This week we’re going to look at the Silk Plaster liquid wall covering company’s profile because samples with which to experiment for a hands-on post will be arriving shortly! Additionally, we’re going to delve further into the reasons why opting for Silk Plaster makes sense, not only for economic reasons, but for health and sustainability reasons.
According to Silk Plaster Europe’s website, found here, “[they] largely invest in R&D, in order to improve [their] technologies, continuously produce better materials with more attractive characteristics.” They have tested their products and collaborate with more than just the individual. They also work with retailers and even construction companies to utilize their durable, sustainably-minded products.
This is immensely important for sustaining the production and quality of the material as one of their main goals since being founded in 1997 is to provide a quality, eco-friendly, and long lasting solution to home improvement. Through collaborative efforts, they are able to work with people and groups along the spectrum of the market in order to better develop their product, while maintaining confidence with consumers.
Healthy Choices Today for a Healthy Result Tomorrow:
There is no better time than now for an eco-friendly product like this, seeing as there is an increasing shift towards effective, non-toxic, and eco-friendly materials for personal use, in the home cleaning, not to mention building, and also, home improvement.
Health and Beauty
The health and beauty market is forever fluctuating, but some of the main brand names to use when opting for healthier, more environmentally-friendly products include:
- The Body Shop
- Kiss My Face
- Made from Earth
In the earlier part of this century, money-saving, time-saving options seemed to be all the craze! Until the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster, little attention was paid to where our clothing came from and who was making our clothes. Since the tragedy in 2013, both consumers and producers are shifting their focus from fast fashion to slower, sustainable, and eco-friendly production.
While there are numerous clothing companies around the world that work towards lower carbon and water footprints, using eco-friendly materials in an environmentally-friendly way, there are a few companies that stand out for their conscious production practices.
People Tree– Based in the UK, this company is Fair Trade certified and utilizes organic cotton and biodegradable materials. There are fashion options for both men and women.
Patagonia– Best known for outdoor clothing and apparel, this US-based company is Fair Trade certified, uses organic cotton materials, and is truly committed to environmental sustainability. There are fashion options for both men and women.
Tonlé– Based in Cambodia, this company primarily caters to women, but their business started by piecing together scraps. They are a zero-waste company with Artisan made clothing.
Slow Fashion versus Fast Fashion: A New Model for Modernity
Not only are the materials used in production different, often times the primary difference is on the production end; garment workers have better wages, union rights, and better all-around opportunities with slow fashion positions.
A couple examples of companies making the shift include the H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection where products are made of hemp, organic cotton, and even organic leather.
This category has myriad products available, though not all of the products are actually as effective as others. Some of the best known include Seventh Generation, Nellie’s, CitraSolv, Biokleen, ProBiotic, and Begley’s environmentally- friendly products. Many of these use plant-based formulas, though the degree to which they are used successfully can depend on the amount of effort exerted and the initial level of dirtiness of a space.
Home Improvement and Building Materials
Building and remodeling a home is always a vast undertaking. These days, there are more eco-friendly options on the market that leave builders and renovators feeling better at the end of the day with their choices, knowing that they are making conscious strides to a better living environment for their family, and a better world for ecosystems. Examples of choice products and alternatives are outlined below.
Recycled products- rubber and polymer roofing imitates slate. Countertops like those from IceStone.biz can contain 75% recycled glass and can be used for not only countertops, but for backsplashes, shower surroundings, walls, and floors.
Lumber choices- The key here is to avoid old-growth timber and endangered tropical woods. Instead, look for certified and managed forest products, recycled or reclaimed woods, or even bamboo. Bamboo is a great alternative because bamboo is a fast-growing malleable material that is multi-use and looks great in any space.
Outdoor materials- While treated lumber has eliminated the arsenic for less-toxic preservation, other options include composite decking or railing, as they won’t rot or need painting.
Water-saving appliances- Even though the Earth is covered by 70% water, only about 3% of it is potable or drinkable. With a growing global population, it makes sense to use as little as possible, especially for things like showering or flushing a toilet.
Tank less water heaters- Instead of having the water heater on all day, using unnecessary energy, look into alternate options that are not only good for the planet, but also for you power bill.
Structural insulated panels- OSB (Oriented Strand Boards) can be used for walls, floors, or roofs. The boards are made from mixing wood strands from fast-growing trees with wax and binder to form mats. They are then layered to strengthen and heat-pressed to secure.
Solar panels (photovoltaic panels)- Not only are an increasing number of tax credit programs being structured around these panels, but knowing that you’re harnessing natural energy rounds out a key reason so many people are opting for this long-term investment decision.
Silk Plaster Liquid Wall Covering– Just like choosing eco-friendly materials for structural and external components, the benefits of having interior eco materials can make all the difference in both how you feel and how you effect the world around you. Silk Plaster’s options complete the home improvement and renovation list with raw materials sourced from nature. The cotton fiber and silk components can create an elegant, yet simple solution to all wall paint and covering needs. For a look at the color choices and options available, go to http://silkplaster.eu/en or http://silkplasterusa.com/. Their products can be found around the world and they are continually expanding their reach in the global market so as to provide eco solutions for families and businesses around the world.