“It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.” – The Dalai Lama
Choosing the right Paint
Air quality is important and choosing a latex (water based paint) with low VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) one simple way to help improve the air quality especially during the summer months when smog is at its worst.
Organic or recycled wall paper and or cladding a wall with salvaged wood products not only gives a room texture and dimension but also decreases the amount of materials entering landfills.
Choosing local woods and products helps to decrease transportation distances, cutting fuel use creating a lighter carbon footprint than exotic woods. Check to make sure the products you choose are harvested responsibly and re-forestation is practiced.
Recycle and re-use as many items as you can. Donate building materials, such as old cabinetry, sinks and toilets to Habitat for Humanity re-store to help fund future building projects and keep these items out of landfills.
Re design Existing Pieces
Consider reupholstering and re-purposing existing furnishings. Tired of an outdated chair? Speak to your upholsterer about how it can be re-designed. You change the fabric, update the arms, and refill cushions with renewable products like soy based foams.Reupholstered benches/updated fabrics -Jennifer Brouwer Design
As you begin your next renovation project, consider these few options to help reduce your carbon footprint.
The idea is to make the most ECO conscious choices you can because every little bit helps!
Have a great day!
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