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Many design companies would regard working on the Grains in Your Life exhibit at the Royal Winter Fair, which showcases eco-friendly home improvement products made with grain products, as a special challenge.
Not so for Joanne Lucente of Bennett Design, the company that handled the gig. “We think sustainability and environmentally friendly materials should be a part of any design project,” says Lucente, who practices what she calls “pure design”.
Fortunately, says Lucente, more and more clients approach their reno and design projects from the same point of view. She admits, however, that even a few years ago, green design had a reputation for costing more than conventional renovation, and for lacking style. But all that’s changed, says Lucente.
“There may be some things that cost a bit more, but in most cases it’s now comparable. And so many products now have a green story – like carpet that has recyclable backing – because designers and consumers are demanding it.” As for style, there’s no longer any compromise necessary. “These products are on-trend. You’ll see that from the design of the exhibit, which is very clean and contemporary. The fact is that you can get whatever style you’re looking for with green products.”
If you’re contemplating a green redesign, here are three questions Bennett Designs suggest you consider when choosing product.
1. Where do the materials come from?
2. Are the raw materials responsibly harvested?
3. Are they manufactured in an ecologically responsible way?
4. How will the materials be disposed of after use?