This weblog contains interesting eco-chic projects and also highlights great sustainable furnishings, materials and decor for your home.
What makes mango wood sustainable?
Mango trees are huge trees that are initially grown for their fruit. The trees can reach 60 to 100 feet in height and can grow up to three to five feet in diameter. However, once the trees reach this size, they stop producing fruit. The farmers cut these trees down in order to make room for new mango trees that can produce the fruit. Once the older trees are cut down, the mango wood is used for making wood products, providing additional revenue for the farmers and making good use of the resources.
Mango is unusual in that the wood comes in a number of shades, from very blond to very dark wood. The hardwood and pronounced grain make mango a beautiful wood for anything from tables, to stools, to bowls.
Bamboo fiber is 100% made from bamboo through a high-tech process. The raw material bamboo is selected from non-polluted areas in Asia. The whole distilling and production process produces natural and eco- friendly fiber without any chemical additives. Bamboo fiber is also a unique biodegradable textile material. As a natural cellulose fiber it can be
100% biodegraded in soil by microorganisms and sunshine.
It is a common fact that bamboo can thrive naturally without using pesticide. Scientists have found that bamboo owns a unique anti-bacteria and bacteriostatic bio-agent. This substance is combined with bamboo cellulose during the process of being manufactured into bamboo fiber resulting in a naturally antibacterial fabric. This antibacterial property means fabrics stay fresh and keeps away odor causing bacteria. It is proven that wash after wash, bamboo fiber fabric still possesses excellent function of antibacteria. Bamboo fiber’s natural anti-bacteria does not cause skin allergy as can sometimes happen with chemical antimicrobial .
What does 'responsibly forested' mean, and why is it important?
Responsibly forested wood means that wood harvested from healthy forests is done so in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. This includes:
- Harvesting rates and clearing sizes do not exceed a forest's natural capacity to regenerate.
- Natural forest conditions needed for wildlife and healthy ecosystems function are maintained.
- Rare, threatened and endangered species and forest types are maintained and protected
- No forests are cleared and replaced by barren tree plantations
- Chemical use is minimized or eliminated
- Streams and rivers are protected from soil erosion that degrades water quality and fish habitat.
- Workers, communities and indigenous people benefit from the forestry operation, and their rights and interests are protected.
THE FORESTS ARE OUR EARTH'S LUNGS!
They help us breathe by creating oxygen and filtering pollutants from the air, and help stabilize the global climate by absorbing carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. They soak up rainfall like giant sponges, preventing floods and purifying water that we drink.
What are 'V.O.C.'s in paint and why don't we want them?
Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, and according to the EPA, is considered to be one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes, releasing low-level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. They poison groundwater and contain ozone-depleting contaminants.
The source of these toxins is a variety of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which, until recently, were essential to the performance of the paint. These are the fumes that you smell while you paint, and usually for several days after.
A VOC is an organic chemical that becomes a breathable gas at room temperature. Some examples of these are ethylene glycol, vinyl chloride and mercury. VOCs in paint usually come from the additives to the paint such as fungicides, biocides, color, and spreadability agents. These high levels of VOC's in paints can cause headaches, allergic reactions, and health problems in the very old, very young, and those with chronic illness.
How can it be all of those???
Well let me tell you ......
THE COPPER TUB FOR TWO - Copper is an environmentally friendly material, and as a natural product, copper is almost totally recyclable. Around 40% percent of the total global consumption of refined copper is scrap-based. So its beauty is more than just skin-deep!
STONE FLOORS & COUNTER – All salvaged.
FURNITURE – Both the double sink vanity and the sit down vanity were purchased used, refinished, stained and waxed with earth friendly products.
MIRRORS & CHESTS – The custom made mirror over the double vanity and the two in-wall mirrored medicine chests were custom designed and made of recycled wood.
FAUCETS – All water saving fixtures.
WINDOW COVERINGS – Custom design and made of organic cotton linen.
LIGHT FIXTURES – Slightly used future antiques!
PAINT – Zero VOC paint.
MIRRORS - reflect ambient and artificial light, allowing for use of lower-wattage bulbs and fewer fixtures. Mirrors are easy to clean, longer lasting and do not release chemicals into the air.