Table of Contents
1. Learning More About Plastics 01
2. Top 10 Materials For Your Sustainable Home 04
3. 10 Ways To Make Your Living Room More Sustainable 08
4. 11 Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Sustainable 11
5. 12 Ideas for a Sustainable Living 14
6. 9 Easy Interior Decoration Tips 18
7. 9 Tips to Achieve Your Zero Waste Target 22
8. Top 8 Lighting Tips 26
9. Top 9 Upcycling Home Decoration Tips 29
10. Top 8 Benefits of Plants 33
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When you can find recycled steel, it might cost a little more right now, but the fact that you’re using something again makes your home even more eco-friendly than if you just used new steel. Consider using something like a steel cargo container to build a house with.
When it comes to using fibers, sheep’s wool is very sustainable. Sheep are not harmed when they are sheared, and they can be sheared repeatedly throughout the life of the sheep.
Did you know that you can build a house with straw? Well, you can, and it usually costs about 10 to 15 percent less if you build it yourself. The labor is intense so that it can add to the building cost, but the cost to the environment is far less than traditional building.
This sustainable green product is durable, uses less water, and is a primary material used in most LEED-certified buildings today. But it will cost you a little more for your build due to the process it takes.
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You can expect to spend about 8 percent more using precast concrete.
Reclaimed or Recycled Wood
While this type of material is an excellent choice for your building needs, you will end up spending more on it than traditional wood choices. However, the overall cost isn’t that much more when you consider other benefits of using reclaimed or recycled wood, such as using something already made and giving it a new life.
You can build an amazing house with recycled cork blocks. Cork comes from trees, but if you can reuse it, then you’re doing something very sustainable. In fact, it’s already sustainable due to the way they harvest it. They can harvest one tree up to twenty times compared to one time if you use wood. Cork works excellent for floor tiles, insulation, and more.
Using hemp such as hempcrete is a very sustainable product to build with. Right now, you will spend more building your home using hemp, but it’s a fantastic building material that holds up and is environmentally friendly because hemp is carbon negative. As more people use it, it will get cheaper.
Soy protein makes an amazing fabric and amazing milk too. The great thing about this material is that it’s antibacterial, biodegradable, and it can be light and soft, which is great for curtains, blankets, and fabric coverings for your furniture. It is essential to source only organic soy products to ensure environmentally-friendly growing practices are used.
These materials, in addition to other natural materials like organic cotton, especially if it’s recycled, are all excellent choices for building or redesigning your sustainable home.
10 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR LIVING ROOM MORE SUSTAINABLE
Due to the issues the earth is having with climate change and the increase in pollution the world over, most people are trying to reuse, recycle, and repurpose when they can. Even when it comes to decorating, you’ll want to be as sustainable as possible to avoid adding more pollution to your environment.
1. Don’t Buy New Furniture – One of the most significant pollutants around in manufacturing is furniture and clothing. The chemicals used on the fabrics, the materials used, and more are almost always bad for the environment, except for some natural fibers (although you still can do better by buying used).
2. Buy Used Furniture Made from Natural Materials – When you start furniture shopping, look for good solid furniture made from natural materials that are easy to redo and repurpose.
3. Increase Natural Lighting – If you can, one way to save energy is to use as much natural lighting as possible. If that means adding a window to your living room or a skylight, you should strongly consider it.
4. Pay Attention to the Adhesives Used in Flooring – Many of the adhesives used in all types of flooring, even natural hemp fibers, use petroleum-based adhesives that are not environmentally friendly.
5. Use Natural Floor Covering – If you can avoid any unnatural fibers in the materials in your home, you’ll be much better off, especially when it comes to flooring. It’s nice to have carpet for kids but research the options to ensure it’s as natural as possible.
6. Consider Adding Solar Power to Your Home – Many communities are offering inexpensive solar options now. If you can get in early on the plans and add solar power to your home, you’ll be glad you did.
7. Use Zero or Low VOC Paint – When you paint, make sure that you use low VOC or no VOC paint. This is going to improve the air quality of your home immensely. Houses today are very tight, and it’s best not to introduce these chemicals at all as they will get trapped.
8. Create Activity Zones for Your Living Room – When you set up your living room décor, you can cut down on the need for lighting and cords if you zone the areas for a particular use.
9. Use Specialized Task Lighting – Once you create zones, consider how much lighting you’ll need, and other factors, you can add specialized task lighting to ensure that you can see well without having to light up the entire living room.Other Details
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