Greener BeeGreen TipsCreate a green home with these decorating tips

Green is the new black. In home décor, it is increasingly the go-to choice for those looking to rejuvenate their home and be healthier at the same time.

Environmentally friendly choices can be integrated into just about every aspect of the home without having to give up on good design.

Buying products such as upholstery, textiles and rugs made of natural fibers that have not been treated with chemicals is one way to incorporate green design into any space.

Furniture aficionados will love pieces made of reclaimed, salvaged or recycled materials. Love color? Look to see if plant- and mineral-based dyes have been used instead of chemicals.

Here are three steps to take when turning your home green.

Think local. You don’t have to travel far to find artists, artisans and furniture makers who use reclaimed, sustainably harvested local woods and environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques.

Ask questions. When purchasing an item, be sure to ask the manufacturer, retailer or designer specific questions about how their design is sustainable or green. Inquire not only about the material, but also about the process in which the product is made.

Do your homework. There are several nationally entities that certify green products. Greenguard certifies the technical standards of companies and products. Green Seal, an independent nonprofit organization, certifies green products and conducts factory visits to oversee the manufacturing process of the products it certifies.

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