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Tips For Sustainable Interior Design

It’s easy being green! Make the little differences at home to reduce your carbon footprint from your lighting to your doors.

Recently all eyes have turned towards being more environmentally friendly in everything we do. There’s many small ways we can start to make a difference to make ourselves more green. Changing our travel habits, what we eat, and our energy consumption tends to be at the forefront of our mind when we think of making a difference. Looking inside your home for more places to change your habits for a brighter future could be your next big step towards feeling better about your climate contributions.

If you aren’t quite sure where to start in reducing your carbon footprint and making your home somewhere you can be proud to call green, take a look at these helpful hints from Shawfield Doors to get you on the right track.

Add Some Plant Life

When we think ‘green’, quite often we will first think of plants – and for many good reasons! They are found in many different species that benefits them in being able to fit in with any home no matter the style, adding a little piece of nature into any room you wish. We all know the natural benefits of plant life too with the way they take in excess carbon dioxide and give back oxygen, cleaning the air around us from harmful gases and chemicals. Plants could be a great addition to your home!

There’s thousands of different kinds of plants you could introduce, from flowers and aquatics to bushes and miniature trees. Whether you are looking for something like an orchid plant to be a bright addition to your room or a large palm plant that can take its place in the corners of your rooms to bring a splash of the outdoors in, you’ll find the plants that work best for you.

Sustainable Materials

It pays to check what your items have been made of if the information is available to you. Certain materials used in furniture and home renovation can be less environmentally friendly than others. For example, if you are looking to purchase new internal doors in Glasgow and the rest of the UK, those that are made of certain plastics or metals are often less eco-friendly than those that are made from manufactured timber. Responsibly sourced manufactured wood and even recycled doors make a great alternative for the eco-conscious homeowner.

If you are more conscious about building materials this could be something to look out for in the future. The less plastic used in most cases, the better. Buying furnishings made from natural wood can be a great alternative to other pieces. Consider a gorgeous new oak bedframe or timber doors that not only look great with their wood grain look, but can be customised further to your personal tastes.

Energy-Saving Electronics

An essential in the home is the lightbulb. It’s something that many of us can take for granted and overlook until we realise it has either been missed out after running to the shops or when a bulb inevitably burns out. (How many times have we blindly walked around the kitchen in the dark for that spare?!) Recently though there have been many developments towards moving the nation to more eco-friendly lighting.

Introducing energy-saving bulbs into the home is one of the easier ways of starting to incorporate an eco-friendly approach to your home’s design. These specially designed fluorescent bulbs save a significant amount of energy, with claims that they can reduce your lighting costs by up to 80% in some cases. Not only are you saving on energy usage for the environment, but you’re making your pockets that little bit more well-off, too. Most lightbulbs for sale now have been phased into being these energy-efficient alternatives – making it even easier for you to switch.

TOP TIP: If you can introduce light dimmers to your room, they are great for controlling the energy flow to your bulbs and can reduce your energy costs.

Sourcing & Collecting From local Suppliers

Have you ever wondered just how far your items have had to travel to reach you when buying online? The more local your interior design suppliers are, the better. Not many people consider the impact on the environment shopping for items from overseas and further afield can bring. By buying local, you are helping to reduce emissions that come from delivery vehicles involved with your purchase simply by making your own pick-up, and you can also know far more about where your items have come from.

For example, if you are looking to switch to a wood burner for warming your home, you may be able to look closer for your firewood. At Shawfield Timber, there is a branch dedicated to firewood that is sustainably sourced local to the Glasgow area. We know where our product has come from and just about everything else about it. You are also able to purchase them in-store, too. Not only will you be helping to assist local businesses, but you’ll also be able to know if your items are from a more eco-friendly source than others.

Recycling And Upcycling Your Products

Have you considered using recycled items? Often we hardly even notice when products are made from recycled materials – which is why it is always a good idea to check.

Most products that are will say in their descriptions to make your decision even easier. It could also be worth seeing if some items you are looking for in your home could come from others who have no use for them anymore.

Not only does this save you money in most cases, but there’s the bonus that the items are not going to waste or to landfill sites. A repurposed piece of furniture can look fantastic with a new coat of paint, and when upcycling you can be as creative as you’d like with what you turn your items into.

Old louvre doors have been given a new lease of life being turned into shelving units, for example. Thinking outside of the box there’s thousands of ways your home can be improved with new ideas using old material. 

Not sure where to get started? There are hundreds of ideas on websites such as Pinterest for anything you may be thinking of adding to your house. It could be as simple as turning an old bookshelf into a new set of shelves. It’s all up to you, your skill level, and your creativity. With so many guides out there to help you, it’s never been easier to find both your inspiration and the how-to guides to be in with the old and out with the new.

Small Choices, Big Differences

It’s all of the little decisions that stack up for us all at the end of the day. From changing the lightbulbs to buying more environmentally friendly decorations like plants, we can all do our part to keep the environment in mind and better it for the future. What else do you do to make those small differences for the environment?

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