There’s no doubt that incorporating sustainable design practices has taken the world by storm. Why not implement such practices in your home as well? Below are five practices for designing your home sustainably:
Utilize a Minimalist Design Mindset
When utilizing a minimalist design mindset you can easily decide whether or not you really need that new throw pillow from Target. Ask yourself questions like… Do I want or need this item? Where will I keep this item? How often will I use this item? Do I already own an item that I can repurpose to replace this item?
Repurpose Outdated Pieces
Did you know that approximately nine million tons of furniture go to landfills every year? Rather than adding to the already off-putting amount of furniture that finds its way to landfills each year, consider repurposing your old, worn-out pieces to fit another room in your home!
Be Energy Conscious
There are countless smart home technologies on the market today that make living sustainably easier than ever! Ditch your old thermostat for a smart one. Not only will the switch reduce your energy bill, but it will reduce your carbon footprint. Other smart home technologies to consider include smart power strips, smart lighting, and smart shower heads.
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Use Socially Responsible Materials
Reduce waste by using reclaimed and recycled materials in your home. Examples of sustainable materials include bamboo, natural stone, cork, reclaimed wood, glass, and recycled aluminum.
One of our favorite sustainable design choices is recycled wallcoverings. Newsworthy (W9042/01) by Weitzner is made out of 70% post consumer recycled newspaper.
According to EarthEasy, a sustainable-focused home brand, “Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, and according to the EPA, is considered one of the top five hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes.” Save yourself and the ones you love from harmful toxins by using non-toxic and non-polluting products in your home!