At EVOKE, sustainability is built into our core values. We implement the latest sustainable building practices with the goal of creating energy-efficient modern homes that blend indoor and outdoor living. Part of our commitment to sustainability is to foster a dialog that helps people discover ideas and eco-friendly products that can complement their homes. Here are some sustainable home décor ideas to explore:
Go Local and Handmade
When selecting décor for your home, consider incorporating items and art that are handmade by local artisans. By making this choice, you avoid purchasing mass-produced items that use up a great deal of energy during the manufacturing process. Another thing to keep in mind is that mass produced items are often transported long distances, a process that burns diminishing fossil fuels and contributes to greenhouse gases.
When purchasing items for your home, give special consideration to the materials from which the items were made. For example, woven grass and bamboo are both renewable materials that will naturally replenish themselves over time after they are gathered from their natural environments. These items are a better choice than materials made from fossil fuels.
Incorporating items and art made of recycled materials into your home’s décor can produce surprisingly beautiful results. Recycled glass in particular can be re-purposed into eye-catching mosaic pieces for the home or garden. Similarly, re-purposed weathered metal can be used to make industrial art, rustic weather vanes and more, depending on the look you wish to have in your home.
Seek Out Eco-Friendly Brands
As more homeowners become aware of the importance of reducing their environmental impact, more companies have formed to produce sustainable home products. For example, Bambeco offers items made of materials that are organic, reclaimed or renewable, such as dinnerware made of natural clay, serving pieces made of reclaimed wood, and even office accessories made of recycled leather. Another brand, VivaTerra, is also committed to sustainable home goods, offering handsome storage baskets made of woven palm leaves and water leaves, placemats made of reclaimed slate, and rugs made of recycled plastic bottles and packing materials.
One of the best ways you can reduce your carbon footprint is to go minimal, or purchase only the most essential pieces of furniture for your home, keeping non-essential items to a minimum and keeping your home’s surfaces clear of clutter. This approach not only encourages you to go for quality over quantity, but it also reduces stress. Better yet, a minimal approach helps the environment by reducing the carbon footprint of mass-produced trendy home goods that are purchased only to be replaced by new items down the road.