As the events of Earth Day are winding down, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on ways our interior design can become a part of the solution to this issue. Here are some ideas you may have already heard and hopefully some new ones.
When you purchase new draperies, spreads-anything with fabric- consider that the old fabrics can have a second life. They can be donated to a shelter for use by the needy. They can be given to school and theater art groups for use in scenes or costumes. They can be cut up and used as cleaning rags rather than paper towels and save some trees.
Bamboo floors are a beautiful alternative to wood floors and help save trees. The bamboo tree replenishes itself quickly and is a renewable source for use in our homes.
Look for low VOC paints that give off less gasses into the environment we breathe and live in.