Our new mindful shopping series will help you sift through the overwhelming variety in stores today and home in on the products that deserve your attention. We’ll be highlighting household staples that are just as easy on the eyes as they are on the planet. Keep checking in every other week for more green goods to add to your
Lucky for all home dwellers, gone are the days of sacrificing style in the name of responsible, eco-friendly peace of mind.
Even in just the last few years, companies producing healthier versions of everything from pillows to wall paints have flourished, meaning your options are plentiful—and they're stylish to boot.
And though you may already be taking full advantage of better-for-you everyday necessities (like cooking utensils and bedding), your window treatments could be quietly slipping under the radar. They just hang there, after all. You’re not eating off of them or sleeping or lounging on them.
So why bother replacing them?
Well, for starters, there’s a vast range of quality when it comes to producing textiles. Some synthetic fabrics like nylon, rayon, and polyester are petroleum-based, meaning they take a lot of energy to produce and suck up precious nonrenewable resources.
Plus, they’re often coated with stain treatments and flame retardants that are sources of toxic, nonbiodegradable perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), which are bad for both the environment and the air quality in your home. Even natural fibers like cotton require enormous amounts of pesticides, chemicals, and water to produce and dye.