Decorating your room can be a challenge, and it’s even harder when you’re unwilling to buy anything on the market that wasn’t made with the environment in mind. But don’t worry! That’s not a problem unique flowers like tulips and some handmade decorations can’t solve – if you’re using material already available to you, and if you’re taking most of your decorations from nature, you’ll be doing the environment a favor.
Keep in mind that if you have any decorative pieces made out of plastic or anything that you bought before you educated yourself about the environment and its current state, the best thing you can do now is to keep all of that stuff instead of throwing it away. Get as much use out of it as possible and then find a way to recycle it when it’s time is up. This is because whether you throw it away or keep it at home, it’s a piece of plastic that will exist forever – but while it may just be pollution outside of the house, it can serve you some purpose inside it.
If you still feel like your home needs some redecoration, keep reading!
1. Use Flowers and Natural Elements
There’s nothing as beloved as a natural theme when it comes to interior decoration. Flowers, plants, and twigs are some of the most common tools to use when people are trying to make a living space feel calm and pleasant.
Be careful though. Not all flowers are ethically sourced, and some of the bouquets you order might end up being imported. This means that not only were they grown in fields where excess use of pesticides and fertilizers is harming local water bodies and the people working there are being paid low wages, but that yoru new bouquets carry a huge carbon footprint because they were flown into your home country.
So yes, not all plants are ethically sourced, but you can always look into ethically sourced flowers, buy ones that are in season, and buy directly from the people growing them in your area and selling them at local farmer’s markets etc.
2. Vintage Furniture or Decor
Vintage items are definitely the way to go if you’re worried about the environment, and they’re one hell of a statement when it comes to the way your place looks.
It doesn’t have to be pricey furniture from the 1960’s, it can just be a couch or a table that you bought second hand instead of buying a new one – this way you save more material from ending up as trash.
3. Get In-door Plants
Plants are our best defense against pollution, and they’re probably the best thing for your home too. A lot of different indoor plants don’t make too much of a mess and even help keep your living room fresh.
There’s a plant to fit almost every aesthetic, from cheerful to “summer oasis”, and even some options that are great to bring some balance to an otherwise bright interior.
4. Use Non-toxic Wall Paint
Most wall paint emits chemicals that aren’t really good for the atmosphere, which is why eco-friendly paints are your best friends. This kind of paint isn’t even just friendly for the environment – it’ll be better for your nose too and not irritate any allergies you might already have.
The Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in regular wall paint aren’t just there when the paint is drying, which means they’re not really the best thing to paint the walls of your bedroom with.
5. Be Careful Where the Wood Comes From
If you do want new furniture, or if you want any additions made with wood in your home, make sure the wood comes from ethical sources and that you’re not contributing to deforestation. Look into the company you’re buying from, and how they get their hands on their building materials.
You can opt out of buying from big corporations and focus on getting your stuff designed from local artists and small businesses – in addition, you can ask about labor policies and to make sure that they pay their workers a living wage.