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Designer Spotlight: Graham and Brown's Eco-Wallpaper

60 year-old wallpaper company Graham & Brown [www.grahambrown.com] is turning over a new, green leaf with their chic, modern new collection. Thanks to a collaboration with design students from Central St. Martins University in London, the new collection is colorful, fun and (perhaps most importantly) green.

The company asked 22 students to submit some designs; five finalists were chosen and displayed at the recent 100% Design [www.100percentdesign.co.uk] exhibition in London, and they’ll be taken through to production. We love the colors, patterns and combinations of the two, but most of all, we love the green.

The final wallpaper uses materials sourced from sustainable forests in Finland and keeps packaging to a minimum by removing the need for any tape or plastic. All of the paper they use has also earned the Forest Stewardship Council certification, meaning that it was grown and harvested in a sustainable way. The company even recycles heat given off by furnaces, reduces drainage to prevent local flooding problems, and uses vegetable oil within tractor hydraulics so as not to contaminate forest floors. If you find yourself lusting after chic green wallpaper like this, remember, that wallpaper glue you buy at the store can be nasty stuff. It’s easy to just make your own non-toxic wallpaper paste [www.treehugger.com] at home. Check out more from Graham & Brown at their website [www.grahambrown.com].