Green Your Re-Decorating Plans

Posted on March 5, 2016

Green decorating isn’t just good for the planet, but can also create the oasis we want while reducing our exposure to toxins. Here are 9 ways to re-decorate and be green at the same time...

1. Upcycle: Upcycling is reusing (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original. If you need to freshen up your home, look for items that could be given a new look or function (pinterest is great for inspiration!). Join us Thur March 11 for our Upcycle the Everyday Workshop to learn to repurpose "disposable" items!

2. Buy used: Find great new (to you) items for your home at antique stores, consignment or re-sale stores or online from Kijiji or craigslist. Not only can you get some great finds, you can save money, too!

3. Swap with friends: Have a decor swap with your friends to switch out knick knacks, paintings, rugs, baskets and other household items. What bores you may be exactly what your friend is looking for.

4. Buy sustainable: When there’s no choice left but to buy new head for a local and  sustainable producer. REAP has a list of local businesses selling sustainable household items. If you’re looking for bedroom items or linens go natural with Black Sheep Mattress company.

5. Hire help: Hire an eco-conscious decorator, such as Dovecote Design, to help you make the greenest changes & get the look you want.

6. Paint Green: If you’re going to add a fresh coat of paint, Find a brand with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Check out this guide to help choose non-toxic paints and finishes.

7. Lightbulbs: When you’re switching up your lights go for CFL and LED lightbulbs, which are 75-95% more efficient than incandescent bulbs.

8.  Donate: When you’re making space for the new don’t forget to dispose of the old sustainably. Habitat for Humanity ReStore takes windows, doors, paint, hardware, lumber, tools, lighting fixtures, furniture and appliances. Organizations such as Good Will or the Calgary Inter-faith Furniture Society take furniture and smaller household items.

9. Recycle: The City of Calgary has great waste guide, so you can send the least amount as possible to the landfill.

Are you re-decorating?  What have you found or done to be a bit more eco-conscious? Tweet or post your ideas to share with others.