Sustainability is one of today’s strongest trends and there is no doubt that a home can be both beautiful, inspiring and environmentally friendly. We shared our best tips for a sustainable lifestyle with Skanska Nya hem – for you, your home and your environment.
Preserve instead of replace
The hottest trend of them all is simple. In short, think twice before renovating the kitchen or replacing the couch and instead, do as much as possible with what you already have. Try changing the fabric of the couch instead of buying new – it’s often more gratifying.
Be picky when choosing materials
If you are going to decorate your home in a sustainable way, it is important to think an extra time about the materials of which the furniture or interior design are made. Wool, linen and solid wood are materials that only grow more beautiful over time.
Ceramics, porcelain figures or textiles – a great tip to make your home personal is to decorate with handmade items. Do it yourself or buy from your local artists.
Making bargains on a flea market or auction is fun – and it’s also a real sport! In recent years, it has become easier than ever with auction sites like Bukowskis.se, Lauritz.com or Auktionsverket.se. Or why not go around your neighborhood to look for local antique and second hand stores?
Turn to nature
There are many gold grains out in nature that we can decorate our home with. For example, a branch along with two leather straps may become a clothes’ rack. Nice, practical and easy to make!
Less plastic at home
There are several reasons why it is good to have a plastic-free home. First, you get rid of poisons, but it’s also a pleasure to replace plastic products with more durable materials like wood, fabric or glass. Begin in the kitchen and replace all the plastic products that are heated, such as food boxes. Remember to submit as much as possible to recycling.
Extend the life of textiles
The textile industry is one the dirtiest there is; the fourth largest source of environmental emissions. Therefore, it is good to think about one’s clothing and textile consumption. The best you can do? Use garments until they are worn out.
Leave the car at home
Research shows that a large part of textiles’ environmental footprints are generated when we take the car to buy them. Plan your purchases and try to leave your car at home. Often e-commerce is a more eco-friendly alternative than driving to the store.
Scale down – less is more!
Trend experts agree – less is the new black. Buy less and focus on fewer, well-chosen things that are special just for you and that you will enjoy today, tomorrow and for many days to come.
A collaboration with Skanska Nya Hem
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