Kellie Byrnes, founder and CEO of online ethical design gift store, Kindred Gifts
www.kindredgifts.com has these tips for decorating your home the eco-friendly way.
Choose sustainably sourced timber products
Forest loss – deforestation - is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the world, so by choosing wood products from sustainably managed forests (where trees are replanted as they are felled), we can all help to tackle this problem.
Wood products that come from sustainably managed forests are kinder to the environment as more trees are planted in place of those cut down, and in fact, well managed areas generally store more carbon than those that are not harvested.
A great example of a beautifully designed piece which uses sustainably sourced timbers is this Homesum ‘Frond’ fruit bowl, $79.95.
Choose products made from recycled materials
Recycling is vital in order to reduce the huge amounts of material that are sent to landfill every year.
By supporting businesses that use recycled materials, you also support the environment, as well as having the opportunity to source one-off and limited edition pieces each with their own unique history.
Choose stylish home accents and accessories made from recycled timbers, steel, papers, bike parts, vinyl records, materials, china plates and more!
Have fun styling your home with the 60’s inspired solar powered night lights, made from recycled steel by The Original Metal Company or get people talking at your next dinner party with funky Resource Revival Bottle Openers, $14.95, made using recycled bike chains!
Choose products that utilise environmentally friendly fabrics such as bamboo, hemp and organic cotton
A great way to go green is to choose products for your home that have been made using natural, chemical-free, and renewable materials such as organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo. These materials are good for you, good for your family, and good for the planet.
Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or fertilisers, which not only affect our health, but which also cause environmental damage when they pollute the soil, air and water.
Hemp and bamboo are both people and planet friendly, due to the fact that they require far fewer chemicals than cotton, and are some of the fastest growing plants in the world (meaning that they can be replaced with new plants much more quickly than, say, a new tree can grow).
Brighten up your home with eco friendly accessories such as the Manor12 hemp tea towel packs, $79.95, organic cotton Blizzard cushion cover by Fluf, $69.95, or funky, wind-up Lexon Safe Bamboo Radio, $179
Choose products that use alternative energy sources such as solar power
A fantastic way not only to help the environment, but also save on your power bills, is to take advantage of the great range of solar powered products now available on the market. Using the power of the sun (by convert sunlight into electricity), solar products is becoming more and more available every year due to their dual benefits.
Choose from a plethora of beautifully designed, solar powered products now available, such as the pieces from Lexon – the Safe Bamboo Wall Clock, $149, and the Greenman Solar Lamp, $99, for indoor or outdoor use.