I’ll be honest. While everything in my resource library meets at least my bare-bones eco-requirements, some are considerably more green than others. I’d love to be able to do my job using only products that meet the highest standards for sustainability but, for the moment, a move like that would mean severely limiting my ability to create environments that represent my clients’ varying styles and sensibilities. Sometimes I have no choice but to specify something that is only moderately green.
Is this ideal? Absolutely not. It is just a step in the right direction and a very small step at that. Luckily, manufacturers are constantly finding improved ways to go green, thereby providing me with a never-ending pathway to better options. The small steps add up and slowly push my industry toward a higher standard; for that I am grateful.
And, on occasion, I have cause to be extremely grateful when someone has a flash of brilliance and takes a giant step.
Yesterday I learned that the fabulously high-eco-standards fabric and wallpaper company Mod Green Pod is now willing and able to produce their fabrics and wallpapers (both their signature patterns and the coming-soon-solids) in any custom color! Price points and minimums are almost ridiculously reasonable, making this a genuine score for designers– for while many companies are willing to do custom, few are able to do it with such a small minimum order.
I once designed an entire cottage around one of MGP co-founder/designer Nancy Mims’ creations (in the pic above) but that was a rare treat for me. More often, I am just looking for that very specific shade of that very specific color– and I will definitely be taking full advantage of the opportunity to get exactly what I need from a company who’s eco-morals I trust and admire.