For our home to have no destructive impact on our environment, we certainly cannot have any materials present that:
- have caused harm in their production
- cause harm during their use
- cause harm during as a result of their degradation
- cannot be recycled.
That is a high standard!
It immediately cuts out one of the most ubiquitous materials in common usage – PVC. It also excludes paints and other finishing materials from most common manufacturers. It sets limits on our source of timber, it has to be local, and it has to be sustainably managed, and it cannot be treated with chemicals that have any of the above effects, and any finishes we apply to it must be compatible with recycling when someone comes along and wants to refurbish our home. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but to set out the parameters that will guide our choices. We will allow ourselves one get-out; manufactured products that include small amounts of non-compliant materials, for which there is no alternative currently available, so long as we advocate for their replacement with compliant materials.
Again, the question is, can we meet this standard? And can we meet this standard, consistently with our equal goal of making this home one of high standard of design, comfort, and luxury?
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