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Sustainability

50 shades of green

Sustainable choices can make a difference in your indoor air quality and provide an overall sense of healthfulness.

Sustainability

50 shades of green

Sustainable choices can make a difference in your indoor air quality and help you feel healthier and at your best.

Even small changes make a big difference.

Throughout all our work, we design for healthy living and a healthy planet. Whether you are looking for eco-friendly solutions throughout your home or just want to make small changes, we’ll help you find sustainable products right for your space.

Even small changes make a big difference. That’s why I call it 50 Shades of Green.

World of Wellness

Sustainable choices can make a difference in your indoor air quality and provide an overall sense of healthfulness. Small changes that make a big impact include:

  • Low- or no-VOC paints
  • Wool rugs instead of synthetics
  • Sustainable woods like eucalyptus, which is a fast-growing, sustainable hardwood
  • Formaldehyde-free cabinetry
  • Organic- and water-based wood finishes
  • Natural, organic materials like rattan and wicker add to the tactile experience of an outdoor retreat
  • Repurposed materials such as French farmhouse wood. These bring history and warmth – and imagine the stories they could tell!

It’s so important that we discard the ‘throw-away’ mindset.

By making careful, smart choices about what we put in our homes, we protect the planet, improve our air quality and create a better quality of life for us – and future generations.

We also believe in choosing high-quality furnishings and finishes. Rather than view design as disposable, we look for timeless, well-made pieces that will last a lifetime – whether it’s in your home or someone else’s.

Eco-friendly home décor and construction is like switching to organic foods – start with a few sensible choices and expand from there.

Reclaimed wood from an old French farmhouse is used in this designer kitchen.
What size furnace filter are you using and how frequently are you changing it?
Where did the fabric and wood furnishings in your home come from? Does point of origin matter?
The insulation package you choose for your home greatly impacts comfort and efficiency.

Why improve indoor air quality?

We spend most of our time at home. Indoor air quality is as important to our health as eating well and exercising. By reducing out-gassing from home furnishings, we’ll protect ourselves, our families and our pets.

Why choose natural textiles?

Natural fibers are sustainable, biodegradable and breathable. Because they minimize out-gassing, they can improve your indoor air quality. In addition, many are produced using green manufacturing processes.

What should you look for in wood?

The most important consideration with wood is to ensure that it was legally harvested from responsibly managed forests. We look for certified, reclaimed, North American or plantation-grown woods.

Why buy locally?

Transportation is a major contributor to greenhouse gases. When possible, we buy furnishings locally to cut emissions and support local economies.

Michelle Rohrer-Lauer is a proud member of the Sustainable Furnishing Council and a certified GREENleader.

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