The Sustainable Dining Room

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fsc-dining-table.jpgIt never ceases to amaze me how many household items you can find that are available in more environmentally friendly options. I’ve compiled some resources here from furniture to flooring and drapes to dishes.

Shopping for a new dining room table to show off during the upcoming holidays? I found tables and chairs of fine craftsmanship, made from FSC certified wood (meets well-managed forestry criteria) by Gary Weeks and Company.

Tearing up that old carpet in the dining room? If you’re not lucky enough to have hardwood floors underneath that can be refinished, find ideas for beautiful flooring at Flooring Alternatives, Sustainable Flooring, or perhaps at your local floor dealer.

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If you’re looking for lovely organic linen or hemp tablecloths, runners, placemats, napkins, oven mits, or area rugs, you can shop at Rawganique or Native Organic Cotton. The Chic and Green collection at Curtains A La Carte offers a wide array of curtains and draperies made from organic cotton grown in Texas, colored with low-impact dyes, and finished in America. If you prefer to make your own curtains, you can purchase from a large assortment of organic cotton fabrics at Organic Cotton Plus or Organic Cotton Fabrics.

recycled-glass-plates.jpgVivaTerra boasts stunning recycled glass plates, bowls, wineglasses and carafes. Riverside Design Group offers similar exquisite recycled glass items, as well as recycled stainless steel flatware, servers, salt and pepper shakers and more.

A fresh coat of paint may be all that your dining room needs. Many manufacturers now offer a line of zero or low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints to minimize chemical off-gassing into your home.

Brighten up the room with Energy Star rated light fixtures and compact fluorescent bulbs to save on your electric bill.

Provide healthy, flavorful meals by using organic food as much as possible.

Enjoy your new, eco-friendly dining experience!

Tag(s): Food, Green Furnishings, Kitchens And Baths

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