Everywhere you look today you find references to “going green” and “reducing your carbon footprint”. While solar energy or composting are obvious ways you can go green, there are other, less noticeable ways, that you can help our planet even when making your school furniture buying decisions.
Eco-friendly furniture is designated as such because of a more environmentally responsible manufacturing process or the furniture is made in a way that means it does not make a negative impact on indoor air quality. Our “green” furniture is approved by The Greenguard Environmental Institute which is a non-profit organization that certifies materials and products that meet their strict standards for emissions. Additionally, the Greenguard Children and Schools program works to ensure that products used in daycare centers and schools meet the most rigorous standards available.
If you’ve shopped for school furniture or educational furniture in the last 5 to 10 years, you’ve probably noticed the Greenguard Certified logo found on a growing number of furniture products. But do you wonder what that really means? And maybe you even wonder if it’s worth worrying about? Well, this segment that recently aired on ABC’s Good Morning America show reveals that you really should be concerned with the furniture products that are in your classroom or home.
Eco-friendly, green, low carbon footprint, environmentally conscious. These terms are becoming important to consumers when buying everyday objects. From eco-friendly furniture, local food, and hybrid cars, we are all doing our part to make an effort.
For some, the objects we fill our homes and garages with are just a tip of the iceberg. A whole street in Dallas, Texas is slowing turning green and compassionately so. The Congo Street Green Initiative is not just transforming an aging street into a green habitiat, but is improving family’s lives in the process.
This narrow street, with 17 single-family and duplex houses all built before 1910, was often referred to as the “all-colored alley” – a reference as much to its demographic as to its small scale. In 1933 the City of Dallas officially changed its name from Carroll Drive to Congo Street, an overt reference to Africa meant to ‘forewarn’ whites attending the State Fair just a few blocks to the South. Sixty years later, the Street’s landlord deeded properties on the North side of the street to long-time residents, and many of those who live there now are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of former renters, witness to multiple generations of its tight-knit community.
The process of restoring structural integrity to the Street developed out of a desire to preserve the pervasive sense of community and to respect the economic options available to neighbors as both land and homeowners. Each resident has expressed a desire to remain on Congo despite the need to repair their home, and have therefore deferred previous plans that sought to displace them, even temporarily.
Children learn by example and if they see the adults in their lives working on the three “R’s”, reduce, reuse, recycle there is a good chance that they too will become environmentally responsible. Setting up a green classroom may seem like like a daunting task but its really very simple to do. There are many eco-friendly school furniture products available as well as many ‘green’ school supplies on the market.
Teachers can make many small and easy changes in order for their classroom to be more eco-friendly. Here are some helpful tips in your quest to be more green.