In the past decade, a lot of emphasis has shifted to building a greener world for our future generations. It is not just about planting more trees, but adopting a lifestyle that is more considerate toward our natural environment. To have a meaningful impact on the environment, every aspect has to undergo a transition into more eco-friendly habits.
This trend has been the foundation on which many innovative solutions have been introduced in the world of windows dressing. There also has been a big shift toward sustainably sourced materials. There is a considerable focus on saving energy and harnessing technology to optimize resources. The result has been plenty of options for homeowners to make the switch to eco-friendly blinds, in their road to a greener lifestyle.
Can Bathroom Blinds be Eco-Friendly?
When it comes to bathroom blinds, there are certain considerations that narrow down the choice a bit. Bathrooms generate a lot of moisture which can cause damage to most of the traditional blinds. Wooden blinds warp when exposed to moisture. Similarly, fabric blinds develop mould and mildew when exposed to moisture.
Other considerations include privacy and the light factor. Bathrooms require a lot of privacy, especially at the night. But while concentrating on the privacy aspect, you should not compromise on natural light. Sunlight is vital in keeping the bathroom dry and germ free. Sunlight has that special quality that sanitizes the atmosphere naturally. To keep the bathroom, clean, and dry, you blinds must utilize all the sunlight that falls on it. Sunlight also keeps the room naturally warm, saving you precious energy. So, as you see, selecting a bathroom blind is no easy task.
What Makes a Blind Eco-Friendly?
Fortunately, there are more ways than one that makes a blind eco-friendly. So, when you are out shopping for eco-friendly options, you have enough leg-room to select something that fits nicely into your décor scheme, without a lot of compromise on functionalities.
Sustainably Sourced: Selecting a natural material will be a good start. By eco-friendly material, it can mean a sustainably sourced, processed, recycled material. Sustainably sourced material can refer to any material that has been responsibly taken from the environment, causing minimum to it. Woven wood blinds, resourced form flax, bamboo, grass, jute, and similar materials are usually considered sustainably resourced. Similarly, fabric blinds and aluminium blinds, are considered to be responsibly sourced from renewable or recyclable sources.
Recyclable: A great emphasis is given on blinds that are recyclable. Blinds that are made from natural materials like wood, linen, aluminium, bamboo, jute, are recyclable and can be considered eco-friendly. By not producing toxic waste, these blinds are a good choice for your windows.
Durable: The durability of blinds has an indirect effect on the environment. When blinds are durable and last for a long time, it leads to less consumption, production, as well as waste generation. Also, when you replace blinds for aesthetic reasons, you can store them away for reuse instead of just throwing it away. Reducing waste is a great way of helping the environment.
Energy-Efficient: Energy efficiency is another way of achieving a greener life-style with the help of blinds. As much of the energy loss happens through windows, covering them up in insulating covers can go a long way in reducing your energy usage. Energy production and consumption is one of the major contributors to green-house gases. Any blind that prevents heat loss or reduces the need for energy consumption would fall under the category of eco-friendly.
Eco-Friendly Blinds for Bathrooms
Aluminium Venetian Blinds
When it comes to the perfect blend of beauty and practicality, aluminium venetian blinds are a great choice for bathrooms. Their metallic build protects them from moisture and the dense placement of slats provides adequate privacy. If you wish to cut off light or preserve the privacy of the interiors, just position the slats to a closed position. Aluminium blinds are widely recycled and responsibly sourced, making it one of the most eco-friendly choices for the bathroom.
Ocean Plastic Roller Blinds
Recycled plastic from oceans is used to make these plastic blinds to withstand the high-moisture environment of bathroom and kitchens. By using recycled plastic, these blinds are reducing plastic from the oceans to a large extent. Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, you will find enough choices to suit your particular décor choice. Roller blinds can be fixed at a certain height to block the view, yet let in enough light to light up the bathroom.
Fabric Roller Blinds
Fabric treated for moisture resistance can also be another eco-friendly option for bathrooms. These blinds would make an attractive addition to any bathroom, allowing in lots of privacy, while letting in measured amount of light. Sourced from natural resources, the production of these blinds causes little damage to the environment.
Faux Wood Venetian Blinds
Faux wood venetian blinds give the bathroom a perfect blend of privacy and light control. The slats can be positioned to block out the view, leaving enough gap for light to pass through. Faux wood blinds are moisture resistant and extremely easy to clean. If you do your research, you will see that plenty of blind manufacturer are now offering faux wood blinds that are completely recyclable. As a result, these blinds can be used to minimise the use of real wood, which would prevent the cutting down of trees. When required, you can close the slats completely to achieve greater insulation.
Bamboo Vertical Blinds
Bamboo slat vertical blind is another eco-friendly solution for your bathroom. These blinds are great for privacy, light control, as well as insulation. The thick slats can be positioned to give the window more cover as well as control over light, while the thicker material ensures that the view remains blocked. The thick material also helps insulate your bathroom. Bamboo grows very fast, making it a very sustainable resource. The material is also bio-decomposable.
Selecting eco-friendly bathroom blind might seem a small step, but your small step towards eco-friendly blinds will make great strides in the war against climate change.