“Green” means many things to many people. For some, it means using only materials from sustainable resources like recycled products or fast-growing crops like bamboo. For others, it’s about using products that do not contain harsh chemicals (like formaldehyde) or use harsh chemicals during their manufacturing processes. And for yet another group, it means designing in ways that improve energy efficiency (like passive solar) or water conservation. Blackdog does not promote itself as being a specialist or expert in any one particular “shade of green” – we conserve fuel and energy where it is practical to do so, recommend “Freecyle.org” to our clients as a way of discarding products in way that has less impact on our land-fills and are open to looking at new products and ways of building things provided the materials and practices are predictable enough that we can have reasonable confidence in their quality and longevity.