We all know that functionality is a critical part of design, however, something we should talk more about it when it comes to home design, is sustainability. Well, what does that mean exactly? With the recent big push for environmentally friendlier products and alternatives, there are so many options for sustainable design, you may not know about. Here are three ways to incorporate “green” elements in your home’s design.
SHOP CONSIGNMENT & RE-PURPOSING
Ever heard of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”? Well, here is your opportunity to reuse! The easiest way to incorporate this into your home’s design is through shopping at consignment stores! Not only can you turn something used into a beautiful new piece, you are also supporting local businesses and helping to reduce waste and pollution by not buying new! A little paint or reupholstery can go a long way. With the way disposal furniture is being manufactured today, it just makes sense to buy right. Our team canvases the coast every quarter looking for the latest and greatest quality consignments stores.
A little greenery never hurt anybody, right? Well actually, fake plants can hurt more than we may think! While not everyone has a “green thumb”, it is important to keep in mind all those harmful plastics and synthetic materials that go into creating fake plants. Aside from the low-maintenance aspect fake plants can offer someone with a busy lifestyle, the cons far outweigh the pros. Fake plants collect lots of dust, can be difficult to properly clean, create additional environmental waste (they cannot be recycled after use) and are a health hazard for pets that like to chew on things. Not only can real plants help to clean your indoor air, they also create a much better Feng Shui in your space and can be composted if they die (so they will not end up in a landfill). You won’t find any fake plants in our design studio. This is such a simple change that can make a big difference in your home!
Regular paint contains harmful toxins. Most paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), toxic biocides, preservatives and chemical pigments. All of these can have a significant effect on the quality of your air. Not only does paint pollute indoor air but can pollute the air outside of your home as well.
What are alternatives to traditional interior paints? Milk paint and natural paints are made with natural materials and are petroleum-free. While they often contain VOCs derived from plants, natural paints do not off-gas the same harmful toxins as regular paints.
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