March 07, 2009

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Designing for Tomorrow, Today

Future friendly furniture. Self-generating hydropower faucets. Recycled rubber flooring. No paint polymer siding. Cardboard fiber countertops.

by Sherri Miles for Suffolk Arts+Sciences magazine, Suffolk University

These and other innovations were on display at a green/sustainable design trade show hosted by Professor Karen Clarke’s Sustainable Design for Interiors class last spring. Students discussed product life cycles, chemical composition, and the environmental impacts of materials as they examined carpet recreated from “mining office buildings instead of the earth,” and fabrics made from crushed water bottles broken down to polymers, melted, spun, dyed, and then woven into new textiles.

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