We are becoming more and more aware of the world around us, and there are a number of environmental issues that we are, quite rightly, hearing more and more of. For so many of us, nature is a really great source of inspiration, and being able to embrace aspects of it in our life and homes is really important. Renewable and sustainable can all feel like big scary words, but there is no need to worry about this kind of living. You just need to know a little more about it, to be able to really see the benefits.
Back to basics
If you’re not quite used to making changes in your life, then you need to start with some adjustments and start with the simple things. Think about adding in some greenery to your bedroom or living room, for example. It gives you a splash of green, something to care for, and purified air. It is a good idea to check what the best plants are for indoors, though. Another element to think about is that we can also easily clutter up our rooms with a lot of unnecessary items, so think about what could be reused or what could be donated or sold. If it stops someone else buying something brand new, then it can make a difference.
If you look through style blogs and magazines that you love, then you are likely to see some furniture that have some completely natural elements. Everything from wooden chairs, jute rugs, natural and eco-friendly fabrics, as well as other natural pieces can bring a room together in a natural and sustainable way. You could even think about getting something like solid wood flooring as a base for the decor in your home. Costs for natural furniture can be higher than other options, so look for vintage or retro pieces that are pre-loved, that you can upcycle and improve.
Recycle, reuse, and repair
If you are ever in doubt of what to do in your home, then it can be a good idea to use what you already have, but just see it in a different way. When you throw something out, and then get something new, you are adding to landfill, as well as meaning that more trees need to be cut down or more plastics created. These can all mean damage to the environment. Upcycling is taking something you already have, or buying secondhand, that can be improved. Whether it needs to be sanded down, reupholstered, or repainted, you can get something that looks like new, without it having to be new.
These kinds of projects are what helps to create a sustainable home, and can make sure that you have a home unlike any other, as it will be one that you have built yourself from scratch. Think about what you can repair or reuse, before it leaves the home for good, and then you will be doing your bit for the environment, and not throwing things out that don’t need to be.