It’s time to celebrate Earth Day! How are you planning on spending the day? Some people like to plant trees, clean up a local waterway, or ditch their cars for the day, but you can also make a difference right at home, thanks to our growing list of products designed with sustainability and healthy living in mind. Here are a few tips for how you can improve your spaces, both tomorrow and every day after.
By Stacey Kennelly
Pesticides and other harmful chemicals have no place where you sleep! But luckily, it is possible to layer a bed where you can breathe easy. Our Naturepedic® Mattress is handcrafted using premium organic materials like cotton, wool, and naturally derived fibers. Layer it with certified-organic sheets or our TENCEL® Sheet Sets, which are made from wood pulp derived from protected forests.
Spruce up your spaces by incorporating a variety of plants, botanicals and succulents. Real plants reduce certain pollutants in the air and increase humidity, and are especially beneficial in the bedroom at night. Don’t have a green thumb? No problem! Our faux plants, botanicals, and succulents are so vibrant and detailed, they’ll perk your spaces up like the real thing.
Doing some decorating or updating? Choose vases and drinking glasses crafted with recycled glass, a material that can be reused endlessly without ever losing its quality or purity. When glass is washed, crushed, melted, and molded into new products — instead of creating new glass from scratch –- raw materials, natural resources and energy are saved.
Pull back the drapes and let in the sunshine! Natural light can reduce harmful bacteria in your home and improve your mood. (That’s not to mention the energy you save by not leaving the lights on all day.) However, when darkness does fall, make sure you illuminate your spaces well with plenty of lamps, chandeliers, and pendants. No one likes a gloomy space!
Want to lounge outdoors in peace? Look no farther than our Outdoor Furniture Collections crafted with wood that meets the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council®. FSC wood comes from forests where deforestation is prohibited, the rights of indigenous people are respected, and rare, threatened and endangered species are protected.
Your family deserves a gathering space that’s equal parts comfy and healthy. Enter the PB Comfort Eco Collection crafted with organic cotton, recycled steel and FSC wood. Our own master artisans make each one at our factory just outside Hickory, North Carolina, a state-of-the-art facility that employs second- and third-generation upholsterers.
There’s something special about furniture with a soul and a story -– and our reclaimed wood furniture is truly one of a kind. We take lumber from old barns, factories, and warehouses, and then treat it to preserve the original knots and distressed grain. This green material saves trees and adds instant character to your home.
Yes, even your floor can be eco-friendly! Our rugs are crafted with recycled materials like plastic bottles but have all the softness and style of traditional rugs. The rest of our rugs are backed with recycled cotton and synthetic latex, so you can feel good every time you stride across your spaces.
About the Author
Stacey Kennelly designed her first home in her parent’s laundry room when she was three. She’s since moved into her own place, thankfully, but one thing has never changed: She feels most at peace in spaces she creates. Today she is a writer, editor and multimedia storyteller in the San Francisco Bay Area.