A Guide to Creating an Eco-Friendly Living Room
If you are like many others you are taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint. You use cloth shopping bags, turn the water off while brushing your teeth, and even recently purchased energy efficient appliances. So, if you are itching to redecorate your living room, you may be feeling a little torn over the decision. Sure, you want your space to have a makeover, but you cannot help but feel like you are disappointing Mother Nature with your decision. Well, you do not have to. You can redecorate without having a huge impact on the environment.
Donate and Recycle
The first thing you need to do is figure out what you are getting rid of and what you plan on keeping. The last thing you want to do is throw anything away that still has some life left. Furniture and home décor items can be donated. If you have time to plan a garage sale, this will make you some extra money to spend on new furniture. Of course, you can always give old stuff you don't need to friends or family who can use it.
Years ago, someone would have looked at you like you were crazy if you said you were buying eco-friendly furniture. Today, it is the latest trend. From certified sustainable wood to recycled glass to reused metal springs, finding eco-friendly furniture is not as challenging as you might think. Some manufacturers even use organic fabrics, natural glue, and latex foam.
You will never have a "green" living space if you are still burning wood in your fireplace. Ethanol fireplace burners allow you to transform that toxic, wood-burning fire into one that is eco-friendly. Ethanol fireplace burners are placed in the open space where the logs would usually go. You simply pour in fuel and ignite. There is no smoke, no toxins, and no mess. You can even buy logs and pebbles to make the display more natural looking.
You may be quite surprised at the selection of eco-friendly décor pieces you will find. Rugs made of sustainable jute fibers are very popular. They are recyclable, biodegradable, and free of synthetic dyes. You can buy recycled glass vases, blankets made from organic fabrics, rattan hanging pendant lights, recycled metal sculptures, soy candles, and so much more. You may even want to get crafty and turn something you have into something new so you are essentially recycling it.
- Brady Draper