When it comes to home owning, more and more people are opting for sustainable home solutions. From flooring to throw pillows, you can find fair trade natural materials that reduce your carbon footprint and make your home beautiful.
First let’s talk flooring. Flooring is something that can be with you and your home for years so making the right decision when choosing flooring is crucial. There are some great choices out there such as:
- Non-toxic bamboo flooring
- Cork flooring
- Natural stone tiles
Rugs and Carpeting Made of Natural Materials
Rugs and carpeting made from sisal, seagrass, coir, organic cotton, jute, organic wool and bamboo. These materials are biodegradable and don’t require a lot of fertilizer and pesticides to produce.
Lower Your Electric Bills and Save Energy
Installing energy efficient windows will not only keep you from burning those fossil fuels, but this upgrade can also save you money on your electric bills.
Switching to LED bulbs can also reduce electric bills and save energy. These bulbs produce a small amount of heat, do not emit UV or infrared rays, and operate well in cold temperatures.
What About Paint?
If you are looking to repaint an area in your home consider VOC-free paints. These are made with less chemicals. There are some durable low maintenance options out there today for you to choose from. Do a little research on which brands are truly VOC-free and not just “eco-friendly.”
Buy Used Not New
When it comes to creating a new look in your home look for neat treasures at antique stores, thrift stores, and garage sales. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint buying used decorative items is a great way to go. For a modern look mix and match these found items with some more up to date pieces. Your home will be one of a kind!