Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sustainability in Carpet

A few weeks ago I attended a speech given by Ray Anderson who is the Founder and Chairman of Interface, Inc, a carpet company. His passion for the environment and his sustainability mission truly was inspirational. I pulled this off the company website:

"While Interface is noted in the industry for high quality design and innovation, the company is recognized as an out-front leader in the green business movement. Ray heightened the company’s awareness and led changes in sourcing, process and technologies to move toward being environmentally sustainable, and named the efforts Mission Zero. Under Mission Zero, we are learning to harness solar, wind, biomass and other forms of green energy and providing raw material needs by harvesting and recycling carpet and other petrochemical products, while eliminating waste and harmful emissions from our operations."

Read more at: FLOR and Mission Zero

The FLOR carpet tiles (part of interface) are great products! They are very versatile, fashion forward, and Eco-friendly. See the list below.
  • Return and Recycle Program
  • Renewable and Recycled content
  • Low VOC (volatile organic compounds)
  • Catalog printed on 100% recycled paper / 85% post-consumer waste.
  • Best of all their ultimate goal is zero negative impact on the Earth by the year 2020!!!

What an inspirational company!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Eco-Friendly Wood Substitute

A substitute for wood!! Kirei Board is made from reclaimed sorghum straw which is the portion of the straw that is not edible. This waste is usually burned or added to landfills. The boards are created with zero VOCs which means it is non-toxic and formaldehyde-free.

These beautiful eco-friendly boards can be used for almost anything! Millwork, wall covering, cabinetry, furniture... What an interesting wonderful green product!

This product is made by a company called Kirei - Check out their website for some sample applications.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Business launch plus eco-friendly window treatment

This week was my official launch of my new eco-friendly green interior design studio "PURE Inspired Design"!! It is very exciting to finally get to this point after all the careful planning. I still have a lot more I need to do, including tons of eco-friendly product research (this will be on going), increasing my private label rug designs and upholstery line, and also implementing national interior design services so I can truly help anyone. If you are interested in entering a pilot program for virtual interior design please contact me to find out more. This process has been a wonderful creative outlet plus I LOVE to help people and share my knowledge. My blogs in the future will contain more green interior design product information and useful green tips - my goal is to blog every week!!!

Today I installed these beautiful organic cotton twill draperies - they are cream and dark brown in a beautiful updated pattern. The fabric is from Mod Green Pod. We used a 2” bamboo rod and 3” bamboo rings with pinch clips- the finials and brackets are wood with a dark low VOC finish. All the hardware is from Antique Drapery Hardware. The window turned out so nice (the client loved it), it really finished the room plus best of all it is all eco-friendly! I'm loving the role of a green interior designer!