Monday, 28 March 2016

Eco Home Introduction - A guide to shopping for the home with an environmental conscience

Happy Monday Friends :D

Following on from Sandra's Chalk Paint post last week and her amazing upcycling of her inherited cabinet, I thought I would bring you one of my first posts on shopping for the home with our environment in mind. I'm all for recycling, upcycling and doing my bit for our environment , but did you know that you can make a difference when making purchases for your home? With a little bit of thought and, not too much effort, its not as difficult as you may think.

A few simple steps and YOU can be your own Home Eco-Warrior :D


Quality

It may be common sense, but by choosing products that are made of a good quality, you'll find that they  should last longer and therefore be more economical in the long term. Sometimes, this may mean it costing a a little more and, you might even have to wait a little longer to purchase, but it will be worth it in the long run. Try not to buy on impulse or out of simply "we need this now" mentality and try and take more of a "make do, beg or borrow"  stance. For a temporary measure that doesn't hurt our environment, you could always check out local charity furniture shops or preloved sites and you can always donate the items back when your ready to purchase a better quality item. If it's an important item that is going to be used a lot, buying bad quality will mean you will only end up replacing it, wasting money in the long run and adding to the landfill sites. It's worth investing in larger quality items such as beds, as they need to last a long period of time.


It's also good,  if you can, to check that the manufacturer of the items has tested the product properly and offers a warranty with it as this helps confirm that they credit their own products to last.

Sustainability

You can really help our environment when purchasing furniture items by checking that they carry the "Forest Stewardship Councils" approved sign. Just by doing this you are ensuring that your doing your bit for responsible management of forests.


Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Buying locally ensures a reduced carbon footprint.



If you buy over the internet, you may have the opportunity to source things closer to home.

Don't be afraid to ask, even from the big multiples out there, where a product is coming from. For example, about eight years ago, we bought out our solid oak farmhouse kitchen table and chairs from John Lewis, and unbeknownst to us, it came all the way from France. We only found this out when there was a delay on it. Whereas, Sandra, recently managed to source and purchase a wonderful farmhouse table made in Cornwall, UK which reduced the carbon foot print of her purchase compared to mine.... yay!!  :)


Look for Environmentally Friendly Designs

There are a lot of great new designers out there who are creating more environmentally friendly products such as lighting, furniture, accessories and other household goods. Watch this space as I will be bringing you some ideas for the home using eco friendly products on future Eco Home posts.


One of my Environmentally Conscious Presentation Boards from my studies


We may not be able to apply these steps all of the time but,  if we make a conscious effort to think before we buy, we will be doing our bit for our planet which can only be a good thing! 

Enjoy the rest of the Easter break and see you soon :D

Maria xx






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