Moving Towards Sustainability in the Home
Many homeowners understand the benefits of recycling plastic bottles and cans on a regular basis, but might not know how recycled materials can be repurposed in the home. Recycled home furnishing pieces can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, help preserve the environment, and add style and character to a space.
Take a look at some of the ways sustainable homeowners and renters today are minimizing their footprint with the help of recycled and sustainable materials
Natural Fiber and Bamboo Flooring
Flooring and carpeting is an essential part of any home, and there are more environmentally friendly choices than ever before to choose from. Bamboo is one sustainable option as it is able to fully grow within three to five years. In addition to being a great option due to how quickly it grows, bamboo flooring is durable and easy to maintain while being comparable in price to hardwood flooring. From a design perspective, bamboo flooring also adds personality to a space. It’s a great option for those who are looking to be more sustainable in the household.
Whether a homeowner prefers carpeting, or needs an area rug to cover up new bamboo flooring, they can now consider purchasing one made of natural materials like wool, seagrass, or sisal. Wool specifically is resistant to stains, resistant to fire, and holds in heat (ideal for cooler regions). Take a look at more information about wool and other materials here.
Most people don’t think about how their roof is built and the options to making it more sustainable by using earth-friendly materials. There are a variety of recycled roofing options ranging from biodegradable wood shingles to reclaimed clay or slate roofing. Standing-seam metal roofs are another option that are durable, light reflective and recyclable. All of these options are sturdy and long lasting.
Not only are homes being built with more sustainable materials, but people are also furnishing their space with pieces made from reclaimed wood and organic fabrics. More and more companies are making a commitment to the environment and pledging to make their products in a more positive way. Retailers like Arhaus Furniture guarantee their goods are made with sustainable materials not only for the environmental benefits, but also because they are healthier for the air in your home than furniture made from plastic or petroleum based materials. Furniture that is not certified organic, could be releasing VOCs (volatile organic compounds), that when inhaled over time, can have compounding health effects.
When shopping for furniture, people have more options than ever before of being more conscious of which brands to invest in, and can incorporate recycled and organic pieces throughout the home. To go along with being better for your health and the environment, these products are also on trend for interior design. Adding pieces like a dining or coffee table made from reclaimed wood can create a one-of-a-kind feel for the room. These tables from Arhaus are an example of products that will look chic, while also adding to the overall energy of a space.
If you have other ideas on how to make a home sustainable when it comes to home interiors and materials, we’d love to hear. Please comment below!
This is a guest post written by Molly Kay, a community coordinator, interior design specialist, and environmental warrior.