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5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Something Green
Posted By Cheryl Terrace On September 28, 2009 @ 5:00 pm In Eco Decorating, Green Living | 3 Comments
What exactly is green about green design? It’s a very complex term. In fact, it’s so complex that I’d prefer “Conscious, Healthy, Thoughtful, Mindful, Authentic, Integrity Driven Environmentally Responsible Design” … but what a mouthful!
When I create a room or make a house a home for a client, I always do my homework to ensure that I’m using products that have enduring value and stand up to as many of my holistic values as possible: natural, local, handmade, nontoxic , sustainable, fair trade , energy efficient , …. The green word list goes on an on — so it’s getting harder for people to decipher who and what is genuine.
So where do you begin?
Ask these 5 questions before buying décor, furnishings or fashions — or any product sold as “green”
By taking simple steps, we begin to make more and more healthy choices. These choices open our minds — and hearts — to far-reaching possibilities.
It’s a good thing to go green  — just try and keep it authentic. So many companies large and small are ‘green’ (or greenwashed ) … and that can make our choices even harder. Yet pre-eco-buzz, there were companies like Gaiam  and my own company, Vital Design , that had walked the walk for a long time.
I started my firm in 1997, when not many people were interested in far-reaching environmental concepts. I struggled for years to explain how all of our collective lifestyle choices connect with the greater whole — both people and the planet. I believed then (and still believe) in always digging a little deeper. A product should be good for a person’s well-being and their home environment, great and small — so the word “green” really just isn’t big enough!
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URLs in this post:
 nontoxic: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Detox-Your-Home-Best-5-First-Steps.html
 fair trade: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/FairTradeWhatagift.html
 energy efficient: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Home-Energy.html
 What are the products made of: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Summer-Rayne-Oakes-Interview.html
 wood: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/5TipsonBuyingEarth-FriendlyWoodFurnitureandLumber.html
 What will happen to the product: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/ResourceRespect.html
 go green: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/id/CAT00004
 greenwashed: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/5-Best-Ways-to-Avoid-Getting-Greenwashed.html
 Gaiam: http://www.gaiam.com/
 Vital Design: http://www.vitaldesignltd.com/
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