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10 Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Tips And Decorating Ideas

We all know we should try to protect our planet so other generations can enjoy it too but we usually lack the initiative thinking that one person is not enough to make a difference. Still, any contribution, no matter how small, is worth the effort. Let’s see what you can do once you decide to adapt a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Display natural collections

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Decorate your home with natural collections and display them on shelves, on the coffee table or on your desk. You can collect things like pine cones, shells, fallen leaves, etc.

Re-use jars

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When you buy things that come in jars, don’t throw the container away once you empty it. Re-use the jars and store things like rice, pasta, flour, cereals, spices and all sorts of other things.

Re-upholster

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Instead of buying new furniture, consider re-upholstering your old one instead. For example, you can change the look of your sofa or armchairs with some new upholstery that has a fresh color and vibe.

Rejuvenate old furniture

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At one point, old furniture like your coffee table, desk, console table or dining set start to look old, all scratched up and worn out. Rejuvenate them with a fresh coat of paint, some stain or by getting rid of the ugly marks.

Environmentally-friendly flooring

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When buying new flooring, look for eco-friendly options such as reclaimed wood, cork or bamboo. They’re also really good-looking as long as they match the style you’ve chosen.

Use homemade cleaning products

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Most of the cleaning products you can buy in stores are the opposite of Eco-friendliness. Instead of using all those harmful chemicals, make your own cleaning products or use lemon, vinegar, baking soda and even ice to clean spills.

Upcycle old books

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Don’t throw out the old books you no longer need. Instead, use them in creative DIY projects. You can make a book planter, use a stack of books to make a lamp base, etc.

Wrap presents in newspaper

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Use old newspapers and magazines to wrap presents on Christmas or when it’s someone’s birthday. They can actually look really cool and chic if you put your own spin to the design.

De-clutter your home

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We all have a tendency to buy things we don’t really need or use. Every once in a while, de-clutter your home and get rid of all this stuff. Or, even better, stop buying these things.

Don’t buy cheap items

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When buying something new, don’t only think of the price. Usually, an item that’s more expensive also lasts longer and is more functional than a cheap one so you’ll actually be saving money this way.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on November 3, 2010

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Stefan
Stefan is the owner of Homedit.com – he started the site back in November 2008, from his passion for interior design and decorations and since then the site went from being a simple blog to one of the most popular home design websites on the web right now.

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One Response to “10 Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Tips And Decorating Ideas”

  • This is a interesting post. I have worked in the wind energy industry for around 3 years and it is absolutely insane how rapid the game is changing. For the majority of us this is a extremely mind-blowing period of history so let’s make sure stay on the pace.