Our society has trained us to think we have to have the latest and greatest of everything. From an interiors stand point this means importing the priciest Italian marble, Persian rugs, the latest collection from Paula Deen and Candace Olsen, etc. Not once do we stop to think about how much we are polluting the air to import these goods and the ridiculous amount of money we’re blowing. Don’t get me wrong, I like nice things but we (including myself) need to stop and think about how it’s really affecting our quality of life. Is it worth it?
The reading this week, BedZED Materials Report, doesn’t cover issues like sweat shops so we will get to that a bit later; however, it does heavily cover how CO2 emissions affect our environment. The article states that CO2 emissions contribute to greenhouse gases and lead to global warming. This is a major problem. We wonder why there are more and more cases of allergy problems, asthma, and other respiratory problems. CO2 is to blame.
As a designer, I feel it is my duty to educate my clients about the impact imported goods have on our environment and encourage them to purchase items sold locally and items that are reclaimed. Even the job I’m now where I am able to do that with customers where I work. Now, I want to dig deeper into the furniture lines we carry and what is made locally, if anything, encourage customers to buy those products, and educate them about why I recommended that product versus ones imported from China.