The need to implement eco-friendly practices has never been more crucial. From reducing our carbon footprint to promoting sustainability, every small step we take towards a greener lifestyle makes a significant difference. One area where we can make a substantial impact is through eco-friendly decor in our homes and offices. While this may sound expensive and difficult, it’s really quite simple!
In this post, we’ll explore ten eco-friendly decor tips that not only improve the aesthetics of your space but also contribute positively to the environment.
Eco-Friendly Decor: The Benefits
Not convinced about going green yet? Let’s go over some of the benefits of adopting more eco-friendly design practices!
- 💨 Improved Indoor Air Quality – Many eco-friendly decor materials, such as low-VOC paints and natural fabrics, emit fewer harmful chemicals into the air. This leads to better indoor air quality, reducing the risk of respiratory issues and allergies for you and your family.
- 🔋 Lower Energy Consumption – Eco-friendly decor often includes energy-efficient appliances and design choices that make the most of natural light. This can result in reduced energy consumption, leading to lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint.
- 🌎 Reduced Impact – Eco-friendly furniture and decor uses sustainable materials and practices, which helps reduce the demand for new resources and minimizes the environmental footprint of your home. It promotes responsible sourcing and production methods that are kinder to the planet.
- ♻️ Promotion Of Sustainable Lifestyle – By choosing eco-friendly home decor, you’re actively participating in sustainable practices and supporting businesses that prioritize environmental responsibility. This promotes a broader shift towards sustainability in the design and manufacturing industries, benefiting society as a whole.
- 🖼️ Overall Aesthetics – Sustainable decor often has a timeless and unique aesthetic that can add character and charm to your home. Eco-friendly decor can help you create a one-of-a-kind living space that reflects your personality and values. This decor can also pair well with eclectic and bohemian styles!
Eco-Friendly Decor: Tips & Tricks
Reuse & Upcycle
One of the most important practices of sustainability is reusing or upcycling what you already have! In turn, you’re decreasing the demand for new resources and diverting more materials from landfills. Before heading out to buy new decor items, explore what you already have.
Refinish wooden tables, re-wrap old furniture with new fabric, and paint your old table decor like vases, jars, and other tchotchkes. Consider transforming old crates into stylish shelves or repurposing glass jars into charming vases.
🤔 Did You Know? Our finger-jointed poplar wood frames are made from repurposed pieces of natural wood!
Go for Organic
Organic materials are not only healthier for the environment but also for you. They typically contain fewer chemicals and toxins, promoting better indoor air quality. Choose organic fabrics for your upholstery, cushions, and curtains. Materials like organic cotton, hemp, or bamboo not only look great but are also free from harmful chemicals and pesticides.
Part of our commitment to going green is made possible by our choice of using like-minded vendors. All our raw framing materials are made and sourced from U.S. vendors who are also committed to going green and preserving our planet!
Natural & Sustainable Materials
Decor items made from natural and sustainable materials, such as bamboo, reclaimed wood, or recycled glass, are not only stylish but also reduce the strain on natural resources. Cork, driftwood, and recycled metal are also excellent choices!
Our wood frames Derby, Granby, and Dayton are all made from repurposed pieces of natural wood, and all 5 of our metal frames are produced with aluminum from vendors that recycle 100% of their scrap.
🤔 Did You Know? All of our packaging material is recyclable – even the straps!
Use Natural Lighting
Natural lighting not only saves energy but also creates a warm atmosphere. It reduces the need for artificial lighting during the day, which can lead to significant energy savings.
Maximize the use of natural light by choosing light and airy window treatments. Avoid heavy curtains that block out sunlight. You can also strategically place mirrors to reflect and amplify natural light.
Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances
Energy-efficient appliances consume less electricity, resulting in lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint. When upgrading your appliances, look for the Energy Star label. These appliances are designed to consume less energy while maintaining high performance.
We donate to the non-profit One Tree Planted to support planting new trees across the United States.
Our Packaging as a Service supplier is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, an organization that collaborates on forest-based conservation.
Opt for Low-VOC Paints
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) found in conventional paints can release harmful chemicals into the air. These options are available in a wide range of colors and finishes, ensuring you can achieve the desired look without compromising your health or the environment.
Here at Frame It Easy, all the paint products we use have low volatile organic compounds (VOC) — so low – that they qualify for Green Seal standards. Green Seal was made so consumers had a quick and easy way to see if the products they purchased were eco-friendly.
🤔 Did You Know? All of our painted wood frames meet all “Low-VOC” standards with the paint products that are applied. We meet the Green Seal standards!
Get Creative with “Wallpapers”
Instead of traditional wallpaper, consider eco-friendly alternatives like removable fabric decals or reusable wall stickers. These options reduce waste and allow for easy changes without damaging the wall.
Have some pretty wrapping paper or vintage wallpaper lying around? Why not frame it?! By framing wallpapers you can create a beautiful patterned gallery wall – great for living rooms and dining areas.
🤔 Did You Know? Our paper mill is certified in accordance with FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) and are committed to sustainable energy & resource management.
Research Local & Responsible Sources
Research local artisans, and eco-conscious brands. Supporting businesses that prioritize sustainability and responsible sourcing can make a significant impact on your community and the environment.
Here at Frame It Easy all of our materials are made and sourced from American vendors, all of our frames are also created and made here right in the USA, by real people! We also believe in being fair to our team by paying fair wages, allowing for growth opportunities, and by treating all staff with respect and kindness.
🤔 Did You Know? All of our raw framing materials are made in and sourced from 🇺🇸 American vendors.
Incorporating eco-friendly decor into your home and office not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your space but also contributes to a healthier and happier planet! 🌎 By following these ten eco-friendly decor tips, you can reduce waste, lower energy consumption, and create a sustainable and stylish environment that benefits both you and future generations.
So, let’s take steps towards a greener, more eco-conscious future, one decor choice at a time!
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