With so much emphasis nowadays on global climate change, reducing consumption and recycling, interior design can seem a bit daunting when trying to limit carbon footprints yet still achieve an aesthetically pleasing space. However, with many improvements in the manufacturing of eco-friendly textiles, green design has become the wave of the future. When selecting environmentally friendly products for the home, keep in mind the four R’s of the environmental cycle; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Replenish.
Reduce. When various home textiles are produced, for example bedding, bathroom linens and rugs, many of the processes include dying and bleaching of fabrics which can result in large amounts of energy consumption in addition to the production of many toxic gases. By selecting linens that are naturally dyed and fibers that are organically grown, such as organic cotton, wool, and hemp, reliance on processes that are detrimental to the health of our climate would be reduced. Luxury home linens manufacturer, Abyss & Habidecor, has developed a line of naturally dyed and organically grow fibers that are not only eco-friendly, but very fashion forward.
Reuse. Remember the saying, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure?” Well, this couldn’t be more accurate and more environmentally friendly. Selecting slightly used home furnishings from local antique fairs is a great resource for finding hidden treasures and one-of-a-kind designs. Buying locally also reduces the distance an item has to travel, reducing the impact that travel has on the environment.
Replenish. Another important aspect to take into consideration when choosing eco-friendly textiles is how renewable are the materials the product is made from? Raw materials that replenish quickly are important to the sustainability of the environment. Bamboo is an excellent example of a fast renewable resource, and there are some great home decorating options to choose from that are made from bamboo, such as hampers, towels (http://www.pioneerlinens.com/NandinaBambooTowels) and bed linens.
Recycle. Selecting and using products that are easy to recycle is a great way to reduce the amount of resources, including energy, that are needed to produce certain products from scratch. Glass and metal are two materials in particular that can be recycled numerous times without losing the quality of the material.
For more green home decorating products by Pioneer Linens, visit http://www.PioneerLinens.com/GiftsForTheEnvironmentalist.
About Pioneer Linens:
Since 1912, Pioneer Linens has remained the premier luxury bedding retailer in West Palm Beach, Florida, selling fine linens, table linens, bath accessories and home decor for the bedroom, bathroom, dining, yacht or jet.