Revitalize Your Home With a Boost of Eco-Conscious Materials

Revitalize Your Home With a Boost of Eco-Conscious Materials

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More and more people are deciding to go green, even when it comes to home decor, which is no surprise, consider the state of our planet. We should all try to focus on eco-friendly materials and furniture, so if you’re planning to give your home a bit of a spruce, here are some eco-conscious materials that you can use and reduce energy consumption at home.


1. Bamboo

In case you’re looking to have more eco-friendly furniture, there’s no better material than bamboo. This plant is renewable, durable and it’s also becoming the hottest trend in interior design. What’s even better, you can use it for furniture, floor coverings, wall cladding and for ceiling coverings. Bamboo is the perfect solution for those who value sustainability and it’s also a great alternative to synthetic materials and hardwood. So, if you’re worried about massive deforestation, you can use bamboo for your kitchen cabinet, outdoor seating arrangement or even beds and sofas. Another advantage of bamboo is that it’s fast-growing and it can reach maturity in five years, while other woods need up to 25 years. It’s also self-regenerating and it can replant itself after harvesting. So, if you’re really into green living, there’s no reason not to choose bamboo, and if you want to make sure that bamboo is truly eco-friendly, always check with manufacturers and don’t be afraid to ask questions regarding the harvesting and manufacture processes. One more advantage of this material is that it`s cheap, but in any case, you can always consider FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage program and save money on utility bills by doing energy-efficient improvements in your home.


2. Sheep wool for insulation

If you want to reduce energy emissions and lower your carbon footprint, you should definitely insulate your home to keep it warmer during cold winter months. That;s why sheep wool is an excellent choice for home insulation since it’s natural compared to polyurethane foam and fibreglass insulation. After all, it’s been used for centuries, starting with Mongolian nomads who used sheep wool to cover floors and walls of their ancient homes. The only downside is that sheep wool is more expensive, but if you’re looking for a natural and eco-friendly alternative to synthetic materials, then you should definitely consider it, especially since sheep wool is recyclable, sustainable and has much slower degradation process, unlike other natural alternatives, namely straw.


3. Opt for raw and sturdy materials

For those who prioritize environmental protection, choosing raw materials that are both long-lasting and strong can be of great help. One of the best solutions would be using the eco-friendly concrete materials especially since they’re very trendy at the moment. If you prefer minimalist and wabi-sabi home decor, choosing concrete for your furniture and floors can add a new chic element to your home. Still, you need to make sure that your concrete is indeed eco-conscious, since traditional concrete isn’t, and it’s the third-largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions. On the other hand, green concrete uses recycled materials such as fly ash, furnace slag and waste paper.


4. Protect your windows to conserve energy

Windows can be the biggest culprit when it comes to heat loss during winter, so it’s crucial to use those made of eco-friendly materials such as wood. Other options, like UPVC, may seem like more affordable options, but they also emit toxic chemicals gasses, that they get there thanks to ultraviolet sun rays. That’s why using materials such as the aforementioned wood, and fibreglass is much better for the environment since they’re energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Also, when it comes to window glass, make sure to double-glaze it so you’ll be able to save more heat. If you want to take it up a notch, add heavier curtains to conserve more energy in the future.


5. Use recycled materials

In case you don’t want to spend too much time choosing the most appropriate eco-friendly materials, you can always opt for those that are recycled. It’s well-known that recycling is the key to a more eco-conscious lifestyle, so if you're planning to renovate your home, you can use recycled polyester, reclaimed wood or even recycled plastic. Reclaimed wood is the most elegant and noble choice since it can be made from any kind of tree, as long as it’s been saved or recollected from demolished or abandoned buildings. Also, recycled plastic can be used for furniture and other decoration pieces. Finally, using recycled materials aren’t only beneficial for the environment, as they can also help you be more creative and save more money that could be spent on something more useful.



In conclusion, using eco-friendly materials will become more and more popular as time goes by. Our planet needs saving, and green living and sustainability are great ways to do your part. But most importantly, they can be used to create genuinely beautiful pieces of furniture so next time you’re considering a home renovation, feel free to pick some eco-conscious materials for you and your family.

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