Eco-friendly, sustainable, and going green have become much more than buzzwords within the last several years. As we begin to understand our impact upon the planet, and the effects everyday materials have on our health, these words are increasingly important.
Within the design industry, the emergence of green interior design has become a field of its own. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications and coursework has helped many designers implement transformative construction and sustainable interior design across the country.
At SENGA interior design, the incorporation of green interior design, is very important, on both a personal and company level. The beauty of our planet is precious and critical to our existence and I believe it is our obligation to monitor our environmental impact. Furthermore, as a company it is our responsibility to be ethical with our designs in terms of environmental and personal health. Therefore, when we design a new space, there are several factors that we consider when choosing materials, layouts, and new construction.
Green interior design is a multifaceted endeavor! As a designer, it is paramount that we understand whether the materials we use positively or negatively affect the social, environmental, and economic components of our world. For green interior design, this includes monitoring where we source our materials from.
Choosing to use sustainably farmed bamboo instead of trees from the rainforest is just one approach. We also need to be considerate of how materials like fabrics and other textiles are made before we incorporate them into the design. This means being conscious of the human rights and labor practices used by our vendors. At SENGA, it is a priority for us to remain mindful of our recourses. We aspire to shop locally whenever possible and choose vendors who also act responsibly through their supply chains.
Monitoring our Footprint
Another component of green interior design consists of monitoring our carbon footprint. Again, this is a twofold effort. When we choose materials that are sourced by companies who also monitor their emissions and environmental impact, we in turn help to make sustainable eco-friendly design practices viable for the long term.
Secondly, when we design a space for our clients, we also have the ability to implement tools that will help homeowners to be mindful as well. This includes energy efficient appliances, such as light bulbs, low flow water faucets, and toilets. Green interior design is a full circle process that begins with our supply chains and resources, then are able to install efficient solutions and design for homeowners.
Green Interior Design for Your Health
You spend a significant amount of time within your home. Therefore, one of the most important components to green interior design includes the use of elements that do not contain volatile organic compounds (VOC). Many paints and sealants emit these harmful chemicals that can have negative effects on our wellbeing. Additionally, it is important for interior designers to use textiles that reduce allergens and do not contain harmful flame retardants, or compounds, that could also impact our health.
Green interior design has a place in my heart, because so much of what we do as designers involves the environment and materials that could influence our planet’s wellbeing. I am passionate about the preservation of both our health and the environment, that is why I strive to uphold responsible business practices at SENGA interior design.
Stay tuned throughout April as we cover green interior design materials, and eco-friendly remodeling in your home. We have the ability at SENGA to make positive changes with our designs, and we are excited to share that knowledge with you!
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