Everything you need to decorate your home sustainably
Many people think about leading a more sustainable lifestyle. But they often wonder how to do so because there are so many contaminating agents in every product that sometimes we don't know where to turn to.
Ok, we would like to let you know that there are multiple options on the market to redecorate our homes sustainably and help the planet at the same time. There is a wide range of good quality fabrics and materials to choose from.
Here is a list so that you can get an idea on how much you can help mother earth by making small changes:
The cotton we normally find comes from natural crops. But the cotton that is found on the market has a dark side to it, which is the exploitation of those working on cotton plants therefore providing us with a strong reason to stop consuming. It is denigrating for a person to be exploited and humiliated.
Apart from such a fact, it is also one of the materials that are most chemically treated in modern agriculture. During the entire industrial process of the raw plant, it undergoes a large number of treatments like pesticides or formaldehyde. Leaving clear traces of pollution in water and of course, is detrimental to the health of those working in such an environment.
If you choose to us Organic cotton you are contributing to the general betterment of the environment and the crop workers labour conditions. These crops are cultivated and harvested free of pesticides or chemicals that could be harmful. Moreover when you buy organic cotton it should have al distinctive label that proves that it takes part in fair trade. This ensures that the workers who harvest the product have been treated fairly and that their health has not been threatened.
Today we can find organic cotton in many domestic products. Like courtains, towels, blankets, sheets and many more. If you decide to buy organic cotton, it is adviseable go for the one that has the original colour like mole brown, light green or beige. And if you are looking for a certain colour, look for those tinted with plant based and environmentaly friendly dyes.
One of the best plant based dyes is henna since it comes from plants.
We could think that talking about wood, it would all be organic and not at all harmful for the environment, but that is not what normally happens. Only certain types of wood are cut in an evironmentaly friendly manner.
- Recycled wood: This wood can come from any kind of tree. What is important is for the wood in question to be salvaged from a demolished building, a vintage market ,wood floating on water… If we recycle wood, it regenerates, so less trees are cut down and that means more oxygen for the planet.
- Forest Stewardship Council wood (FSC): This kind of wood in general is one of the most commonly used materials for home construction and specially for decoration. The FSC stamp certifies that the manufacturer purchased the wood under strict and sustainable forest regulations, like controlled cutting, preservation of the environment, the natural habitat and the absence of pesticides.
- Teakwood: It is one of the most popular woods. Without a doubt it's one of the most commonly used woods for decks and outdoor furniture. It is one of the hardest woods on the market. It comes from a deciduous tree that is found in Southern Asia. It contains high levels of oil which gives it resistance from rotting. It is perfect for outdoor furniture. It has simple maintenance and it is long-lasting. These trees are subject to exhaustive quality control process. An Indonesian government agency is responsable for the welfare trees and the teakwood plantations. Only a limited number of trees are cut down per year and for every tree cut down another one is replanted. This is how the forests’ growth is ensured which contributes to maintain the oxygen levels of the planet.
Many would think that poliester died in the 70’s, but it did not. As we all know, poliester is a plastic manufactured from a plastic resin. So it is very difficult for it to disappear from the face of the earth. It can take from up to 100 to 1000 years to disintegrate. By recycling it we are helping in a very important way.
To get the idea, let’s set an example. In plastic bottles there is a stamp that indicates #1 which means that it belongs to the group PET (polyethylene terephthalate). After its first use it can be powdered and reused. After powdering, a thread is obtained, that can be used in various ways. From artwork to furniture or clothing. By giving it a second life we are contributing to recycling what we have and little by little decreasing its production. It is all part of a cycle that helps mother earth.
It is another very popular material for people for care for the planet. It grows quickly and does not require replanting after cutting or the use of fertilizers or pesticides of any kind. The soil remains clean after collecting the bamboo. But do not think that everything made from bamboo is eco friendly. The largest bamboo producer is China, and this country does not take into account any environmental standards. So we recommend checking everything made from bamboo, you can find it in furniture and textile because it has very good flexible properties.
I hope these materials that I suggest provide clarity on how to make your home a sustainable place. Now it is your turn, you just need to check and read the labels of what you buy. Every little counts and mother earth will be grateful. Save the planet, it is the only one we have.