Eco-friendly decorating tips

Decorating doesn’t need to involve chemicals, carbon emissions and waste, here are five sustainable and environmentally-friendly tips for making over your home.

Cheap, mass-produced furniture, chemicals, and paint all have a detrimental effect on the environment but are still widely used by homeowners and traders during DIY and restoration projects.

Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives out there that allow the environmentally-conscious among us to responsibly revamp their homes without harming the planet.

Here are five ways to reduce the negative effect that your next DIY project has on the environment.

VOCs

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are most commonly associated with paint but can also be emitted by a variety of other materials frequently used when decorating including adhesives, wallpaper and carpet.

Shop around and buy products that are labelled either free of VOCs or low-VOC to look after your health as well as the environment.

Buy Reclaimed

Lower your carbon footprint by buying everything that you can reclaimed. As well as furniture, it is also possible to buy many building materials like bricks, beams, and tiles reclaimed to save on materials and emissions produced by the manufacturing of new products.

Reclaimed furniture is also usually made using solid materials for durability and longevity.

Upcycle

With a bit of imagination and creativity it is possible to turn your existing furniture and materials into something new and exciting. Rather than seeing your old items as waste, see them as materials for creating something unique for your home.

Use natural and sustainable materials

When you do need to buy new items for your home, buy sustainably produced products made from natural materials. From furniture to textiles, shop around for ethical and environmentally-conscious brands and products to reduce your carbon footprint and eliminate toxic substances from your home.

Make energy-saving changes

When making changes to your home, always keep energy efficiency and thermal insulation in mind. Adding natural insulation to your roof and under your flooring will not only reduce your carbon footprint, it could also save you money on your energy bills. Adding thermally lined curtains to your windows and doors can also give your room a quick makeover whilst improving your home’s energy efficiency.