Go Green with your decor!
Updated: Friday, 07 Sep 2012, 10:40 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 07 Sep 2012, 10:40 AM EDT
Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - Yes, you can tread lightly on the land and make your interior look fabulous! Home décor products that are environmentally sensitive are increasingly available. There are varying degrees of “green,” but in general a product must be made from renewable natural material grown organically or harvested with minimal impact to its environment, or a material recycled in an environmentally responsible way. Talsma Furniture carries companies that Go Green. Check out Rowe Furniture and Cozy Life. Seat cushions are made from soy based foam and springs forged from recycled steel. Natural fabrics are an option from both companies.
So, what is in the green decorating market? More than you may think! Some furniture companies make upholstery with recycled materials, fabrics and rugs are available that are made of renewable natural materials. Accessories, paint, wallpaper, and flooring can also be found on the green decorating market.
You will find the greatest number of green options in fabrics and rugs. Organic production of most natural fibers is growing and some, such as hemp and bamboo that have been familiar as floor coverings are now used for drapery and upholstery fabric as well. Made from natural fibers and nontoxic dyes make it easy to go green indoors. You’ll find all manner of weaves and patterns; motifs from nature help to make the point.
For green wall coverings, look for wall paper made from recycled paper with a biodegradable backing. The green news in paint includes water-based products with soy based resin and mineral pigments instead of synthetic coloring.
Eco-friendly tiles include types made from recycled glass, granite, and marble, recycled metal, or decorative concrete patterns that don’t require firing and are therefore considered to have “low energy manufacture.
For green flooring, consider retro linoleum, bamboo, or cork. Cork and bamboo may go on walls too.
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