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.

green_living_show_100.jpgCelebrating its 2nd anniversary, the Green Living Show came to Toronto, Canada in April, 2008.

 

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The huge challenge in this business of beautiful sustainable interior design is to learn about all the fabulous new products on the market. This field is changing so quickly that information becomes obsolete in the blink of an eye!

Here was an ideal opportunity with so many manufacturers and distributors in one place. We were not disappointed as we put on our most comfortable walking shoes, took public transit to the Exhibition grounds and started up and down the aisles of displays.

When I first started...

teaching textiles nearly 2 decades ago, I taught interior design students that HEMP was a potentially superior cellulose fibre, but unfortunately not available on the market.  Governments of the day confused this crop with the illicit drug, although their chemical structures are related but not the same. 

By 1998, the first hemp production was allowed and it began to replace tobacco crops much to the delight of farmers who had suffered the decline in demand for tobacco.  The best news was that this strong fibre grew quickly with less water and without the need for pesticides, herbicides or fertilizer. We are seeing a few hemp interior design fabrics available. 

dayle_interviews_frog_pond_hemp_300.jpgAs I interviewed Tom Strike of Frog Pond Hemp at the Green Living Show, he related that while hemp is grown locally, there are no local fabric mills remaining for spinning the fibres and weaving the yarns into fabric.  The hemp this company buys is shipped from China.  So this is another lesson in our quest for sustainability.  We want to choose the best, most beautiful sustainable products.  Ideally, we buy locally produced products to limit our carbon footprint in transportation.  If we increase our demand for products from hemp, we can inspire mills that are closer to change their production.  If we encourage governments to support those industries that produce such a fabulous sustainable product we can make a difference!  So demand some HEMP in your next interior décor selection and let us continue this positive trend! 

For more information on sustainable fabrics for beautiful interior design, contact Dayle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 905-846-3221

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I was just shopping for a Tilley Hat for my son and was reading how Tilley now has a line of hats made from Hemp. For their other hats, they proudly talk about how they're made in Canada from material made in the U.S.A. Now I wonder where their...

I was just shopping for a Tilley Hat for my son and was reading how Tilley now has a line of hats made from Hemp. For their other hats, they proudly talk about how they're made in Canada from material made in the U.S.A. Now I wonder where their Hemp is from; I assumed Hemp would be sourced locally. Knowing Tilley, I'm sure they've got a great story about their Hemp source...can't wait to find out when I call them this week.<br />Scott<br /><br />Hi Scott,<br />I too am a great fan of Tilley Endurables and have worn their clothes on trips all over the world. In fact, Alex Tilley came up to me at the opening of the Juno Beach Centre, Normandy France in 2003 because I was completely outfitted in his clothes! I have run into him on flights and at the airport since. My husband Dave has a Tilley hemp shirt which is very comfortable and washes well without needing ironing. I too am interested in where Alex sources his hemp.<br />Dayle

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I am enjoying your insights and am delighted about your report on hemp. As a matter of fact, my son who has just gone to Lakehead in Thunder Bay called me yesterday to say that he has treated himself to hemp clothing for his birthday! <br...

I am enjoying your insights and am delighted about your report on hemp. As a matter of fact, my son who has just gone to Lakehead in Thunder Bay called me yesterday to say that he has treated himself to hemp clothing for his birthday! <br />Janet

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