Sunday, March 15, 2009

Simple wedding Ideas

By Jessie Balton

How nice to be an active wedding invitations participant in making our lives healthier and the environment safer and cleaner. In as simple as decorating your home, you can go for eco-friendly products. Rugs are great accents to brighten up your home's interior and you can buy those that are made of natural materials. Natural rugs have several benefits such as the following:

Foremost in the list is hazard-free. Rugs made of natural fiber are non-toxic without polymers which is harmful to the environment. Polymers release toxins, which in turn cause air and water pollution. Natural fiber rugs are cheaper and without a doubt, pleasing to the eyes.

The most popular fibers used in the production of eco-friendly rugs are bamboo, sisal, coir, hemp, jute, paper, sea grass and mountain grass. Below are their benefits:

Bamboo has been a widely used in countries like India and China for centuries. This fast-growing plant is an ideal, sustainable source of material, and bamboo rugs are very popular nowadays, partly because of this, and partly because they are so attractive. Bamboo's natural color is a pale tan, but it can be stained into a darker shade for a different effect. Usually, bamboo rugs are backed with cotton cloth. They are resilient, moisture-resistant, durable, and easy to clean.

Next is the fiber sisal from the cactus Agave sisalana. You will find this plant in abundance in its native habitat of Africa and Brazil. The sisal rugs are made by forming the fibers into a supple rope. They also pride of longevity and sustainability. Impressive characteristics of sisal rugs are their resistance to stains and their ability to match well with other fibers that can be used for producing combination natural rugs. The downside? Sisal rugs don't really work well with water, so they shouldn't be used in the bathroom and the kitchen.

If you're a fan of anything coconut related (or even if you're not), coir rugs are perfect. The material is from the husk of a coconut (known as young coconut), which is then drawn into a rope and made into a rug. Interesting, isn't it? This type comes in many different designs and shades as the material can be easily dyed or stained. Therefore, there is more variation.

Hemp is another fiber that is highly useful and adaptable making it an ideal material for manufacturing goods like rugs. Hemp rugs are best for areas exposed to water, static and stains due to its resistant quality.

Jute rugs are usually cheap, so if you plan to hoard on natural rugs, you can hit the sky with this one. No worries though for you will not be sacrificing quality with a bargain. Jute rugs are well woven and strong despite its soft texture. Jute, the fiber it's been made, is very soft. And aside from rugs, it is often used for producing bags, sacks and mats.

The other natural fibers are: paper rugs which are nice looking and sturdy; sea grass rugs which are very cheap and durable; and mountain grass rugs which are hard materials but nonetheless, a value for the money.

Reading from this list confirms that there are indeed many kinds of natural materials turned into rugs. There is no more excuse not to buy an eco-friendly accent for your home. Be healthy. Choose well.

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