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Products - April 2007

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Mantero ReSilk Upholstery Fabrice
Mantero, an Italian manufacturer of silk for top fashion brands since 1902, is entering the upholstery fabric market with ReSilk, a plush felt made from 50 percent pre-consumer recycled silk and 50 percent wool. The naturally flame- retardant fabric is recyclable and biodegradable, and is manufactured in a water-based, mechanical process without chemical additives or toxic byproducts. Combining softness with sheen, the nonwoven fabric-available in a range of thicknesses-can be printed, dyed, and even molded or laser-engraved. Mantero of America Inc.; NY. www.mantero.com; phone 212- 575-7050.

Poly Seating
The Poly line of modern seating from Metro, a Steelcase company, doesn’t look anything like your uncle’s old leisure suits—but they’re both all about polyester. The lounge, side, and swivel chairs (and matching ottoman) feature organic molded shells, fabrics, and even glue made of pre- and post-consumer recycled polyester: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), the same plastic in soda bottles. These PVC-free chairs are certified as a Cradle to Cradle Silver Product by MBDC, and are 100 percent recyclable through the Steelcase Environmental Partnership Program. Metro; Oakland, CA. www.metrofurniture.com; phone 510-567-5200.

YOLO Colorhouse Paint
YOLO offers Green Seal certified, zero-VOC, latex interior paints in primer, flat, satin, and semigloss. The Earth’s Color collection includes 40 colors. Design kits, color family cards, and poster-sized swatches—all made with actual paint, rather than ink—are available for purchase. The “little YOLO” Sprout collection offers gender-neutral, satin-finish colors intended for children’s spaces. YOLO Colorhouse LTD; Portland, OR. www.yolocolorhouse.com; phone: 503-493-8275.

Haworth Access Flooring
TecCrete and Nexus access flooring from Haworth have achieved SCS Indoor Advantage Gold certification for low emissions. The TecCrete concrete-and-steel system, which requires no finish flooring, is quiet and sturdy underfoot. It’s available in heights from 3 to 30 inches to accommodate nearly any cabling and air distribution requirement. The Nexus system is a low-profile (2.5-inch) raised floor made of steel-wrapped MDF panels, with cable management designed right in—no need for cable trays. And since it’s not used for air distribution, less expensive non-plenum cable can typically be used. Haworth, Inc.; Holland, MI. www.haworth.com; phone 616-393-3000.

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UniRac Solar Panel Mounting Systems
UniRac provides PV mounting solutions for nearly any configuration—from a few panels on a house roof, to building-integrated photovoltaic facades on commercial buildings, to several acre arrays for utility power production. The UniRac production facility recycles all of its solid waste and incorporates recycled content in its products whenever possible—though they are unable to guarantee recycled-content levels. Most shipping materials are salvaged or have recycled content. UniRac, Inc.; Albuquerque, NM. www.unirac.com; phone: 505-242-6411.

SoLed Solar-Powered LED Outdoor Luminaires
SolarOne Lighting offers Dark-Sky-compliant, photovoltaic-powered, lamppost-style outdoor lighting for walkways, parks, parking lots, and shelters. Trenchless installation, vandal-resistant design, remote-controlled light level and timing programs, 50,000-hour LED lamp reliability, and a 20-year solar panel warranty all add up to installation and maintenance savings—on top of zero power costs. This makes for a low-to-moderate light-level solution that continues to work during power outages and other emergencies. The company offers a variety of configurations of panel wattage, battery capacity, and lamp illumination ability to suit most conditions. SolarOne Solutions; Framingham, MA. www.solarone.net; phone 508-620-7652, or toll-free 877-527-6461.

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