According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is one of the five biggest environmental threats to public health. Indoor air pollution is the result of products and materials with high levels of toxic emissions typically used in home decor. For example, furniture or equipment that has been treated with harmful chemicals releases dangerous toxins in the air. The way forward is to have designers look for materials that have low emissions of VOC (volatile organic compounds) and other air pollutants.
Since we are all looking to reduce as much carbon footprint as possible, finding ways to decorate your home that are sustainable is always a win. If we can think about buying environment friendly make-up, clothes and food, then why should home decor be any different? Where stylish meets sustainable, these interior designs are not only good for your home, but for the environment as well. Below, 3 eco-friendly home decor hacks that you should definitely try implementing right away! Here’s to a greener future!
Invest in the right kind of carpet
Carpets are excellent thermal insulators; according to estimations, a carpet retains as much as 10 % of the room’s heat. Carpets also improve air quality by trapping the dust particles from the air and holding them until vacuum
Natural light is always a winner
To save energy spent on lighting, a lot can be done just by picking the right colors. Lighter colors reflect more light, while rooms with darker walls and furnishing need more artificial lighting. Using reflective surfaces increases the amount of light in a room by bouncing it around, decreasing dependence on artificial lighting.
Indoor air pollution is the result of products and materials with high levels of toxic emissions. For example, furniture or equipment that has been treated with harmful chemicals releases dangerous toxins in the air. Designers should look for materials with low emissions of VOC (volatile organic compounds) and other air pollutants. To improve indoor air quality, it’s important that the air in a room can regularly circulate and remain fresh. Plants act as natural air filters.