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Article 4 Newsletter Issue 4 May 2009 | all articles

It's Not Easy Being Green ...
Or Is It?

How to add eco-friendly components to your home

think having a "green" home is impossible? Think again! Well, you bought your non-plastic, reusable water bottle and take those funky eco-bags to the supermarket with you. We are all doing our part to be more conscientious in saving the environment. This is no light matter. Experts say that the path is set for the next 30-40 years and what we do now will make a difference after that time. If you are thinking about a new decorating project, consider bringing materials in that will make your house a green home. We offer quite an array of green products.

Experts say that the path is set for the next 30-40 years and what we do now will make a difference after that time.

Several of our fabric vendors offer "green" fabrics. These fabrics are made of 100% post-consumer waste (synthetic, solution-dyed fibers), are 100% recyclable and use very little energy or water in the manufacturing process. And they look beautiful! They have come a long way in how these fabrics look and feel. There are lots of colors and patterns to fit anyone's style.

One of our commercial wallcovering companies, Wolf-Gordon, has created a bio-degradable wallcovering that is 100% recyclable. Though its use is in primarily office and commercial applications, it would look perfectly fantastic in anyone's home. The best part is that if there was ever a fire, the wallpaper actually turns into water vapor! That's smart wallpaper!

The Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades offer excellent energy efficiency, which is another layer of going green.

There are some great options for flooring. Carpeting made with recycled fibers is now available. Bamboo wood flooring is a sustainable product. More involved projects have used reclaimed barn boards for flooring.

Besides using green fabrics for your draperies, there is a wide choice when it comes to window coverings. We offer a reclaimed wood shutter in wormy chestnut. The Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades offer excellent energy efficiency, which is another layer of going green. You can also get additional energy efficiency through the use of window film. The new nano-ceramic window film keeps out 99.9% of the harmful UV rays. It cuts the glare and fading of furniture, as well. We also have natural sea grass and bamboo shades available.

Using antiques is the ultimate way to recycle furniture! If you are in need of a special piece, let us know. It's a great way to add a lived-in look to a room full of new furniture.

And what antique collectors have known for years, is that using antiques is the ultimate way to recycle furniture! We're planning a shopping trip to the Brimfield Antique Mart this month. If you are in need of a special piece, let us know. It's a great way to add a lived-in look to a room full of new furniture.

The certification process for green products has become much more stringent. The companies that are certified to carry a "green" label have to look at their manufacturing process and how the company itself adheres to green policies. Are they using energy efficient lighting? Are they recycling within the company? How much water is used to manufacture the product? These are just some of the things that the certification agency looks at.

We can no longer look to our government or our communities for sole guidance. It starts with each of us individually, taking small steps. Pablo Picasso once said, "Action is the foundational key to all success." Take action and if you'd like to bring the "green" inside, ask us about showing you some of these fantastic products. The environment will thank you!

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