Get Green with Style Blog

Definition and Product of the Week 07.03.2010

by Hilary Sopata

Each Saturday, we post a definition and a product of the week so that you can learn more about going green and what makes particular products green. This week, we’ll define PASSIVE SOLAR and the product of the week is CANVAS HOME STORE.  

Definition: PASSIVE SOLAR (in our own words)  

Passive solar refers to using solar energy that does not require equipment.  An example of passive solar is when you leave your window treatments open and sun shines through the glass collecting the heat.  This concept is especially useful during the spring and autumn when the heat gained can keep your home warm into the night.  Building materials and interior finish choices can affect passive solar effectiveness.  A brick house or a slate floor will act as a thermal mass and collect the heat and hold onto it into the night unlike materials like wood and plaster which lose their heat more quickly.  These are some basic passive solar parameters, but Michelle or I can help you plan a system  that effectively incorporates passive solar principles while decreasing your dependence on mechanized heating.

Product of the Week: CANVAS HOME STORE

I recently came across Canvas and thought the brand worth mentioning to you.  Overall, while not perfect, their products are more eco friendly than most on the market.  It can be hard to tell from a catalog or website how dedicated a company truly is to the environment, but here are some good points about Canvas: They currently have on their website about two dozen American-made products, they have ceramic and recycled glass products, they promote sustainably harvested wood, and they carry fabric products made with natural fibers.  The look is a sort of shabby chic: relaxed yet sophisticated.  It’s definitely worth checking out!

For more information about ordering this product or any of the products mentioned on our blog, contact Interior Visions Designs at 847.825.0450.  

Source: Canvas


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