I love the look of layered window treatments, and I’ve been looking for some eco-friendly roman shades for a long time. I love the idea of hanging the shades behind some sheer panels or even heavier drapes for a look that has some dimension. Alas, roman shades made of organic cotton or other eco-friendly textiles are either hard to come by or prohibitively expensive. So even though these window treatments aren’t exactly what I was looking for, I am overjoyed to have found these Park B. Smith Eco Astor Recycled Cotton Magic Blinds.
They aren’t roman shades, but the look is pretty close. There is, of course, the fact that they require a curtain rod, which would make it hard to layer window treatments. However, they are still a great option for the price. They are available in two sizes: 30 x 72 and 40 x 72. This would be an issue if we were dealing with roman shades, as they have to fit your window size exactly to avoid problems during installation. These have the pleated look of a roman shade, but hang on a rod, so there’s more leeway in terms of window size. They are also available in four colors, including denim.
While you may not be able to layer these on a single window without using multiple rods, you can use them on one or two windows in a room with multiple windows, using drapes or curtains on the rest. Varying your window treatments like this in a single room will add dimension and interest. These particular blinds would pair really well with the Eco Astor Recycled Cotton Tab-Top Curtains I featured a few months ago.
On that post, reader and fellow green blogger Skye Kilaen of Crafting a Green World made the excellent point that, from a sustainability perspective, recycled fabrics are even better than brand new organic fabric. If your issue is chemical sensitivity, I would stick with organics, but if you are choosing sustainably-made materials because you are concerned about the Earth, recycled fabrics are a great option.
Why It’s Green:
- Made of recycled cotton
Price: $49.99-59.99 (aff)