Want to show planet earth some love in high style? Go green! Sustainable home materials include cork, hemp, bamboo (hardwood and textiles), teak, sugarcane fiber, bioplastic compostables, organic cotton, coconut wool, soybean fabric, recycled denim, recycled glass, clay brick, reclaimed woods, recycled rubber, stainless steel, wheat and vegan 'leather' made from pineapple skins. These can be used on a variety of interior applications including: cabinetry, furniture, flooring and countertops. Eco-Friendly materials qualify for LEED points, are non-toxic, sustainable and safe for children and animals.
Tips on going green:
Select bamboo, cork or recycled materials over wood or plastic.
Use natural fabrics (cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp) over synthetics.
Buy products made locally.
Incorporate antiques or repurposed items.
Add indoor plants to clean the air.
Use ceiling fans to help cool.
Always use "No VOC" paints.
Install tankless water heaters, solar panels and energy efficient windows.
Buy high quality items that will endure instead of replacing every couple years
Consider your climate and select building materials that can withstand the elements. It may cost more upfront, but you will save in the long run.