way they create their materials in order to lessen any negative
effect production processes have on the planet. Raw materials
used in production methods, energy sources, transportation
distance and product durability all contribute to the highly complex and unique green story of a particular product.
We have chosen the following environmentally friendly products to feature, but there are green arguments to be made for many different materials we offer. We are happy to discuss the relative merits of our clients’ selections!
BambooBamboo is a rapidly renewable resource, replenishing itself at least as quickly as it is used by human enterprise. It is a member of the grass family and when harvested sustainably, the plant re-grows from the same rootstalk, maturing in just a few years.
WoolWool Carpet is one of the purest, most ecological fibers in the world. Natural and annually renewable, wool is a truly sustainable fiber with the ability to biodegrade without harm to the planet and can be recycled. Wool is inherently resilient, soil resistant, flame retardant and a natural insulator. It also thrives in the high average temperatures and varying humidity of the central Texas climate. Wool carpets save energy by reducing heat loss and heat gain through floors.
Natural Sisal, Seagrass and Jute RugsNatural grass, sisal and jute materials are natural and considered sustainable and renewable. Seagrass is typically grown in rice fields and is resistant to most spills and statins. Because seagrass is used in its natural state and not dyed, there are no toxins and chemicals. Sisal fiber comes from the agave plant and is extremely tough and durable. No chemicals fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides are used in sisal production making it very eco-friendly. Jute is a soft and flexible fiber that is very durable. The fiber is 100% biodegradable and recyclable.
CorkCork is extracted from the bark of the cork oak tree. The bark protects the cork tree during its average 500-year life span. Cork bark is inherently resistant to fire, more than 38 species of insects including the termite and the development of microbes. Cork is an eminently sustainable product because only the bark is peeled off the outside of the tree. The tree itself is never felled.
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