Make Your Home Greener This New Year
Decorating your home with the environment in mind can be quite challenging because we often assume that in an effort to be more Eco-friendly, we might sacrifice personal style. Going green gives you chance to explore more resources and to come up with something as creative .
Here are some things that you can do to help merge design and sustainability in your Sweet Home-
Use Bamboo instead of Timber for Flooring
Bamboo grass stalks can grow very rapidly, attaining full height in just 3-5 years. Compared to bamboo, a tree can take upwards of twenty years to reach full maturity, and be ready to harvest. This means that the materials used take far longer to regenerate.
Replace bulbs with CFL
By replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL can save 66% more energy.
Eco Friendly Furniture
Reclaimed wood: Lumber which is used for building materials for old factories and warehouse can be reused for making furniture.
Natural paints are the non-toxic paint , contains no VOCs ( volatile organic compounds ), and are made from natural ingredients such as water, vegetable oils, plant dyes, and natural minerals.
They are environmentally friendly - use renewable resources; are biodegradable, can even be composted.
Instead of chemicals & synthetic fragrances , opt for 100% essential oils and non-aerosol scents.
Energy- Efficient Windows
Energy saving windows, are designed to prevent your heated or cooled air escaping from your home. Their increased insulation reduces your home’s energy usage , bills and make your home more comfortable .
Produces oxygen whilst purifying the air and by absorbing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene. Additionally, Spider Plants are non-toxic and are in fact edible, making them safe for pets and young children.
Use soap Nuts
These are the berry of saponus bush. Completely natural and hypoallergenic , they can be used for washing laundry , and can be composted once they are no longer reusable.
Use homemade pesticides
Chopped tomato leaf spray or garlic oil spray can be used to keep bugs away.
Story source: huffingtonpost , sustainablebuild