For homeowners who pride themselves on living sustainably or are simply becoming more aware of the impact of their actions on the environment, there are plenty of ways eco-friendly products can be incorporated into interior schemes, as well as sustainable swaps that can be made in home improvement projects.
As a nation, Brits are undoubtedly making a conscious effort to minimise our impact on the environment – from making lifestyle changes in order to cut down on single use plastics to buying more ethically.
Giving a little thought to how we live in our homes and how we can make 'greener' or more socially responsible choices when it comes to home improvements can also help to make a big difference to the future of our planet. With all that in mind, here are five simple ways to start...
Consider upcycling There are no limits to what can be created by upcycling. Not only is it cost-effective, but anyone can give it a go, with no previous skills required. Reducing household furniture waste that can’t be recycled by upcycling and giving it a brand new look is a simple way to begin to live sustainably.
Go toxic-free Lots of household products contain large amounts of toxins and gases. Switching to eco-friendly cleaning brands for a toxin-free deep clean is a quick and easy way to instantly reduce your carbon footprint. Air fresheners and aerosols are also harmful to the atmosphere, so try an alternative such as a charcoal air purifier or a natural spray. You can also buy paints that contain low or zero (volatile organic compounds), or non-toxic paints.
A recent study found that having a leafy plant in your house can help to absorb harmful volatile organic compounds, one of the main categories of pollutant gases. The most effective is the bromeliad plant, which removes over 80 per cent of toxins in the air, and also makes a beautiful home accessory.
Choose natural materials Incorporating sustainably-sourced eco-materials into your home is a great way to modernise with a conscience. As well as looking to incorporate wood into your home, materials such as cork, bamboo and recycled glass are sustainable and durable materials, which make great options for flooring or kitchen countertops.
Incorporating natural textiles into your styling, such as wool or hemp, can create a relaxed and cosy feel to a room, while also being eco-friendly.
Pick energy-efficient windows If you love the idea of living a more sustainable life and reducing your carbon footprint, don’t forget to look beyond interior design.
Installing energy-efficient windows will not only transform the look of your property and dial up the kerb appeal, but it is also a sure-fire way to minimise energy consumption and keep your home warmer, quieter and safer.
Full career held working within the fenestration industry for Anglian Home Improvements, initially starting on a Graduate Management Scheme working across multiple departments to obtain a full working knowledge of the company and its surrounding market before sepcialising in product development. His role now focuses on Anglian’s core product range, which includes PVC-u Products and Composite Doors.