It's Up To Our Generation To Make Interior Decor Sustainable

Many of us are getting really worried about the effect of our lifestyles on the environment. Having grown up listening to warnings from people like Al Gore, it’s our generation that is going to have to live through one of the most wrenching environmental changes ever wrought on planet Earth. With literally millions of lives in the balance according to some climate scientists, what part can we play in reducing the impact of our lifestyles on the wider world?

The good news is that there is actually a lot that individuals can do to reduce their impact. Over the last decade or so, the economics of energy and renewable materials has changed dramatically. It’s now often cheaper to go down the green route than it is to stick with traditional, fossil fuel-based products. So when it comes to interior decor, what can you do?

Use Plants Instead Of Decorations

As humans, we tend to stick with what we know. And what we know is that we have to decorate our living spaces with inanimate objects. But the problem is that many of those objects are manufactured using energy-intensive processes, and the materials for them were mined at the expense of the natural world.

A great solution is to ditch traditional objects, like ornaments and paintings, and replace them with plants. Not only are plants great for removing carbon from the atmosphere, but they also help eliminate toxins from the air in your home and make the air purer.

Use Natural Materials

Bamboo is being used to make all sorts of things these days, everything from eco friendly flooring to t-shirts. The reason for this is the natural properties of the bamboo plant itself. Not only does it grow incredibly fast, but it’s also one of the most sustainable ways to make materials for interior decoration. It requires very little fossil fuel input, which means that it is relatively clean. What’s more, bamboo farms are much less costly to the natural environment, thanks to the yields per hectare. Keep an eye out for bamboo interior products with which to adorn your home. They’re beautiful and long-lasting.

Stop Using VOC Paint

VOCs or volatile organic compounds are cancer-causing compounds found in many types of paint. These chemicals can leach out of the paint and into the groundwater, causing pollution that can last for up to a decade. The good news is that you don’t have to use this paint in your home. You can use low- or no-VOC paint instead which protects both you and the environment from compounds which can damage your health.

Swap Out Your Old Light Bulbs For LEDs

LEDs themselves aren’t particularly friendly to the environment. They are made from materials which are difficult to recycle. But thanks to their longevity and energy efficiency, they make sense for people trying to minimize their impact on the environment. LED technology is about 10 times more efficient than standard light technology. Almost all of the energy these bulbs use gets converted into light, whereas traditional bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy as heat. LEDs help to save the planet and save on bills.

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