There is no longer room for the excuse that going green is too much effort and too expensive, or that you have to compromise style in order to design in an eco-friendly manner. In fact, it is completely possible to have home decor that is both eco-friendly, affordable and looks fantastic as well. The tips below will open your eyes to a whole new world of interior design, that will help you save our world at the same time.
Environmentally Friendly Flooring
Begin the process by examining your flooring, particularly if you live in a house with wooden floors. You should be choosing materials that leave trees left standing, rather than torn down! Examples include cork flooring, which only makes use of the outer bark of trees, or bamboo flooring, which is made from sustainable bamboo plants. Other options you could consider include natural carpeting made from materials such as wool or coconut husk, as well as linoleum made from natural sources, such as various types of plant matter. Carefully selecting the good quality, yet environmentally sustainable materials you use for your floors is the first step towards having an eco-friendly home!
Know What Your Furniture Is Made Of
Next, you need to be particular about the type of furniture you are choosing for your house, and what materials the pieces are made from. Although DIY projects may be possible for small items, for larger ones such as sofas and tables, you will need to source for eco-friendly options. The good news is there are an increasing number of companies that provide furniture that is both chic, good quality and non-detrimental to the environment. Looking for items made of certified sustainable wood, bamboo, or recycled materials such as metal or plastic is a surefire to ensure you are investing in furniture that is green and natural. Another thing to keep an eye out for is low toxicity, as you should be purchasing furniture that does not possess toxic chemicals.
Generally, you can judge this based on the scent of new pieces, as chemically treated items tend to have a distinct smell about them. Opt instead for items with natural coverings such as organic cotton or linen.
Get To Work On Your Garden
When talking about being environmentally friendly, it is impossible to gloss over what mindful gardening can do to help the cause. Although bugs in your garden are traditionally thought of as pests and a nuisance, one interesting tip regarding eco-friendly techniques actually involves attracting them. It is a fact that while there are bugs that cause harms to plants, there are also those that do good. Attracting the right type of bugs into your garden, such as ladybugs and lacewings, can eliminate harmful ones such as aphids, which damage the surrounding natural environment.
In order to attract the “right” type of bugs, find out which flowers attract that particular insect and plant a bed of them. This achieves your goal and contributes to your garden decor simultaneously, beautifying your home. If your aim is to attract ladybirds, sunflowers and marigolds are the way to go!
Reuse As Much As Possible
When decorating your home, you may find items you no longer want. In this case, seriously consider donation as an alternative to throwing them away as trash. Although you may not directly see this as an eco-friendly tip, reusing materials cuts down on the natural resources used to make new ones, and therefore positively impacts the environment. Also, don’t give up on old pieces you may have, as with the right pieces of equipment you can fix them up to be as good as new, and either use them yourself or pass them along.
This is a two way street, and if you are looking for new items for your home, check out garage sales or items that your neighbours and friends are giving away. You’d be surprised by the hidden treasures you can find in someone else’s giveaways.
So with this newfound knowledge, you now have the information to make a start on reducing the negative impacts your lifestyle has on the environment. What better way to go green than to start with your home?