Greening your house does not need to be expensive or difficult. All that is required is a new awareness of where the products come from, and what they are made of. Here are a few very basic tips to consider: Origin:
Try as far as possible to buy local. The fact that products do not have to be transported over long distances reduces its carbon footprint. It also creates local jobs, and supports the burgeoning local design industry. Material/content:
Always be on the lookout for natural materials, preferably organic. Bamboo flooring is a good alternative to exotic hard woods, which may not come from sustainable sources, and has a larger carbon footprint. In our Travel & Décor space, PULSE only used a local, organic paint for the walls and floors.
In sourcing fabrics/linens, look for organic natural fabrics, or consider green alternatives to cotton like hemp or bamboo fabric. Re-use:
Consider re-using existing furniture pieces by painting it a vibrant colour, and re- upholstering it.