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Introducing The Green Revolution

Well hello there! Welcome to The Green Revolution Blog.  I’m Rachel Hulan, IIDA, CID, and I’m really excited at the opportunity to share my knowledge of green interior design with you at HomePortfolio.com.

Green design is about so much more than “doing the right thing”. It’s about creating quality design with lasting value – interior spaces that have style, comfort, and are suitable to the needs of the people using them. If we want beautiful design not just for ourselves, but for generations to come, then we must also create spaces that are sustainable, and not wasteful of resources. Simply put, green design is good design.

I’ve been lucky during my time working in the field of green design to encounter quite a few amazing companies and products. Whether it’s someone creating handcrafted furniture, artisan tile, or organic cotton fabric, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know many dedicated people who are working hard to create a more sustainable future. I’m looking forward to introducing them to you.

And please, introduce yourself to me! I love getting to know my readers, and having them share their thoughts and ideas. We are all in this green revolution together, so let’s join forces!

Next week I’ll be taking a look at some of the beautiful and amazing things that can be made from recycled glass.

3 Responses to “Introducing The Green Revolution”

  1. Patricia says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I’m renovating my contemporary home and am looking for some natural window treatments. I was disappointed that even the “green certified” companies such as Hunter-Douglas and Mecho have off-gassing in their supposedly environmentally safe products! Do you know of an all natural fabric, solar shade that will diminish uv rays that will be suitable in a home office and bedroom?

  2. Rachel Hulan says:

    Hi Patricia,
    Sorry I’ve taken so long to reply. I’m just getting used to the set-up.
    In answer to your question, the best thing to look for when selecting solar shades is if they are GreenGuard certified or not. GreenGuard is a third party, independent certifier, strictly focused on the issue of chemical off-gassing. The certification does not mean that the product is environmentally friendly in any other way though. If you are looking for solar shades, then your best bet is to find a recycled polyester shade, rather than an all natural fabric, which might not stand up to strong sunlight for a long time. I’m normally not a big fan of anything other than natural fibers, but there are instances where practicality and longevity are more important. Just make sure to avoid shades with PVC.

  3. Jay Chua says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I enjoyed reading your blogs :)
    Indeed, I agreed with you 100% on the green initiatives.

    Indeed, 8 out of 10 of my neighborhood are all chatting about the ideas of green..eg, green furniture, organic plant. I guess people have come to realize we need to decorate more green at the house to be more eco friendly.

    Jay Chua

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