Are you trying to be a more ethical consumer? Your home decor is a fantastic way to put your eco-conscience to the test.
In this article, we’ll unpack some simple and sustainable ways you can approach your home decor next time you decide to switch things up. Read on as we take a deep dive into simple and sustainable home decor.
Stock up on houseplants
Houseplants are the ultimate green feature every household should have in abundance — the perfect way to breathe new life into your home, and ground our tech-centric lives with a little bit of nature.
Plants should be first on your shopping list when discussing sustainable home decor — their carbon footprint is small (much smaller than an outdoor garden), and they make your house greener while looking pretty in the process. Plus, they breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen — need we say more?
Well we’re going to, because we’re crazy about houseplants here at Just Another Magazine. From their air-purifying properties to elevating your overall mood, having a few plants around the place elevates your home in a number of ways.
And you don’t need to have a green thumb to look after the things either. Most of us want something durable, long-lasting and easy to look after. Here is our list of go-to houseplants:
- Japanese peace lily
- Fishbone cactus
- Blue star fern
- Mistletoe cactus
Although some people love to nurture a delicate plant, for most it’s more simple to get a shrub you don’t need to worry about overwatering or getting too cold. Plus, picking plants with long-lifespans rather than novelty plants that will die off quickly will help you to keep your hobby truly eco-friendly.
Invest in thermal curtains
Double glazing isn’t your only defence against the cold winter months. Thermal curtains are a cost-effective way to insulate your home and ward off the thermostat for a few more valuable weeks.
From new university students in shared accommodation to long-term house owners, we all know what a financial burden the central heating system can put on your monthly bills. But did you know reducing your energy bill also promotes sustainability? So this switch is as great for the planet as it is for your bank account.
Not sure where to start on your search for a thermal curtain? Check out the reviews for some well-known insulated curtains and blinds here.
Cosying up behind thermal curtains will protect you from the bleak winter chills — and help you do your bit for the environment at the same time.
Don’t shy away from DIY
DIY can feel intimidating — and from personal experience, it doesn’t always go to plan. But with that said, it remains a fantastic avenue to explore, particularly if you’re looking to give your home decor an eco-friendly spin.
From upcycling furniture to creating something new out of something old and decrepit, you can decorate your home and come out under budget. The value of DIY is endless, as long as you show a little creativity. But how does it help the environment?
Factories are churning out new flat packs every day; simply by taking the time to do yourself means you break the cycle (in your own individual way).
Plus, finding a new purpose for something you already own avoids contributing to another mountainous landfill. You can even choose to rescue something from the rubbish tip and earn bonus planet-saving points.
Use non-toxic paints
A fresh lick of paint can give your home a new lease of life. But there are many types of paint — and not all of them are very eco-friendly.
Some paint tins are mixed with a concoction of chemical and nasty compounds — harmful mixtures which can impact the world at large, but also affect your home’s air quality.
Nowadays, more sustainable paints are readily available from your local hardware store, so always check the label and look out for a greener way to paint before you get the brushes out.
Ideally, you should be looking for a tin labelled with low-VOC, which means the paint has been made with reduced volatile organic compounds — or in other words, the chemicals that make paint harmful to the environment.
Home decor can be simple and sustainable as long as you factor the environment into your decision-making process.
From establishing a do-it-yourself attitude to filling your home sky-high with your favourite plants, not only do these simple tips help out the planet — but they also improve living conditions for you and your loved ones.