Marketers’ “green washing” eco claims are still going strong! Through my trend and design tracking activities I have seen a rise in truly green designs and the amazing rise in interest from readers who have decided to go “Full Monty” with little to no environmental impact.

Here are a few ideas of truly ambitious green designs:

The design of this outdoor bench (by Droog) is a brilliant inspiration to make do with what is already on site rather than shop for outdoor designs. You can find it at a conceptual art shop in Holland [vividvormgeving] for the recession price of…€7950!

Or, if you’re in the US, you can call Unica Home for a price quote. Given that buying it off the shelf means you need to add transportation, I guess you can easily make one to your own taste with an old tree trunk and some chair backs.

Going Green? Go Full Monty With Zero Carbon Designs in home furnishings  Category

A qualified architect and active promoter of sustainable living, Paulina Wojciechowska creates earth-made homes and items such as this outdoor tub.

The outdoor kitchen can also provide an opportunity to go “zero carbon.” The outdoor cooking/BBQ market is developing in two extreme and totally opposite directions. On one end, the incredibly technical designs a la Coleman/Ferrari and on the other zero carbon designs developing fast with mud ovens using clay and hay!

Mud ovens are quite a fun project, and you can get instructions on the web and even tutorials on YouTube:

So, maybe you’d like go “Full Monty” too, and get the family together on a weekend and build yourself an earth oven or a tree bench!