Designing a Sustainable Home

By : Chua Pei Ling
29 April 2019

‘Sustainability’ seems to be the buzz word these days but what does it really mean? Put simply, being sustainable means going green and being conscious of what is good for the planet and our living environment. And it’s not just limited to recycling your garbage. Did you know that you can furnish your home in a way that is chic yet eco-friendly?

Here are 5 simple ideas on how you can go green when decorating your home.

Paint

They say a fresh coat of paint can transform a room – we think so too! If you are planning to paint your room or home, be sure to choose eco-friendly paint with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) as it emits less harmful fumes.

Candles

Love scented candles? You can show care for the environment by picking non-toxic and eco-friendly candles made from natural materials such as soy or beeswax. Such candles produce less soot and pollutants than a candle made from paraffin wax, thus contributing to better air quality. Check the labels before your next purchase!

 

Decorative Plants

Houseplants are great for sprucing your home with a dash of colour and a breath of fresh air! After all, plants help to purify the air and rid your home of harmful toxins and pollutants. Read about the best houseplants to purify and beautify your home.

Upcycling

Instead of spending money on a new décor piece, how about trying your hand at some DIY work? Repurpose old clothes, bottles or jars and turn them into original décor items that are uniquely yours. Here are some ideas worth checking out: pallet coasters, upcycled plastic bottle holder, and scented candles!

Natural Materials

Ever wondered how you can be eco-friendly too in your choice of furniture? Pick the pieces that are made from sustainably sourced materials and stay away from plastics or leather.

Do you have any other cool ideas? Tell us via mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg or leave a comment below!


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