Eco-Friendly Options For Your Home

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Eco-Friendly Options For Your Home

A huge topic that has been on everyone’s minds for a while now is climate change and what we can do to help preserve the environment. With that in mind, it has never been easier to implement eco-friendly products into your home, helping you reduce your carbon footprint making the world a better place one item at a time.

One of the most effective ways to help with the environment is to re-use and recycle anywhere you can. Head to your local charity shop and see what treasures you may find. You might surprise yourself. Some shops have hidden gems, especially in more affluent areas. You can also check out eBay and Gumtree to see what people are selling and if there are any items that you can upcycle to look brand new and fit into your interior style. Sometimes an item with a story is worth more in the long run than something brand new. Complete the cycle by selling or donating the old furniture you are replacing.

When it comes to painting your home choose paint that is chemical-free or has low VOC (volatile organic compounds) content. These can release toxins into your home for years after the paint has been applied. Not only is it bad for the environment but it is also bad for you and your family breathing those chemicals. More and more paint companies are making paint with lower VOC, just look for “low-VOC” on the label.

Decorate your home with house plants. With the addition of certain house plants such as Boston Fern or Snake Plant, your home will feel fresh. House plants are natural humidifiers and soak up any harmful toxins and pollutants, purifying your air. You and your home will be better for it so why not add some to every room in the home.

Use as much natural light as you can. Having the right lighting in a home can make a huge difference to the feel of a room. If your homes foundation and support system allows, consider knocking out smaller windows to create one large window. Add double or even triple glazing to the windows to help keep the heat in during the winter, resulting in less need to use a heater, saving on electricity. Free your windows from heavy curtains or blinds blocking out the beautiful light from the outside. Consider our shutters. They keep privacy in the home while still letting in the natural light.

You can also use natural materials in many areas of the home. It goes beyond just furniture also. Avoid carpet and use real hardwood flooring. Carpet is often full of chemicals that pollute the environment from the manufactures but also in the home after installation. If you are wanting something soft on your feet, look for natural organic rugs and carpet made from natural materials like wool, or cotton rather than VOC-filled synthetics. Other items that you can have in the home that is made from natural materials are soaps and cleaning products, bedding and upholstery.

By implementing these few eco-friendly changes in your home will not only help with the environment but it will also help with the health and wellbeing of you and your family.

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