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What we used to call “green” design is now just common sense. Take it from a contractor who called on his eco savvy to update his own home

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Beware "recycled content"
Thomas J. Story

Beware "recycled content"

Read the fine print: “So often, ‘recycled content’ is splashed all over the packaging,” says interior and furniture designer Kelly LaPlante. “But when I look into it I learn it’s only 5 or 10 percent post-industrial waste—not even consumer waste.” (At least 85 percent is considered a good amount.) We love the Lollygagger Lounge chair, pictured, which was fashioned from 312 recycled milk jugs ($440;



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