There's been a growing trend towards the use of Eco-friendly materials and home decorating practices in recent years. By incorporating sustainable decor into your home, you can rest assured knowing that you are contributing to a cleaner Earth.
Choose Soy Candles
Candles are a popular home decorating accessory, adding color and fragrant aromas to the surrounding environment. Most traditional wax candles, however, produce soot and toxins when burned. This is particularly true when speaking about scented wax candles, which are often ranked as one of the leading sources of air pollution in the home. A safer and more Eco-friendly choice is soy candles, which don't produce the same toxic soot as their wax counterpart.
Embrace Natural Sunlight
Natural sunlight is an excellent way to illuminate the home, all without relying on electrical lighting. When the sun comes out, pull back the curtains to allow sunlight to enter your home. You could even go one step further by installing a sunroof, although this requires a fair amount of time and resources.
Avoid Synthetic Materials
When possible, try to avoid using rugs, carpet, blankets or other home furnishings that contain synthetic materials. Nylon and similar synthetics are known to contain harmful gasses called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Over time, these VOCs are released into the air, contributing to asthma, respiratory and other problems. Natural materials like cotton and wool, on the other hand, do not produce these harmful VOCs.
Choose Bamboo Over Hardwood Furniture
Did you know that some furniture is made of bamboo? Some homeowners may turn their head at the thought of using bamboo furniture in the home, but it's actually a surprisingly efficient and effective material for this purpose. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing specimens in the plant kingdom, making it a renewable resources. It's also super strong and able to withstand significant pressure without breaking. So if you're stuck between choosing a bamboo over hardwood furniture, stick with the latter.
Install Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
What type of light bulbs do you currently use in your home? In the past, incandescent bulbs were the go-to choice by homeowners -- and they still are in some cases. However, incandescent bulbs are a poor choice for energy efficiency, as they consume more energy than some of the newer alternatives. If you want to embrace energy efficiency and reap the benefits of lower monthly utility bills, replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting (CFL).