project for up to 2 points towards LEED certification. In addition, Colonial Bronze offers product that is hand finished and offers a lifetime finish warranty and is made in Torrington, Conn.
Panasonic Fans have long been known for being incredibly quite. Less well known is their outstanding energy performance. Their new “Whisper Green” series is “Energy Star” compliant but actually exceeds those minimum requirements by 168% – 621%. Panasonic accomplishes this primarily through their revolutionary DC motor. In addition their “Smart Flow” technology allows the motor to self-adjust to changes in static pressure which keeps the fan operating at a constant CFM. Many models also include the “SmartAction Motion Sensor” which will turn the unit on and off in response to motion in the room. Panasonic fans carry a 6 year warranty.
Robern is usually thought of as a maker of high quality medicine cabinets. In addition they offer a selecting of lighting for the bath and have incorporated a number of fixtures with are fully compliant with California title 24 energy requirements. Their “Reflexion” light kits are designed to trim out the sides of the medicine cabinet and are available in chrome or brushed nickel. Their “Cadre”, “Metallique” and “Uplift series” sconces are available in tinted grey or white glass, polished chrome, brushed nickel and anodized aluminum.
“WaterCare” series faucets from Grohe feature kitchen and bath faucets that have received either UPC-Green or EPA “WaterSense” certification. Product designs include K4, Ladylux Pro, Bridgeford, Eurodisc and Essence in the kitchen and Atrio, Geneva, Seabury, Talia and Arden series for the bath. Shower heads and hand showers from the Movario and Relexa series are also available.