Saturday, June 6, 2009

GREEN LIVING: All About Environmentally-Friendly Interior Design‏

Bamboo flooringImage by dotben via Flickr

by john mce

If you want to be truly green, then you need to consider your impact upon the planet even when redecorating your home. Luckily there are lots of ways to be a little kinder to the environment thanks to a range of products which are now widely available.

Eco paint is one great way to spruce up your home without committing an eco-tastrophe. Most conventional paints contain solvents, acrylics and softeners which are potentially bad for health and the environment. Eco paints tend to be water based, use natural ingredients for colour, binding agents and solvents. Eco paints also don't contain fungicides or preservatives.

Terramed is a wall treatment which is an ochre plaster made of natural clays from the Mediterranean basin, with sand and cellulose. These materials have been used in the Mediterranean for thousands of years.

Even flooring can be environmentally friendly; the most popular choice being bamboo. Bamboo is stronger than oak, stable, easy to work with, environmentally friendly, non-allergenic and presents a great opportunity for re-decoraters to be kind to the environment while using a top-class material. Bamboo is incredibly easy to grow, so is much more sustainable than other woods.

Cork is another popular choice of environmentally friendly wood, as it is long-lasting, attractive and has a dampening effect.

Cotton is usually grown using massive amounts of pesticides, so it is eco-friendly to look for organic materials for furnishing a home. Although organic materials have infiltrated the mainstream market, sometimes it can be difficult to find organic curtains and textiles.

If you are handy with a sewing machine, it might be easiest to just find organic wool, hemp, linen or cotton for you to make your own curtains or cushion covers. Hemp in particular is a very robust plant which grows prolifically without the need for pesticides, making it an excellent plant for making any environmentally friendly items from.

There is a plethora of environmentally friendly items to redecorate your home with, from cutlery to tea towels and telephones to alarm clocks. Look for recycled or sustainable materials, and be kinder to the environment when redecorating your home and invest in eco-friendly interior design.

Remember, don't go mad looking for angelic products and green furniture, just bare the welfare of the planet in mind and do what you can to help fight global warming. One of the best ways to be environmentally friendly is simply to re-use old things, ensuring that new products are not needlessly manufactured, while perfectly good things end up in a landfill.

John McE writes articles on a number of subjects including interior design. Gecco Interiors are all about beautiful interior design which is environmentally friendly.

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