Green Design Trends

Hi! Everyone it’s me Turbo.  Can you believe that Sunday is Easter.  Things have been egg-stra fun at my house this week getting ready for easter.  I am so excited I can hardly sit still.  We colored eggs last night and what a blast.  When mom was not looking I colored my sister Keiko purple. Ha Ha Ha, so I am in trouble again. What’s new.  My brother Timba and I have been hiding my sister Taji all week because being a bob-tail lynx siamese, she looks just like a bunny.  We were afraid that someone would mistake her for the Easter Bunny.  She is a pain in my tail most of the time, but who would I tease and aggravate if she was gone.  We went up in the attic this morning and got down our Easter baskets and mine still had the green easter grass from last year in it .  So it was pawsitively a no-brainer that we should talk about green design trends this week.

Pawsitively Humiliating!

We spend about 80% of our time indoors. (Try 100% for furbabies like me) Buildings in the U.S. consume about 30% of our total energy and about 60% of our electricity annually.

Using environmentally responsible products, materials and techniques in interior design is a healthy choice for your family and the planet.  And now you don’t have to sacrifice looks while being responsible.  Interior Designers, Architects and furnishings manufacturers are committed to green design and are creating beautiful buildings and decor that leave the lightest footprint possible. (Or should I say pawprint)

Here are some of the top green design trends to look for.

Paint Choose paint that is non-toxic and contains little or no volatile organic compounds. (VOCs)  Most paint manufacturers today offer low VOC paints. (This is much better for us furbabies, especially ones that have asthma like my sister Keiko)

Floors When using hardwood flooring, use reclaimed wood.  It adds natural beauty and a touch of antique to your home.  (It also makes the floor look like it has character when we scratch it with our nails)

Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Lighting Install dimmable compact fluorescent lights, which consume up to 75% less electricity and last 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.  (Although I do like my spa treatments so a heat lamp is good for me)

Furniture Look for items made from repurposed materials such as reclaimed wood or recycled plastics.

Carpet Choose carpet made from recycled materials.  One out of every four recycled plastic bottles is made into carpet.  (Since it is made out of recycled plastic I wonder if it repels liquids like when I pee on it?)

Accessories Recycle old items instead of throwing them away. Give old items a fresh coat of paint.  Pair old items with fresh accessories.  For example, reupholster an old armchair or add an accent pillow.

Counters Look for those made of ceramic, sustainable bamboo or recycled glass.  Use them in both kitchens and bathrooms.

Faucets Look for faucets with the waterSense label, which can save the average household more than 500 gallons of water each year and hundreds of dollars in utility bills. (Especially at our house because my brother drinks out of the faucet all the time and forgets to turn it off)

Bedrooms Decorate your bedroom with eco-friendly bedding.  Many linens are available in organic materials and recycled yarn.

Eco-Friendly Pet Beds

Some additional things to think about might be eco friendly pest control and eco-friendly cleaning supplies for your home. (Good ideas for us sensitive furbabies)

Well I can’t concentrate anymore this week.  I have to get back to thinking about the Easter Bunny coming.  It is going to be one awesome weekend.  Saturday is a big easter egg hunt at my grandma’s house.  She hides tons of plastic eggs filled with our favorite greenie treats.  I have been racing through the house practicing how fast I can find eggs.  Then on Sunday we get up and see what the Easter Bunny brought us.  I have been dreaming of the toys.

Until next time remember the best things in life are furry.  



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