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March, 2008

From space-saving designs to the latest in sophisticated style, our design tips are made with you and your dream bathroom in mind.

Put the Eco in Decorating

Put the Eco in Decorating

Just because you're going green doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. There are many ways to easily incorporate eco-friendly ideas in your home décor without living the stereotypical "granola-and-Birkenstocks" lifestyle.

"Within the domains of daily living lie our opportunities and obligations to effect positive change in the world," says Crissy Trask, author of It's Easy Being Green. "Understanding the relationship between what we do and the larger environment is vital to developing and strengthening a sense of responsibility for the cause and effect of our actions."

By making energy-saving improvements and incorporating sustainable and organic materials, you'll have lower bills, a healthier house and proof that you can live green without sacrificing style or comfort.

Green, and You Don't Even Know It

Chances are parts of your home and lifestyle are already green – you're just unaware of it. A big component of going green is not just to reduce, but also to reuse and recycle. If you've decided to remodel an existing home instead of building a new one, you've already taken a step in the green direction. Have any hand-me-downs or antiques in your home? Looking for vintage furnishings or reinventing outdated items is more eco-friendly than buying brand new. You'll help to cut back on the resources used to produce new pieces, and also eliminate the additional waste that goes into packaging and shipping.

Green Bathrooms

An obvious way to go greener in your home is to cut back on water and energy consumption. And until now, eco-friendly alternatives have been less than trendy. Luckily, for environmentally conscious homeowners, you can now save water and have up-to-the-minute designs, all without sacrificing performance. A flow-optimized aerator offered in Moen's new Rothbury collection of bath faucets allows water to flow at 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), versus traditional aerators that flow at 2.2 gpm. You'll be treated with the sensational water experience you're accustomed to, while reducing water usage by 30 percent. Plus, Rothbury faucets are one of the first to receive WaterSense certification from the Environmental Protection Agency, validating the fixtures are water-efficient.

Small Style Changes, Big Impact

There are so many transformations you can use to increase the style, and sustainability, factor of your home. If you're in the market for new home furnishings, look for companies that offer chemical-free pieces or ones made from renewable or reclaimed materials.

There are a number of home accents designed or manufactured with the planet in mind that are savvy and stylish. For unique, green decorating underfoot, FLOR™ offers modular carpet tiles that are completely recyclable and have the lowest percentage of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in the industry. Or, adorn your home with cork floor tiles, such as those offered by West Cork. These tiles add interest to a floor, plus raw materials can be harvested from the cork oak without harming the tree. To give your décor an additional touch of eco flair, complete your look with beautiful all-natural beeswax or soy wax candles, such as those from Veris.

By incorporating these simple, and stylish, green updates, you'll be on you're way to an eco-friendly and fabulously fashionable home. But don't stop now; keep looking for more practices and products to continue your home's sustainable transformation to make a world of difference.

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