Eco-minded consumers are looking for ways to include their environmentally friendly attitudes into their home life. But many aren’t sure exactly what is meant by some of the terms used to describe the products that offer environmentally friendly features. To aid consumers as they shop and make comparisons Blinds Chalet offers the following definitions:
Sustainable materials: This term refers to products that can be grown/harvested so that their biological systems remain intact (often referencing wood or hemp products). For instance bamboo grows at a rate that is most common for weeds. The plant can be cut, but the system remains intact and the bamboo is able to quickly replenish itself.
Energy Efficient: Energy efficient materials are those that help save energy. Examples of these are cellular shades that can be as effective as installing a double-paned blinds. By reducing usage of heat and air conditioning, less polluting elements are released into the air. They also reduce fuel use, minimizing need for fossil fuels. Some window treatments qualify for federal tax credits of up to $1,500.00
Environmentally Friendly Products: Products labeled environmentally friendly are recyclable. This means that they don’t end up in landfills. Environmentally products are also created from elements that are not harmful to the environment (they contain no PVCs or volatile organic compounds). The Eco-Green line of solar sun and roller shades is a good example of PVC-free blinds. Other environmentally friendly products are made from: bamboo, hemp, organic cotton, etc.
Recycled Materials: Recycled materials can also be described as environmentally friendly. But this term further defines a product as being made from recycled or reclaimed products (wood is popular as is fabric for patchwork and vintage design blinds).
Another consideration is how the materials were processed. While bamboo is a sustainable material, some companies will use harmful chemicals to process the material that can leach into water systems and damage fish and wildlife. Companies seeking to establish themselves as leaders in the environmental movement will be open about their materials, their processing methods and how their materials are manufactured.
Shipping is another consideration. While a company may do everything the right way environmentally, if they have their products manufactured overseas, the carbon footprint of shipping the materials has to be considered.
As consumers, there are many ways to incorporate green materials into a home. From vintage furniture to reclaimed wood flooring and cabinetry, the ways are endless. With window treatments, consider bamboo wood blinds, Eco-Green Roller Window Shades and cellular shades. By replacing outdated window shades and treatments, consumers can increase the efficiency of their homes, incorporate unique colors and designs and create a focal point for conversation.
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