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Eco-Friendly Practices

here are some tips to help anyone make their home or office more eco-friendly

By Kathy Fediw, LEED AP, CLP, CLT | April 20, 2011 | topics: Eco-friendly Tips

Here are some tips about how anyone can make their office or home more eco-friendly:

  • Switch to compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL’s.)  I am totally sold on these little babies.  We were replacing the incandescent light bulbs for our driveway every month, then switched to CLF’s.  We are now on our tenth month and they are still going strong, and they use way less energy.  This is a no-brainer and I’ll predict that incandescents will soon go the way of vinyl records and videotapes.
  • Use recycled paper.  It costs the same or just slightly more than regular paper and has the same look and feel.  And while you’re at it, recycle all that paper sitting in your wastebasket right now.  Better yet, do you really need to write it down or print it out?  If you hate filing like I do, just keep everything nice and organized on your computer and do away with filing folders and cabinets.
  • Do everything in one trip.  Some of you may remember the oil shortage of the 1980’s when you could only fill up your gas tank on certain days of the week.  We all learned to combine our errands into one trip.  Not only will you save fuel and decrease harmful emissions, you’ll also save time!
  • Use phosphate-free soaps and detergents.  Phosphates encourage algae growth in our water supplies, lakes and streams, which can build up and suffocate fish and other aquatic life.
  • Make it your goal to have a plant in every room.  Research is still being conducted, but most agree that one plant per 100 square feet of living or office space will clean the air of harmful volatile organic compounds, given off by particle board, carpet, glues and a host of other building components.  Better yet, plants actually break down these gases into harmless compounds that they then use for food.  No man-made filtration system can do that!

For more information on the many benefits of indoor plants, go to www.greenplantsforgreenbuildings.org

Why Do They Call it “Green”?

green is indicative of holistic awareness

By Joe Zazzera, GRP, LEED AP ID+C | April 6, 2011 | topics: Green Movement, Holistic Awareness, Interiorscape

Have you ever wondered why this “movement” we are in is called “Green”? Every logo, icon, report, newsletter and label is affixed with some sort of plant leaf, tree or seed with a green colored background or lettering. They didn’t call it the “blue” movement, although perhaps they could have but could you imagine;  “I’m gonna turn my house blue this year” or “I’m going blue”.  It just wouldn’t fit.

According to a Gallup poll 2/3 of Americans cite gardening as their favorite hobby. It is no surprise. When you want to become calm and tranquil where do you go? To a park (where it is green), camping in the outdoors (where it is spacious and green) or to a spa filled with indoor plants to calm you and help you breathe and relax. Is it any wonder that major corporations put living plants in their offices and building atrium’s? They learned a long time ago that plants reduce stress, and an employee who is relaxed is more productive and absent less. The employers return on investment far exceeds the cost of plants and the maintenance.

Today’s Green Movement is indicative of holistic awareness. As a culture we are increasingly aware that everything we do affects something else. We understand that small changes, when multiplied by many people,  can make a big difference in the environment and in the health and lives of people. The Interiorscape industry has always taken a holistic approach, we “get it” and we live it.

It is appropriate that we call it green,  because without the benefits of (green) plants we die!