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Reduce Re-use Repurpose: Go Green with these Simple Décor Tips

Elkins Woman Repurposing Metal Cans for Planters on her DeskPutting decorations on an Andover rental home is one way of incorporating your personality into your home. But if creating an eco-friendly home is crucial, you may not be so sure about where to get home décors and everything else that can both adorn your house and reduce your carbon footprint altogether. The good news is that it is not only possible but easy to “go green” with your décor. By reducing waste and reusing or repurposing non-recyclable items, you can create a unique look for your home and still be part of the solution for a greener earth.

Usually, the first place to spot eco-friendly décor is to invest in pre-owned or vintage items. Thrift shops, eBay, and the likes present a way to repurpose existing furniture and home décor items into pieces that match your unique style. There are lots of exciting ways to upcycle old furniture and old junk to new treasures for your house.

Plus, you can pile up savings by procuring pre-owned items and repurposing them without the help of others. Just be sure with the right tools and know-how before embarking on any upcycling project. Otherwise, consider opting for repurposed furniture from experts. Stores like Etsy have brought handmade items closer to us, and we can likewise purchase directly from artists with our same values. While handmade items may cost more, those prices reflect an investment in a greener future for everyone.

An extra eco-friendly home décor strategy would be to buy items crafted out of natural, organic elements. If available, choose items made out of sustainable wood and bamboo, much rather those that have no chemical finishes. Carpet, in particular, is full of chemicals and pollutants that not only harm the planet during the manufacturing process but that get released into the air in your home as well. To be eco-friendlier, opt for hardwood flooring instead. Though the cost of installation may be higher, real wood floors last longer than carpet does. Plus, when the time does come to remove it, the old wood planks can be reused to construct stuff instead of polluting the soil in a landfill.

The smartest way to shrink your home’s carbon footprint is to go plastic-free in your décor. While plastic is convenient, there are lots of other materials out there that are more eco-friendly. Moreover, single-use plastics have become a huge concern since a good amount of what is tossed into recycling bins isn’t actually recyclable. Opt for glass, tins, or other containers that can be reused over and over again. With a bit of imagination and dedication, you could create some truly stunning home décor items without needing to rely on non-biodegradable plastics.

If you like to go really green, include houseplants in your decorating plans. Indoor plants invite feelings of happiness and peace and can help freshen the air in your home. A multitude of houseplants as well are multipurpose, such as succulents like aloe vera and herbs. Both of them can be exploited for medicinal and food purposes, and also still give all the effects that any other houseplant brings to the table.

Finally, don’t forget that if you are buying items to replace things you already have, protect the planet by listing your old items for sale or by giving them to a friend or local charity. Before you discard household décor items and furniture, think of other approaches where you could reuse or repurpose it instead. If you lack the knowledge of these kinds of work, better find someone willing to score the materials as is. Being eco-friendly with your home décor might take a little extra time and effort, but in the end, it will all be worth it.

Because here at Real Property Management First Choice, we will not rest until we can find the perfect rental home to personalize and make your own. Contact us online or give us a call at 479-242-0791 now!

 

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