Sustainable decoration: how to have a zero waste home easily and cheaply

Sustainability is not a fad: it is a necessity, it is a commitment (with us, with others and with the planet) and, above all, it is a responsibility. It is a way of life that is becoming more and more essential and that we are gradually adopting, even through small gestures in our day-to-day life, which, however, have a great global impact in the medium and long term. We all have internalized gestures such as recycling, but living in a sustainable home goes much further than separating waste before throwing out the garbage.

It is in our power to make the most of all that we have so as not to waste money or resources, therefore, sustainable cosmetics have long been in our toiletry bag, and responsible fashion is increasingly occupying a more important place among the firm proposals (low cost included). But, How can we apply this green conscience in our home? In addition to betting on furniture, ornaments and textiles made in a responsible way with sustainable materials, the second-hand market, on the one hand, and el DIY (do it yourself) on the other hand, they help us to give a second life to everyday elements, creating completely renewed decorative elements, following the tastes or trends of each moment. And without spending or wasting!

Zero waste movements also promote a responsible consumption and lifestyle in which only the really necessary waste is generated and highly polluting products such as plastic are avoided. As Lucía García, a home expert at ManoMano (a portal specializing in DIY and decoration) comments, “if what you want is to progressively, consciously and responsibly change your lifestyle, the best way is to start in your own home”, and she invites us start looking at the labels on our home textiles: « save, donate or give away all those textiles such as cushions, plaids and blankets that do not come from recycled or biodegradable materials like organic cottons, jute, linen, etc., and keep what you really need and do not contain toxins such as alkylphenols, heavy metals or phthalates «.

The bet on him ‘plastic free’ It is spreading rapidly: there are more and more biodegradable packaging and the use of plastics is being massively replaced by other more sustainable and reusable materials such as wood, ceramic or glass. In addition, a gesture as simple (and old) as buying products in bulk and storing them in glass jars or bring our own cloth bags to shopping or the trolleys that are becoming so fashionable saves millions of tons of plastic every year around the world.

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Lastly, we can’t forget efficient water consumption (you know, at least turn off the tap when you’re not using it) and Energy (the planet and your electricity bill will thank you for using energy-saving light bulbs or devices), as well as the commitment to renewables, an upward trend with the installation of solar panels, for example.