Tip 5 — Treat Your Windows With Earth-Friendly Options
When it comes to saving energy, windows are one of the most important elements of your home in terms of regulating temperature and light — if they are not properly dressed they can easily contribute to heat loss or excessive solar gain. That’s why it is essential to consider eco-wise curtains and drapes that help regulate sun exposure while contributing to a healthy living environment and do not waste precious resources.
Avoid monstrous hybrids!
When picking out curtains or shades, it’s important to look for products made from organic materials that do not contain toxic adhesives — many companies that produce window treatments use petroleum-based materials. At all costs avoid “monstrous hybrids” made from blends of synthetic fibers like polyester and organic fibers like cotton. Many well-intentioned but uninformed companies think it makes a synthetic product slightly ‘greener’ to mix some organic cotton or linen into a polyester mix. They are wrong! Due to the very different physical properties of these opposing materials, absolutely nothing can be done with these blends at the end of their lifecycle and they are just destined for landfill. On its own, 100% pure polyester can be recycled – but not when it is mixed with cotton. On its own, 100% pure cotton can biodegrade back into the soil – but not when it is mixed with polyester. When it comes to window treatments (and most other products) opt for either a pure organic or a pure synthetic.
For window treatments that are affordable, easy to install, and highly customizable, take a look at Smith+Noble. If you’re going custom-made all the way, check out the beautiful organic fabric from modgreenpod.
ABOUT MARVIN WINDOWS AND DOORS
Some of America’s most energy-efficient LEED showcase homes feature the very same Marvin windows that you can buy for your own home. Marvin believes in building top performance into windows and doors with proven technology that are accessible to the average homeowner. And the proof is in the numbers: Marvin has more than more than 150,000 window and door products that are ENERGY STAR certified. More than 80 percent of the existing U.S. housing stock was built before 1990. Replacing old, inefficient windows and doors is one of the best ways to increase America’s overall energy efficiency.
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