On Tuesday May 29th at 9 p.m. EST, be sure to catch the Sundance Channel’s “The Green” television programming as tomorrow’s “Big Ideas for a Small Planet” episode focuses on sustainable furniture. The episode, titled “Big Ideas for a Small Planet: Furnish” should be of particular interest to our design-minded crowd, including an appearance by Inhabitat-favorites Bart Bettencourt and Carlos Salgado of Scrapile, who recently participated in our Reclaiming Design panel and are the subjects of this exclusive clip. Read on for more info about the episode, the show, and “The Green.”

“Big Ideas for A Small Planet” is a documentary series presenting the forward-thinking designers, products and processes that are on the leading edge of a new green world. Each episode revolves around a different green theme as it spotlights a specific innovator or innovation that has the potential to transform our everyday lives. Topics (past and future) include architecture, food, fashion, fuel, and even sports. You can download previous episodes of “The Green” Big Ideas on the Sundance Channel website here.

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Jaime and Isaac Salm, owners of green furniture design firm MIO

Episode 107: Big Ideas for a Small Planet: Furnish
Tuesday, May 29th, 9 p.m. EST on the Sundance Channel
When people think about environmental degradation, home furnishings may not pop instantly to mind. Nevertheless, the production and use of home furnishings have a definite set of ecological consequences, including forest clear-cutting, landfills brimming with waste wood, and off-gassing. “Furnish” will show how green-minded designers big and small are taking into account everything from materials to manufacturing to distribution. Those profiled include: Scott Charon and Gabe Wing, the engineers charged with developing sustainable concepts and prototypes for the iconic modernist furniture company Herman Miller; Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt, renegade designers who fashion sleek pieces of furniture out of discarded wood scraps collected from other businesses; and Colombian-born brothers Jaime and Isaac Salm, who are bringing affordable, chic and adaptable green furniture and home accessories to the masses through their Philadelphia design firm MIO (“my” in Spanish).

About “The Green”
Sundance Channel’s The Green, a new weekly primetime destination focusing on environmental topics, launched April 17, 2007. With The Green, Sundance Channel becomes the first television network in the United States to establish a major, regularly-scheduled programming destination dedicated entirely to the environment.

+ The Sundance Channel “The Green”