Human beings don't typically live in the branches of trees along with birds and squirrels, but there are still ways to make your home earth- friendly. Organizing, decorating and cleaning a house while regarding the natural environment will keep the process more focused, will teach your family how to treat the earth well, and will improve the health of everyone who lives in your home.
Of course, if you are just now building a home or moving into one, it will be easier to incorporate some green ideas into the household. But, if you've lived in one place for years, don't fret - it's still simple to begin some green habits. Approach your decor with love for the planet in mind and everyone wins.
With furnishings for your home, you can either do one of two things: furnish with second-hand pieces or earth-friendly options.
- If you're interested in second-hand furniture, hit up the local thrift stores or consignment shops and find whatever vintage pieces strike your fancy.
- New furniture is typically made out of what is called sustainable material. This means that the materials will not deplete any natural resources. These days, you can buy practically any piece of furniture in sustainable materials - sofas, tables, even mattresses for the bed. Large retailers such as Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel have sustainable options.
Don't buy a sustainable sofa unless you're going to dress it with green pillows. Pillows stuffed with natural fibers, such as cotton and goose down, are preferable for the environment and ensure better air quality.
A great place to obtain earth-friendly decor is at flea markets, farmer's markets and other places where local artisans display their craftsmanship. Try an original painting, or something made by a member of the community from wood or other natural materials. These are great opportunities to keep synthetic items out of the home environment.
Don't forget the appliances when you go green. Low-flush toilets, kitchen appliances that consume less energy and CFL or LED lights are all good options. In general, appliances that have the Energy Star approval are efficient choices.