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October 31, 2011

Tips for Keeping It Green In Silver Spring

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Those committed to living an eco-friendly lifestyle in their downtown Silver Spring apartment are all trying to do the right thing. From recycling bottles, paper and cans to bringing reusable shopping bags to the grocery store, or even buying fuel-efficient cars, “greenies” have adopted routines designed to make a difference in their environment.

But one thing may have been overlooked – household furniture. In fact, it’s probably the biggest green “offense” committed. Part of the reason it’s overlooked is that most people don’t even think of furniture as contributing to a sustainable or “green” lifestyle. Or perhaps it’s because no one even knows what sustainable furniture is.

So, what should you look for when buying sustainable furniture for your green apartment home in Silver Spring, MD?

  1. Furniture from sustainable materials – the most obvious choice is found in the best of modern wood furniture-making practices. From mahogany grown and harvested from sustainable wood plantations in Africa and Honduras to the king of all sustainable wood – bamboo, there are a multitude of wood alternatives that are now farmed sustainably and readily available to environmentally conscientious furniture makers and buyers.
  2. Recycled/reclaimed furniture – this is not what you might find abandoned on the side of the road. We’re talking about furniture made from old wood beams, wood from deconstructed buildings, or even old orchards. Having already served a useful life, this wood gets the opportunity to be productive yet again.
  3. Vintage/consignment antiques – resale stores are an excellent source for sustainable furniture. Generally speaking, these antiques tend to be well crafted, hardwood furniture that have withstood the test of time. Craftsmen utilized real maple, walnut and cherry wood to create beautiful, sustainable furniture that can be passed down from generation to generation as opposed to ending up in a landfill. If it was good enough for Grandma, it should be good enough for you!

Other suggestions include light fixtures made from copper which is long-lasting, incredibly durable and 100% recyclable or those made from recycle glass and aluminum which produce some of the most beautiful, sophisticated designs.

Just a few tips to keep in mind when you’re looking to decorate your new home at The Blairs Apartments, with LEED Certified apartments.

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