Many of us are committed to living life as eco-friendly as we can these days, with a stress on going green all over the media.
If you feel you do a good amount in terms of helping save the planet from recycling to cutting down on your energy usage, it’s worth thinking about other elements of the home that would benefit from a green makeover.
We’ve been thinking about how you can incorporate this in the bedroom in particular, and thought we’d share some of our ideas with you.
1. Upcycled furniture
Upcycling your furniture is a great way to help the environment, as well as helping your bank balance in the process. You can both renovate and transform one of your pieces to make it look completely different, or use a household item in a totally different way. A great example of the second option is using your old window frames as shelving.
2. Natural substances
When it comes to giving your walls a fresh lease of life with a new colour, why not look into natural paints as opposed to regular ones that are full of chemicals that can be harmful to the air? More natural paint is surprisingly easy to get hold of, and is usually made from things such as clay and oil. Another thing that would benefit from useful natural substances is cleaning products for the bedroom. You can now get ones with organic ingredients that are much better for the environment in terms of their production and usage.
3. Methods of cooling and heating
Arguably one of the main ways to be more eco-friendly in your bedroom involves adjusting some habits when it comes to maintaining a comfortable temperature in it. Instead of instantly reaching for the fan on hot days, consider investing in some wooden blinds for your bedroom windows that will keep the sunlight out and the room significantly cooler. You could also purchase a thermostat to keep a better control over the temperature of the room.
4. Eco flooring
Great flooring transforms any space, and with a few careful considerations, you can easily install eco-friendly flooring into your bedroom. Look for environmentally sustainable materials such as reclaimed wood flooring, or opt for bamboo or timber for a slightly different look. If you prefer carpet, there are lots of alternatives to the regular nylons options which contain harmful chemicals and can be a pain when it comes to keeping conditions like asthma under control. Or you could go for a look that incorporates both; with wooden flooring and naturally made rugs. Look for rugs made from things like organic cotton, jute or wool.
Many households have made the switch from regular bulbs to CFL alternatives (compact fluorescent light bulbs) and have undoubtedly noticed the effects. They last a lot longer than ordinary bulbs and will also have an impact on your energy bills at the end of each month as they are a lot more energy efficient.