This is a guest post by Alexandria Winner from Ecoist |
Redecorating your home to reflect your style is exciting and fun. You can also use sustainable home decor to ensure that your new styling flair is green and economical.
In addition to buying sustainable zero waste stationery for your note writing and list needs, keep these sustainable ideas in mind as you redecorate:
Use Organic Materials
When you buy linens and towels, look for items that are made from natural, organic fabrics. Some of the best fibers you can buy for these products are hemp and bamboo. They could cost more than other products, but they will probably last longer too.
Use Natural Materials
Select home decor pieces made from wood or bamboo over plastics. You can find decor items that do not have chemical finishes, too. It is a good idea to avoid leather and use animal-friendly options for your furniture.
Select Handmade Items
Buy handmade items; it’s an affordable and sustainable way to decorate your home. You could spend more upfront, but handmade items tend to last longer than those made in a factory. Plus, when you buy from a small business craftsman, you are supporting someone’s business.
Look at Garage Sales and Thrift Stores
Thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales are good options to find home decor items at a low price. Plus, you are recycling items, which is the ultimate in sustainability. Sometimes you can find good deals on wood furniture or handcrafted items.
Do It Yourself
Try making some of your own home decor or furniture items. You can pick up low-cost or free pieces and make them into original pieces that speak to your home style.
Buy Non-Toxic Paints
If you want to paint some rooms, make sure you buy non-toxic paint. Or at least choose brands with low volatile organic compounds.
Try Soy Candles
Candles are a great way to add ambiance, but try to keep things non-toxic and green with soy candles. These are high-quality candles that do not emit dangerous toxins. Plus, they last longer than regular candles, so you will save in the long run.
Get Some Plants
Real plants are a good way to keep your rooms green. You can ask friends and families for cuttings of their plants to grow yours affordably. Try some bowls, pans, or old coffee pots for your planters.
Try these sustainable home decor tips the next time you want to redecorate for a unique look that is good for the environment.