Fine Living: Green your home, green your life
Article Launched: 03/15/2008 12:18:07 AM PDT
The bathroom in the Better Homes and Gardens Living Green Home features water-conserving fixtures and a low-flow toilet, tiles and countertop surface made from recycled wine bottles and car windshields, a cork floor and a sink vanity repurposed from a dresser. (Provided by Better Homes and Gardens/BHG.com )
Want to win a $15,000 "green" home makeover? Enter the viral "Go For the Green" campaign sponsored by Better Homes and Garden and the Clorox Co. on the magazine's Web site, www.BHG.com, and you can be eligible.
All you have to do is commit to simple weekly environmentally friendly changes such as turning off the water when brushing your teeth or running only fully loaded dishwashers and then pass on the campaign to a friend.
"These are really basic habits you can develop but, like any habit, you have to do them for a certain amount of time," says executive editor Kitty Morgan. "Besides, it makes the contest a little more fun."
The winner can expect to win many of the same products featured in the "Living Green" Tour and Exhibit on a 15-city tour. It stops at Union Square in San Francisco from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 21 and 22.
The 2,500-square foot tour "home" consists of four rooms showcasing energy-saving Bosch appliances and Pella doors and windows, Susan Jablon Mosaic's exclusive ORGANiK 100 % recycled glass mosaic tiles from recycled windshields, countertops from recycled porcelain, organic cotton and bamboo textiles and eco-friendly LEE furniture.
"It was important to us to have products at a good midpoint price range so that visitors could see not inexpensive, but affordable, mainstream products," Morgan says. "And, when the exhibit is broken down in October, as much as possible will be salvaged."