HOME, SWEET ECO CHIC HOME

Style that shows re­spect for the planet is uber- fash­ion­able

Northern Rivers Style - - HOME - TRACEY HORDERN

Aus­tralia’s lead­ing eco-war­rior ar­chi­tect Glenn Mur­cutt once told me that peo­ple would not con­vert to a more sus­tain­able home, just be­cause it’s the right thing to do. He be­lieved, they also had to love, see and feel the ben­e­fits of an eco-friendly home to em­brace healthy choices.

Now there are so many de­sign­ers get­ting on the green bus, that you’d have to try hard not to catch the wave of more con­scious de­sign. Of course, liv­ing in our re­gion, na­ture is al­ways cen­tre stage and most peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty and fragility of our en­vi­ron­ment and re­spond with in­formed choices.

The fist place to start at home to cre­ate an eco-friendly en­vi­ron­ment is to au­dit and con­serve the en­ergy you use in your home.

There is a stack of in­for­ma­tion out there about how to man­age this, with often com­mon sense ad­vice, such as the cor­rect use of win­dows, win­dow cov­er­ings and doors.

The next step is to choose the least toxic fin­ishes in your home. There’s now low-toxic, volatile or­ganic com­pounds (VOC free) paint avail­able at Eco­colour and Painted Earth, both in Byron Bay.

VOC free paint is safe to use around chem­i­cally sen­si­tive peo­ple, asthma suf­fer­ers, preg­nant women, pets and chil­dren.

Next you would want to choose fur­nish­ings that are at the very least, made of nat­u­ral, healthy ma­te­ri­als and fi­bres.

Clever de­sign­ers such as Band­hini and Uniqwa (both just over the Queens­land bor­der) sell their eco-friendly de­signs to a grow­ing in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. Their suc­cess lies not only in their stun­ning de­signs, but the em­pha­sis in cre­at­ing healthy,

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