Living with the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year

Pantone colors of the year for the garden


Fresh, hopeful, and redolent of healthy, growing things, the 2017 Pantone color of the year is aptly called “Greenery”. The color institute’s hue #15-0343 symbolizes new beginnings and fresh starts – things a lot of us certainly need in the coming year.

Recalling springtime, the yellowish-green shade borrows from nature while paying homage to it. With Greenery at the forefront of the palette, a fresh approach to many aspects of one’s lifestyle – including interior design, architecture, gardening, and even wardrobe – is to be expected. Here are some predictions on how Greenery can positively influence your home and your life.


A refreshing backdrop for everyday living

Many interior designers are saying that the neutral, clinical palette of strictly white, grey, and black are over and done with. While those hues encourage calm and zen-like attitude in daily living, they don’t really allow room for expression. This year’s Pantone color adds a much-needed punch to liven up the drabness of a neutral interior decorating palette without saturating its minimalist appeal.

Greenery also has a revitalizing quality that you can draw strength from whenever you feel tired or overworked. Optometrists actually recommend gazing at something green as a break from staring too long at the computer screen or reading. So go ahead and add Greenery in your work area – be it a plant, a picture frame, drapes, or an accent piece – and let it rejuvenate you.


A reminder to reconnect with nature

flowers in the garden

Pantone has always been careful about choosing the color of the year, and its choices often become a subtle commentary on current social and political situations. Greenery serves as a symbol of hope in a time of climate change, as well as natural and political upheavals and economic uncertainty.

Like a new leaf pushing itself out of the soil against all odds, this color is a reminder of rebirth. It encourages nurturing growth and positive change in the new year. Greenery also echoes recent ecological consciousness, which includes recycling, gardening with a purpose, alternative housing and lifestyle choices, and a myriad of other green revolution trends in the past few years.


An exciting palette to mix and match

Mother Nature could well be the best designer on the planet, because she can make the most riotous blooms in every hue look great with an all-green backdrop. Take a leaf from her book (pun intended!) and liven up your wardrobe and interior design palette with color pairings that reflect your personality and moods. The Pantone website offers suggestions on which colors to pair with Greenery, for fashion, graphic design, visual arts, interior and exterior decorating, and just about any color application you can think of.


We need to buy recycled rubber!

Why we should buy recycled rubber products…

Come 2021, rubber tire usage is predicted to increase by approximately 60%. Add that projection to the current 200 million already lying around—with some 100,000 pieces being taken off automobiles on a daily basis and with only 35% of this getting recycled—and the number becomes even more staggering.

Now consider this: tires need decades to break down, and even then, they do not totally decompose. This, of course, poses numerous problems.

Problems such as:

Hazardous Emissions

Tire burning—a practice done in cement production, where at least 50% of recycled tires are used as replacement fuel—causes a 500% increase in dust particles and a tenfold increase in Sulphur dioxide. For environmental and health activists alike, these numbers ought to not be ignored.

Add up the toxins produced from tire decomposition alone, which have been found out to cause lead contamination in the soil, and the whole scenario of tires accumulating in vacant lots and whatnot becomes rather dreary.

Overcrowded Landfills

rubber tire pile

So far only 11 states have banned the dumping of tire waste in landfills. Rubber products still constitute at least 2% of total solid waste currently found in landfills at any given time. In 2007 alone, millions of tons of tires were dumped into already heavily clogged landfills. Space for other wastes is becoming more and more scarce.


Tires discarded poorly can cause water/moisture accumulation. This, in turn, could lead to infestation: mosquitoes, rodents, and other kinds of pests. The presence of these pests, as warned by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, could trigger vector-borne diseases—encephalitis being the most obvious.

Tires and rubber products in general are essential in this day and age; this statement cannot be refuted.

Another statement that cannot be refuted is this: indiscriminate tire accumulation is a problem that we all have to address. One way to do so is to patronize recycled rubber products. The dangers listed above should be enough of an argument for us consumers to do just that.