It is becoming increasingly obvious that our daily behaviour has a direct negative impact on the environment. For example, using plastic bags for groceries, drinking iced coffee through a plastic straw, or purchasing new clothes from a fast fashion store largely contribute to air, water, and land pollution. As a society, we have developed hundreds of habits that are disastrous to the environment. The good news is that many of us are actively attempting to change our actions towards more sustainable living and, if you landed on this article, you are most likely trying to do exactly that. We are happy to assist. Check out our top 7 tips for creating a green interior design in your home.
1. Fix or recycle old items
Before you go on a shopping spree for new furniture, closely inspect your old items. There is a good chance that at least some of it can be either fixed or recycled. For example, applying a fresh coat of paint to your kitchen cabinets can do miracles for your kitchen. You can reupholster dining room chairs, sand down and restore an old wooden table, and replace broken handles. There are also dozens of ways to upcycle your furniture. Turn an old door into a stunning one-of-a-kind table or a dresser into a bench with smart storage for your hallway.
2. Reduce your energy consumption
According to research, 40% of the total world energy is currently consumed by buildings. Most of it goes towards HVAC and lighting systems. Fossil fuels – be it gas, coal, or oil – remain a dominant source of energy. In 2015 it comprised 80.71% of energy consumption in the UK, for example. However, for many of us, taking our houses off the grid and switching to sustainable energy sources is not an option. That’s why the second best thing you can do is reduce your energy consumption. There are several ways to do that:
- Make sure your home is well insulated: doors, windows, attic, floors, and walls;
- Purchase energy-efficient appliances;
- Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs;
- Place your working station closer to windows to take advantage of nat