Get Green with Style Blog

Definition and Product of the Week 07.17.2010

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 OFFGASSING and the product of the week is ECOLLECTION.  

Definition: OFFGASSING (in our own words)  

Imagine boiling water.  Water, a liquid, evaporates into the air when heated.  This is called a boiling point.  Other compounds have different boiling point temperatures.  The air we breathe is a gas at room temperature, but if you cool it down enough, it (or the various elements in the air) will be come liquid at each element’s respective boiling point.  Now imagine plastics or paints or laminates or glues.  While they themselves don’t completely evaporate at room temperature, something in them does.  This is offgassing.  When you breathe in the toxic compounds put into the air this way, they can be bad for your health.  See also the definition of VOCs.

Product of the Week: ECOLLECTION

eCollection is a line of transitional to contemporary styled upholstered furniture that is environmentally friendly.  It is made in the USA, so depending on where in the world you live, it may take fewer carbon emissions to transport the furniture to you.  In addition to this, the company uses recycled materials, formaldehyde-free finishes, natural fiber textiles, and sustainable wood to create a great product.  Plus, it is important that a company who is promoting green products also walks the talk and takes a good look at their manufacturing processes and minimizing waste while maximizing the durability and style of each piece of furniture that they make.  eCollection does not disappoint in these areas!

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: eCollection Website


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