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How to style your home with sustainable décor
2. Shop locally
Australian eco-friendly homeware brands have stepped up to help save our planet by creating thoughtful, beautifully designed products that have been sustainably and ethically produced. Take, for example, Australian bedding brand Koala. Best known for its mattress in a box, the company also manufactures bedroom and living room furniture with a minimal footprint on the earth. It also donates 1% of its profits towards environmental charities. Other local eco brands we love include Olieve & Olie organic bathroom products, handmade on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, and Koskela – one of Australia’s best places to shop for innovative and inspiring furniture with low impact on the environment. To find environmentally responsible furniture, look for pieces with Green Tick or Good Environmental Choice Australia accreditation.
From bathroom products to cleaning products and the sheets you sleep in; every element of your home styling can be well thought out with an eco-conscious mind. If you take the time to research the products you’re buying you will save money (as quality items will last longer) and the planet at the same time. The key is to look for high quality materials and ingredients and to support brands that give back to the planet – such as Who Gives a Crap, which creates 100% recycled toilet paper and donates 50% of profits to build toilets in the developing world.
Indoor plants add beauty and greenery to an abode. The best bit? They have minimal impact on the earth, especially if you support your local nursery. Some indoor plants, such as the Peace Lily and Boston Fern, can significantly reduce both VOCs (a group of carbon-based chemicals) and carbon dioxide from the air, too, meaning your home will be clean, green, and happy. Bliss.
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