Going green is becoming more and more popular all over the world, from Belgium to New Zealand, from Japan to the United States. Most people simply view this as supporting recycling and environmentally friendly items, but they do not understand even half of what this growing movement is all about. Odds are they have not heard about green interior design, and if they have, then they usually do not understand what it entails. Fortunately, the information is gradually spreading throughout the world. More and more people are becoming educated about what green interior design and other aspects of the environmental movement are.So, what exactly is green interior design?Green interior design is a way of designing and making your home, workplace, or other areas more comfortable and healthier to work, live, play, and study in. After all, we do spend 90% of our time indoors. Therefore, it is highly important that these areas are healthy and comfortable for us. Green interior design does this by using reusable materials, promoting energy conservation, improving the air quality, conserving all of our natural resources, and minimizing waste via environmentally responsible design and construction techniques.Green interior design is not just limited to furniture.
Green interior design also includes carpeting, flooring, the walls, kitchen appliances, paint, the ceiling, lighting, cabinets, counter tops, showers, toilets, and anything else related to the inside of buildings. Some people merely think of tables, couches, and beds as making up green interior design. There is so much more to the field, though.What are the benefits of green interior design?
There are many worthwhile benefits of green interior design. For one, long lasting materials are used, so that the furniture and other items can last for years without needing to be replaced. Another great benefit of green interior design is having cleaner air to breathe. In addition, you will have a healthier environment to live and/or work in. Wouldn’t you breathe much easier knowing that the place you are living and/or working in is healthier. Also, because of the reduced amount of toxins inside, you will have a decreased chance of falling ill. Who likes being sick? Another benefit of green interior design is that it promotes energy efficiency. You can actually save money on energy and water bills with the right green techniques. Last, but not least, by implementing green interior design, you can help save the environment.Gradually go green and beware of green washing.
Do not change everything at once if you cannot afford to. Gradually become greener through minimal improvements here and there. Not only will moving at a slow pace be less stressful, it won’t seem as much of a strain on your wallet. Just think about if you were to completely change everything inside of your home at once. That would cost a lot of money and time.
You should also look out for green washing. This is the misleading and false advertisement that a company’s products or policies are environmentally friendly. With a little bit of research, you will be able to differentiate between authentic green items and companies that are lying. Remember that false advertising can come in many forms, such as withholding information and making false claims.
Many manufacturers claim their products are environmentally friendly, because they use recycled materials. Do not let this fool you. These products can still be harmful. In addition, some of the so-called green products have been constructed with PBTs (persistent bioaccumulative and toxic) or contribute to the formation of POPs (persistent organic pollutants). These items should be avoided, because they can lead to birth defects, cancer, reproductive disorders, and neurological disorders.
One thing that can help you determine if furniture is genuinely green is if it has been Greenguard certified. This certification indicates that the product has passed strict air quality tests. When it comes to wood products, look for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification. This means that the wood meets the criteria for ensuring the conservation of natural resources.How can green interior design be implemented in the home right away?
There are many things that you can do to implement green interior design in your home right away. There is no wrong or right answer. It comes down to your personal priorities and preferences. For example, is greater water efficiency more important to you than a green carpet that reduced toxins in the home? There is always time to change other things in the future. But, you must make the decision on what to change first. Naturally, you would change whatever aspect is most important to you.
One example is to change the flooring. Some types of flooring you can choose from are concrete, wood, and bamboo. In order to improve air quality even more, you can opt for a glue free installation when getting your floor done.
If you do not want to make such a big change first, then you can consider swapping out your kitchen appliances with green, energy efficient products. This will conserve energy and save you money on your energy bill.
In conclusion, there are so many ways to implement green interior design, that you should have fun researching ways to make your home healthier, cleaner, and more unique.