JILL: Back during New York Design Week in May, you guys were involved in putting on that event in Brooklyn called “A Little Green”, that featured a number of other designers from the area. Who are some of the other designers you work with? Can you recommend other designers and shops in the area that are pushing the green front?
CARLOS Actually, a lot of the other designers in that show weren’t necessarily “green”, but we managed to convince them to do green pieces for the show.
BART: Yeah, with a lot of them, we invited them to participate: either by starting with some green materials that we gave them, and doing a project specific to that show. Or some of them, we gave them green materials to plug into their formula for pieces that they have already designed. For example, Design Can made their Parcel Table out of sunflower seed composite board and bamboo plywood.
Redstr/collective started using enviroboard for that show, and they are still using it now.
They started getting into the materials that we were getting into, and now there are a lot of green materials in their line.
CARLOS. Not everyone works with wood, so its not always so easy to rethink the whole design process. A lot of materials out there, like plastics, really need to catch up.
BART: Also, with a lot of green building supplies, they exist, but they really just aren’t that readily available; that’s really the whole idea behind Bettencourt Green Building Supplies. We started the company that we wish existed when we started it, so that green materials would be available in New York to actually pick up instead of paying crazy premiums for small amounts of materials to be shipped to you.