6 Sustainable Ways To Decorate Your Home

If you’re moving to a new place, creating beautiful Pinterest decor boards, or maybe just inspired to re-decorate your space, you could potentially be purchasing items that might not be as eco friendly as you think. Decorating your home can be a great way to live more sustainable or on the contrary, cause a lot of health problems to you and your family. We’ve gathered up a few ideas that can help you live a more sustainable lifestyle around your home.

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1. Buy thrifted furniture

Yes, thrifting is not just for clothing, you can find many cool items at second hand stores. A lot of retro inspired designs are coming back in style, so you can get that trendy mid century look for way less than modern furniture stores. Not only are you helping the planet by giving a new life to an old item but you’re also saving some hard earned cash. If the furniture is not looking 100% don’t be afraid to restore it by giving it a new paint job, it will be worth it.

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2. Skip the air fresheners

If you’re still using plug-in air fresheners to get rid of scents in your home, then you might want to switch to soy candles. These types of air fresheners are full of phthalates, which are known to be disruptive to the body. Soy candles burn clean and are usually made with essential oils so you can feel good about giving your home a fresh new scent. Oh, and plug-ins aren’t the only culprit, so are aerosols, artificially scented candles, air disinfectants and other air fresheners. Plus, there's plenty of ways to get rid of smoke odors!

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3. Bring the green indoors

Plants are an effective and stylish way to purify the air in your home. NASA swears by the snake plant to remove toxins from the air like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and benzene. Plus, this plant thrives on neglect so you don’t have to feel like it’s a big commitment. How do these toxins even make it to our home? They can enter through simple things like paint, paper towels, dyes, detergents and smoke. Now you know, not only do plants look great indoors, they are also good for our health.

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4. Small decor, big impact

When you feel like adding funky accents to bookshelves and tabletops stop and think about what material it’s made of. A lot of them could be plastic decor items that are more harmful than stylish. Look for materials like steel, ceramic or glass to keep the decor around your home more sustainable. Terracotta pots and ceramic bowls look a lot better than their plastic alternatives and are a better option.

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5. Use Natural Textiles

If you didn’t know, a lot of home and clothing items are made with fabrics like polyester and nylon which are made from petrochemicals. These won’t breakdown when thrown away and end up creating pollution every time you wash them. When you’re in the hunt for a new rug or bedsheets read the label and make sure they are not made of these unsustainable fabrics, instead look for materials like linen, cotton or hemp. You’ll get a more high quality item that won’t hurt the planet.

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6. Reuse to reduce

Don’t throw away old jars, get creative instead! Repurposing items around the house can give your home a new unexpected look. For example, mason jars are a cute way to store your cotton balls or even make for a great minimalist flower vase. This requieres some imagination but, it can even be a fun hobby to do with your family and can also be an affordable way to decorate your kiddo’s room. They grow out of things so fast, don’t they?



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