Jill Zarin: Get educated on green design | HotelWorld Network. August 17, 2009 By Jill Zarin Hotel Design There is something I would like to share with you that you may not know about me: I am a huge advocate of eco-friendly living. I didnâ€™t just turn green overnight though, it was with the help of my daughter, Ally, a leading teen green activist and board member of Teens Turning Green, an eco-friendly non-profit. Ally educated me on the statistics of global warming and the importance of ensuring that future generations can enjoy our beautiful planet. When one thinks of ways to save the planet, green fabric is not something that immediately comes to mind. It may even come as a surprise to some that there is a thriving business emerging in textiles that are produced to be eco-friendly. In my last column, I discussed reupholstering as an inexpensive and effective design tip. When considering freshening up your fabrics, why not go green? There are many exciting eco-friendly textile products on the market and several different criteria go into making what can be called an eco-friendly textile. When shopping for green fabrics, the seven basic questions you should ask are:
- Is it recyclable?
- Is it made of recyclable materials?
- Is it easily biodegradable?
- Is it produced using green manufacturing processes without harmful chemical byproducts?
- Does it follow McDonough Braungart Design Chemistryâ€™s cradle-to-cradle principles?
- Does the finished productâ€™s off-gas harmful chemicals have a negative effect on indoor air quality?
- Does the manufacturer have a company-wide sustainability policy?