Going green in 2013! This is the phrase on everyone minds these days. Many product companies offer sustainable product or an eco friendly option. Whether its from reusing a recycled material or removing a chemical that can negatively impact the environment around us.
Today more designers are trying their hand at “Green Design”. Green design focuses on using only Eco-friendly products and approaches in a space. This is a great way to design because it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Consider this, the construction and operation of buildings account for an estimated 40% of the earth’s extracted materials and half of all waste generated (Worldwatch Institute)! So in other words constructing a new building wastes a huge amount of earths natural products (wood, stone, etc).
Designers that focus on staying green know the best approaches for creating an Eco-friendly space as well as selecting green products. Here are a few things to look for:
- Products with low or no VOC content
- Hardwood from companies that certify their products come from sustainably managed forests. This means the trees aren’t cut down at a rate faster then other trees have time to grow.
- Products based on their total life-cycle. Yes , that couch may look nice and come at a steal price! But, realistically how long will the sofa last you? Is the total time worth the amount of money spent? It is always best to invest!
- Products with a high recycled material content
- Products with a water based finish whenever possible.
So going green in 2013 and forever after isn’t difficult. We have all come across reduce, reuse and recycle at some point in our lives, so lets take it a step further! Finding the best products isn’t the hard, you just need to know where to look.