Designers Earth-Friendly Share-a-Thon
In addition to passionate design hobbyists, incredibly talented design and home professionals follow HomeWorkshop.com. This includes many interior designers, architects, set designers, contractors, home stagers — the list goes on.
And I know from visiting, talking and tweeting with you all, that a major focus in the Trade right now is making choices that are better for this Earth.
You use greener materials, finishes and furnishings that are smart choices during the project phase; and you integrate systems and materials that save energy and stress on our resources over the life of the space.
People can make a difference. One example is Kelly Van Patter, who I visited with earlier this year. Kelly–who has designed sets for Survivor and The Apprentice–has made spreading eco-friendly design her mission.
I picked up some great tips from Kelly — enjoy this video of our conversation.
Now for our Share-a-Thon, to round-out Earth Week, and to keep the momentum going.
I’m a strong believer in positive reinforcement, so here’s your chance to toot your own horn a bit about how you’ve been making a difference, and what more you plan to do.
1) Share your project where you have made earth-friendly choices. Large or small, the project could be a complete room (or home!) design; or it could be simply renovating a homeowner’s existing vintage chair, instead of buying new.
- Upload your photo and describe what you did, and how the project is more earth-friendly.
- Be sure to include your Web address in the Challenge Entry Form, so that readers who want to see your other work, or who want to contact you, can click over to your site and get your information.
2) Also in the description field of the Challenge Entry form, Share your pledge.
What will you do in your work this year that will be more kind to
I pledge to cover more stories about eco-friendly design and to highlight designers like you that are making a difference
3) Spread the word. We want this to be a lively Share-a-thon and ongoing conversation, since we all learn great ideas from one-another.
So tell your friends and colleagues to share their projects too. Here is the link to this Challenge post for you to spread around:
(A note: Props to you manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers who are making and carrying eco-friendly products. But for this Challenge, we are looking for designers’ projects–perhaps that use your products–rather than photos and links to individual products.)
You’re not a professional, but a passionate DIY-er or Design Junkie? Maybe you’re a design student. No problem! Please share your projects and pledges too! This Challenge is not limited to people that make their living with design.
Can’t wait for the show and tell, y’all.