Home decor trends are ever-changing. If you're someone who likes to change up the look of your space, your choices have a tangible environmental impact. The next time you feel the urge to purge and redecorate, we hope you'll give these sustainable home decor ideas consideration. Your new decor can be beautiful and environmentally friendly.
Shop sustainable brands
If you're trying to lead a more sustainable life, and decorate your home with sustainable decor, buying items from sustainable brands just makes good sense. For sustainable textiles, like bedding, it's worth checking out small and environmentally-focused companies like Coyuchi. The organic textile brand supports environmentally and socially-conscious initiatives. Bigger companies you may already know and love, like West Elm, can be surprising sources for sustainable home decor, too.
Buy second hand
When's the last time you went antique and vintage shopping? Shopping second hand is a great idea if you want to incorporate sustainable decor into your home. Because you are giving the items a second chance, and preventing them from winding up in a landfill, you're doing your part for the planet. Finding fabulous furniture, dining ware and textiles is easy in thrift shops, antique stores and vintage shops. Look for an antique mall or a thrift depot to get all your shopping done in one go! One caveat -- we don't recommend buying bedding and towels second hand.
Look for natural materials
A great way to keep your decor sustainable is to focus on items made with natural and biodegradable materials. Think wood, bamboo, cotton, wool, porcelain and glass etc. Try to avoid items made from toxic or synthetic materials that won't break down when you eventually give them the boot. It's not a given that you'll keep your decor forever, or that someone will repurpose it after you tire of it, so it's best to ensure it will break down in a landfill if that's where it ends up one day. You'd be surprised by what some common household decor items are made of. Candles, for example, can be quite harmful to the environment. Many are toxic and not biodegradable. If you buy them, look for soy candles and beeswax candles.
BentallGreenOak hopes these sustainable decor ideas help breathe new life into your home.