Go green in your bedroom with these sustainable decor picks

April 24, 2019 by  
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Whether you’re building, have just moved into a new home or are renovating your current room, considering eco-friendly materials can be a healthier decision for both you and the environment. Here are some floor-to-ceiling options for your space. Flooring Introduce sustainable products to your room starting from the ground up. Flooring is a significant investment during any remodel, but the price of eco-friendly options are holding pace with more conventional products these days. Cork is a natural product that doesn’t require cutting down the tree for harvest. The cork is a bark that actually grows outside the tree and is shaved off. Cork is anti-microbial and fire resistant. Bamboo , increasingly used in many products from building materials to socks, continues to see a rise in popularity because of the quick regrowth and environmentally friendly growing practices. Glass tiles, concrete and rubber are other options. If you are looking for carpet, check into wool or those made with recycled plastic (PET). Related: The best eco-friendly floor options for your home Paint In your effort to bring the green into your bedroom, choose any color of recycled paint . More and more companies are recycling unused paint, bringing it back to life instead of adding to the waste stream. There are also paints with soybean and sunflower oils as well as recycled plastic for the resin. Vegetable matter, clay, chalk and other natural materials are just some of the options paint manufacturers have incorporated into their products. Furniture With new flooring and wall color, it might be time to switch out the bedroom furniture, too. Fortunately, there are many furniture options that offer a sustainable solution. You can choose from bamboo and other natural woods, of course. But then there are furniture options made with recycled materials like the Sactional , which recycles water bottles in the manufacturing process. Buying pre-owned items is another earth-friendly option. If you decide to buy new, look for companies with good sustainability practices like West Elm, which is FSC- and fair-trade certified and made in the U.S. Plants Incorporating houseplants into your interior design not only adds visual interest and the calming vibes of nature, but also freshens the air by adding oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. Plants in your bedroom can hang from a hook in the ceiling, sit in a window sill or rest on a piece of furniture. One tricky thing about houseplants is that photosynthesis mostly takes place during the day, which means they may release that carbon dioxide back into the air while you’re sleeping. Certain plants such as orchids, succulents, snake plants and bromeliads, however, work in the opposite way, cleaning up the air while you slumber. Related: 9 ways to introduce nature into your dull work space Air purifiers Even though plants help, commercially available air purifiers can really filter out allergens . They come at a cost though —  to both your pocket and the waste stream. Instead, look into eco-friendly options to purify your bedroom air like the low-power consuming Andrea Air Filter that uses plants to more effectively filter the air. Another option is the Chikuno Cube, a natural air purifier made from an ultra-fine powder of activated bamboo charcoal and clay minerals. Himalayan pink salt has natural purification capabilities. This material is available in a variety of lamps that also offer a unique touch to your decor. To minimize the pollutants in your room from petroleum-based candles , incorporate natural beeswax candles instead. Eco-friendly electronics If you must have electronics in your room, be sure to choose those that use less energy and produce less waste. Start by checking out the Energy Star label on any televisions you consider purchasing. An even more in-depth rating comes from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT. Products with this certification have met standards in eight key areas of environmental concern such as material selection, post-consumer waste, packaging and extension of lifecycle. If you are replacing an old TV, be sure to recycle it responsibly. Another product that might be in your bedroom is a computer. Newer models have become quite eco-friendly, too, but you have to look a little harder for them. Our favorite example is the options from iameco , a Dublin company that offers a 10-year design with replaceable and upgradable parts. The computers use less energy than others on the market and the casing is made from wood rather than plastic. Lighting Another source of energy consumption in your room is lighting. For a central light, a ceiling fan can work double-time as a light and fan, which can make the room more pleasant while offering some energy savings. For wall- or ceiling-mounted lights, look for products made with natural or recycled materials. Consider buying secondhand to intercept products from entering the waste stream. Related: 10 money-saving tips for a green home Also pay attention to the bulb. Standard halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and light emitting diode ( LED ) bulbs uses significantly less energy than an old-school incandescent. Linens We’ve covered a lot of the germane materials you might add to your room during a remodel or upgrade, but also consider your covers. Sheets, blankets and comforters can have a significant environmental impact. Choose organic cotton instead of standard cotton, which creates chemical runoff. There are several certifications you can look for in your linens, each with its own standards and criteria regarding sourcing and types of materials, treatment of employees and environmental practices. These include Certified B Corporation, Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX®, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Green Business Certification. Images via Shutterstock

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This groovy ‘Sculpture Home’ in California can be yours for just $1.4 million

August 2, 2018 by  
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If you’re in the market for an extraordinary home just steps away from the Pacific Ocean, this unique modernist home can be yours for a cool $1.4 million . The curvaceous monolithic dwelling, which was designed by a landscape architect in 1969, is a truly unique space. With its continuous flowing curves that wind from the exterior to the interior and various periscope-like lookouts, the home’s design gives off a quirky yet tranquil atmosphere. Located between Monterrey and Santa Cruz and just steps away from the beach, the home has a striking modernist style and all-white facade, enhanced with various periscope-like lookouts that jut out from different angles around the structure. A 5,000-square-foot garden oasis,  landscaped with winding paths and drought-resistant plants, only adds to the home’s allure. Related: Unique asymmetrical home in the Netherlands takes a novel approach to sustainability The interior space continues with a whimsical but sophisticated design that makes its 700 square feet seem much larger. The compact space exhibits expert craftsmanship throughout, from its smooth concrete floors and handmade glass tiles to the eye-catching stainless steel and glass staircase that leads to the bedroom.  The interior design is minimalist, with carefully-chosen furnishings that open up the space. The round living area has an abundance of windows and a curved seating and dining area with a gas chimney serving as the centerpiece. The living space is flooded with natural light thanks to the home’s many windows and glass doors. Upstairs, the bedroom is a quiet space with a private pod-like deck – a prime spot for enjoying beautiful sea views. Adjacent is a spa-inspired bathroom with a 54-inch round soaking tub that overlooks the garden. + Sculpture Home Photography by Brent Black

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10 Things in Your Bedroom You Can Reuse or Recycle

September 29, 2017 by  
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Your bedroom may not be a space where you keep a recycling bin, but many common bedroom items can be recycled. We’ve put together a list explaining how to reuse or recycle 10 items in your bedroom you shouldn’t throw away. The post 10 Things in…

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Minimalist Rigo Letto bed frame adds an effortless, contemporary feel to the bedroom

February 5, 2015 by  
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Environmentally friendly furniture brand Formabilio recently announced their latest addition: the Rigo Letto , a raised bed frame made from lacquered plywood that boasts a minimalist design and effortlessly adds a contemporary feel to any bedroom. Designed by Arianna Giovacchini, the oriental-inspired poplar plywood legs slot together for easy assembly. The bed frame is varnished with a matt, water-based lacquer in a choice of three different colors: black, light gray, or mole gray; the edges are left exposed with a clear varnish to reveal the plywood texture. The contemporary bed frame is available for single or double beds. + Formabilio The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arianna Giovacchini , bed frame , Formabilio , lacquered plywood , minimalist , plywood , poplar plywood , reader submitted content , Rigo Letto

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How to Find Love Using Feng Shui This Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2014 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Although some consider Valentine’s Day as a “Hallmark holiday”, I think it’s a great opportunity not only to do something special for your loved one but for yourself as well. I would say that assistance with finding love is something many of my feng shui clients ask for. Whether it’s finding new love or supporting existing love —it’s true that love makes the world go round! Here are a few feng shui tips to facilitate love for Valentine’s Day . Read the rest of How to Find Love Using Feng Shui This Valentine’s Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: basics of feng shui , feng shui , feng shui 101 , feng shui and romance , feng shui lessons , feng shui tips , feng shui to find love , feng shui valentine’s day , feng shui your bedroom , love and feng shui        

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Sancal’s Natural Collection; Good Furniture Locally-Made in Spain (Photos)

September 28, 2011 by  
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Image Credit: Sancal Located in Murcia, south-east Spain, Sancal is one of the few furniture companies still left in the country that manufacture locally and have not taken their production elsewhere where labor is cheaper and regulations often weaker. Their main material is FSC-certified wood as well as other natural materials. The pieces are hand-made but they don’t look it. This season’s theme which they presented at the

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Bicycle Helmets Decorated by Artists Auctioned for a Park

September 28, 2011 by  
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Photo: madisonbell These have to be the artiest bicycle helmets in town. Decorated by hot British artists such as Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn (above) and Peter Blake, it’s all for a good cause. The helmets are one of a kind and created for an auction to raise money for a new Olympic park. Why this money has to be raised by the public, rather than being paid for from the huge amount of resources going into the Olympics, is another question… … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Retired Lab Chimps Finally Experience Life Outdoors (Video)

September 28, 2011 by  
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Screenshot via YouTube For most of their lives, they were kept in tiny enclosures as guiltless prisoners, mere test subjects exploited for having a physiology analogous to our own. But now, after nearly 40 years of captivity, seven retired lab chimpanzees are learning what it means to be alive outdoors. Gone are the cold, metal cages and sterile biomedical equipment, replaced with a playground haven and the golden warmth of sunlight. All of this was made possible thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers, who, over the last year, worked to build the chimps … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Greek Company Gives Pay Rises to Employees That Protect the Environment and Themselves

September 15, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Coco-mat Recently I met the Spanish partners of Coco-mat , a greek company that makes sleeping products out of natural materials. The products are fantastic; made in Greece from renewable materials such as wood, wool, cotton , sea grass , horsehair, silk, linen, natural rubber, coco fibre and goose

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Just What We Needed Dept.: The Pyjamas Warming Pouch

September 6, 2011 by  
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The Unclutterer often shows us unitaskers, strange device that serve only one function and take up space in our drawers. I have a particular fondness for wattwasters, which are unitaskers that do one thing, take up space in our drawers, and waste electricity in the process. Few have reached the standard set here by the pyjama warming pouch . … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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