When it comes to “greening” your home, you have to think outside the box. Yes, recycling plastics, changing your lighting and switching your cleaning products is very beneficial, but did you realize you can actually green your furniture and accessories too? Here are a few unique ways to green your indoor and outdoor furniture and send you on your way to an entirely eco-friendly living space.
If you’re like me, spring cleaning and updates are a must! March has spring cleaning updates penciled in on my calendar for weeks! This year, I plan on updating my patio with replacement cushions and pillows, and if my budget allows me, my indoor toss pillows will be updated as well.
With all of this talk about “going green” and protecting the environment, I decided to do a little research on ways to break through the surface of just cleaning and actually buy eco-friendly furniture products and accessories. Here is what I found:
The filling in cushion and pillow production is just as important as the fabric used in the design. I have always been a fan of Sunbrella fabric, and thankfully their fabric is 100% recyclable and green-guard certified, meaning I am confident that purchasing Sunbrella pillows and cushions promotes healthy air indoors and outdoors. At CushionSource.com, I found an entire 2011 spring collection of indoor and outdoor patterns that will look beautiful in my soon-to-be clean patio space.
Sunbrella Pillows on Teak Furniture
The BioComfort filling, used in cushions and pillows, is known for its eco-friendly filling. Prestige Fabricators manufacture BioComfort, a polyurethane foam, and is my top choice in cushion inserts because of the “green” chemicals used the in foam manufacturing. BioComfort foam is made from soy-based chemicals which is better for our air and approved for indoor air quality. Sunbrella and BioComfort are major contributors in eco-friendly products and are committed to healing and sustaining our air quality both indoors and out. I am happy to know my money goes toward someone who is committed to improving the environment like I am!
Eco-friendly Sunbrella Fabrics
Sunbrella’s fabric can be used for throw pillows, cushions and curtains. Their selction of fabrics is so large I am sure you will find a fabric to coordinate with your indoor and outdoor seating area. For my cushions, I will use the BioComfort filling so I know I am choosing the best cushion available from the inside out.
If you are looking for design ideas or need a push in the right direction, I have put together some of my top picks for spring eco-friendly fabrics. All of these can be used indoors and outdoors! What do you think?
Bluehaven Gavin Mist Cushion Source Sunbrella Pillows
This is the Bluehaze Gavin Mist set from CushionSource.com. This design would look great on dark wood furniture. Tie in a khaki throw blanket and you have beautiful natural tones!
Wild Thing Kona Throw Pillows
If you are feeling a little wild this spring, I love this Wild Thing Kona set. The dark brown bolster pillow adds just enough balance to make the combination fun and elegant.
Laguna China Red sunbrella set pillows
The Laguna China Red set fits perfectly at the beach or in a topical outdoor setting. The stripes and solids look great together and these colors scream spring! This set would look great on wicker or teak furniture.
Baja Floral Throw Pillow Set
This is by far my favorite throw pillow set and the one I want to purchase. I love the color schemes and the way the floral design coordinates with the stripes. These colors automatically put me in a good mood, and I know my guests will have tons to say about them! This is the Baja Floral Stripe Set from CushionSource.com.
Legacy Jockey Red Toss Lumbar Set
Nothing says sophistication better than black, white and red. This is a favorite for designers because it is bold and classy. This Legacy Jockey Red set is the perfect pattern to utilize outdoors in the spring and indoors in the winter.
Bangladesh Dune Cream Toss Pillows
Last but not least, my second favorite is the Bangladesh Dune Cream Set. I love neutral colors and this pattern makes me want to be at the beach. The earthy tones go great with the bright colors of nature. This set would go perfect on honey-tone teak furniture.
That’s not all! All of these throw pillows have coordinating fabrics for cushions. You can choose form solid colors or patterns to complete your outdoor furniture set.
So you see, being eco-friendly during your spring updating is easy because you have such beautiful options available. You can be confident in your purchase knowing you are not only buying gorgeous outdoor cushions and pillows, you are protecting the environment too!