Your Home Environment
When considering what window products are most environmentally friendly we ask our clients if they are referring to their indoor environment or the outdoor environment. Often times people are looking for healthy products that will not off-gas dangerous toxins onto their homes – in this case they are looking to protect their own environment. Examples of products that would not off-gas would be window treatments made from non PVC materials or GreenGuard Certified window coverings. Simply put, GreenGuard is an environmental certification program that ensures that building products meet rigorous comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) into indoor air. Arjay’s Window Fashions offers a variety of roller shade materials, shutters and blinds that are GreenGuard Certified. Ask your Arjay’s Designer about GreenGuard Certified products.
Responsible Sourcing & Manufacturing
When it is important to our clients that they have something organic in their windows like wood, we recommend looking to companies like Springs Window Fashions that use responsible forest management techniques like “sustainable yield forest management.” This means that the amount of wood harvested is far below the levels of growth; and because the wood is sourced and processed domestically, unnecessary energy is not wasted importing materials. There are also greater controls over the health and quality of the materials and finishes used in and on shutters and wood blinds sourced domestically. Springs Window Fashions line of residential window products is sold under their trade-name Graber and their wood line includes Traditions Wood Blinds and Wood Shutters.
Sustainability for Environmentally Friendly Window Coverings
What does “sustainable” mean when shopping for window coverings? Does it mean that the entire process of building the product is sustainable so that there is little waste in manufacturing like Springs uses in their operations? Or, does it mean that the finished product is sustainable because it requires little or no maintenance to sustain it after it is installed in your window? If it is the latter, you may want to consider engineered materials like faux shutters or blinds. Also called composite shutters and blinds, aside from the various processes used to build these faux products, the end result is an extremely durable product that is impervious to moisture and requires no maintenance. The word faux is a French word that means fake or false and is usually used to indicate that the product looks like real wood, but it is not.