The Green home is now a major cultural movement around the world. Everything, from sustainable modular carpet to carbon footprints for furniture, is going green.
Some new rules for home living are emerging which are literally changing the face of the world:
Water saving: Whether you live in Sydney or Toronto, Moscow or Rio, water saving is now becoming a primary consideration. Water saving shower heads, rainwater tanks, filters and water recycling are now the norm. That’s good news for the human race, because the water supply is currently the main issue with forward projections of human needs.
Carbon footprints: What was once a buzzword is now an audit trail for manufacturers trying to respond to the green market. New technology and some pretty hefty spreadsheets have been producing new figures on carbon emissions for all types of household products. These are now selling points, covering particularly the health food and domestic goods and furnishing markets.
Energy savers: The old watt-guzzling appliances are now definitely on the outer fringes of the mainstream market. Public awareness may not be the quickest horse in the race, but the message about power bills, coupled with emissions concerns, has definitely got through. Every major manufacturer on Earth is now trying to create some green credentials for themselves. Energy rating has become a virtual status symbol in the white goods and electrical industries.
Recycling: Despite the hype of the past, it’s only recently that recycling has become an economically viable process, and it’s driving a new wave of recyclable goods. Interestingly, some of the big home ware and carpet manufacturers have discovered that buybacks of their materials are good business. There are even recycling materials brokers in North America working exclusively on resale.
Green children’s wear and toys: Arguably the biggest change of all, the synthetic fire trap kids clothes and the deadly, ultra-breakable, shrapnel-producing toys are being almost ignored by the current crop of babies, young kids and their parents. The big move to wool, cotton, and sustainable toys is quite unprecedented. One of the major factors appears to be cost, but non-allergenic materials are also high on the list of reasons for preferences.
Green consumables: A true cultural change which affects the home daily, many retailers have started running multiple green product lines. From recyclable electronics to organic, preservative-free food, this big impact on the home is reducing its waste, lowering emissions, and definitely driving commerce.
Green paints: The new generation of eco-friendly interior and exterior paints are causing an almost undignified stampede to green products. These are top quality paints, suitable for droughts in Africa and – 40 in Alberta. They’re able to deal with climate extremes and provide extended product life mainly because they’re really are superior paints.
Home economics: A major development has been a reinvention of the economics of home ownership. For once, economic theory and commercial practice are on the same page with green products. Sustainable practices are producing a combination of better domestic products, better prices, and better commercial values.
These are just the basics. The green home has barely begun to change the world.