Today, I stumbled upon an interesting and well designed website, geofeat.com. It's home to a global directory of eco-friendly and organic products.
With the ever present issues of global warming, dependence on oil, and endangered resources - Dabbieri's only strengthened it's resolve to offering floor coverings, made of natural and sustainable fibers. Like Dabbieri, interior designers also play an important role in advocating eco-friendly design, by focusing on the use of natural, sustainable or renewable resources. Together, by selecting products that are stylish, yet environmentally friendly, we can employ green design principles to create fresh new styles, colors and textures.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, creators of the green design guidelines known as LEED, individuals spend between 80-90% of their time indoors with just a mere 10-20% spent outside. With a rise in airborne allergies and illnesses such as asthma, materials used to create a client’s interiors are as pivotal to the well-being of the inhabitants as they are to protecting the environment.
When it comes to floor coverings, the “green standard” includes products such as wool, hardwoods and new naturals like bamboo and cork. Not only are these products sustainable and renewable, some – like wool – have also been shown to positively impact humidity levels and indoor air quality. Sisal, jute and sea grass are also beautiful, natural green flooring choices. These continue to be popular in more temperate climates and for use in living spaces such as verandas, family rooms and cabanas. By employing green design, you can enjoy high quality, stylish interiors and feel good about protecting the environment and our natural resources.