Three Ways to Ditch the Wood for a Greener Home in 2016

Choosing more environment friendly products for the home is a growing trend and for some, might be a New Year’s resolution. But some people are still stuck with the misconception that doing so is just too expensive or that eco-friendly decorating can’t be attractive. In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are plenty of affordable, even downright cheap options.

From commercial products to DIY projects, there’s something just about anyone can do to lighten the footprint their household has and even save money in the long run. Especially when it comes to wood. Here are just a few tips for a greener home in 2016.

Warming Up with an Eco Friendly Fireplace

No, you don’t have to rip out your fireplace and replace the entire thing with greener materials. You could, of course, but just choosing what goes into your fireplace is a great start as well. Save some of the trees out there by using something like Java-Logs, which is created from coffee grounds.

Green Cut Wood. Image by kaboompics via Pixabay

Beautiful, Functional Modern Blinds Minus the Wood

Wood blinds do add a special touch to any decor. But if you want to save some money and again, save some trees then consider faux wood blinds. Most faux wood blinds combine the use of a little wood along with a variety of man-made materials. They can give pretty much the same look, but they’re cheaper, more environmentally friendly and even more durable.

Faux wood blinds are much more durable, mainly because they resist humidity and moisture unlike most wooden blinds. Real wood blinds can easily split, warp or simply crack if they come into contact with too much moisture or heat. So for bathrooms and kitchens especially, faux is probably a better choice. They’re easier to clean, too. Just give ’em a dusting or if need be, they can be wiped down with warm water and a mild detergent. And to help reduce future buildup, a thin light film can be left on them when wiping them down.

Go 2nd Hand or DIY if You Can

When it’s time to buy new furniture or replace something, first try your hand at second hand stores, Craigslist, Freecycle or organizations like Habitat for Humanity’s Restore program. Brand new furniture can emit VOC’s. They’ll often have the ‘new’ smell, just a new car has that unique new car smell. Well truth is, that smell could be the combination of Benzene, Acetone, Formaldehyde, and many other chemicals we could all do without.

One of the biggest culprits of Formaldehyde is plywood, particle board and any wood products that have been glued together. But it can be found in electronics and upholstery materials, too. Especially crease-resistant fabrics. The dangers of Formaldehyde have been noted time and time again, yet the Environmental Protection Agency’s long-run attempt at regulating the use of this carcinogen is still an uphill battle.

Veronica Davis is a former Marine, now a mom of two boys who has found a passion for freelance writing. She loves cooking and rarely misses something in the food industry, but she also enjoys writing about business, home and anything interesting.