Blinds Chalet Defines Eco-Trends
Jun 7 2010
Consumers are becoming more eco-minded and are looking for ways to incorporate environmentally friendly elements into their homes. However, many consumers are unsure as to what the different environmental terms mean. Blinds Chalet has defined the following terms in order to help consumers shop wisely:
Sustainable materials: Sustainable materials usually refer to wood products or hemp products. These products grow and are harvested in such a way that the biological systems remain productive and intact. Bamboo is a similar to a weed in the amount and speed with which it grows. When the plant is cut, the root system remains intact and bamboo quickly replenishes itself.
Energy Efficient: Energy efficient materials are those that help save energy. Examples of these are honeycomb blinds that can be as effective as installing a double-paned blinds. By reducing usage of heat and air conditioning, less polluting elements are released into the air. They also reduce fuel use, minimizing need for fossil fuels. Some window treatments qualify for federal tax credits of up to $1,500.00
Environmentally Friendly Products: These window treatments are recyclable, which means the materials don’t end up in landfills. They are also constructed without PVCs and contain no volatile organic compounds. PVC is a plastic substance that can be toxic to the environment and takes a long time to break down. An example of PVC-free blinds is the Eco-Green line of solar sun and roller shades. Other examples of environmentally friendly materials would be window treatments made of bamboo fabric, hemp or organic cotton. Recycled materials are also considered environmentally friendly. Using recycled or reclaimed wood has become a popular trend.
“A lot of companies claim to have environmentally friendly products, but they don’t explain what that mean, ” says Chris Stanley of Blinds Chalet. “Figuring out what the definitions of green window treatments are will help consumers make an informed decision.”
Blinds Chalet has been a leader in the window treatment industry for over 25 years. They specialize in roller window shades, window blinds, drapery, drapery hardware, shutters and more.
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