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Renewable resources in home decor


You and your family are working hard to "go green" and do your part to conserve precious natural resources. We're all in this together, after all, and we have to share the earth and make sure we can live on it sustainably for generations to come. 

Conservation typically begins at home. For example, you recycle materials and maybe even use kitchen waste in your compost heap. Many families reduce their carbon footprint by driving around in a hybrid or electric vehicle (or one that runs on recycled vegetable oil from local restaurants!), capturing rainwater to use in the garden and perhaps even installing solar power panels on the roof to avoid using fossil fuel-derived electricity.

Now, you want to expand your efforts by using renewable resource in your home decor. Here are some tips from the team at David Gray Design Studio that you can try in your abode.

Put in Skylights

It's easy to have bright sunshine filling a once-drab room. All you need to do is put in some skylights. Relying on light from the sun instead of from electricity is a great way to start using renewable resources in your home.

Try Bamboo

Bamboo is a natural material that manufacturers have been using to create furniture from renewable resources. Tough and sturdy, bamboo furniture brings a sense of nature into your dwelling and using it instead of more traditional woods puts less stress on the environment.

Organic Fabric

How old are the drapes in your home? Perhaps it is time to change them out. Now you can get new ones that are made with organically grown cotton, linen or hemp.

Eco-friendly Candles

If you're planning on using candles to set a mood in your home, you'll want to try candles that are made from eco-friendlier materials. Try beeswax candles, soy candles (easier to clean up than wax candles when they spill) or candles made from palm wax.

Houseplants Deliver a Breath of Fresh Air

Nothing brings a touch of green into your home like beautiful houseplants. Hanging potted plants from a hook on the ceiling is one way to go. 

You can also put plants up on the windowsill in your kitchen, on your balcony and in any room that could use some fresh air. Plants are resources that keep on giving, so long as you water them according to their needs, of course!

Recycled Materials

Plenty of materials are being kept out of the nation's landfills because ecologically minded entrepreneurs are turning recycled materials into objects for in the home. For instance, you can find recycled glass bottles that have been transformed into a kitchen counter. The various colors in the bottles will give a beautiful effect in your kitchen when the light hits them just right.