We’ll be closing on our house in a week. We’re on a limited timeframe to get out of our rental property, so we’ve been planning our remodel as precisely as possible. It took a little bit of time for us to decide how commited we were to the whole green idea in our remodel. We were stressed about cost vs. benefit. As Christians who want to honor God and his creation we didn’t want to have to comprimise our values just because of price. Luckily so far, we’ve made no comprimises.

We decided on a green carpet from Mohawk Flooring. It was on sale, and a competitive price. So, roughly 900sqft of our home will be made out of recycled plastic bottles. We also decided on a laminate wood floor that is responsibly harvested wood, certified by the Forest Council. I can’t find the link to it right now, sorry. Again, it was cheap – we got it wholesale after some searching.  We also stumbled upon a paint sale at Sherwin Williams and the salesman gave me an extra 15% off (I guess they do that for everybody?). We bought their Harmony paint (zero-VOC), as well as a few gallons of their Duration paint (another greensure product).

I hauled the flooring about 45 miles in my 2000 Ford Explorer. It has seen some use in it’s day. This time I loaded it with 2200lbs of flooring materials. Yep, the thing was bottoming out on every bump. It was low-riding. But, I managed to get 24mpg hypermiling it home that way. My owner’s manual says 400lbs of weight costs my vehicle 1mpg, so I did pretty well.

We’ve also bought several items of furniture which were needed to fill out our new home at Ikea. Like ’em or hate ’em, they are environmentally responsible. Read about Ikea’s commitment to sustainability.

Check back soon for more updates!

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