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Reduce Re-use Repurpose: Go Green with these Simple Décor Tips

Henrico County Woman Repurposing Metal Cans for Planters on her DeskEmbellishing a Chesterfield County rental home is one of the simplest ways to add your personality to your room. On the other hand, if building an eco-friendly home is essential to you, it can be a challenge to find home décor pieces and ideas that can concurrently add beauty to your home and reduce your carbon footprint. The good news is that it is not only possible but easy to “go green” with your décor. By reducing waste and reusing or repurposing non-recyclable items, you can create a unique look for your home and still be part of the solution for a greener earth.

As it may be, the first place to begin when eyeing for eco-friendly décor is to get pre-owned or vintage items. Thrift shops, eBay, and a bunch of other sites offer an avenue to repurpose existing furniture and home décor items into pieces that go with your unique style. There are plenty of engaging methods to upcycle old furniture and even old junk into new treasures for your home.

Moreover, you can spare tons of money by getting pre-owned items then repurposing the pieces yourself. Just make sure you have the right tools and know-how before embarking on any upcycling project. As a substitute, consider getting repurposed furniture from somebody else. Stores like Etsy have brought handmade items right in front of our screens and made it easier to purchase directly from artists with our same values. While handmade items may cost more, those prices reflect an investment in a greener future for everyone.

A useful eco-friendly home décor strategy would be to buy items crafted out of natural, organic materials. When available, choose items made out of sustainable wood and bamboo, ideally those that contain no chemical finishes. Carpet, in particular, is full of chemicals and pollutants that not only harm the planet during the manufacturing process but that get released into the air in your home as well. To be eco-friendlier, opt for hardwood flooring instead. Although the cost of installation may be higher, real wood floors last longer than carpet does. Moreover, when the time comes to change it, the old wood planks can be reused and turned into other goods instead of polluting the soil in a landfill.

One of the best techniques to shrink your home’s carbon footprint would be to go plastic-free with every décor. Even though plastic is convenient, there are a myriad of other materials out there that are more eco-friendly. And single-use plastics are a worsening problem since a lot of what is tossed into recycling bins isn’t actually recyclable. Opt for glass, tins, or other containers that can be reused over and over again. Accompanied by a little ingenuity and grit, you could create some truly stunning home décor items without needing to rely on non-biodegradable plastics.

If you are considering to go really green, include houseplants in your decorating plans. Indoor plants invite feelings of happiness and peace and can help freshen the air in your home. A lot of houseplants are as well multipurpose, such as succulents like aloe vera and herbs. Any of the two can be purposed for medicinal and food purposes, and they still have all the advantages that any other houseplant presents.

Finally, don’t forget that if you are buying items to replace things you already have, protect the planet by listing your old items for sale or by giving them to a friend or local charity. Before dumping your old household décor items and furniture, try to reuse or repurpose them. If you are not up for this kind of activities, find someone who would gladly take the stuff from you. Being eco-friendly with your home décor might take a little extra time and effort, but in the end, it will all be worth it.

Here at Real Property Management Richmond Metro, we make it our mission to help you find the perfect rental home to personalize and make your own. Contact us online or call us up at 804-417-7005 immediately!

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