Adding personality to your Carver County rental home is one of the first things a new tenant wants to do after moving in. However, if being eco-friendly is important to you, you might not be sure about where to get home décor ideas that can both improve your area and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. The good news is that it is easy to “go green” with your décor. By reducing waste and reusing or repurposing non-recyclable items, you can create a unique look for your home and still be part of the solution for a greener earth.
The first place to begin when searching for eco-friendly décor is to shop pre-owned or vintage. Thrift shops, eBay, and Esty offer a great way to purchase and repurpose existing furniture and home décor items. There’s are so many ways to upcycle old furniture and create new treasures for your home.
You can save a lot of money if you DIY your new treasures. Just make sure you have the right tools before embarking on your recycling adventure. If you don’t feel confident in your skills, you can always purchase from a local artist. While these handmade items may cost more, those prices reflect an investment in a greener future for everyone.
Another eco-friendly home décor strategy is to buy household items crafted out of natural, organic components. Whenever available, choose items made out of sustainable wood and bamboo, especially those that do not have chemical finishes. Carpet, in particular, is full of chemicals and pollutants that not only harm the planet during the manufacturing process but that get released into the air in your home as well. To be eco-friendlier, opt for hardwood flooring instead. As the cost of installation may be higher, real wood floors last longer than carpet does. Also, when the wood needs to be substituted, the old wood planks can be reused to make useful stuff instead of polluting the soil in a landfill.
The most successful way to shrink your home’s carbon footprint is to go plastic-free in picking your décor. Albeit plastic is convenient, there are a lot of other materials out there that are more eco-friendly. And also, single-use plastics are becoming the worst problem every day because most of the items in your recycle bin aren’t recyclable. Opt for glass, tins, or other containers that can be reused over and over again. With a little resourcefulness and creativity, you could create some truly stunning home décor items without needing to rely on non-biodegradable plastics.
If you’d interesting it taking it up a not, include houseplants in your decorating plans. Indoor plants are both aesthetic and functional as they help freshen the air in your home. Several houseplants are also multipurpose, such as succulents like aloe vera and herbs.
Don’t forget to recycle any items you’re replacing! Being eco-friendly with your home décor might take a little extra time and effort, but in the end, it will all be worth it.
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