Lloyd Alter

Lloyd Alter

Writer / Toronto, Canada

Lloyd Alter is design editor of TreeHugger. He has been an architect, developer, inventor and prefab promoter.
He contributes to MNN.com, The Guardian, Azure and Corporate Knights magazines, and is Adjunct Professor teaching sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design. Lloyd is a Past President of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.


In the course of his work developing small residential units and prefabs, Lloyd became convinced that we just use too much of everything- too much space, too much land, too much food, too much fuel, too much money, and that the key to sustainability is to simply use less. And, the key to happily using less is to design things better.

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    Greenbuilding or Greenwashing?

    September 30, 5:04 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    We picked up a sample of a product at a local homeshow- tiles to put on your basement floor to keep it warm and comfortable. We noticed a logo for "greenbuilding" and a note about it being recognized as a green product. Wondering how a sheet of

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    Dirtt- a Green Office System

    September 29, 4:33 PM by Lloyd Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    If you are going to be a cube farmer, it might as well be an organic cube farm. Dirtt is the perhaps questionable name for the new system from the creator of SMED- a demountable office system that is as elegant and sophisticated as any, but is also

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    Les Petits Plaisirs d'Andrea

    September 29, 1:33 PM by Lloyd Alter in Green Food

    Andrea Jourdan lived in Europe for twenty years and spent much of it making olive oil. She returned to Montreal and opened a grocery store, but she says "you can't keep the girl out of the kitchen" and started cooking again, making wonderful jams,

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    Organic Earth Magazine

    September 29, 5:21 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    After staggering out of our first Greendrinks do last week, we found a new Canadian magazine in our hands. It had fascinating articles about foraging in urban and rural Canada for Elderberries, puffballs and dandelions; discussions about local political

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    Planet in Focus- the International Environmental Film and Video Festival

    September 28, 5:52 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    We know, too much Toronto stuff, but how can we not cover film festivals opening with gala films like The Real Dirt on Farmer John and the one we want to see, Car Culture. The International Environmental Film and Video Festival opens in Toronto tonight

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    Non-profit Prefab being built in Toronto

    September 27, 1:20 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    An extraordinary prefab structure is being erected in downtown Toronto this week. The St Clare Multifaith Housing Society, which converted a medical building into housing for the poor and the formerly homeless, is adding two floors and doing it modern

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    Off the Grid: Harmony Dawn Retreat

    September 27, 5:03 AM by Lloyd Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    We never shut up about our planting of a green roof, but have to do one last post here about the Harmony Dawn Retreat where this all took place. We do not post everything we see of "green architecture" because while this site is about sustainability

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    Yet more on Green Roofs

    September 26, 8:22 AM by Lloyd Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    For those who want more information on green roofs than was provided in yesterday's post, CityHippy coincidently covers them in a more academically if less physically rigourous post.

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    Onya Bags- A Clever Replacement for Plastic Shopping Bags

    September 26, 5:46 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    We do go on about plastic grocery bags and what a blight they are. Yet how often are we shopping and realize that we did not bring our box/canvas carrier/reuseable bag and guiltily take one or two for our groceries. Onya has a clever solution to the

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    Andrea Zittel: our new role model

    September 26, 5:40 AM by Lloyd Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    We talk often about living with less but artist Andrea Zittel does more than talk- she lived six months in one dress; designs remarkable furniture; has created a series of intricate folding living units that challenge every notion about multifunctional

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    Green Roofs: A primer

    September 25, 9:40 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    The things we do for this gig. We write a lot about green roofs, and when invited to help in the installation of one, we couldn't say no and call ourselves treehuggers. Toronto intern Architect Carolyn Moss of Moss Sund Inc. designed the off-grid

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    Ecocolor- Sustainable Alternative Wall Finish

    September 24, 6:45 AM by Lloyd Alter in Green Architecture

    The walls of the Blueskymod are clad in EcoColor- a remarkable new particle board from Columbia Forest Products, a company known to Treehugger for its formaldehyde free plywoods. It is designed as a replacement for melamine and other decorative surfaces

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    Everything connects: How getting rid of trans-fats kills orangutans

    September 24, 4:15 AM by Lloyd Alter in Green Food

    We read in ::Phys-org that Orangutan habitats are being destroyed by the expansion of palm plantations for the manufacture of palm oil. Being of a certain age where we watch what we eat, palm oil has been off the menu for years, as it is one of the most

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    Sico zero-VOC Paint

    September 23, 5:43 AM by Lloyd Alter in Interior Design

    We liked the booth at IIDEX for OVOC- zero volatile organic compound- paint from Sico. We like the paint too. They say: "Designed with a formula excluding volatile organic compound, ZERO VOC, Sico Ecosource emits no offensive odour and reduces to ZERO

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    at IIDEX: Recoflex- Flexible Chipboard

    September 23, 5:03 AM by Lloyd Alter in Green Architecture

    Our first question was "why? Who would want flexible chipboard?" It turns out that this product, made entirely of recycled rubber and cork, is great for curved furniture, display systems and whatever curveball you can throw at it. So new it is not yet on

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    Blueskymod: First pictures

    September 22, 10:49 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    This treehugger is a lousy photographer but we present the first pictures of the BlueSkyMod prefab at IIDEX.

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    Moblogging IIDEX- Roger Martin on Design

    September 22, 10:20 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    We are at IIDEX, Canada's big trade-only design show, and started the morning being inspired by Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of business at the University of Toronto. "the 20th century was about making stuff, and lots of it. The 21st Century

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    BlueSkyMod Prefab Cabin

    September 21, 11:24 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Here's the first picture of the new prefab cabin by BlueskyMod, being launched September 22 at IIDEX in Toronto. "It's an experiment in simplicity of design, construction techniques and relationship to nature," says its designer, Todd Saunders,

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