Our top tips on how to be as sustainable as possible when updating your home interior.
We've all spent so much time at home over the last year, that many of us are having a go at interior design. Below we list a few of our suggestions on how to be as sustainable as possible when updating your interiors...
1. Reuse/ Recycle/ Repurpose/ Repair
Rather than buying new, try and reuse things you already have by painting/ recovering/ repairing or repurposing/ If you have a beautiful old enamel bath why not get it re-enamelled rather than replacing it.
You can easily source and upcycle second-hand furniture from sites like Gumtree, Freecycle and Facebook Marketplace. Get crafty and reupholster dated furniture - there’s lots of easy tutorials to follow online.
2. Buy vintage/ second hand
Visit local auction houses and charity shops, you'll be amazed at what you find. Why not find a local antiques market for a fun day of furniture hunting and bargain rummaging? We particulary love Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Market - it's one of the biggest in the South of England!
Our latest find is Louise Spencer Decorative Antiques, who sells furniture and Object D'Art sourced from France, Sweden and the UK. Follow her on Instagram: @louspencerdecorativeantiques.
3. Source ethically
If you do purchase new furniture, look out for sustainable options such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) accredited wood and sustainable materials. DFS has recently launched a collection of stylish sustainable sofas made from recycled plastic and yarn.
It's always a great idea to shop local, and this applies to furniture shopping too - if you have a furniture store nearby which use local materials, it can help to cut back on the environmental impact of shopping.
When it comes to decoration, try and choose companies who provide made-to-order services, rather than producing unnecessary waste. We love Charlotte Gaisford - a UK-based fabric and wallpaper designer who has a beautiful range of prints, made with 100% natural materials. She offers a bespoke service for cushions and lampshades.
4. Use natural paint
It is estimated that over 180,000 tonnes of microplastics from paint end up in our rivers and oceans every year. This is a mammoth six times more than cosmetics – we have banned the use of microplastics in cosmetics, yet they are not banned for the paint industry.
Try to use eco-paint where possible. It contains sustainable, non-toxic ingredients and/ or is manufactured in ways that are kinder to the environment. We love Edward Bulmer Natural Paint, who have a gorgeous variety of colours and proudly declare every single ingredient they use in their paints.
5. Install efficient showerheads and taps
Did you know? A shower that leaks ten drips per minute wastes over 500 gallons in just one year. Tightening bolts and repairing leaks can save huge volumes of water over time.
You can also help save water and energy by updating your taps and shower heads. Today's more efficient models can use up to 70% less water. We love the Vitaclean Shower Head - it not only makes the water softer but also increases the pressure of your shower whilst reducing water consumption by 25%. You can add a Vitamin C shot (including essential oil) so you end up with a lovely smelling shower too.
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