Much of the firms are jumping on the trend of releasing alternative green products. However, doing your bit for the planet when decorating, doesn’t just come down to the types of products you buy.
The small things that you do in your home, i.e., green living, make all the difference.
Here is some creative thinking can help you spend less on your renovation and still do your bit for the environment.
1. Buy Second Hand
The simplest way of reducing your carbon output during a home interior renovation is by choosing only to purchase second-hand items.
The fame of the second-hand market is growing every year. You’ll find there’s much more to choose from for your decor by selecting the second-hand road.
When you no longer want an item, and it comes to throwing out that item, think whether you can make some extra cash from it to put towards your decorating budget. Hence, green living is light on your budget.
2. Let’s Upcycle
Many people assume you can only truly renovate your home by spending large amounts of money on new or second-hand items. This assumption isn’t always the right.
Upcycling has been in the trend in the past few years due to plentiful of DIY programs on green living available on television. In simple terms, it’s using what you already own and turning it into a much useful item.
Wooden furniture is the most frequent recipient of upcycling. You can smoothen down surfaces of wooden items and polish or paint on it to match the new decor. Some DIY-fans take things one step further by turning old items into entirely new objects. The only limit is your imagination.
3. Harvest Wood Responsibly
Deforestation is a persistent issue, with 18.7 million acres of forest destroyed per year, and the aftermath (including species devastation and carbon emissions).
If you want to buy new wooden furniture no matter what, choose products that are certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC is an independent organization that supports responsible forestry.
4. Thermal Curtains For The Win
Windows tend to be one of the primary points of heat loss in a standard home. Thermally cured curtains are multi-layered with insulation material that help trap the heat inside your house and reduce your bills in the process. Thus, making green living a cost-effective choice.
5. Choose The Right Paint
Giving your room or an item a fresh coat of paint is an easy and expensive way to upgrade your home. Until recently, all colors had volatile organic compounds (VOC) at high levels. These chemicals are harmful solutions that go into the atmosphere as the paint dries.
However, these lethal paints are now in the past. Manufacturers have thought up with a way of creating low-VOC colors that still provide the result we expect it to have. Finding these paints in your local store is easy they come with the ‘low-VOC’ label on every applicable tin.