Green Your Wallpaper!

Published on NewsOK Published: October 4, 2013
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Photo: Carol Green/Flickr.comWallpaper feels like it's going out of style in many corners of the world, but it's actually pretty great stuff -- as long as we're not talking horrible floral patterns from the 80s, that is! However, there's a wee problem: commercial wallpaper actually isn't that great for the environment, or for you. Can you have your cake, er, wallpaper, and eat it too?

Yes, thankfully. (Though seriously, we don't recommend eating wallpaper or wallpaper paste, even if it's environmentally-friendly, okay?)

Here's the lowdown on why wallpaper's a problem: it emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs), much like many types of paint do. They're the result of the materials used in both the wallpaper and the adhesives. The problem is that these compounds are bad for the environment, and not very healthy for you and your family (including your four-legged family members) to be inhaling. Furthermore, wallpapers often aren't made from sustainable forestry sources, which is bad news.

Ecological wallpaper is distinctive for a number of reasons. The first is the adhesives, designed to be VOC-free, healthy, and safe for use. The paper itself is made from a mixture of recycled materials and wood products from responsibly managed sources: some green wallpaper actually bears certifications from third-party agencies like the Forest Stewardship Council. In addition, coatings like clay are used to help the paper resist mold and make it easy to clean, eliminating the need for harmful vinyl and plasticized coatings.

Often, "green" seems to mean "boring," and we're pleased to report that this isn't the case with ecologically-friendly wallpapers. They come in a huge range of patterns and designs including matte and glossy, flocked and otherwise, and the colors, prints, and design accents are bright, colorful, and fun. There's lots of room for design inspiration with green wallpapers, allowing you to switch up rooms with bold new color...while making sure to protect the environment.

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