When it comes time to put down new floors, add a new carpet, or even hang a distinctive piece of art, there are simple choices that can be made to add an instant green factor. While it may be tempting to go faux, with laminates and fake fur and such, take a look at the greenness of those choices.
While we may have the best green intentions when choosing fake wood, flowers, or finishes, the faux options often involve less green results than their real counterparts.
If you're choosing laminate flooring or paneling, for instance, be aware that many wood alternatives involve VOCs and other toxins. But there are green alternatives that are VOC-free and forest-friendly, like bamboo or EcoTimber.
Another example: faux fur used in rugs can be made with acrylics and polymers. Instead of going with a fake sheepskin, look for a natural alternative made from organic wool and sporting a no-VOC backing.
Check out Planet Green's article here for more faux alternatives.
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• Faux Taxidermy for the Home
• Green Idea: Faux Grass Sheepskin Rug
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