A bedroom should be a peaceful place where you can take a few deep breaths and relax. One fundamental principle of green design is that the air you breathe should be of good quality, especially since indoor air can be more polluted than you might think. Considering we spend about a third of our lives […]
Ever stopped to wonder what’s in that soap you use to lather up while bathing? Since it’s something that we use everyday (hopefully!), then we should be aware of what we’re exposing ourselves to so often, especially if we have sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis, dry or aging skin. Natural soaps are also gentler on babies […]
Whether it’s copper, aluminum, brass, or bronze, recycled metal can add a cool designer touch to any bathroom. From stunning countertops and vessel sinks to unique cabinet hardware and soap dispensers, recycled metal bath fixtures and accessories can be found at a variety of brick-and-mortar stores and online. The following manufacturers and retailers offer recycled […]
In part one of my series on new, sustainable furnishings, I discussed eco-friendly options for the living room. Today, I’ll talk about companies that make sustainable, high-quality bedroom furniture, including headboards, dressers, nightstands, and more.
After recommending soy-based candles in my last post about eco-chic bathrooms, I thought I would talk about them in more detail here. Soy-based candles come in a variety of aromas and create a soothing ambiance just as conventional, paraffin candles do, yet there are some key differences between the two.
If you love that relaxing ambiance of the spa, why not recreate that atmosphere in your bathroom at home? Here are some tips for making your revamped bath eco-friendly and luxurious: Paint the walls a soothing color with non-toxic, zero-VOC paint. Fill baskets with rolled up towels made from soft & cozy organic cotton or […]
Searching for the perfect drapery hardware with minimal environmental impact? The Antique Drapery Rod Company, based in Dallas, Texas, produces historically classical window hardware from sustainable materials. Over 90% of its 600 drapery hardware products are made in the USA and sold to the general public as well as to design trade professionals.
If the fact that conventionally-grown cotton uses massive amounts of pesticides and insecticides concerns you because of the detrimental effects on our air, soil, water, beneficial insects, and those who farm the land, then why not consider purchasing more sustainable products? The bathroom is a great place to start with several options for eco-friendly towels.
Whether you are looking for a new dining room hutch or a new bedroom set, furniture made from reclaimed wood is an environmentally-friendly way to go. Made from aged wine barrels, old barn timbers, fallen dead trees, and even wood that the ocean has drifted ashore, reclaimed wood creates beautiful, high quality furnishings.
My fourth top pick of better bedding is made from bamboo, a fast-growing grass that can be processed into a soft, smooth fabric. Although bamboo is a rapidly renewable grass that doesn’t need pesticides or fertilizers to grow, sometimes turning the plant into fabric is less sustainable.keep looking »