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Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia Selected for CharityWorks GreenHouse

November 05, 2009 - A custom Mamma Mia rug, made of eco-friendly SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced polymer, was chosen to grace the great room of the CharityWorks GreenHouse, the first carbon neutral house on the East Coast.

Nineteen premiere designers came together to show that gorgeous can go green in an eco-spectacular designers’ showhouse. From the state-of-the-art geothermal system below ground to the luxurious eco-friendly furnishings, fabrics, and rugs above ground, the CharityWorks GreenHouse proved that efficient building design, innovative technology, and a smart location can be combined to reduce or eliminate carbon emissions.

“There is more to a green house than unbleached linen and drab, neutral color schemes. We want to show the public that there is such a thing as Luxurious Sustainable Living utilizing the best of eco-friendly materials, products, and services so people will start to look at living green in a whole new way,” said Barry Dixon, internationally recognized designer and chair of the Design Committee. Dixon was the designer for the great room and the kitchen.

Luxurious sustainable living is a perfect description for Mamma Mia. Consumers love this thick, beefy shag’s eco-story, its amazing softness, and its incredible stain resistance. SmartStrand offers the added advantage of being produced in part (37 percent) from readily available and renewable resources. Mamma Mia makes it easier and more fashionable to “live green.”

Located in McLean, VA, the CharityWorks GreenHouse was constructed by the WEST*GROUP in collaboration with GreenSpur, Inc., and was designed by the Washington, D.C. architectural firm of Cunningham Quill. It was open for tours during three weeks in October and raised funds for the Friendship Public Charter School, the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and the McLean Project for the Arts.

CharityWorks is a volunteer-led organization creating positive change in the Washington Metropolitan area by uniting corporate leaders, donors, and volunteers to help nonprofits break the cycle of poverty and transform lives.