If you are a homeowner, chances are that you are being bombarded by advertising about the latest model of couch, mattress, or even washing machine. Unfortunately, we live in the world of fake abundance.
We have been depleting the Earth’s resources faster than ever in the past few years, and it seems that our consumer habits have a huge impact on the future.
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Below you will find a few things to consider whenever you are planning on changing your furniture or your appliances, if you would like to be more environmentally friendly.
What was the last time you checked where your appliances and furniture were made. The longer they have travelled and the least sustainable their supply chain is, the higher your home’s carbon footprint is.
Before you decide to replace one of your appliances, you should make sure that it cannot be repaired. You can also extend the life of your fridge or washing machine if you keep on top of their maintenance. You can learn more about these techniques online. It will not only help you save money but is good for the environment also.
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If you simply cannot repair, upcycle, or carry on using your furniture or your appliances, you will need to check what the best way of recycling it is. Most mattresses and sofas are filled with synthetic materials that will be likely to end up in landfill.
You can, however, find companies that reuse these materials to create new products, so you are not contributing to earth’s pollution more than necessary.
It is also important that you are trying to source your home items locally, so you are not adding to your household’s carbon footprint. If you are a creative person, you can reuse or upcycle furniture, or even sell your old appliance for parts so you reduce the waste you produce. After all, it is your responsibility to create a better future for the next generation.
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If you have to replace anything in your home, you might want to opt for sustainable materials wherever you can. Now you can buy recycled carpets or those that are made of fully biodegradable materials. The same applies to your soft furnishing. The textile industry is among one of the most polluting in the world, so it is important that you buy locally and avoid companies with high impact supply chains. You can use wood instead of plastic wherever you can. It will last longer and look better, too.
Whatever you need for your home, it is important that you choose responsible retailers locally who pay attention to sustainability. There are different sustainability awards and recognition you can look out for before you buy furniture or home appliances.
Apart from checking the energy consumption, you will also have to find out how much energy and fuel was wasted to get the goods in your home.
If you want to make your home greener, you might think about reducing your energy use and waste, and often forget about the furniture and things you use every day. Next time you are planning to change an appliance or home furnishing item, you can be more conscious about the product’s environmental impact.
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