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I SPI: Ten Great Green Design Products

05/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It's that green time of year, which means everyone will be reminding you to buy CFL light bulbs and to start a compost in your backyard. Most of the advice you'll hear on prime time news, such as the $120 light bulb featured on MSNBC, will be flashy and outlandish. You probably can't afford a completely solar powered house or to trade in your car for a bus pass, but you CAN make some very savvy choices to surround yourself with beautiful, environmentally friendly products. Brighten up your backyard with a lime green hammock made of salvaged seat belts or a chaise lounge made from sustainable plantation grown teak. Add some light to your living room with brightly colored /modgreenpod.com/">Mod Green Pod fabrics and Aura paint from Benjamin Moore. As co-owners of SPI Design, an interior design firm that has created spaces for celebrity clients with an environmental conscience, we have developed a list of our top ten green design products.

The EcoSmart Zeta Fireplace designed by John Dimopoulos is not only sleek and chic in style but fuelled by denatured ethanol, an environmentally friendly, renewable energy. Zeta combines timber, leather and stainless steel seamlessly to create a fully portable fireplace available in different leather colors.

Hudson's Acacia dining table is constructed of a solid acacia slab top with a polished bronze I-Base. The furniture company uses only wood slabs that are domestically sourced from either salvaged trees or wind/storm damaged trees. They are also New York's only repository for legally harvested petrified wood.

All fabrics are printed on 100% organic certified cotton grown in the United States while the print is done with non-toxic pigments. The company also carries vinyl free wallpaper that is hand printed using non-toxic inks.

Benjamin Moore introduces the Natura and Aura product line which includes their Green Promise designation that will be used to designate coatings that offer both fewer volatile compounds and a premium level of paint performance. The Green Promise designation is Benjamin Moore's assurance that its environmentally friendly coatings meet and exceed the strictest industry standards, while also delivering the performance you expect.

Paperstone is one of the best-looking contemporary countertop materials on the market. It is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and proprietary, petroleum-free resin. It is a highly durable, scratch resistant material recommended for residential kitchen, bath usage and some commercial applications. It is available in a variety of colors.

Ting is a small company that produces luxury products crafted of salvaged materials. The Ting Home collection offers cushions, ottoman cubes and our personal favorite, the Ting Sling hammock, made from recycled seat belts. The collection is available in an assortment of bright colors that will add a bit of flair to your home.

Maku Furniture manufactures beautiful chaise lounges and other outdoor furniture made in Indonesia of sustainable plantation grown teak. Maku is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, which donates a portion of sales to an alliance of environmental organizations worldwide.

Available in black, green, grey and orange, this LED task lamp surpasses all upcoming California energy mandate standards. At full power, Link consumes only 9W, or 97% less energy than a task lamp using a comparable incandescent light bulb. Additionally, it has an operational lifespan of 50,000 hours, or a minimum of 15-20 years when used daily.

Designed by Jasper Morrison for Vitra, the cork pieces can act as either small side tables or stools. The versatile pieces work in both modern and traditional interiors.

Grown Green Rugs carries rugs made from natural fibers such as jute, sisal, wool, seagrass and coir, all of which are sustainable, biodegradable and environmentally-friendly. The company also encourages backings composed of jute, natural latex and natural rubber. The website makes it very easy to custom design your own rug with a selection of colorful material and border options.