The environmentally friendly way to furnish your home

If you want to be more environmentally friendly, one of the best ways you can do this is with your home decor.  If your home is due an upgrade, it could be a good time to plan to do it as sustainably as you can.  Below, I’ll give you some environmentally friendly ways to furnish your home so you can have peace of mind that you’re doing your bit for the environment and that your home is as healthy as possible. 

Use green building materials with your doors and windows 

A huge trend in environmentally friendly decor is using salvaged lumber and used aluminum recovered from demolished structures.  You can use these in door panels and window frames for example, but there are lots of other materials you can use.  Any way you can stop materials from going to waste or going to a landfill will help. 

industrial shelving desk

Reclaimed French oak desk and shelving unit

Choose furniture made from recycled materials

There are so many eco friendly options when it comes to your furniture.  There’s upcycled furniture, as well as furniture made from reclaimed materials.  Going for furniture that requires less processing and consumes fewer resources without degrading the quality is your best bet.  Take a look at some of my furniture where you’ll find both reclaimed material and sustainably sourced furniture.

Make sure your roofing materials are non toxic

There are so many durable yet eco friendly roof materials to choose from.  You can purchase recycled shingles made from things like rubber and plastic.  They help to reduce landfill waste, as well as last a long time. 

Look at eco friendly paint

Eco friendly paint that doesn’t contain toxic materials and heavy metals will be much better for your home and health in the long run.  Don’t just go to the store and buy the first color that you like.  Buying speciality paint that is healthy and good for the environment is a much better option. 

eco paint

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Go for an eco friendly flooring solution

There are so many flooring solutions that are environmentally friendly.  Materials such as cork, bamboo, linoleum, glass tiles, wool carpet and reclaimed hardwood are excellent flooring solutions – you can find all kinds of designs and they are far kinder to the environment.

Look for recycled items

When it comes to furniture or even accessories, look for recycled and even second hand items first.  You’ll find a number of high class up-cycling professionals in your area if you take the time to find them.  They can produce amazing pieces at very reasonable prices.  Be creative – you don’t want a lot of what you’re doing to take a toll on the environment.  You might even find some bargains. 

Industrial coffee table above

Recycled wooden coffee table

Work with environmentally conscious people

If you’re going to get help furnishing your home, make sure you look for people who care about the environment too.  Whether you look at using an interior designer or even part load removals, you should make sure that your impact is small and that you are on the same page.  You might think that it won’t make much of a difference, but it really does. 

Furnishing your home the environmentally friendly way means choosing your materials carefully, shopping second hand, upcycling, and being careful about who you work with. You don’t need brand new materials and toxic ingredients to make your home look great, so consider things carefully.

 

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