Going green is not a trend – it’s a solution. It is an important and overdue lifestyle decision that each of us have to make every day!
Green living and design is about far more than just saving the plant. It’s about finding ways to make sustainable lifestyle decisions that are practical, affordable meaningful and stylish. This responsibility falls on each and every one os us. Today, tomorrow and every day.
So how can you start at home?
Reducing your environmental impact requires thinking and learning about where you live and what products you use to to build, renovate, furnish, light and clean your home. It’s the small, everyday decisions that add up.
Consider these factors:
- The energy required to make, transport and use a product.
- A products durability and recyclability.
- What an item is made from and how easy it is to disposed of.
- How many natural resources have been used and how much pollution has been created.
Becoming sustainable does take extra effort and you do need to ask questions. However, the more you investigate and commit to the various stages, the better equipped you will be. It is also important to know that when a product is promoted as “green” this does not mean that it is always the most eco-friendly choice. DECO is always looking out for new sustainable products and loves to add research to our green list – and we love sharing it with you, so here are a few of our favourite, and trendy, tips…
Your refrigerator is one of the largest consumers of electricity in the home, and the terracooler is your alternate to this. Harnessing the natural insulation properties of terracotta, the double-walled, bell-shaped terracotta cover uses water for natural cooling and extends the shelf-life of produce by up to ten times.
Keep On Herbing
We all know plants are the future, this is no secret. Now is the time to forage for herbs in your garden, or even inside. Create a rooftop herb heaven or even a natural feature wall.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.
- Give it gas! Gas is your most sustainable cooking option
- Choose design that reduces material usage, requires less packaging, produces less pollution, and uses less energy and natural resources in the manufacturing process.
- When it comes to rugs, bamboo is the way to go.
Carbon Track: Track the CO2 emissions caused by everyday activities
GoodGuide: Find safe, healthy, green and socially responsible products
Rippl: Helps you make sustainable lifestyle choices by delivering green-living tips for simple changes we all want to make
WWF SASSI: To help you make ocean-friendly seafood choices.
If the bee disappears from the earth, man would have no more than 4 years to live
- Always choose sustainable materials with aesthetic, thermal, health and environmental benefits.
- Cork is the ultimate renewable material. Cork trees regenerate new bark every time the outer layer is stripped, and can live p to 200 years.
- Green design goes beyond being just efficient, attractive and on budget. It cares about how those goals are achieved.
A Sustainable Structure
There is more to natural building materials than meets the eye. Make sure you do your homework in order to choose the best possible option every time. Although they are not always the cheapest option, they are often the most cost effective in the long run.
- Wool: Recyclable, non-toxic, absorbs and releases moisture without reducing thermal performance
- Wood Fibre: Renewable with high thermal and acoustic properties, breathable and non-toxic.
- Straw Bale: Renewable by nature, cost effective and easily available.
- Stone: Inherently earth-friendly, natural stone offers durability, recyclability, ease of care and maintenance.
- Timber: Renewable, durable and strong with low embodied energy levels and excellent insulation
- Bamboo: Highly renewable material that is strong, durable and naturally resistant to insects and moisture.
- Corkwood: Needs very little maintenance and is more durable than the average plant floor.
- Hardwood: Long-lasting, versatile, non-toxic, easy to clean and maintain.
- Stone: Natural, strong, durable and hardwearing. It’s also a good heat conductor.
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DECO also gives you a guide on ore sustainable living with our Green Living: Kick-Start Your Lifestyle post
People, photographs and beautiful words are what excite Amy. If she isn’t checking her social media feed for new ideas and inspiration, she is taking a jog in a beautiful setting.
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