Eco-Friendly Products For Your Home
When I first embarked on a career in Interior Design, I knew that I wanted my work to be meaningful and a reflection of my own personal values. My goal is to design with a purpose and I found that I can achieve that by incorporating eco-friendly products that improve a person's quality of life while also having a positive impact on the Earth. It is my social responsibility as an Interior Designer to protect the environment and ensure the health and well-being of people.
There are a multitude of creative ways to incorporate eco-friendly and sustainable products in your home. Here are a few of my favorites for creating a healthy and stylish indoor environment.
No VOC Paint
Most of us recognize the distinctive smell of fresh paint when we come across it, but where does that smell come from? That's the smell of VOC's! Volatile Organic Compounds are gases that are emitted from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. These gases are released over time and cause pollution in the air. No VOC paint is a healthy alternative to using traditional paint. It's strongly recommended if you are painting your interior walls, especially in rooms for children and babies.
It's no secret that Bamboo is eco-friendly and highly renewable. It has been a popular alternative to traditional wood flooring for some time now. Advancements in the manufacturing process now make bamboo look even more like wood flooring than it did before. You can achieve the look of beautiful floors at a fraction of the cost all while doing your part for the environment.
Did you know that sheep are great for more than just counting and helping you fall asleep? Wool from sheep is natural, biodegradable, renewable and comfortable. A chief benefit of wool is its hypo-allergenic qualities. It is resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew, making it ideal for those who suffer from allergies. Wool is also naturally fire resistant and is a favorite in hotels, aircraft, hospitals and theaters. Popular wool products for the home include blankets, rugs and insulation, and come in a several colors and patterns to suit your style.
Not all cotton is created equal. In fact, conventional cotton is grown with the use of harmful pesticides. These chemicals pollute the environment it's grown in, have a negative impact on the health of the farmers who grow them, and puts the consumer at risk due to chemical residue remaining in the fibers. Organic cotton is grown without the use of any chemicals, making it safer for people and the environment. You can find organic cotton products such as blankets, sheets and towels at Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and other well known retailers.
Glass is 100% recyclable and, best of all, endlessly recyclable. This means that glass can be used over and over again without loss to its quality or purity. Recycled glass can be found in a huge variety of colors and finishes for visual interest and contrast. They can be installed on floors, walls, and countertops, and they can be used outdoors as well as indoors. It's a beautiful way to incorporate an eco-friendly and sustainable material into your home.