Editor’s Picks–May 2012 (Part 1)

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Sustainable Stone

With granite countertops popular as ever, one local manufacturer has found a way to reuse granite remnants and waste for other home applications. Called GREENSTONE, the product line includes pavers and split-face tile (shown) that are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Both products are available in light and dark colors and offer the look and durability of stone with a sustainable twist: 100 square feet of the material prevents 1,500 pounds of granite waste from entering landfills. $5.50-$5.75 per square foot; www.greenstoneproductsonline.com.

Easy Grows It

The EarthBox container gardening kit includes everything needed to grow and care for fresh veggies and herbs on your patio minus seeds. After initial setup of the advanced sub-irrigated planter, the portable self-watering system requires less fertilizer and less maintenance than traditional plant beds (no digging or weeding!) These controlled growing conditions eliminate guesswork and can result in more healthy produce to enjoy all summer. $59; available in Atlanta at Buck Jones Nursery, www.buckjones.com.Alumin-ation

Aluminyze is putting a new twist on the photography-as-wall-art trend. While canvas prints have their place, they can be rough and grainy looking. In contrast, the Aluminyze process infuses digital photos into frameless aluminum sheets for a crisp, contemporary feel. Sizes start at 8 inches by 10 inches (shown) and can be outfitted with discreet mounts for displaying on tables and walls. $24.95; www.aluminyze.com.Check out our Editor’s Picks from last month!

 

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