In a short, eloquent article aptly titled "A Deeper Shade of Green", furniture designer John Houshmand calls for introspection with what could easily become our mantra: "Believe nothing, think for yourself, and ruthlessly question everything." We're inspired by his ideas and tone, gently reminding us that we don't need an eco-vacation to Bali to connect with the earth, because the same connection can be made in much more simple ways. And he suggests several good questions for when we are contemplating whether something deserves to be called green:
• Is it necessary? (Does it aid in our lives?)Simple? Yes. But as you go about making a green home for yourself in a no-so-green world, it's important to remember the basics. As for Houshmand's furniture (shown above): we're also smitten. We'd like to know which questions resonate with you, so, please, comment away. Thanks to AT:Green Home reader Vanessa for the tip.
• What are its component materials, and what is their production’s impact to the environment? (Sure it is a natural material, but is it assembled by quasi-slave labor?)
• How long will it last?