Nashville House & Home & Garden™

MAR-APR 2019

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G R E AT E R N A S H V I L L E H O U S E & H O M E & G A R D E N ™ 74 would frankly be hard to do without. Always try to find products made with recycled content but that can also be recycled aer you are finished with them as well. Keep the life cycle going! Reduced Consumpon. Even wool, a great natural product has a down side. Fiy percent of carbon emissions come from methane from burping sheep. And a sheep's burps cannot be prevented. The only way to reduce the amount of sheep burps is to reduce the amount of wool being produced. Much like the fashion industry, the design industry needs to consider consumpon, "fast fashion," and the overall life span of products. Choose pieces you love, cherish, and want to hang onto. There is nothing wrong with having sets of decorave pillows for different sea- sons, just try to reuse them every year. Hopefully the light shed on texles doesn't ruin your love for your fa- vorite home decor items. Don't let it! Remember, loving what you already have is a great way to reduce the environmental impact of your home. Design is about finding balance and being strategic with the way you use products and create your home environment. ◆ —By Kate Gray Fudim Editor's Note: Kate Gray Fudim is an interior designer with Beth Haley Design. Kate has a master's degree in Interior Architecture and Design with an emphasis in sustainable design. Beth Haley Design, an urban inte- rior design firm, focuses on remodeling and revitalizing established homes, as well as creang smulang, funconal, sustainable spaces in new homes.. E-mail your quesons to her at or visit Green Texles We hate to say it, but there is a dark side to texles. Unfortunately, fun and cheery prints can become a lile less innocent and sweet as the environmental impact of industrial manufacturing becomes more appar- ent and the more we learn about the effects of polluon on human health. It is sad but true. Here are some facts: 20 percent of water polluon globally is caused by texle processing and coon producon alone contributes 7 percent of the total. Coon producon also accounts for 3 percent of global water consumpon. Linen, widely considered a natural, plant-based product, pollutes waterways with pescides when tradionally processed. What can we do as design loving consumers? It would be extremely hard and perhaps a bit severe to completely sever es with tradionally manufactured home products. We understand this. We couldn't do it ei- ther. However, what we can do is try to soen the impact of our prod- ucts by sourcing products that follow these four basic tenants of sustainability: organic, natural, recycled, and reduced consumpon. Organic. Choosing organic products helps reduce the overall impact of two important stages in texle manufacturing, raw material extracon and producon. The most important thing we can do is avoid agricultural chemicals, pescides, and dyes. This basically means most polyesters, nylons, and acrylics are out as they typically contain PFCs which are, ac- cording to LEED, "chemicals to avoid." Instead, we should choose prod- ucts that are not treated with chemicals or grown with the use of ferlizers. Natural. Organic and natural really go hand-in-hand, as any product that is organic and then produced naturally is going to be a win-win. In addion, look for products that are produced from natural fibers and processes. Linen is an all-star eco-friendly product if produced using the dew-reng process as opposed to the water-reng process (the main difference being that dew-reng doesn't submerge the stems of the plants in running water, but instead relies on dew collected on the stems over a period of a few weeks to naturally separate the fibers). Wool is an- other great example of a natural product that is suitable for the home, highly durable, fashionable, and environmentally sound. Recycled. Recycled content is a major element to be aware of and seek out, especially in products that typically are created from synthe(c materials. Nylon carpet is basically an industry standard product that green interiors

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