Most of us love browsing through online catalogues, to revamp our homes and to pick up little knick knacks that add character. However, these ‘nice’ things often come at an adverse environmental cost that we aren’t aware of.
Here are a few ways to make your home pretty without hurting the environment:
1. Buy pre-owned furniture:
A lot of pre-owned furniture is usually in great shape. You might also find something special that you haven’t seen in a showroom or some vintage treasures! But if you have your heart set on making a certain design…
2. …Make sure you use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood
Wood that is FSC certified is a lot less harsh on the environment and economically more sustainable as compared to other wood varieties.
3. Use low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paint
A fresh coat of paint does wonders and brings a room back to life. But most paints contain VOCs that release toxic emissions, polluting the air and environment. Hence, make sure the next can of ‘forest-green’ paint you choose is actually green.
4. Add pretty plants
Indoor house-plants not only give your space a pop of colour but they’re great when it comes to filtering impure air. Green plants are also said to have a soothing effect on the eyes.
5. Avoid carpet
They might be soft and rich-looking but the process of manufacturing them sure isn’t. A great alternative to floor carpets is handmade bamboo mats or hand-woven wool carpets that have a more environment friendly process.
You might miss the joy of procuring something new and luxurious but in the long run, you will vouch for it. Every little step takes us closer to a sustainable future; a world that isn’t plagued by climate change. There’s no better time than now to start doing your bit.