1. Build an ecological houseEcological houses are the best examples in terms of ecology. By using renewable materials and limiting the carbon footprint, they prove that it is possible to build homes while respecting the environment. Indeed, the passive house is based on an intelligent use of solar energy, efficient thermal insulation and ventilation control. Positive energy buildings go even further since they produce more energy than they consume. Of course, an ecological house can be up to 50% more expensive than traditional housing. But the game is worth the candle! The passive house will allow you to save on your energy bills. Remember that it takes an average of 10 to 20 years for this type of housing to be profitable, but once this step is over, the savings will be significant. The good news ? Many financial aids (tax credits, subsidies, etc.) can reduce this investment. To find out more about local and national funding, you can consult the ADEME (Environment and Energy Management Agency) website. In any case, if passive construction is not an obligation, nothing prevents you from being inspired by it. Solar panels, wind turbines, biomass, rainwater recovery, plant insulation, wood stove ... Nothing is too good to live in harmony with nature!
2. Favor sustainable materials for decoration
© Tikamoon From small decorative objects to large furniture, eco-friendly materials are more and more numerous. Creators and designers have understood this and have taken hold of these durable materials. Some brands, such as Gautier furniture, have even made it their credo and we can only encourage them! Among the sustainable materials, wood remains essential. Of course, the wood must come from sustainably managed forests that fight against deforestation. To be sure you are not mistaken, refer to the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) labels. Besides wood, you can also choose biodegradable furniture like cork and bamboo or recyclable like cardboard and copper. For the rest of the decor, it's the same thing! Prefer floor coverings without chemical additives or emission of pollutants. Same thing for paints that you can choose ecological. In general, condemn plastic! Trade your plastic bottles with recycled glass models and buy your products in bulk to keep them in jars. Not only will you help the planet but in addition, this decorating tip will allow you to have a trendy interior.
3. Reuse rather than throw away
© With recycling, it is no longer a question of buying but of recovering old objects to give them a new life. Either we restore old furniture and customize small decorative items to make them look like new, or we create new ones by diverting items. Anyway, recycling is not just a fashion phenomenon, it's a way of saying STOP to our overconsumption society. With it, nothing is lost, everything is transformed! The flea market spirit meets a considerable boom and more than ever, the old becomes the trend. A heathered piece of furniture thus finds a second youth with a few strokes of paint and new buttons. And to meet this new demand, digital flea markets, such as Brocante Lab, have emerged. As for barter, which we thought had disappeared, it is constantly gaining ground and thus shows the extent of this ecological and united phenomenon. If wooden pallets are recovered to create new furniture, simple everyday objects can also be diverted from their primary functions. An old colander thus becomes a flowerpot to enhance its flowers in an original way. And if the recovery trend has many followers, it is precisely because it promotes our creativity! Thinking in an alternative way is therefore to think outside the box! But above all, it means making huge savings while taking care of the planet. What more ?
4. Promote craftsmanship and made in France
© Freepik Choosing a responsible decoration means giving as much interest to aesthetics as to ethics. And what could be better than handicrafts to reconcile the two? To respond to this return to safe values, we therefore call on professionals in the art professions. Ceramics is more than ever the trend in tableware. As for the macramé, which is all the rage in all bohemian interiors, it highlights artisanal weaving techniques from around the world. As you can see, craftsmanship is coming back, and that's good! To go further in an ecological approach, short circuits and made in France are an opportunity to consume differently. Beyond being a united approach, this method of purchasing restores value to products. Most convinced will say: buying French means being able to know the origin of the product, its materials and the working conditions for its manufacture. And if it works, it's good because there is a common desire to say stop to the abuse linked to overconsumption, right?