Jazzing up a Warwick rental home is one of the most convenient ways to put your personality to your home. If designing an eco-friendly home is paramount to you, you may have a hard time finding home décor items and concepts that can both improve your area and reduce your carbon footprint simultaneously. 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.
Ideally, the first place to go to when looking for eco-friendly décor is to acquire pre-owned or vintage items. Thrift shops, eBay, and others provide a way to repurpose existing furniture and home décor pieces to conform to your unique style. Available are lots of fascinating techniques to upcycle old furniture and even old junk into new treasures for your project.
Second of all, you can save a lot by choosing to buy pre-owned items then repurposing them yourself. Also, be sure you are familiar with the right tools and know-how before embarking on any upcycling project. On the flip side, try going for repurposed furniture done by others. Stores like Etsy have brought handmade items right to our fingers and allowed us 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 more eco-friendly home décor strategy is to buy items crafted out of natural, organic stuff. Whenever feasible, choose items made out of sustainable wood and bamboo, by preference those which do not have 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. Maybe the cost of installation may be higher, real wood floors last longer than carpet does. As well as this, when the wood floor has outdone its life, the old wood planks can be reused to assemble other things instead of polluting the soil in a landfill.
An efficient way to shrink your home’s carbon footprint would be to go plastic-free in all aspects, including décor. Even if the plastic is convenient, you can choose other materials out there that are more eco-friendly. Also, single-use plastics are causing problems every day because a lot of 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 little resourcefulness and commitment, you could create some truly stunning home décor items without needing to rely on non-biodegradable plastics.
If you are looking for a way 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 good number of houseplants are also multipurpose, such as succulents like aloe vera and herbs. The two can be useful for medicinal and food purposes, and both also offer all the great benefits that any houseplant bears.
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. Before throwing away household décor items and furniture, try to figure out ways that you could reuse or repurpose it instead. If you are not inclined to decor repurposing, try to find others that would want your old decor. 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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