Eco-friendly Interiors? Let’s try this out.

1 Aug

I’m an interior design student at UW-Madison (Yeah, Sconnie!) and a large portion of what we talk about in our classes is sustainable and eco-friendly design.  It’s a huge deal in the design world currently and hopefully not just a trendy fad.  I’ve learned that sustainable design is always the way to design (common sense) and green design is the way to design if you have no other, more interesting ideas for the space; aka the little black dress of interiors.  What I mean to say is that green design is something to always strive for, but unfortunately, the coolest ideas cannot always be accomplished with solely 100% eco-friendly materials.

However, my point is that I was shocked to find that there are only a couple of blogs devoted simply to green interiors.  And while there are lots of really great eco-friendly living blogs and websites, only a few of those have a section for interior design.  So, that’s what this blog is going to be about, eco-friendly interior design.  Now, I don’t just mean the stationary parts of interiors.  I am talking about everything from the structure and finishes to furniture and accessories.

Now, to get this started I’m going to let you in on a few reasons why sustainable, eco-friendly design is the best thing a person can do for their home…

1)   More money in your pocket!

To begin with, eco-friendly and sustainable buildings use less water and energy.  This means lower utility bills.  After this last winter dragged on and on (and on) I know that I don’t want to live in a poorly insulated building ever again.  My heating bills were through the roof! And I always forget to save extra cash when that water bill comes in the mail twice a year.  The lower it is, the happier my wallet will be.  Also, green buildings have a higher market value and in many states there are tax benefits to owning a green building.

2)   Less trips to see your doc.

This is totally true!  Green buildings have better air quality thanks to low emitting materials with little or no toxins.   And these buildings have better air circulation, which stops mold build up.  They also have better lighting, helping to improve vision and take strain off of your eyes.

3)   Environmental Benefits

This one is the most obvious.  Benefits to the Earth include water conservation, waste reduction thanks to recycling and re-using, and minimized pollution generation.

So, there you have it.  Let’s see where this takes us!

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