Interior Design with an Eco-Friendly Edge

The environment seems to be the hot topic of conversation lately. Even the world’s most powerful countries have bonded together to support the efforts to preserve our beloved Mother Earth. I wanted to find a solid eco-friendly home décor line that was not only safe for my family and the earth, but stylish and trendy to suit my home and personal style. Can I have both?

First I wanted to make sure I was properly educated, I didn’t want to use or suggest products that were misleading to the public and to myself. I feel like the term “eco-friendly, earth-friendly, environmentally safe” whichever you choose to call it, is thrown around so loosely. With that in mind I started my search.

What is an actual, true “eco- friendly” product? I began my search on-line, to my dismay, I was flooded with what seemed to be opinionated answers. So I went directly to the source. Surprisingly enough, according to the EPA and FTC, to be deemed eco-friendly, environmentally friendly or green, the product makeup need only be 20% natural or recycled materials.

The home is an important place where we sleep, eat, gather and where we spend time with our families and friends. The way we decorate it and what we put in our home is equally important. The décor says something about who we are, it is a way of expressing our personalities and making our homes a calming comforting place to gather. What we put in our home is important because we want it to be safe and clean. Air quality is an especially important component. There are things that we can do to improve air quality in our home: open windows, air purifiers, add plants and live greenery and safe environmentally friendly products.

We need to be mindful of the products we pick for our home and their components so I decided to start with area rugs because believe it or not, carpeting and rugs can be a large participant in the air quality in our homes. Walking around the house is an inevitable daily occurrence.  Walking around on carpet or rugs drudges up fibers and dirt and stirs them around in the air which we breathe. We need to make sure that we are making a safe, informed decision when purchasing things such as area rugs for our home…who would of thought?


In my researching efforts I found a few popular eco-friendly material alternatives: Jute, natural fiber, cotton and wool all of which are great eco- friendly materials that are safe to breathe in, biodegradable and will not clog up landfills. Jute is a soft shiny vegetable fiber and one of the oldest known fibers. Jute can be grown quickly, in 4-6 months, making it accessibly renewable and earth friendly, yet easy for rug makers to work with and produce silky, chic designs.  Next up, natural fiber, a strong, durable, yet very eco friendly material. Sisal, is an extremely rugged natural fiber produced from the agave plant. Sisal is so versatile it allows for rug producers a variety textures and color palates to choose from making boring area rugs a thing of the past. Cotton, is also a great choice. Cotton is such a dexterous material, it can be used for just about any textile purpose. Cotton is a great area rug material because not only is it biodegradable and eco friendly, it endures time, easily lies flat with less bunching than other materials and comes in endless design and color possibilities. Last we have 100% Wool. Not only is wool a great earth friendly material, but in dually serves as a brilliant stain resilient material. Wool does not absorb dirt like other materials, stains are easily removed without the assistance of chemicals leaving it very family and pet friendly.

After feeling a little more informed I began my search for a collection of environmentally friendly area rugs and rug pads. I wanted to find a line that would please everyone’s taste, budget and needs. I wanted trendy, sophisticated area rugs that were friendly to the environment with out sacrificing design and style. I was also looking for products that were 100% natural as opposed to just 20%. I cannot control the air outside, but I wanted to be sure to do my part in making the air quality in which my family , friends and myself are exposed to be as healthy as I can control.

Finally after hours of endless product searching, my mission was accomplished! In my on-line quest for stylish yet environmentally healthy rugs, I stumbled upon the site, Continental Window Fashions.  They recently debuted their brand new line of area rugs by MOMENI. 20 collections, 16 of the 20 are made with 100% Wool or Cotton. I could not believe the variety and styles the collections had to offer! Sleek-urban designs, traditional-Mediterranean style and beauty, cute and comfortable-kids and baby collections, hip-‘tween designs, fragrantly- aesthetic floral prints, EVERYTHING! And what goes better with an eco-friendly area rug than an environmentally friendly rug pad? The site also features a rug pad by Jade industries, EcoNet™. EcoNet™, a rubber rug pad made from natural rubber and Jute, is the world’s most environmentally friendly rug pad. Even better news, Jade Industries is partnered with Trees for the Future and for every EcoNet™ rug pad sold, Jade Industries plants a tree.

The eco- earth friendly movement is no longer a growing trend, it is a lingering issue that is here for good. There is no excuse for trading style and individuality for the health and benefit of our family and the interest of our earth. Yes, we can have it all.

Olivia Brown,

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