It’s easy being green with our Eco-friendly Renovation and Decorating Guide. Discover smart, sustainable ideas that are healthier for you and the environment.
Choose Natural Paints
Many traditional paints and varnishes contain toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, heavy metals and nasties known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs for short. Those VOCs are emitted while painting and for up to five years after your brush has dried. Instead, look for eco plant-based paints or nontoxic alternatives that are labelled low-VOC or zero-VOC.
Use Sustainable Materials
When renovating opt for renewable resources, like Plantino bamboo floorboards. Or use a little imagination and look for ways you can reduce waste by reusing existing building materials. For example, if you knock down a wall, use those bricks for paving or if you pull up old floorboards, maybe they will make the perfect material for building a fence.
Select ‘Green’ Carpets
Next generation, sustainable carpets; are the perfect option when you want flooring that will stand up to a lot of wear and tear, but are still gentle on the earth. Our pick of the bunch is eco+. Using the latest technology, including Sorona polymers that are made from 37% natural corn sugar and a backing created from 80% recycled content, it’s a sustainable superstar that generates less greenhouse emissions in production than traditional nylon. Plus, it’s ultra soft and luxurious on tootises and is backed by a lifetime stain, soil and 25 year wear guarantee. So it’s the type of modern carpet that doesn’t just talk the talk, it walks the walk.
Insulate! Insulate! Insulate!
Insulation is the most cost-effective way to improve the energy efficiency of your home by keeping it warm in winter and cool in summer. A well-insulated and well-designed home provides year round comfort and can cut down your heating and cooling bills by up to half, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Winning!
Install a Rainwater Tank
Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, yet Australians consume the most water per capita in the world. Do your part by installing water-efficient shower-heads, toilets and taps that will help reduce your water consumption. Installing a water tank that allows you to use rainwater for your washing machine, flushing toilets and watering the garden is also a great option that can help the average family cut their yearly water use by up to 30 per cent.
Buy for Life
Throw away our throwaway culture and buy products that are durable, reliable and high quality. Buy once and buy for life. We’re also big fans of seeking out unique vintage pieces that give any space the perfect dose of personality, while reducing landfill.