This year, I think it’s safe to say we have all spent more time at home than ever before and you may have noticed how a nice home environment can really affect your mood. In fact, since the start of the pandemic, you have probably considered refreshing your home decor about a million times - I’m with you!
While we often think that sustainable home decor is not affordable, the truth is there are tons of ways to refresh your home decor sustainably, while on a budget. Ready to refresh your home consciously, while on a budget?
Here are 5 ways to make your home more eco-friendly!
Time to DIY
There’s no better way to ensure your home decor is ethical and sustainable than by making it yourself! There are many ways to reuse items you already have and to upcycle them into a useful home element. At Rachel, we love to reuse our used tights to transform them into something new. In fact, we know a few ways you can give a second life to your used tights and turn them into home decor. Curious? Start with our DIY that shows you how to create a macrame plant hanger with your old tights, HERE.
Become a plant mom
If you look out the window, things are a lot less green lately. That’s why now is a great time to add some greenery to your home. Plants help provide a healthy environment by improving air quality and by adding a little decorative touch to your home. If you received a pretty bouquet of flowers, you can also consider drying them to keep them forever. Just place your bouquet upside down, in the dark, for 2 weeks and you will have a great bouquet of dried flowers for your decor.
Both fashion and home brands need to do their part to protect the planet and fortunately many sustainable brands are now available so you can shop consciously. Among them, Maison Tess manufactures responsible household linens. Maison Tess sheets are soft and comfortable, and will honestly make it hard for you to want to leave your bed. Plus, they'll save you money in the long run, because better quality sheets last much longer. After all, no less than a third of our life is spent sleeping, so why not do it sustainably and in comfort! Moreover, you could also add a few pillows to your living room by opting for the pretty pillowcases from Maison Tess. The brand offers a beautiful collection in Fall colours.
Think about lighting
Keep lighting in mind and consider purchasing low-consumption LED bulbs for your home. LED bulbs consume 4 times less energy, while producing the same light intensity as a conventional bulb. Their lifespan is also much longer than that of other types of bulbs, making the purchase and replacement of an LED bulb less frequent. We could also tell you to just use candles, but let's not push the envelope too far!
Shop secondhand and local
If you want to buy eco-friendly items, don’t forget to consider shopping secondhand. Both online and in thrift stores, you can shop secondhand items that are budget-friendly. And why not head to local thrift stores? I am sure you will find some real treasures near you. Some artisans even offer to customize and spruce up old furniture, so you can have a 100 percent unique item.
How do you create a sustainable home?