Eco- Friendly (the Best Kind of Friendly)- Gaby Ponce, Dream Designers

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great spring break!

Before we left for spring break we had to complete Milestone #2 which was basically creating detailed building plans of our furniture pieces using Google SketchUp, create fastening plans for the furniture, come up with wood plans (type and size of wood), and to make purchasing plans (the source for the lumber and screws). We were to print out all this and put it into a binder so Mrs. Jo could look at them all. It was pretty hard the last few days before Milestone #2 was due, everyone was working hard to try to get it all finished, but once it was done it felt great.

So on our first class back we were given news that we will be having a field trip to ACC to learn about power tool use and safety. After this we talked about what the final Milestone (Milestone #3) will look like. There are two parts to Milestone #3. Apparently we will be writing a Project VENTURA E-book as one part and the other part will be to recreate our inspiration boards to show how we want the interior of the Airstream to look like (materials and whatnot).

Since part of our Milestone #3 is to re-do our inspiration boards with green products and materials to reflect on what we want the interior of the airstream to look like, I decided to research why exactly using eco friendly products are important and what some of the best eco friendly materials are.

A big part of what makes a material eco friendly is the distance the material traveled to reach your home and what gets taken from the environment the material comes from once it’s removed. Once trees are cleared from a rainforest, they are taken far away to factories and whatnot which adds fumes to the air. The rainforest loses trees which can cause other plants and animals in the environment to become extinct which is also bad for the environment. This is why using eco friendly materials is important, because they lessen the stress on the environment. A few of the best eco friendly materials (according to Ecosalon http://ecosalon.com/a-handy-reference-guide-to-the-20-greenest-materials/) are bamboo fiber, bamboo hardwood, cork, plantation grown teak, corn starch biocompostables, hemp, soybean fabric, organic cotton, recycled glass, and low VOC paint and finishes.

Bamboo. The eco friendly grass.

Bamboo. The eco friendly grass. http://www.interfiber.com/bamboo-fiber.html

Low VOC paint. http://ecosalon.com

Low VOC paint. http://ecosalon.com

Bamboo Hardwood http://ecosalon.com/

Bamboo Hardwood
http://ecosalon.com/

Bamboo fiber is a natural cloth created from bamboo grass pulp. It’s a strong fabric and is thought to be more durable and sustainable than normal textile fiber.

Bamboo hardwood is eco friendly because bamboo grass grows quickly. While an oak tree can take 120 years to grow to maturity, bamboo can be harvested in about three years. Bamboo also grows without needing to be replanted.

Low VOC paints and finishes are considered “green” because VOC’s are gases that are emitted into the air, which can be very harmful. VOC’s (according to National Allergy http://www.natlallergy.com/article.asp?ai=403) can contribute to nose, eye, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. This is why Low VOC paints and finishes are much more eco friendly than regular paints and finishes.

Hope you enjoyed reading! Until next time!

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