I love it when celebrities use their powers for good.
On Earth Day, Oprah and Julia Roberts showed us how we can actually do something with the all that leftover food we inevitably have to toss out.
On the show, Julia said, “I [used to] just cry and scrape plates and think, ‘How can I be doing this?’”
The compost tumbler that Julia and Oprah used on the show was provided by a company called GREENCulture.com whose purpose is to ‘provide products for an enlightened planet’.
So when they asked us to take a look at their eco-friendly site, we agreed.
To be honest, when I first looked at their furniture page, I thought it looked like a beautifully designed website offering nice furniture, but wondered what was ‘green’ about it. I quickly clicked over to their eco-facts page to find out what made their furniture different from the rest. It didn’t take me long to realize that they are sincerely striving to offer items that are “made from recycled materials or come from renewable or sustainable resources.”
For instance, GREENCulture refuses to sell products containing leather or silk.
I have to admit, I felt pretty darn guilty as I read through the eco-facts. I always knew leather is not an eco-conscious product purchase, but I was ignorant of the facts of Chrome Tanning.
Chrome-tanning, the most widely used method in the United States for converting animal skins into the leather you see on the market today, is a process awash in materials considered hazardous by authorities like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Waste produced from the process of tanning, dyeing and finishing leather includes such noxious elements as formaldehyde, sulfides, oils, acids, coal-tar derivatives and residue from finishes.
This toxic stew is linked to environmental risks, pollutes streams, lakes and rivers, and jeopardizes human health. Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and other groups report that workers in such factories have higher risks of developing testicular, sinus and lung cancers, while residents around such tanneries have been linked to significantly higher incidences of leukemia.
And silk! Did you know that “roughly 3,000 Bombyx Mori pupae are killed for one pound of silk”. Now personally moths gross me out, but I still wouldn’t want the little Pupae boiled alive or lanced with needles in their silk cocoons.
Reading their eco-facts page was enlightening and made me think differently about the products in my home. I hadn’t really considered before how my personal selections of lighting and bedroom furniture could affect the environment.
So now I’m going to try and resolve some of my guilt by bookmarking their site so that when I’m next redecorating I will have some eco-friendly options.