Doing our bit for the environment is becoming more and more essential, but sometimes it can be difficult to find ways to help out, especially with the hectic lives that most of us lead. Believe it or not, there are simple changes that can be made to our home interior that could mean we are considering the environment a little bit more in our daily lives. Here’s how you can make your home a little more eco-friendly.
Probably one of the most effective and easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint, buying things like furniture second hand can not only help the environment, it can also save you a bit of cash and give your home a quirky and unique feel. I’m not saying you should put a complete vintage twist on your décor because understandably, that isn’t to everyone’s taste. But buying a few things second-hand could be really worth your while. If you have a good root on the likes of Gumtree and EBay you might be surprised at some of the good quality second-hand items you can buy for a fraction of the price of that on the high street. Not only is it money in your back pocket, it’s also a home re-vamp that hasn’t done any damage to the planet.
Ditch the Carpet
If you want an environmentally-friendly solution to your home’s flooring, then avoiding putting down carpet should be your first step. Carpets are usually full of chemicals and pollutants it can be harmful to the environment right from when it is first manufactured and can continue to be harmful as it released toxins into your home. Once it has laid, even if it is of a good quality, it usually doesn’t last longer than ten years. Usually a preferred style choice by many anyway, wood flooring is a much safer and eco-friendly alternative and there are a vast range of types and styles to suit every home’s design. Stripping back your carpet and sanding down the wood underneath is a great way to ensure the wood you are using for your floor is real – the best way to help the environment.
Fresh Plants and Flowers
Not only do these look and smell great in the home, they also create an extremely healthy environment for you to live in – improving the air that you are breathing. You can also home grow things in the house, with the likes of mini lemon and apple trees and tomato plants…you don’t need to have a huge patch of land to home grow a little fruit and veg! Above all else, plants are also a huge mood enhancer, a great reason to dot them around your living space.
Re-think your Lighting
Regular, halogen bulbs use up a lot more energy than necessary and this not only means that they are harmful to the environment, they also run up your energy bills, meaning you’re facing big payments at the end of the month. LED alternatives today omit a brightness of equally great quality, but they use a lot less energy, meaning they are a great eco-friendly solution. Contrary to popular belief, you are not limited when it comes to LED lighting; there are plenty of colour/ brightness options and fitting styles available. Definitely worth making the switch.
Paint it Green
Ok, not literally – unless you love the colour of course. Choosing ‘green’ paints can have a massive impact on the health of your home environment, as well as your carbon foot print. Painting (if you do it yourself) can often be a cheap way of totally transforming a room or hallway but regular paints can emit all kinds of toxins and can even contain heavy metals, all of which are a no go when it comes to good health. Eco-friendly paints made from natural, raw materials will ensure your home not only looks great, but is also safe.