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People, Planet, Profit
"People, Planet, Profit" is the triple bottom line by which green interior design measures the success of its endeavours. Interiors that are healthy for people to live in are essential.
The US Environmental Protection Agency calculates that people spend 90% of their lives indoors and that pollutant levels are 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors (source: www.epa.gov/greenbuilding). Radon, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants are making people sick in their homes. Moreover, many interiors cause people to suffer from allergic attacks because of dust mites.
Read about how to test pollution levels in your home and about how to choose flooring, furniture, window treatments and soft furnishings that are hypoallergenic and VOC free.
The enviornment of the world is in a perilous state. In less than 40 years all the rainforests in the world will disappear (www.rain-tree.com). In the last 50 years Co2 levels have risen dramatically to the current 390 ppm. If the rate rises beyond 450 ppm the result will be ocean acidification, rising sea levels and ecological disaster (www.conservation.org).
Resources of fossil fuels and minerals are being depleted. Water is being polluted on a large scale; and biodiversity is being lost. It is clearly man's fault and we can help rectify this situation by careful husbandry of resources, by reducing energy consumption and Co2 emissions and by choosing non-polluting products. Read how you can help by making your home a greener, more energy efficient place.
The good news is that being environmentally friendly in the home and office results in considerable financial rewards. Profit and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. This website will show you how green interior design can save you money.
By reducing energy consumption you reduce your utility bills. For example by installing a programmable thermostat in your home you can save $180 a year. By sealing and insulating HVAC ducts you can make your heating and cooling 20% more efficient (www.energystar.gov).
Not only electricity bills can be reduced with green interior design but also water bills. For example a low flow shower head will reduce water flow per minute from 5 gallons to 2.5 gallons without a reduction in spray strength. Please enter this site with the expectations to improve the health of your family, the state of the environment and your bank balance.