top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>At The Antiques Diva & Co we will be celebrating Earth Day April 22, 2012 along with billions of other people around the globe, standing united for a sustainable future! While we all know “Antiques Are Green” – making them an excellent décor choice for reducing through reuse – you might not realize that there are also a slew of eco-friendly products available for decorating.
In addition to buying antiques as a means of eco friendly decorating, you can “Go Green” with everything in your house from the paint you choose to put on the walls to the pulls that attach to your kitchen drawers. After all, as the German-born architect Mies van der Rohe is rumored to have said, “God is in the details” – whatever one does should be done thoroughly. Taking even small steps – by choosing eco-friendly products such as your kitchen hardware to decorate your home – goes a long ways towards creating a more sustainable lifestyle and helps to reduce your carbon footprint.
Du Verre Hardware, a leader in quality and original design for cabinet hardware, has developed a “Green Initiative” and is rapidly gaining a reputation in the design industry for their commitment to the green movement. They’ve moved away from the sand casting process to die casting, to reflect global concerns about sustainability and the responsible use of resources and materials and today all of their hardware is manufactured entirely from recycled aluminum. Shifting technologies has benefits for both their clients and the environment. Using post-consumer recycled aluminum reduces the generation of air and water pollution by 95% and requires only 5% of the energy that would otherwise be used in production of new metals. In addition, manufacturing this way generates a small fraction of the greenhouse gasses normally expelled in this process.
I often find myself frustrated in my attempts to find sustainable and eco-friendly products while decorating. But as the green culture grows and becomes more desirable, more retailers and manufacturers will take a clue from industry leaders such as Du Verre and begin providing options for style-conscious homeowners and decorators who don’t want to sacrifice the planet for a great look.
The Antiques Diva®
(Seen below enjoying the great outdoors over the Easter Holiday in Austria)