10 MOST SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS
When decorating your home, you want to use accessories and furniture that is sustainable of course. Sustainable does not just mean good for the planet, but also good for your own health.
Unsustainable products are often full of chemicals that smell horrible and aren't good for your health. Plus natural materials usually look best. So what can you use with a guilt free conscious that will look good in your home?Wood. Make sure it is FSC or PEFC certified though to make sure that it is sustainable and that it is not covered in toxic paints. Bamboo. Incredible strong, fast growing, flexible and light weight. If we could grow it in Europe, it would have topped my list.
From coat stands to dining tables and soup bowls, bamboo has an incredible range of applications. Steel, aluminium and any other metal that is in plenty of supply. As metal is recyclable, we deem it to be very eco friendly. Wool. A lovely soft feel, versatile in its use and easily coloured in your favourite shade. 100% natural and biodegradable. From rugs and cushions to sofa covers and deocration for vases, you can make a whole host of homeware with wool. Glass. Make sure that it is made from recycled glass or recyclable as not all kinds of glass are. Some have additives in them that make that impossible. Hand blown or recycled glass usually has the most interesting patterns and texture to it.
Paper. Maybe not the most obvious choice for homeware as it may not seem strong enough, but it most certainly is. From lamp shades to macramed baskets, you can get a whole variety of stunning items for your home made of paper. Linen. Its production uses 5 x fewer pesticides than conventional cotton. Its production process into the fabric is also very natural, using rain water, bacteria found in the soil and using no other energy source apart from sunshine. It gets softer with each wash and you can get bed linen, tea towels, and plenty of other products made from this ancient fabric. Organic cotton.
Fast becoming a main stream fabric for clothes, this should also be used in your home. Not only is the production of organic cotton far better for the planet, it is also a great deal healthier for the farmers who grow it. Ceramic/porcelain. Natural and biodegradable. Go for something high quality that you love, rather than any old mug or plate. Anything upcycled or recycled.
Upcycling reduces landfill and often give people in developing countries the chance to start a business without having to pay vast sums for materials. I hope you will feel inspired after reading this and good luck decorating!