Going Green!

by Beppie Mostert on March 13, 2014

There are many reasons for us to incorporate eco-friendly and sustainable products and materials into our homes and offices. We all seem to have a basic need to protect our earth and somehow contribute, albeit in a small way, to the preservation and protection of Mother Earth.

As a Green Designer and LEED AP (BC+D) I look back and realize that for so long green materials were so very basic, lacked design and were costly. There was little incentive and too many thought that ‘going green’ was just another buzz word.

In the past couple years there has been a growth and demand for sustainable and affordable eco-friendly products and materials that are not only great for the environment but also demonstrate great design, practical solutions, innovation and an increasing demand to make all products and materials more affordable.

At the recent International Builder’s Show, KBIS (Kitchen and Bath International Show), Visions (the Window Coverings Show), as well as the 2014 Design Market in Las Vegas, we were surprised at the increasing number of manufacturers and supplies that are providing and are accommodating this expansion into eco-friendly products and materials. The growing demand for these products and the public awareness of these products and materials will be a major contributing factor to the expected $80billion market over the next few years.
Over the next few weeks we will be featuring a number of products and materials that are hot picks. These hot picks are both eco-friendly and attractive and what we liked the most about them is that they are high-performers.

Hot Pick #1

 Strand woven bamboo

Strand Woven Bamboo
A product that Is derived from fibrous, interwoven strips of renewable bamboo and made into panels that is two-and-a-half times as hard and more durable than oak. This wonderful product now comes in as many as 14 different shades with composites of light and dark stripes and even a marbled effect – panels are typically a standard width and length.

 

Watch this space for more

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