Furbishing a Spring rental home is an easy way to add your personality to space. But if designing an eco-friendly home is the way you want to go; you may have a hard time finding home décor pieces and ideas that can both adorn your house and reduce your carbon footprint collectively. The good news is that it is not only possible but easy to “go green” with your décor. By reducing waste and reusing or repurposing non-recyclable items, you can create a unique look for your home and still be part of the solution for a greener earth.
Perhaps the first place to commence when shopping for eco-friendly décor is to take pre-owned or vintage items. Thrift shops, eBay, and other places provide a way to repurpose existing furniture and home décor items to suit your unique style. There is many fun and appealing ways to upcycle old furniture and even old junk to new treasures for your area.
Not to mention, you can spare money by obtaining pre-owned items and then repurposing them yourself. Never forget to have the right tools and know-how before embarking on any upcycling project. Alternatively, try buying repurposed furniture from somebody else. Stores like Etsy have brought handmade items right to our doorstep and made it a lot easier to purchase directly from artists with our same values. While handmade items may cost more, those prices reflect an investment in a greener future for everyone.
One other eco-friendly home décor strategy would be to buy items crafted out of natural, organic materials. If choice permits, choose items made out of sustainable wood and bamboo, and those without chemical finishes. Carpet, in particular, is full of chemicals and pollutants that not only harm the planet during the manufacturing process but that get released into the air in your home as well. To be eco-friendlier, opt for hardwood flooring instead. Albeit the cost of installation may be higher, real wood floors last longer than carpet does. Secondly, when the piece is worn out, the old wood planks can be reused to build other stuff instead of polluting the soil in a landfill.
A simple way to shrink your home’s carbon footprint is to go plastic-free in all areas of living and in your décor. Whilst plastic is convenient, there are a number of other materials out there that are more eco-friendly. And single-use plastics are polluting the earth since what is tossed into recycling bins isn’t actually recyclable. Opt for glass, tins, or other containers that can be reused over and over again. With a bit of artistry and commitment, you could create some truly stunning home décor items without needing to rely on non-biodegradable plastics.
If you are into plants and would want to go really green, include houseplants in your decorating plans. Indoor plants invite feelings of happiness and peace and can help freshen the air in your home. A plethora of houseplants is even multipurpose, such as succulents like aloe vera and herbs. They can be there for medicinal and food purposes, and they still present the advantages that any houseplant carries.
Finally, don’t forget that if you are buying items to replace things you already have, protect the planet by listing your old items for sale or by giving them to a friend or local charity. Do not throw out household décor items and furniture, look at other ways to reuse or repurpose these. If you are not handy with repurposing them, always remember to try to contact somebody who would have use for them. Being eco-friendly with your home décor might take a little extra time and effort, but in the end, it will all be worth it.
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