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

Pocatello Woman Repurposing Metal Cans for Planters on her DeskEmbellishing a Blackfoot rental home is one of the most effective ways to add your personality to your home. But if making an eco-friendly home is significant to you, you may not be certain where to get home décor materials and ideas that can both beautify your space and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. The good news is that 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.

Definitely, the first place to find eco-friendly décor is to get pre-owned or vintage items. Thrift shops, eBay, and a lot of localities suggest a way to repurpose existing furniture and home décor things that will adapt your unique style. There are a lot of interesting ways to upcycle old furniture and even old junk into new treasures for your household.

In addition, you can save an enormous amount of cash by buying pre-owned items and repurposing them yourself. Make sure you have the right tools and know-how before embarking on any upcycling project. As an alternative, attempt to get repurposed furniture from other suppliers. Stores like Etsy have brought handmade items made it easy for us to reach, than 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.

One more option for eco-friendly home décor strategy is to buy items crafted out of natural, organic components. Whenever needed, choose items made out of sustainable wood and bamboo, preferably those without 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. While the cost of installation may be higher, real wood floors last longer than carpet does. Something else, when the time comes that your wood is unrepairable and need to replace it, the old wood planks can be reused to make anything else instead of polluting the soil in a landfill.

Among the best ways to shrink your home’s carbon footprint is to go plastic-free in your life and in your décor. While plastic is convenient, there are a lot of other materials out there that are more eco-friendly. And single-use plastics are becoming a threat to our society every day 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. With a little resourcefulness and time, you could create some truly stunning home décor items without needing to rely on non-biodegradable plastics.

If you are considering a way 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 huge variety of houseplants are even multipurpose, such as succulents like aloe vera and herbs. Which of them can be used for medicinal and food purposes, and both still offer all the great bundle benefits that any houseplant brings.

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 tossing out household décor items and furniture, find opportunities to re-use or repurpose it instead. If you don’t have the experience or expertise for such work, try to find someone who does and check if they might need your materials. 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 Pocatello, we are happy to help you find the perfect rental home to personalize and make your own. Contact us online or call 208-234-1000 today!

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