No doubt you have heard a lot about Eco-friendly design. You
might have a vague idea that it is something that you want to commit to, and
yet at the same time, be baffled by your choices in the marketplace.
Making Eco-friendly design choices might seem overwhelming,
and perhaps even meaningless. You may wonder whether or not your choices as a
consumer actually even make a difference.
Rest assured, your choices DO make a difference. The
cumulative effect of thousands of individuals enacting individual decisions
literally impacts our environment in ways that you can hardly imagine.
Historically, interior design focused on aesthetics, (i.e.,
whether or not something is visually appealing, how it looks). It is only in
the last 50 years that interior design has emerged as a field that also
concerns itself with ethics, (i.e., whether or not something is good or bad for
A major stumbling
block to Eco-friendly design has been “overcoming the ugly factor”, that is, a
perception that Eco-friendly materials are ugly. Nothing can be further from
the truth. Whether using indigenous materials to minimize transportation fuel,
or selecting an old-fashioned material like linoleum because it is made from
renewable flaxseed, eco-friendly is not only ethical, but also has the
potential to be just as aesthetic as any other material.
Marie Minnich, Principal
Master of Science in Interior Design in Sustainable Design
Marie Minnich Design