Why Choose Eco Friendly Materials for Your Home?

A lot has been said about the best ways to save money on the cost of a new kitchen. From upgrading old furniture to doing your own plumbing, there are a hundred and one different ways in which a savvy homeowner can protect their pockets and stay green at the same time. But in the search for the cheapest home renovation, it’s all too easy to lose sight of what’s actually best for the planet. And in the case of almost any home renovation, this usually comes down to what materials you’re using.

Why Do Materials Make a Difference?

The reason materials play such a large part in determining whether or not a project is eco-friendly, is because of the journey they take to reach your home and what gets taken away from the environment by their being removed.

For example, millions of acres-worth of trees are felled every year – often in endangered locations such as the rainforest – in order to provide materials for industries such as food and building. Not only that, but the emissions put out during the transportation of these trees to their final destinations, not to mention the by-products of their being transformed into furniture or other items, all contributes towards the destruction of the planet. So, by making a choice not to use materials which are sourced in this way, we actively and positively contribute towards helping our planet’s fragile ecology.

A Short Guide to Eco-Friendly Materials

There are plenty of eco-friendly materials which can be sourced cheaply and which are great for use in the home in a variety of different situations. Many of these materials are natural but some are also ‘man-made’. In this context, ‘man-made’ simply means that these materials wouldn’t be found naturally in the environment, but this doesn’t mean that they are unnatural per se. Many eco-friendly materials, such as HDPE, are either rescued from landfills or recycled from a multiplicity of different products which are combined to form a stronger finished product. Some of the best eco-friendly materials include:

-          HDPE: High-density polyethylene which is a type of plastic rescued from landfills.

-          Bamboo: Perfect for kitchen countertops as it can be easily treated to be food safe.

-          Recycled Glass: Strong and versatile – a particular favourite with designers.

Getting the Best Deal on Your Eco-Friendly Materials

As well as protecting the environment, it’s important not to forget that we also need our home renovations to be affordable. Luckily, and despite the modern fashion for recycling and green initiatives, it’s still relatively cheap to source and buy eco-friendly materials. A good place to start is at your local scrapyard or lumberyard – the latter being a particular favourite for those interested in constructing furniture, countertops or any other thoughtful design detailing.

If you’re struggling to find the materials you want for your home, you can always turn to a professional interior designer for help. This is where the modern fascination for recycling can come in handy, as most of these professionals will know exactly where to start. But only use this option as a last resort after you’ve exhausted all your other avenues of research.


From time to time we publish guest articles. This article was written for us by Vickie Bailey.

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