Sustainable living is a lifestyle choice where individuals or a society, as a whole, choose to reduce the use of planet’s and one’s personal resources. A small switch made by altering lifestyle choices can reduce carbon footprint in the environment that is consistent with the earth’s finite resources. So, when it comes to taking the plunge of maintaining a natural balance by respecting earth’s natural ecology, it begins with a small step, a step that begins at home.
Your home décor should consist of sustainable strategies for a greener tomorrow. Here are eight sustainable home décor tips for a clean and green home:
We say this quite literally because there is no better accessory for a house than a corner full of fresh green plants. They provide oxygen, purify the air and are a much cheaper alternative to the expensive air purifiers available these days. Bring home an aura of bright greens, vibrant yellows or luscious pinks as you create a more sustainable home for your loved ones.
Opt for plants like devil’s ivy or spider plants that clean the air inside your home by absorbing harmful toxins. You can also choose flowering succulents, as they provide flowers and purify the air in the home with minimal care.
One of the single most harmful toxins for the environment, plastic, is a big no when doing up your home. Instead of using plastic furniture, use organic materials like wood, jute or bamboo. However, not all wood is sustainable. When buying wood furniture, ensure that it is sustainably sourced and FSC-certified. This ensures you are not supporting deforestation and unethical labour trade in the industry.
If you are passionate about making a lifestyle switch and curating a home with stellar pieces, choose vintage treasures. Not only are they eco-friendly, but well-maintained antique pieces also happen to have a high resale value. Clear up pieces from an ancestral home, give them a distressed polish, and voila, you have brand-new eco-friendly home decor.
Decorating a home is difficult especially when you are trying to get eco-friendly home décor. However, in the long run, these small alternatives can save you lots of money while cutting down on your carbon footprint at the same time.
Place beautiful carpets and rugs in your home to act as natural insulators for your house. Their luxurious appeal is sure to make your home feel cosier while cutting down on electricity bills during colder months.
Let There Be Light
The right amount of lighting can really make a difference when decorating a space. To maximise the use of earth’s bounty, opt for large windows that welcome the morning sunlight with grace. Not only will it brighten up the home using a sustainable resource but also fill your home with warm rays on a cold winter morning. This will reduce your consumption of electricity by using nature as a source to liven up rooms. Placing mirrors strategically in a room could also make your room appear brighter, shining bright, natural light in every corner of your home.
Take a look around your home. If you see any non-organic materials, synthetic fibres or toxic metal items around, replace them with natural ones. There’s nothing like the warm glow of an eco-friendly beeswax scented candle to create the perfect romantic ambience. Avoid burning toxic incense sticks or candles with metal wicks. Substitute plastic holders with bamboo racks, metal tabletops with organic materials like marble and stone for a greener house.
When opting for textiles for upholstery, use biodegradable fabrics like cotton, wool or jute to do up your home. They might seem expensive initially but are a great investment for both you and the environment.
Know Your Paints
Another great way to brighten up your home is to give the walls a tint of colour. However, paints often come laden with harmful ingredients like VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) that release toxins in the air. Evaporating at room temperature, these chemicals can be almost two to five times higher in a closed room than outdoors.
Such paints can cause health problems like headaches, irritation, and cancer among others. It is important you use only green-certified paints. Alternate these chemicals with pigmented water-based paint that protects the wellness of your family and supports a sustainable environment.
Unfortunately, VOC can also be found in wood polish, home cleaning products, and air fresheners. So, ensure you buy the right products to even clean your home.
Creating a green home might come at a price you might not be ready to shell out. This does not mean you do not have an alternative. Get creative with home DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects that let you make wonderful, useful items out of stuff you might have been ready to throw away!
Whether it’s upcycling a milk carton into a planter for your garden or creating DIY pieces of art for the living room, it will be something that transforms your house into a sustainable home.
If DIY is not your thing, try redecorating. Sometimes just a change in aesthetics can make all the difference. Move around old furniture, sort out pictures on the wall and make your home look brand new. This can save you a lot of money and unnecessary stress.
Support Local Crafts
Go local, go sustainable. Buying locally means you will support a local community and in turn, a workforce. You can boost someone’s livelihood by buying handcrafted furniture, artefacts or even clay pottery.
Shopping from local brands online that support a cause unite one-of-a-kind businesses and encourage local prosperity. Besides incorporating environment-friendly décor in your home, support a non-profit local business with a small set up and help reduce manufacturing pollution.
Decorating a home is a pretty exciting experience. It is a space that you can call your own by using pieces of décor that reflect your belief. But while doing so remember to respect the environment and build a green home with sustainable products. To shop brands that embrace sustainable home décor, check out Shoppers Stop online and choose items to make a beautiful green home. For more on creating a cosy corner in your home, read out the blog on Creative Ideas For A Cosy And Lively Reading Corner For Your Home.
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