The recent Paris Climate Change Conference put the issue of eco-consciousness front and center. The aim was to get world governments to come together and commit to decreasing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are threatening the entire planet.
What started as a small movement not long age has now become a worldwide cause. The scientific research, melting icecaps and intensified weather conditions are prompting more individuals to do their part to live a greener lifestyle. And there’s no better place to start than inside the home.
One area that is a top priority for consumers is cleaner, greener power. The energy conscious experts have seen an increase in customer demand for green electricity plans. Company officials note that residential customers like knowing that their electricity is generated by renewable energy such as using wind and solar sources instead of fossil fuels.
Switching to a green energy plan is an excellent start, but don’t stop there. Each choice we make as consumers has a ripple effect that impacts our world as a whole. You can continue to minimize your eco footprint by choosing to decorate with eco-friendly home accessories. It’s responsible and fashionable!
Create an Eco Friendly Table Display With Flora, Fauna & Fruit
Few things are as beautiful and eco-friendly as a bouquet of flowers. They can instantly transform a standard table setting into a centerpiece that attracts attention. Greenery and fresh fruit can also be added to bring in seasonal elements. By selecting flora, fauna and fruit that are locally grown and seasonal you’ll be able to minimize the overall eco impact of your table accessories without compromising on style.
Add Indoor Plants
Another option for natural decor is to add indoor plants around your home. Not only will you be surrounded by beautiful greenery, but you’ll also get the benefit of natural air purification. NASA studies have shown that indoor plants are highly effective at removing airborne toxins. Instead of creating pollution your natural décor will help clean it up.
Choose Responsible Wood Décor
Paint Color is “Benjamin Moore Calm OC-22”.
Wood is one of the most popular materials for interior décor. From picture frames to flooring to furniture, wood is a great option as long as you choose wisely. Reclaimed wood is one of the best options since you’re essentially recycling a material that would otherwise end up in a landfill. In recent years reclaimed wood has enjoyed an en vogue moment as eco-conscious consumers find creative ways to make one-of-a-kind pieces.
Another excellent wood selection is bamboo. In its natural form bamboo provides an eco-friendly option because it can be grown without pesticides and grows much faster than other types of wood.
Use Wool for Throws and Pillows
Unlike synthetic materials and even bamboo textiles, wool is a natural fiber that has become a super trendy in the world of eco-friendly décor. For hundreds of years people have shorn sheep and goats of their luxuriously soft hair to create clothing, blankets and throws that are lightweight yet hold heat well. Go completely green by selecting wool home accessories that have been naturally dyed.
Add Intrigue With Estate Sale and Garage Sale Finds
The fewer new items you purchase for your home décor the greener it will be. There are so many eco-friendly advantages to decorating with used items: they aren’t packaged, don’t have to be shipped and you keep them out of the landfill. Instead of heading to the nearest mall for your home décor hit up nearby estate sales and garage sales on the weekend.
Classic materials like glass, metal and wicker are always in style, and the quality of vintage pieces is sometimes even better than new. With a bit of creativity and no-VOC paint, old metal and wood furniture can be given a modern update that’s chic and eco-friendly. Artwork is another estate sale find that can be just as attractive as anything you’ll find in a big box store.
Going green is a lifestyle that is built one choice at a time. By making conscious decisions you can create eco-friendly home décor with accessories that don’t sacrifice style.
Sources: 1: Bruce Clodfelter and Associates. 2, 3 & 4: Andrew Howard Interior Design. 5: Jamie Herzlinger. 6: Penelope Daborn Ltd.
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