How to Create an Eco-Friendly Bedroom
Sustainable living has become a much talked about trend over the past few years. However, it’s for a very good reason, when many of our choices impact the world we live in.
What does sustainable living really mean? Fundamentally, it’s about making choices that have less impact on the environment.
When we choose natural or renewable items, it impacts in many ways. We create less waste, less need for consumables and less demand on the system.
Recent studies have shown that household consumers are some of the biggest drains on the planet. That’s because all of the biggest polluters:
Are all exacerbated by us as consumers. Everything we need is serviced by these industries.
The US, Australia and Luxembourg have the largest carbon footprint per capita, while the UK isn’t far behind. If we, as consumers, change our habits, then those industries also have to change.
What Can We Do at Home?
When it comes to our home, we can look at ways to make it greener, particularly in the bedroom. This could also have a positive impact on our wellbeing.
Simple things like not throwing something away but looking at how it can be repurposed. For certain items, there’s the option to buy second-hand, therefore not creating a need for more materials.
Sometimes we have to buy new, but if you get creative, you can make use of something you already have. If something is broken, get it fixed, don’t just throw it away.
Making the Bedroom Greener
When it comes to the room where we take our rest, it makes sense to go green. You will sleep better at night knowing that you have made more sustainable choices.
The first thing to think about is your bed. Obviously, you don’t want to sleep on something that someone else has.
The bed is a personal choice that you need to be happy with. However, you should look at it as a long-term decision.
You need a bed that will last, so you don’t need to replace it. Divan Beds Centre has high quality beds that are absolutely dreamy, so you won’t want to get rid of it.
When you buy new, don’t buy cheap items – make sure that they will last.
Then what comes on your bed is the next thing. There are many brands now that provide eco-friendly bedding.
If you’re looking for cotton, make sure it is:
- Fair trade
- Organically harvested
Look for brands where you know where it originated. Part of sustainable living is ensuring that people are paid properly for their work.
- Eucalyptus fibres to replace cotton, which uses far less water for production
- Organic linen
- Bamboo-based products
The appliances in your bedroom should also be friendly to the environment. Your ac installation, for instance, must have a competitive energy efficiency rating.
Upcycling and Second-hand Furniture
If you need inspiration about what can be upcycled or second-hand, consider:
- Second-hand lamps
- Second-hand or upcycled bedside tables
- Second-hand chaise longue
- Second-hand or upcycled mirror
- A statement armchair – designed by you!
You may not think that you are particularly crafty, but just a lick of paint can upcycle a piece.
If you want to buy a piece to upcycle, look on:
- Facebook Marketplace
- Local Community Noticeboards
To see if you can pick up any cheap second-hand pieces. Then get some sandpaper and your chosen shade and get to work!
Every time you see it, you’ll be reminded of how you put your mark on it. It will provide a sense of pride in your cosy space.
Adding Some Greenery
House plants are a wonderful addition to your bedroom. The main reason is that they purify the air, so they keep your breathing clean.
They also look good and are known for perking people up. Think of the following:
- A colourful tall plant in the corner of the bedroom
- A peace lily on your bedside table
- Fresh daffodils from your garden
If you like fresh cut flowers, consider growing them yourself as this is more sustainable than buying all the time.
A Greener Sleep
Making your bedroom more sustainable is a great place to start, and you have many options. You will find that you’ll want to make other rooms eco-friendly too.