Riveresque Curtains and Accessories, a Warrandyte family owned business in Melbourne’s outer NE Green Wedge, is starting to get requests for natural, organic, low impact interior decor materials and for Australian-owned products.
I first heard of this was from the Economic Development Officer at Manningham Council, while discussing the Manningham-Nillumbik Green Map project – an evolving online directory list of the area’s eco-cultural assets plus the community and environmental groups and businesses that support sustainability.
It is great to be able to report that local business is responding to a growing market desire for sustainable, healthy products. This sort of thing will soon be reported in a regular 4-6 weekly bulletin emailed to interested parties. You can subscribe at www.greenmapcommunity.org/subscribe.
Both Manningham and Nillumbik councils are supporting the Warrandyte Neighbourhood House Green Map project which reflects the local community’s desire to do something about sustainability to preserve our kids’ and grandkids’ future.
Riveresque consultant Michelle says they are gradually working their way – room by room – through one client’s decor needs. The client has specified all natural materials and finishes that have a low impact on human life.
The research for sustainable materials had been started by the client and Michelle has continued this, largely by phone. Helen Hawkes reports on eco-fabrics in The Financial Review (Oct 24-26, 2008). She writes:
“Bamboo with its soft, silky feel and easy application to fashion clothing is definitely the raw material making its mark on the fast-growing eco side of the fashion industry…
The bamboo plant grows quickly, without chemicals, sucks up a lot of carbon dioxide, releases more oxygen than trees and is easy on water resources.
It is also hypo-allergenic, biodegradable, breathes more easily than cotton, has natural anti-bcterial and anti-fungal properties and is UV protective – the ultimate 21st century fabric…
Bonds new Cottontails range is now made with organic cotton…
International brand Billabong is cleaning up the surf-wear market with its Platinum B9 wetsuits of which 90 per cent of the fabric is made from recycled polyester products such as old fishing nets and clothing. Its boardies are made from Eco-Supreme Suede, a recycled, recyclable pure polyester made from used textiles and plastic bottles…a high level of comfort, durability and practicality…a best seller.”
Riveresque – in the heart of the Warrandyte Village and just a stone’s throw from the Yarra River – caters for all soft furnishings needs, including eco-decor…
Free measure, quote and consultations are offered.
You can contact Riveresque at 158-160 Yarra Street Warrandyte on ph: (03) 9844 0960 fax: (03) 9844 0961.
The times continue to change, don’t they?