Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly
Dining Room Changes
The table settings feature Jessica Jensen's grandmother's flatware; Kwytza Kraft Bao place mats, made from recycled chopsticks (find similar products at buygreen.com); and organic hemp napkins.
A repurposed secretary serves as a bar. Jensen stripped the piece of furniture with EcoSolve HomeStrip, which, she says, "is water-based and free of noxious fumes" (prices vary, ecosolveamericas.com for stores).
The solidly built oak dining table was a score from Wertz Brothers (prices vary, wertzbrothers.com), a 77-year-old shop in Los Angeles that stocks "used furniture of extremely high quality," says Jensen, "so we don't have to go from yard sale to yard sale. Buying used furniture is the best way to go. Anything we can do to stop tree-felling is a bonus."