5 Eco-friendly Ways to Furnish Your Home
From plastic bags to chemical products, eco-friendly is a big buzzword these days. But it’s not just about granola and organics. While there are a number of ways in which to go green, making this conscious decision also involves furnishing your home with more eco-friendly versions of things you’re already planning to buy.
So, if you want to do your bit for the planet and you’re planning to redecorate your home, here are 5 tips to help you significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
- Pre-loved Furniture
- Eco-friendly Materials
Antique furniture is an excellent choice, particularly if your home has an old-fashioned, classic aesthetic. Search for sofas, recliners, and other items in a local antique store, or go online to find a whole host of vintage furniture that will allow you to revamp your home without doing any damage to the planet.
Second-hand items can also be painted or refinished to match new décor and soft furnishings can be reupholstered when cushions get worn down or you want to change styles.
Many furniture products are considered bad for the earth because they use endangered or finite materials, or because their harvesting disrupts natural habitats. But not all of the world’s forests are at risk. Certain materials, such as bamboo, grow in a fraction of the time required to regrow an oak or gumwood forest. Other eco-friendly materials include:
- Plantation-Grown Wood
- FSC-Certified Wood
- Reclaimed Wood
Repainting a room is an easy and efficient way of completely changing the ambient. However, some paint products contain harmful VOC chemicals which are bad for both your family and the environment. High concentrations of VOCs can also be found in wallpaper glues, plastics, vinyls, PVC, foams and in carpet and flooring materials.
Try looking for water-based paints and glues that say no-VOC or low-VOC and find furniture producers that use low-VOC materials.
It’s never been trendier to incorporate plants into your home décor and with such beautiful options out there, your dream of turning your humble abode into a jungle oasis has never been easier.
However, plants do more than just brighten up your home. They also breathe in carbon dioxide and convert it to oxygen while soaking up a lot of harmful toxins and pollutants, purifying the air. So, for a simple and stylish way to boost your green credentials, add a houseplant or two to every room in your home.
One of the things that you’ll want to consider when making your home more eco-friendly is appliances and how energy efficient they are.
Refrigerators consume a lot of energy, so consider how many people are in your household to determine the size you need. Keep in mind that side-by-side refrigerators use almost 20% more energy.
These days, electric stoves can be fuelled by renewable power – if you have solar panels. However, if you don’t have solar power, gas is more inexpensive and efficient. Another option is a magnetic induction cooktop, which reduces the amount of heat that is wasted.
Also consider a convection oven as it better circulates heat and reduces the amount of time food needs to cook for. Ovens with self-cleaning features are often better insulated as well.
Replacing your lightbulbs with eco-friendly LEDs is also a good place to start if you don’t want to buy new appliances just yet.
If you’re furnishing a new house or renovating soon, choosing eco-friendly products doesn’t have to be difficult or cost much more. Our specialist décor consultants know which materials are sustainable and earth-friendly and we always keep up-to-date with new and inspiring ways to make your home eco-lovable. Or, why not visit our showroom in Kramerville, Sandton, for even more ideas on how to go green?
For more information on our full-service décor and design services, or to schedule a private consultation, call us on 011 262 5225. Visit our website at www.ddl.za.com to view some of our products, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.