Creating a green living space isn’t just about purchasing the right light bulbs or investing in some high-tech, solar-powered coffeemaker; it’s about creating a space that is both environmentally conscious and decidedly homey. So, when it comes to picking out your home furnishings, why not take a look at these companies that are creating stylish, yet eco-friendly wares.
Start from the ground up with an environmentally friendly rug from Rug Smart Interiors. While many standard rugs are made from nylon and other petroleum-based products, Rug Smart offers a range of sustainable, natural fiber options such as bamboo, sisal, sea grass and hemp. Not only are these rugs stylish, they will also help to improve your indoor air quality by absorbing pollutants. With a huge selection of rugs in a variety of colors and designs, you are bound to find the perfect rug for your home. Prices range from $35 to $530 with free shipping in the continental U.S. To see their full selection, visit www.rugsmart.com.
Most furniture is made from wood that has been carelessly harvested, devastating our planet’s forests. By purchasing eco-friendly furniture that has been crafted from responsibly managed lumber, you can sit comfortably knowing you have made a smart choice. Some scientists also believe that 90 percent of furniture currently on the market is made with materials known to cause global warming, respiratory problems, breast cancer and even leukemia. According to researchers at Women’s College Hospital, “Thousands of chemicals that are considered volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted from products such as paints, paint strippers, varnishes, glues, pesticides, furnishings, building materials, carpet and plastics.”
An eco-sofa is the best way to improve the look and feel of your room without any materials that could be potentially harmful to the environment or your family. However, when choosing an “eco-sofa,” it pays to do your homework. Because this is such a new product, many suppliers may try to inflate the selling price. One good place to start your search is www.greensofas.com. These hypoallergenic sofas are made from recyclable materials and have been certified by Global Green USA and the Forest Stewardship Council. With plenty of options to fit any taste, you can choose the style, color and configuration to suit your needs. Whether you are looking for a comfy sectional for the whole family or a modern style that can be converted to a bed for guests, Green Sofas has you covered, in most cases for under $2,000.
Dining room tables don’t need to be made of rare mahogany to be beautiful. Modern Eco Homes specializes in creating beautiful, organic pieces that are made in everything from teak to pine to bamboo. Pulling from some of the best green décor websites out there, Modern Eco Homes has cultivated a one-stop shop for all your decorating needs. Especially impressive is their selection of dining room sets. Whether you need seating for two or 20, there is an impressive assortment of options to meet any price point. The Turning House Bruges Solid Reclaimed Oak Dining Table and Chairs are perfect for a country house while city dwellers can find respite sitting around the Vintage Oak Bistro Table made from reclaimed wine barrels. Recyclables have never been so positively chic. Check them out at www.modernecohomes.com.
For tips on how to pull your green décor together, visit www.greenyourdecor.com. Green living guru Jennae Petersen created the site out of “frustration in my attempts to find sustainable and eco-friendly products while decorating.” The website is chockfull of amazing tips and finds, and is a great resource when creating a living space that functions both as a sanctuary for you and your family and as a partner in protecting the planet.