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The Green Life: Green Home Building and Remodeling: Textiles

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May 14, 2009

Green Home Building and Remodeling: Textiles

Fabrics and textiles For many, home is the most important place on Earth. It's within our houses that we establish the bulk of our worldviews, so it's important that the structures themselves represent those values. This week we're providing tips for those of you in the process of building or remodeling about how to make your home harmonious with the rest of the planet.

Tip #4: Consider Your Material World

When choosing materials and textiles for your home, choose those with the longest lifespan, like microfiber, wool, and organic cotton, even if they cost more. Smart greenies know that they're a better investment in the long term (no more replacements!), and the fact that they won't quickly end up in the dump means that long-lived fabrics are better for the environment. Consider, too, buying carpet in modular squares so that you don't have to replace the whole shebang if part of it gets ruined.

Share your tips: What are your favorite eco-friendly textiles and materials?

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