Sustainability is an important practice we should all be practicing into our daily routines more and more. It goes beyond recycling. Sustainability is also about attempting to reduce the amount of materials we consume and eliminate the toxic materials that are widely used in all kinds of everyday items. If you in need of revamping or upgrading a part of your house, it can be worth it to consider how to do so in an environmentally friendly way.
There’s no better place to start than the bedroom. Your bedroom is your hub. It is your place to relax, rest, and gain privacy. It can also be a sustainable oasis. Here’s how:
Start with the bed. You can easily upgrade your sheets to natural option. There are lots of options for organic and free trade materials. One cool option is bamboo sheets. As the name implies, they are made from bamboo and are very eco-friendly in addition to being extremely soft and cooler than cotton sheets. You won’t regret it.
Organic mattresses and pillows
You should be replacing your mattress about every 8 years and your pillows about every six to 18 months, depending on the quality of your pillow. This is mainly for hygienic and health reasons. Overtime, your mattress and pillows fill up with old dead skin that inevitably fall on them. They can start to smell and worse, attract bugs like dust mites. They can also sag leading to less support and restless sleep. When it’s your time to re-up, once again consider organic and fair trade products.
We’ve come a long way from the lead paint that popularly bedecked the walls of many American homes in the ’70s. But there are still an array of chemicals present in your paint. If you want to freshen up the walls of your bedroom, best to look for eco-friendly paint that says “Zero-VOC” on the label which means the paint won’t release harmful chemicals into the air.
This is the reuse part of the recycling mantra, “reduce, reuse, recycle”. It’s a great idea to buy second-hand furniture because it is cheaper, more eco-friendly, and can often lead to great finds. It will make your bedroom more unique compared to the result you would have from shopping at Ikea.
Of course, adding plants to your room scream sustainability. In addition to adding fresh oxygen to your room, the plants will liven up your surroundings and encourage natural light and relaxation. It’s the little extra details that take a room from “comfy” to an “oasis”.
Use the right lighting
Your bedroom should be full of light. The more natural light, the better, but that’s not always an option. Short of knocking a wall down, try filling your room with warm lights. Make it sustainable warm light and replace your burnt out incandescent bulbs with LEDs for greater energy savings and cleaner conversion of kilowatts. The right lighting in a space can change a dreary place into a dream.
Take these steps to elevate your bedroom to a sustainable oasis and you won’t regret it. You’ll be spending a lot of your time in a place that is healthier for you and the environment and all the cozier for it.