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GreenTown's Green Building Products: Week 9
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One of the most important aspects of the Silo Eco-Home is making sure that our guests feel at home in our bed and breakfast suite. The past weeks, the products I have highlighted contribute to the functionality and aesthetics of our home, but this week our featured products all specifically enhance our guests’ experiences in the Silo’s B&B.

Our organic latex mattress come from Savvy Rest.Why an organic mattress? This is beneficial because the long-term effects of chemicals found in conventional mattresses could have negative health impacts. Since you might spend around eight hours breathing chemicals from your mattress every night, organic latex is a healthy alternative. The latex is encased with organic wool quilted between layers of organic cotton. Of course, the mattress also ensures quality comfort in addition to its health benefits. Read this if you'd like to learn more about natural latex.

Our Bed & Breakfast Suite

Another important aspect of our B&B is that guests have the option to use our kitchen. Our refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher were donated by Sears. They have earned ENERGY STAR certification, which is the EPA’s designation that the product uses 30% less energy than its uncertified counterparts. Our washer and dryer were also donated by Sears and have also received ENERGY STAR certification.

EO Products provides GreenTown’s B&B guests with luxurious shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and lotion. Not only does EO use clean ingredients for their bath products, they also use Post-Consumer Resin (PCR), a 100% recycled product which reduces energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. In order to learn about the positive effects of using EO shampoo, read this.

Finally, many of our furnishings came from the Schmidt/Magliery family, including rugs, dressers, and our iron. The Silo's beautiful kitchen cabinets were handcrafted by the late Kenny Schmidt for his parents' home when he was a teenager, and were reclaimed from the Schmidt homestead and carefully fitted for use our home.

Our quilt is mentioned in this previous entry. Our guests love our B&B thanks to these great products! More coming your way next week.

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