Believe it or not, living an eco-friendly lifestyle is not as difficult as you might think. The point is to reduce your carbon footprint, which can easily be done by making a few small changes in your life.
The best place to start is your bedroom. When you create an eco-friendly bedroom, you naturally decrease your energy usage and create a more sustainable lifestyle. This means that you not only help the environment, but you also improve your health.
Following are a few eco-friendly ways to remodel your bedroom.
Things to Consider Before Getting Started
Before taking on any remodeling project, you must first determine your budget. While sustainable options are typically budget-friendly, there may be a few things you’ll need to get. In addition, you’ll need to consider your available space. There are five principles you must follow when creating an eco-friendly bedroom.
- Waste reduction
- Low carbon footprint
- Energy efficiency
It’s pretty simple to incorporate these principles into your personal space.
Creating an Eco-Friendly Bedroom
Now that you know the five principles you should be following, it’s time to look at eight ways that you can incorporate them into your bedroom remodel.
Declutter, Reupholster, and Recycle
First, you must adopt the mantras of decluttering, reupholster and recycle. This is the most budget-friendly way of transforming your room into an environmentally friendly space.
This will probably be a tedious task. You’ll have to go through everything in your room and decide what to keep and what you don’t really need.
Eco-friendly furniture is gaining popularity. Typically, this furniture is used/upcycled or is made using sustainable materials. When shopping for furniture that is environmentally friendly, look for items made with all-natural materials. Additionally, choose items that don’t take up a lot of space.
Next, you will want to consider your mattress. Most mattresses are not friendly to the environment. Therefore, you’ll want to consider mattress recycling for your old one and replace it with one that is more sustainable. Eco-friendly mattresses are made of:
- Food-grade polyethylene
When choosing a new mattress, you’ll want to consider your mattress dimensions and whether you want a plush or firm mattress. Again, don’t forget to investigate options for mattress disposal, including where to recycle your mattress.
The fourth way to create an eco-friendly bedroom is to give up temperature controls. After all, heaters and air conditioners increase your carbon footprint. The point of creating an environmentally friendly space is to reduce that.
Instead of using a heater or air conditioner, consider other options for controlling the temperature in your room.
- During the summer, use blinds or shades to keep the sunlight out. Sunlight heats up your room, shades can prevent this.
- During the winter, remove the blinds or shades to allow the sun to heat up your room naturally.
These options will conserve energy while also saving money on your energy bills.
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are chemicals present in paints and flooring that are harmful to the environment. This is what gives paint that “new paint” smell. It is highly toxic and harmful to your health.
Therefore, you should use anti-VOC or low VOC paints.
For flooring, the best options are tile, hardwood or bamboo flooring. If you prefer carpet, hemp is best.
Bamboo or Wood?
Many people are confused by the choice between bamboo and wood. Bamboo is more sustainable because:
- It grows faster
- It naturally repels pests
- It absorbs more CO2 than wood/other plants
- It is antibacterial/antifungal
We mentioned replacing your mattress with a more eco-friendly option, but what about the blankets, sheets, and pillows? Again, materials should be organic. This includes fabrics such as bamboo, hemp, cotton, or wool.
Of course, organic bedding will be a more expensive option, but they’re worth the investment. These materials are softer and warmer to the touch.
If you are like most people, you want your space to smell good. Typical air fresheners contain toxins and chemicals, so they are not very eco-friendly. However, there are natural options ideal for improving the ambiance in your room.
Besides natural air fresheners, you can add plants to your room. They remove toxins from the air, improving the air quality and the smell.
You can purchase natural air fresheners, but you might also be interested to know that you can easily make your own. There are plenty of recipes available online. Chances are, you already have most of the ingredients at home.
Candles are an option for improving the scent and ambiance of your room, but you’ll want to make sure they are organic.
The last thing we will look at is lighting and electrical appliances. In order to create an environmentally friendly bedroom, you need energy-efficient appliances.
For lighting, choose incandescent or LED lights. You should avoid compact fluorescent lighting, as it contains harmful elements including mercury. Additionally, fluorescent lighting emits high levels of UVA and UVC rays when compared to other lighting options.
For electrical appliances, only include the ones that you really need. For example, you can add more plants to your room instead of having air purifiers and humidifiers.
Finally, turn off an appliance when you’re not using it, including fans and lights. You will not only create an environmentally friendly space, but you will also save on your energy costs.
Basically, living an environmentally friendly lifestyle is critical to living responsibly. This is not a difficult process, but it does take time. It’s not really a drastic change, just make a few small changes over time, such as remodeling your bedroom, and you will find yourself being more environmentally responsible.