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How Can Your Household Choices Impact Climate Change?

How Can Your Household Choices Impact Climate Change?

In strong belief to correspond to the client’s needs, most interior designers fail to remember their power to contribute to climate change during their work and projects instead of relinquishing that power in return for a smile on a customer’s face. However, it has come to a point where if radical precautions aren’t taken, within the next 10-12 years, our earth will heat beyond an issue in which returning from will be impossible. While leaving it at that with interior designers, we homeowners and regular people also have a burden to carry and an obligation to make things right in our department when it comes to home designing. In this article, we want to focus on ways one can contribute and positively impact climate change with the way they design and decorate their house. Minor changes or choices you make in renovating your private space can make a modest change from your end. From using the correct type of material/fabrics to leaning towards minimalism more, you will surely enjoy this read if you have been looking for ways to somehow include yourself in the battle for a healed environment and a healthier climate cycle.

 

Flooring 

When people hear the term eco-friendly flooring, they limit their imaginations to natural materials only; however, an entirely eco-friendly and ‘’green’’ flooring includes more than that. If you want your flooring to be utterly climate-friendly, it should hold the ability to be renewed, ability to be recycled, responsible manufacturing, transport distance, maintenance, and life cycle. Considering these factors, let’s now talk about the top 3 most durable and cost-effective flooring options we gathered for you and your green soul!  

  • Bamboo flooring

 

bamboo floor with a plant and a pouf

 

Being one of the fastest-growing plants with a harvest cycle of three to five years only, bamboo flooring is very renewable and scratch-resistant due to its hard texture.  

  • Hardwood flooring 

 

Hardwood floor with a table, a blanket, and a plant

 

Hardwood flooring is entirely biodegradable, can be practically recycled once its duration is over and can be used as fuel or other flooring alternatives. It is a natural product of the earth, offering you a completely organic feel under your feet. 

  •  Natural stone flooring

 

modern house interior with clear windows from floor to ceiling, bookshelf, couch and stone flooring

Stone is a timeless and organic product of the earth constantly being recreated by natural tectonic processes. It does not harm the environment and can be recycled into other flooring projects. However, the stone is quite heavy, so the transport impact on the environment for imported materials can be significant. 

Lift your focus onto the water 

We are becoming more aware of our clean water and its consumption and conservation of it. Draught seasons have increased, and water should be used more wisely than before. Why not carry this awareness to your household too? Opt for fixtures and appliances that conserve water. Examples of those can be low-flow faucet aerators, tankless water heaters or Energy Star rated washers. We have recently heard of a product that pauses your shower when the water is warm enough so that tons of hot water isn’t wasted in a single empty shower.  

Another brilliant way to consume water would be capturing rainwater on your property. Did you know that back in time, before homes barely had running clean water, households collected run-off in cisterns? Try to use collected rainwater to fill your water features, spray your gardens and make good use of the splash offered to you by mother nature directly! A rainwater harvesting system implemented in your backyard could make a more significant change than you ever anticipated.  

 

Graphic of rainwater harvesting technique

 

Use natural materials & go minimal 

Another helpful tip, which is out there, but we still like to point out to help you turn the environment in your home fully ‘’green’’, would be the use of organic, renewable materials in your furniture, accessories, or other decorative elements. Area rugs, poufs, pillows, beddings, or furniture… These can now be obtained in organic and natural materials for easygoing prices. You don’t need to spend a fortune to change the world anymore.  

100% cotton pillow covers:  

 

Hoogedijk Taupe Pillow Cover

 

 

Hoogeweg Taupe Pillow Cover

 

Jute & wood furniture pieces: 

 

Fudenberg Charcoal Furniture Piece

 

Huttschlag Dark Red Furniture Piece

 

Our final and impactful tip is to go minimal with your choices and with the space you have at home. Try to opt for tiny houses and if you already own a home, design it with minimal furniture and unnecessary objects. Keep your circle in your home small so that less is used in the making of it, transporting of it or in the beautification of it. Always keep in mind, ‘’less is more’’.  

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