Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

dayle_laing_speaking_200.jpgWe are inundated with information about the environment, reducing our carbon footprint, about saving the planet, about what to do and what not to do.  How does one sort through all the conflicting advice? 

Here are 7 simple tips to help you select interior fabrics for your home that are beautiful and sustainable.

1. Determine your expectation for how long the fabric should last, based on your lifestyle and how many years you will live in your home.

2. Save the current, hot looks and colours for items that can easily be changed, like the accessories, the paint, or the wallpaper on the feature wall.  Select styles and colours that have enduring appeal for the big ticket items.  No one wants the inconvenience of a sofa out of fashion in 6 months regardless of the initial cost.

green_dupioni_silk_150.jpg3. Many fabric suppliers offer abrasion (rub) counts on their upholstery fabrics.  Look for 30,000, even 50,000 or higher if you need a rugged upholstery fabric. A 15,000 double rub count may not be enough for the active family room, even though the label says “heavy duty” for residential use.

4. Rub count is only one metric for durability.  Look for a tightly woven construction or a non-woven.  If loops or loose yarns are present, then the cat’s claws, your engagement ring, the children’s blue jean grommets may abraid the fabric causing pilling, an unsightly condition that causes the fabric to look dowdy even when it is not technically worn out.

5. For draperies, go for those beautiful classic fabrics and do not hesitate to use silk.  There are many ways to enhance the beauty and longevity of this natural fabric.

6. An Interlining layer between the silk and the lining, not only makes the drapery much more luxurious in appearance and feel, it protects the silk from sun rot and fading.

7. Rotate your drapery panels just as you would rotate your beautiful oriental rug to prevent uneven fading.  A symmetrical design, even if elaborate makes this possible, elegant and practical.

The Coolest Shade of Green is the sustainable choice!  Dayle has presented seminars on sustainable fabric selection, achieving top ratings on her evaluations.  Book your seminar by contacting the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Thank you for your informative newsletter "The Coolest Shade of Green" and your "Special Report". Both of these were very well received. You are a inspiring asset to our profession. Can't wait for more.<br />Brenda<br /><br />Thanks Brenda -- I...

Thank you for your informative newsletter "The Coolest Shade of Green" and your "Special Report". Both of these were very well received. You are a inspiring asset to our profession. Can't wait for more.<br />Brenda<br /><br />Thanks Brenda -- I am working on more articles!<br />Dayle<br />Interiors by Brenda

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Hi Dayle, <br />Thank you for sending the latest issue of your newsletter. As always the content is informative and succinct, and of utmost importance to me is knowing the information is from a truly reliable source. <br /><br />I also enjoyed...

Hi Dayle, <br />Thank you for sending the latest issue of your newsletter. As always the content is informative and succinct, and of utmost importance to me is knowing the information is from a truly reliable source. <br /><br />I also enjoyed seeing how you dealt with the fireplace renovation from an environmental perspective. Good work.<br /><br />Knowing you have an extensive knowledge of fabrics I'm curious to know your perspective on the following: I'm noticing that there are more fabrics being offered by suppliers that are PVC based. These same fabrics are being advertised by some noteworthy designers! Albeit the fabrics are quite attractive looking, but I'm very concerned about the toxicity levels that are inherent in these fabrics, the VOC's that will be emitted from them and how the phthalates in them are carcinogenic, not to mention that they are non-recyclable. What's your view on these fabrics? Am I right to be concerned or am I just being too "green".<br />Margarida Oliveira.<br /><br />Margarida, <br />Thank you for your kind comments and your question about polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl) fabrics. We used vinyl fabrics for many years since they were so easy to clean and so long lasting. However,the stability makes vinyl nearly environmentally indestructible. PVC also releases hydrochloric acid, dioxin and other toxic compounds when produced, used or burned.(source: http://www.contract-textiles.com). Crypton Green fabrics offer similar stain repellent, easy cleanability and durabilty and are excellent alternatives. It is Certified Cradle to Cradle, a third party organization (see my blog article on Michael Braungart).<br />Dayle

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Hello Dayle,<br /><br />Just wanted to say thank you for the seminar on Green Upholstery Fabrics that you recently presented at Brentwood Classics. It was well-researched, informative and relevant to all of us in the design field. I'm confident...

Hello Dayle,<br /><br />Just wanted to say thank you for the seminar on Green Upholstery Fabrics that you recently presented at Brentwood Classics. It was well-researched, informative and relevant to all of us in the design field. I'm confident that sharing this knowledge with our clients will have a positive impact on our planet. Kudos for a great job and I look forward to hearing you speak again.<br /><br />Kind regards,<br />Vanessa<br />Vanessa Francis Design<br /><br />Vanessa,<br />Thank you for the kudos! I look forward to seeing you in a seminar in the future!<br />Dayle

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