You’ve spent months searching for the perfect apartment and now that you’ve finally signed on the dotted line, the real work begins, decorating your space. For the eco-conscious there are a number of products available that are made from eco-friendly and recycled materials, making it easier than ever to create your own green space!
A trend that’s becoming more and more popular is the notion of purchasing recycled furniture for your apartment. There are a number of companies that are now producing coffee tables, dining room sets and even lounge chairs out of natural wood and other recycled materials. Many of these items can be found online or if you really want to do some searching, check out your local flea markets and antique shops.
The Writing’s on the Wall
Most of us would never even think that paint can be eco-friendly, but times have changed! Many of today’s paints are low-VOC, meaning that while many paints and finished release low levels of toxic emissions into the air years after they’ve been applied, paints with low-VOC levels reduce this risk. The result is that the indoor quality of your apartment is increased while the level of toxins you emit decreases. Most paint manufacturers now produce one or more non-VOC variety of paint. These new paints are durable, cost-effective and less harmful to human and environmental health.
Light the Way to a Greener Space
One of the easiest ways to ensure that your apartment is the greenest on the block is to simply choose light fixtures that either use LED lights or CFL bulbs. CFL blubs last longer than traditional light bulbs and use less energy so not only will you be reducing your footprint, but you’ll also be reducing the money coming out of your wallet each month for utilities. Another simple way to green your space is by making the switch to large decorative candles to candles made of soy or beeswax. These candles are free of petroleum distillates and burn longer and cleaner than standard candles.
Sweet Green Dreams
Unlike a few years ago, organic bedding is available at most major retailers and come in a variety of colors and textures, making it easy to create a living space that not only fits your taste, but also fit your quest to go green in every room in your apartment. Organic cotton and hemp bedding is not only super soft, but can also reduce the number of allergens that are typically floating around any apartment, making the air cleaner and safer to breathe, especially while you sleep.
Creating your dream green apartment is an easily attainable goal in this day and age. Furniture and accents can all be made from recycled and organic components; you just need to know where to look!