Here’s an excellent new source for modern (often sustainable) design for the home: Houston-based e-store Greengrassdesign. While some of the products are on the pricey side, the selection is intriguingly curated and fun and there's a little something for everyone. There's not a designated "green" section but products with eco-attributes are dispersed throughout various shop categories. And if you ain’t buying, it’s still a great site for inspiration and for keeping abreast of the international design scene.

The driving force behind the store?

Greenergrassdesign is currently a two-person, Houston-based operation. Out of Houston's shortcomings, pollution, suburban sprawl, beige strip malls, bland landscape, comes the desire to filter beauty out of the muck and mundane.
Cool. Below are a few of my favorite eco-oriented offerings for under $100 from Greengrassdesign.  
Cat Playhouse by SUCK UK ($32)

Amazing photo ops abound with SUCK UK’s flat-pack cardboard Cat Playhouses. They’re recyclable (not sure about the recycled content level) and printed with nontoxic inks.


Recycled Rubber Doormat “Home Key” ($30)

This recycled crumbed rubber doormat is ideal for welcoming guests into the home of a tech-obsessed treehugger. Designed by Pieter Woudt.

Candle Holder Flashlight by David Weeks ($40)

Perfect for a backyard camping trip, flip this long-lasting LED flashlight upright and voila! … you have a candle holder.


Tord Boontje & Emma Woffenden Transglass – set of 2 vases ($96)

Ninety six bucks gets you a pair of gorgeous, one-of-a-kind vases sculpted from recycled glass wine and beer bottles by acclaimed Dutch designer Tord Boontje and his wife, Emma Woffenden, a glass artist.

Unison Larch Organic Blanket in charcoal ($72)

Sleepy nature boys and girls will enjoy settling down with this earthy organic cotton fiber blanket from Unison. The medium size measures 50 x 72.

Newsprint Placemat by Cinnamon Design ($16)

Eat off the news while you read the news each morning with these placemats crafted from recycled newsprint.

 ASTE 60 Serving Dish by SECCO ($56)

SECCO products are described as “Treasures of Wasteland.”  This serving dish is made from a salvaged washing machine drum. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Texas shop 'em
There's an arsenal of well-edited, design-oriented, and often eco-friendly products at Houston-based e-boutique Greenergrassdesign.