Decorating Your Natural Home: A Guide to Sustainable Home Furnishings

Follow these tips when shopping for sustainable materials for your home.

| July/August 2006

  • The walls in this Tokyo home are colored with nontoxic Old-Fashioned Milk Paint.
  • Recycled-glass tiles by Eco-Friendly Flooring.
  • Vetrazzo countertops by Counter Production incorporate recycled glass into a concrete base.
  • This nontoxic bedroom is decorated with Anna Sova's healthy wall finishes; the Doona Bed is made of eco-silk.
    Photo by Andrew Vracin
  • Vetrazzo countertops by Counter Production incorporate recycled glass into a concrete base.
  • Dodge-Regupol has 100 percent natural cork non-laminate tiles.
  • White Lotus offers 100 percent lamb’s wool duvets and pillows filled with wool, organic cotton, buckwheat or kapok.
  • Pittsburgh Paints makes a line of low-VOC interior paints.
  • Innovations offers a variety of ethereal wallcovers, such as the Murano (left) and Mulberry (right) lines.
  • Innovations offers a variety of ethereal wallcovers, such as the Murano
  • Ogallala Comfort Company pillows are available in “Hypodown,” feather and wool.
  • Olympic Paint’s diverse color palette
  • Flor offers a variety of patterns in its healthy carpet line.
  • Eco-Friendly Flooring offers both cork flooring and natural slate tiles.
  • Pacific Coast Feather’s SuperLoft Comforter offers an allergy-free warranty.
  • The walls in this Tokyo home are colored with nontoxic Old-Fashioned Milk Paint.
  • Tulikivi offers soapstone countertops.

Shopping for sustainable home furnishings couldn’t be easier; just follow these basic principles.

Principe #1: Salvage, reuse, reclaim or repurpose it.

Attempt to give everything—a chair, a half-used can of paint, reclaimed wood flooring—a second life, especially if it’s made from natural materials. When you reuse items, there’s less demand for new goods—which means less mining, logging, milling or manufacturing in the long run. You can find many materials—from floor tile to bathroom fixtures—at construction exchanges or local salvage yards.

Principle #2: Choose natural and renewable.



The best natural choices for your home are made from rapidly renewable resources including wool, wheat, bamboo or cork. Wood is renewable, but it takes decades to replace a tree. Stone is not renewable, but it requires less embodied energy (the amount of mining, smelting, machine-working, firing, processing or shipping required to make something) than metal. Most natural materials will eventually biodegrade or disintegrate when disposed of.

Principle #3: Buy recycled.

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12/15/2013 8:47:50 AM

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