Friday, October 7, 2016

Stylish Sustainability: Creating An Environmmentally Friendly Home

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Reduce the demands on our eco-systems and do your bit for the planet by creating a stylish, sustainable home by using hip interior design methods. Eco warriors don’t all live in tents and eat carrots to see in the dark you know. There are other ways you can help the planet by practicing good ethics in the products you choose to decorate your home. Want to know more? Read on to find out how you can get elegantly ethical.

Light Up Your Life The Efficient Way

Daylight is obviously our most natural and sustainable source of lighting. If you are doing a full renovation of your home, think about making your windows larger, investing in a skylight and installing translucent panels that will let in the most light. Sunlight is our only free renewable resource. When you need to use light bulbs, always buy energy efficient bulbs and turn them off when you are not in the rooms. Energy efficient light bulbs use a lot less energy than incandescent bulbs and they last longer too. Solar tubes are also starting to be installed in roofs. These collect sunlight and send it through a reflective tube that runs through the rafters. The light is then sent through a diffuser installed in the ceiling which spreads natural light through your room.

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Go Green With Interior Design

If you want to go green inside your home, it’s worth considering ethical interior design options. Sustainable bamboo flooring is the best environmental choice for your home. Not only does it look chic and warm, but you’ll also be playing your part in reducing the destruction of rainforests. Bamboo matures and replenishes itself quickly, so it is known as a renewable wood source. Another option is to go for funky cork flooring. This is warm to the touch, soft on foot and the collection of cork is done without destroying a single tree. It’s not just for your wine bottles you know! You can also save landfill space by upcycling your old furniture or making a pact with yourself only to buy furniture made from reclaimed wood. Not only will your home be unique in design it will also look awesomely organic and add an industrial edge to your interior. And if you are buying new products always look for longevity and high quality that will last a lifetime. The less we put into the landfills, the more we save the earth. And always decorate your home with environmentally friendly non-toxic paint. If we all took these little steps, it would make one humongous difference to the world.     

Naturally Heat And Cool Your Home

There are also ways you can heat and cool your house to make it more sustainable. Invest in deciduous shade trees to cut down your summer cooling bills. And work those stylish plantation style shutters to full effect. Not a shutter girl? Then use soft drapes in chic colors to keep out the heat. And reduce your heating bills in the winter by making sure there are no air gaps in your windows and door frames. Burn beeswax candles for extra warmth and use draught excluders under doors. And get all Alpine-style cozy with spa-style bathrobes, wooly socks, and snazzy hot water bottles.

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

You can minimize your carbon footprint by growing your own food. Your carbon footprint is all about what you buy and how much energy is used to produce the things you want. So when buying food from a supermarket, there is wasted packaging and transportation costs and fuel to consider. By using your garden to grow your own tomatoes, potatoes, herbs and vegetables, you are taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint. And they taste bloomin’ delicious too.

xxo
Kim

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