There are plenty of ways you can choose to bring an eco-friendly element into the design of your home, and it doesn’t have to be hard to do.
Designed by Gloria Van Dusen
Photographed by Diana Lam Photography and Teran Buckner Photography
The use of a natural element like river rocks for the shower floor creates a layer of texture to the design. It comes in a variety of shades to match the color scheme of a room too. River rocks are harvested sustainably within the United States and are a beautiful option for a lasting, durable flooring that you can feel good about.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
This unique countertop, produced by IceStone, is made of 100 percent recycled materials and post-consumer waste. Because of this, no two countertops will ever look the same. Stronger than granite, IceStone is made mostly of glass but sometimes includes shells. If you choose to renovate down the line, the company will recycle these countertops again, ensuring the product never hits a landfill. Underneath these eco-friendly countertops are cabinets made with eucalyptus, a type of wood that is sustainable much like bamboo. This eucalyptus is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which is an organization committed to keeping the world’s forest healthy. Using FSC-certified wood in your home design is an easy way to go green.
In this reading room, all of the furniture is manufactured in the United States, and the fabrics are made here too. The cabinet is made with FSC-certified wood and the finish contains no formaldehydes. The window treatments are made with hemp and do not include any dyes. Because the finishing, linens and other fabrics are produced using all-natural materials without any extra chemicals, you don’t have to worry about off-gassing. Many materials used in home design, especially artificial materials products that have chemicals in the finishing, can release gas that is harmful to your health. Using all-natural materials like you see in this room can improve the indoor air quality in your home.
The walls are the true star of this room. Using scrap wood from the production of cabinets and other furniture ensures that nothing goes to waste. The wood tiles were sealed to the wall by hand and were laid out much like a puzzle to create a depth of layers, patterns and colors that bring a unique flair to the room.