In a world where companies are always working hard to keep on top of demand, consumers have a lot of power. If everyone in the world decided to stop using products which are potentially harmful to the environment, businesses would stop stocking them, instead looking for alternatives which they can still sell. Although this isn’t going to happen overnight, we can still make a difference when updating our homes, and hopefully influence others around us to do the same too.
Why Go Green?
You may not be able to change everyone’s minds, but your personal footprint can still be greatly reduced. In a time where pioneers can be found everywhere, making these changes before other people is far from a bad thing, and you could be setting trends which save the world. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the easiest ways to turn your DIY green, while also making the process of getting it done much easier to cope with.
The Options You Have
Choosing Materials: The first stage in this sort of journey will be choosing the materials which you will be using for your DIY jobs. There are loads of examples of eco-friendly materials out there, with options like recycled wood boards being very cheap and good for the world at the same time. There are loads of websites out there which can help you to source eco-friendly materials for your DIY projects. Of course, though, it will be worth doing some research surrounding each of the options you find.
Recycling: When you’re doing a DIY job, a lot of the components you will be looking at won’t be simple materials. From furniture to the fittings in the bathroom, most of these items can be found as recycled options, and it won’t hamper the quality of your job. Instead, you could add some unique charm to your home with an odd mix of mismatched pieces. This sort of look has become quite popular in recent years, thanks to the low price and reliable nature of products like these.
Upcycling: Some people will prefer to add their own twist to items, rather than simply finding them in a secondhand store. Upcycling is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to save money on a beautiful home. In reality, though, this is more than good for just looks, and can have a positive effect on your footprint. Making something old and retro, like an old suitcase, into something new, like a display case, is nice and easy once you have some inspiration. Most people will find this sort of process very fun.
Adding Some Plants: Finally, as the last idea to help you, you don’t always have to go to extremes to make your place a little greener. Adding plants to the inside and outside of your home is like contributing to a very grand effort. Working together, all of the different plants in the world turn climate-changing CO2 into breathable Oxygen. While their individual impact will be small, you will still be making a difference to your place with plants, and a lot of people find the air quality in their home increases with this sort of change. Using sites like Instagram, it should be nice and easy to find inspiring ways to decorate your home with plants.
The Things To Avoid
When you put your time and energy into the right areas, it should be nice and easy to avoid making mistakes during this process. Most people will have a good idea of what is good and bad for the planet, and it will be easy to see if something has needlessly large amounts of packaging. Of course, though, this isn’t the only issue to look out for, so there are some examples of the different ones below.
The Ultra-Cheap: Saving money and getting a good deal when you’re buying something new isn’t always a good deal for the planet. Companies making budget options often have to walk a fine line between producing enough emissions to be illegal and staying green enough to keep working. There will be a lot of waste, pollution, and other nasty fallout during the manufacturing and transport of these goods. In some cases, you may find budget DIY materials which are perfectly good for the environment, so it’s worth doing some research at this stage.
Limited Materials: Of course, treating the environment correctly isn’t always about keeping the Ozone layer intact. Instead, a lot of the work which can be done is to protect what is down on the ground, like trees and rocks. Since the industrial revolution, the rate at which deforestation has occured has been sharply increasing. Choosing wood from irresponsible sources is a bad plan, and it’s worth researching your goods to make sure they aren’t endangered. There are loads of websites out there which can help you with this.
Fossil Sourced: Manufacturing can often be a very messy process. A lot of the synthetic materials being used today, like plastic and nylon, are made from crude oil which is taken from the ground. Being hard to get rid of and creating a lot of waste to create, these sorts of options are often some of the worst for the world. These options became very popular when money was short after WW2. Since, they have continued to grow in number, and only now are people realising that their convenience may not be worth it.
Hopefully, these insights will inspire you on your road to a green DIY dream. It can be hard to focus energy into something like this without some motivation, even if it feels bad to think about damage being done to the world. Of course, you have the power to turn negative feelings into action, and this is a very powerful tool to have when you’re working hard. We can all make a difference, and all we need to do is make a start somewhere.
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