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Green Living: Jessica Alba’s Interior Designer Shows Us How

Green Living: Jessica Alba’s Interior Designer Shows Us How


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  • <em><strong>Replace grass with <a>eco-friendly </a>turf.</strong> I’ve designed some great outdoor living spaces for my clients and I always install<a rel="nofollow"> ForeverLawn</a>. I created an outdoor oasis for <a>Jessica Alba</a> – she wanted her yard and pool area to be kid-friendly, pet-friendly and  eco-friendly, and ForeverLawn was perfect. It’s an amazingly realistic   synthetic grass that’s made from recycled materials. It also gets rid   of the need for pesticides and fertilizers, saves water and improves   air quality. Some cities will even cut your utility costs   for replacing real grass with ForeverLawn. Plus, it really stands up   well to doggie messes. What more could you ask for? </em>
    Replace grass with eco-friendly turf.
    I’ve designed some great outdoor living spaces for my clients and I always install ForeverLawn. I created an outdoor oasis for Jessica Alba – she wanted her yard and pool area to be kid-friendly, pet-friendly and eco-friendly, and ForeverLawn was perfect. It’s an amazingly realistic synthetic grass that’s made from recycled materials. It also gets rid of the need for pesticides and fertilizers, saves water and improves air quality. Some cities will even cut your utility costs for replacing real grass with ForeverLawn. Plus, it really stands up well to doggie messes. What more could you ask for?

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  • <em><strong>Pleather over leather. </strong>Pleather is a cruelty-free alternative to leather  that’s also eco-responsible. Animal production leaves a huge  eco-footprint, producing carbon emissions and using fossil fuels, water  and land. I use pleather to upholster everything from dining chairs to  walls, and I love <a rel="nofollow">Joseph Noble’s line</a>. It’s elegant, innovative and you’d never believe it’s a synthetic  material that’s also great for the environment. Plus, even if you spill a  glass of red wine or your pet drools all over it, you can just wipe  pleather clean with a sponge!</em>
    Pleather over leather.
    Pleather is a cruelty-free alternative to leather that’s also eco-responsible. Animal production leaves a huge eco-footprint, producing carbon emissions and using fossil fuels, water and land. I use pleather to upholster everything from dining chairs to walls, and I love Joseph Noble’s line. It’s elegant, innovative and you’d never believe it’s a synthetic material that’s also great for the environment. Plus, even if you spill a glass of red wine or your pet drools all over it, you can just wipe pleather clean with a sponge!
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  • <em><strong>Use only green paint. </strong>Change things up for the seasons or just breathe  new life into any space with a fresh coat of paint. Painting a wall or a  ceiling gives any room an instant makeover – plus it’s easy and  inexpensive. My eco-friendly <a rel="nofollow">WallMakeup</a> paint mixing kit  will help you find your perfect color and eliminate wasteful tester  cans. I used WallMakeup to blend custom colors for Emilio Estevez’s wine  room, which was hand-painted to look like a Mediterranean vineyard. My  favorite eco-friendly paints are made by Safecoat. They reduce  emissions, they meet LEED standards and they also eliminate all those  awful toxins you’ll still find in other so-called “zero-VOC” products.  </em>
    Use only green paint.
    Change things up for the seasons or just breathe new life into any space with a fresh coat of paint. Painting a wall or a ceiling gives any room an instant makeover – plus it’s easy and inexpensive. My eco-friendly WallMakeup paint mixing kit will help you find your perfect color and eliminate wasteful tester cans. I used WallMakeup to blend custom colors for Emilio Estevez’s wine room, which was hand-painted to look like a Mediterranean vineyard. My favorite eco-friendly paints are made by Safecoat. They reduce emissions, they meet LEED standards and they also eliminate all those awful toxins you’ll still find in other so-called “zero-VOC” products. 

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  • <em><strong>Glass over granite!</strong> Check out <a rel="nofollow">EnviroGLAS</a> – their stuff is so cool! Their Enviroslab countertops look like  gorgeous granite, but they’re really made from recycled windows, mirrors  and even soda bottles, saving millions of pounds of glass from  landfills. They’re unique and gorgeous in kitchens and baths. They also  make flooring and landscaping materials.</em>
    Glass over granite!
    Check out EnviroGLAS – their stuff is so cool! Their Enviroslab countertops look like gorgeous granite, but they’re really made from recycled windows, mirrors and even soda bottles, saving millions of pounds of glass from landfills. They’re unique and gorgeous in kitchens and baths. They also make flooring and landscaping materials.
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  • <em><strong>Buy a bed, save a life. </strong>I created a line of eco-friendly pet beds called <a rel="nofollow">Greener Pup</a>, and 100% of profits benefit <a rel="nofollow">Ace of Hearts</a>,  my non-profit dog rescue in Los Angeles. Bed covers are  made from overstock or discontinued designer fabrics, saving thousands  of yards of materials from being discarded. I hand select all of our customizable fabrics and there’s an ever-changing variety of colors and  patterns for indoors and outdoors. The hypoallergenic bed fillers are  super soft and plush, and they’re actually made from 100% recycled  plastic bottles. So, every single bed saves up to 120 bottles from our  landfills. Jessica Alba, Katherine Heigl and Kristen Bell and their pups  are big fans of Greener Pup beds, too!</em>
    Buy a bed, save a life.
    I created a line of eco-friendly pet beds called Greener Pup, and 100% of profits benefit Ace of Hearts, my non-profit dog rescue in Los Angeles. Bed covers are made from overstock or discontinued designer fabrics, saving thousands of yards of materials from being discarded. I hand select all of our customizable fabrics and there’s an ever-changing variety of colors and patterns for indoors and outdoors. The hypoallergenic bed fillers are super soft and plush, and they’re actually made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. So, every single bed saves up to 120 bottles from our landfills. Jessica Alba, Katherine Heigl and Kristen Bell and their pups are big fans of Greener Pup beds, too!
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  • <em><strong>Recycle your jeans. </strong>UltraTouch from <a>Bonded Logic</a>  is eco-friendly insulation made from 100% recycled denim and cotton  fibers. Which means: No formaldehyde, no fiberglass, no VOC and no skin  irritation. This insulation requires less energy to produce and is  completely recyclable, reducing landfill waste. I just used it in a  gorgeous home I designed for the son of royalty, and he noticed  that it had absolutely no odor. Green insulation that’s fit for a  Prince!</em>
    Recycle your jeans.
    UltraTouch from Bonded Logic is eco-friendly insulation made from 100% recycled denim and cotton fibers. Which means: No formaldehyde, no fiberglass, no VOC and no skin irritation. This insulation requires less energy to produce and is completely recyclable, reducing landfill waste. I just used it in a gorgeous home I designed for the son of royalty, and he noticed that it had absolutely no odor. Green insulation that’s fit for a Prince!
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  • <em><strong>Get a green clean.  </strong>It won’t matter what green materials you use in your  home if you’re not using eco-friendly products. <a>Mrs. Meyer’s </a>is hands-down my favorite line of cleaning products and is always on my  “must have” list. Mrs. Meyer’s smells great, has awesome packaging and  is safe for your pets and family.</em>
    Get a green clean. 
    It won’t matter what green materials you use in your home if you’re not using eco-friendly products. Mrs. Meyer’s is hands-down my favorite line of cleaning products and is always on my “must have” list. Mrs. Meyer’s smells great, has awesome packaging and is safe for your pets and family.
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  • <em><strong>Support green companies. </strong><a rel="nofollow">TOTO</a> creates the most beautiful high-efficiency toilets, faucets and  bathtubs. This is a company that really thinks of the big picture when  it comes to manufacturing their gorgeous water-efficient fixtures. From  soybean-based hydraulic oil fueling their factory forklifts to  incentives for employees to drive hybrids or bike to work, they make  every eco-responsible effort they can. Plus, their products are truly amazing.</em>
    Support green companies.
    TOTO creates the most beautiful high-efficiency toilets, faucets and bathtubs. This is a company that really thinks of the big picture when it comes to manufacturing their gorgeous water-efficient fixtures. From soybean-based hydraulic oil fueling their factory forklifts to incentives for employees to drive hybrids or bike to work, they make every eco-responsible effort they can. Plus, their products are truly amazing.
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I like to think of myself as being somewhat down with the green movement. I turn off unnecessary lights, take short showers (kinda sorta) and use a non-disposable water bottle. But this year I’ve made it my personal goal to amp my eco-consciousness up to the next level. For those of you with similar New Year’s resolutions, there’s no better place to start than in your own living space. To make sure we go green the right way, I decided to call in the big guns. Interior designer Kari Whitman has revamped the homes of celebs like Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell and Virginia Madsen, and now she’s sharing her green tips with us! Click through to get eco-friendly decor tips, tricks and must-haves from the Queen of Green herself.

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