Even Lowbaggers Need Furniture: The Changing Carbon Footprint of Your Couch
When we last checked in on Lowbagger.org, we found it an interesting contrast to our own, self-confessed, mission of appealing to "lazy, shallow, but environmentally responsible brethren." However, times may be changing, as even Lowbagger, more generally known for reports from the front line of environmental direct action and conservation initiatives, is these days also reporting on the rise in green fashion and design. Most recently, they published an interesting post on the ever-increasing focus on sustainability within the home furnishings industry:
The recent NORDEX green home designs conference in Seattle showed off some of the newest creations. Attendants ranged from major producers of furniture to small local crafts people, all vying for the attention of the well-heeled designers and decorators attending the conference. Trying to impress these dictators of style is like trying to scale the side of Mount Everest — it's almost impossible. However, a couple of these companies did turn heads and proved that yes, green design can be more than cotton- and wool-stuffed futons with batik print slipcovers. Sorry, but the days of hippy-dippy "green" decorating are over.
We sincerely hope that the Lowbagger community will not come down from the trees and surrender its banners, climbing ropes and padlocks just yet. However, we are nevertheless delighted to see that the crunchier end of the environmental movement is also recognizing the need for green design and innovation, alongside their more usual coverage such as intrepid boat trips in sewage infested waters or pontificating on the top 10 ways to kill a citizens movement. Lowbagger, we salute you.