From solar panels to water-conserving technology, the “going green movement” has a tremendous impact to our society’s health and well-being.
Long time ago, people thought that it’s not easy and expensive being green, but with various information and promotion about being environmentally-friendly these days, without a doubt, it is easy going green; at least it is at our own abode.
Here’s how we can make our homes help the environment and be a symbol of environmental awareness by following these fresh eco-friendly tips in decorating your homes.
Use Eco-friendly Fabrics
Long time ago, fabrics were built to last. Nowadays, commercial fabrics are cheap and the easy to dispose because of the fast-pace change in trends and style. Products with self-proclaimed eco-friendly fabrics don’t necessarily mean its good-to-go. Sustainable fabrics means you are aware where it came from, who made it, and what kind of process did it go through, making it worthy to be labeled as eco-friendly.
There are many types of fabrics available in the market, but do we really know which of those are helping the environment?
Three of the most eco-friendly fabrics are organic cotton, silk and hemp. These three are certified to be made from organic materials. However, the way it’s processed could make a difference. Try to buy organic cotton that has a shade of cream, pale green and light brown because it is most likely grown naturally. Silk fabrics came from silk worms which are naturally grown to produce silk. Just make sure research the silk fabrics you buy are dyed naturally. Hemp is deemed to be the most eco-friendly of all since it doesn’t need chemicals to grow and the fabrics made from it are durable, strong and delicate. If in doubt, ask the experts for help and advice.
Adorn Eco-friendly Furniture
Decorating our homes isn’t complete without the furniture. Stylish and eco-friendly furnishings are now introduced in most of home-product depots as great decor alternatives, allowing homeowners to go green.
In choosing eco-friendly furniture, it is important to know where they came from. Your coffee tables and dining furniture, for example, should be made from reclaimed woods, and renewable resources, such as rattan or bamboo. When choosing sofas or chairs with cushion, it would be best to select those with soy-based foams. Lastly, when choosing the right kind of eco-friendly furnishings, make it habit to select those with formaldehyde-free lacquers and VOC-free glues.
Print Your Own Messages Onto Things to Personalize
Didn’t you know that those unused stuff in your garage can be reused to have a new purpose in life? Sounds funny, but it is possible!
If you still have your alphabets that stick on your fridge or perhaps your pile of unused colored papers in your junior high, recycle them, and make use of it. In order to properly segregate your garbage you might readily think to buy stickers available in some shops that say “Biodegradable” and “Non-biodegradable” to stick on your bins. But the thing is, you can actually make a label on your own by using leftover materials on your home. There are also eco friendly printing companies out there who can help you with inspiration or even do the printing for you.
The mantra is to reuse every bit of unused materials available in your home. This one way to save some money, and most importantly to help minimize the waste we produce each day.
The color green is a symbol for fresh and new beginnings and is commonly associated with our health. Going green may be a tough challenge at first, but little adjustments each day can definitely make a big difference. And, the best way to start this advocacy is at your own home sweet home.