Environment-Friendly Natural Window Blinds and Shades
In general parlance, Bamboo Blinds is the term used to indicate Natural Window Shades, and Blinds are crafted from bamboo, rattan, jute, sisal, hemp grass and reeds. These window treatments are striking in appearance, bringing home the innate splendor of Mother Nature, creating an atmosphere of ease, comfort, and universal beauty! Also termed as ‘Natural Blinds’, they possess an inherent Eco-friendly character that doesn’t have to be engineered and reinforced, as with other types of window shadings like the cellular or roller shades, and they’re naturally good insulators, which make them a practical choice, as well.
Natural window shades and blinds have been in use in Asia and Africa for decades longer than they have been in the West, both for indoor window covering and outdoor protection for windows, balconies, and patios. They are crafted to emulate regular window wood blinds with flat, round, narrow pencil and matchstick-like sections, or the reeds are woven together to imitate grassy sheets. Before the advent of fancy technology, these blinds were simply rolled up on a crude, but effective rope pulley system to let in more light and air. The weaving makes them permeable to air, and though the natural material is opaque, the nature of the weave makes the shades permeable to light; the permeability is given to the variations in thickness and tightness of the weave.
In the age of ‘sustainability’, it would be practically the most sensible choice of window shades and blinds, in terms of versatility and functionality, though for use in areas that don’t experience sub-zero temperatures, in which case a dual shading system/ multiple paned windows/ thermal lining is recommended to supplement its insulation shortfall. Today, these shades are extensively used in areas that experience coastal, Mediterranean, and arid climates, as they lend harmonious elegance and coolness to interiors, residential and commercial alike. They can achieve good insulation properties if they are lined to reduce the permeability of cold air at temperatures, not below 2-4 degrees centigrade. For temperatures below 0-degree centigrade like wood blinds Canada, they need thermal lining and need to be hung on double or triple pane windows that receive the winter sun.
In warm climates, natural shades are effective in blocking up to 65% of the heat if installed in the window recess, very close to the window pane. This principle would serve to lock in the heat during winter months as well, while allowing filtered light through and deflecting the sun’s glare, making for a comfortable TV or computer screen viewing. No matter what the weather of the area you live in, natural shades are practical, eco-friendly cooling solutions. They are also extremely durable – in India, Japan, and China, bamboo blinds are used for years together with absolutely no wear and tear, and as they blend with any environment and decor, the need to change window treatments often is moot. With technology boosts in the manufacture, these natural blinds or shades are heat treated and processed to prevent shrinking, warping and rotting.
Made from entirely renewable sources like bamboo, hessian, sisal, and grass, with little or no environmental hazards posed in their manufacture, bamboo blinds or natural shades are uniquely versatile to use. With sustainable buildings being credited with en-cash-able carbon points in terms of ‘low emitting’ and ‘energy efficiency’, bamboo blinds are a user-friendly choice, as they are made from organically cultivated crop, so they help improve indoor air quality by nullifying toxic chemicals (hazardous to children and pets) released into the air (off-gassing) over time by furniture and flooring.
Explore the Different Styles of Natural Window Blinds and Shades
Natural shades are crafted in the beautiful and elegant Roman shade style that allows the shade to pleat into neat flat folds when lifted. They come equipped with a variety of controls you can choose from – from the traditional cord lifts and the child-friendly continuous-loop lifts to the endlessly energy-efficient motorized controls. All the manual lift systems come with cord cleats to keep dangling cord secured and out of the way, and hold down brackets for the bottom edges of the shades. All shades come outfitted with an elegant 6” valance for a stylized, finished look. One could also opt for the top-down, bottom-up control option for better light and privacy control.
Zebrablinds carry a host of Natural sheer, light filtering shades, and room darkening shades that can be customized to your windows (including bay, corner and angled windows) in terms of how much of sun they receive, their shape and size, and the room they’re located in. Though crafted with precision, natural shades have unique features that don’t allow them to conform to perfection – the material is innately asymmetrical, so variations in shape texture and color are a given; they are naturally elastic, so you could expect some stretching to occur over time, and natural colors will mellow and change with aging – but rest assured that these features are not considered as ‘defects’ – rather, they add to the aesthetic quality of the shades.
Natural shades come in an endless variety of natural colors – whites and any shade of brown that you could imagine, with matching privacy and room darkening liners for insulation and light control.
These blinds are also very low maintenance in nature – simply vacuum them with the fabric brush option; they can be wiped down with a damp cloth; they can be aired outdoors by hanging them on clotheslines; they can also dunk in a tub of water and drip-dried.
Having evaluated the features and benefits of bamboo window blinds, I would think twice before considering any other type of shade, even given that their insulation efficiency is low in extremely cold countries, as I could team them with another treatment such as window films, cellular shades, or lined drapery.