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Stay Warm, Sleep In: Green Window Treatments

Stay Warm, Sleep In: Green Window Treatments

Living deep in the woods, my family has enjoyed the luxury of not needing window treatments. The only potential Peeking Toms were vulnerable to are curious squirrels, woodpeckers or atypically brazen deer. Weve decided to look into window treatment options, however, for three reasons: 1) To create a more finished look in certain rooms, 2) To lengthen the time our children sleep. When the sun rises, they do too, even on weekends; and 3) To increase energy efficiency in our home.

So, where do eco-friendliness, functionality and aesthetics meet? The main thing to look for is 100 percent natural fabrics and materials. Many window treatments are made with some form of plastic, be it polyester or vinyl, which release toxic gasses when warmed by the sun. Instead check out these resources for green window treatments:

1. Naturally dyed curtains or drapes made of fabrics such as cotton, linen or hemp are a great choice. Anna Sovas line of organic drapery includes 100 percent natural silk drapes, made with no toxic bleaches, heavy metal dyes, formaldehyde or silicon finishing.
2. Shutters provide insulation in both cold and hot weather. Look for shutters made of bamboo or sustainably harvested Basswood. Basswood shutters are widely available.
Just make sure that if the shutters have a coating on them, it is water-based.
3. Shades Earthshades shades are made of high quality reed, bamboo, hemp and rapidly-renewable grasses. No chemical coating is used, and all shades promise a high degree of insulation.

Before making a purchase, be sure to ask your retailer or manufacturer about the R-value of your preferred treatment so that youll know how much insulation it will provide. The higher the value, the more energy-efficient the product is. Shoot for an R-value around 3.

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Terri Hall

Terri Hall lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. In addition to writing, Terri works with public television and radio stations/networks in the area of new media, and leads workshops on authentic and empowered living.

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12:06PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

When I was a kid, a friend's Mom had shutters and I loved them! I had forgotten all about that till now!! Thanks for the reminder!!

1:00PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks for the article.

12:58AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:29PM PST on Dec 20, 2010

Thanks for the information. It will come in very handy when I redo my room in the new year.

12:42AM PDT on Jul 24, 2010

Thank You Sweetie. ORGANIC ALL THE WAY!

10:32AM PDT on Apr 28, 2010

THANKS!

4:04AM PDT on Apr 26, 2010

I recently lined some drapes with blackout lining and am really impressed how they keep the light down along with keeping cold/heat out.

4:54PM PDT on Apr 22, 2010

Thanks,
I noted it to write down for the later years in life when home searching :D

12:39PM PST on Nov 18, 2009

I love the Anna Sova line for organic drapery! I'm moving into a new apartment and have been looking for eco-friendly window treatments. Thanks!

1:06AM PST on Nov 13, 2009

Thanks for the informative post. Certain things in life are really very necessary for good slip. And if u sleep well then you will feel fresh whole the day . This post is very useful for the sound sleep .

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