The key for sustainability can be complex; here are the Top 5 things to consider when choosing a new sustainable product for a healthier home.
1. What is the sustainable product made out of?
Sustainable products may be eco-friendly – this may be recycled or sourced in a sustainable way. But also think about the process of how it has been made and the effect it has had on the environment to obtain or make the item.
An example is bamboo – after bamboo is cut, it will re-grow, unlike most timbers.
2. How long does the product last for?
This is where your choice of design will come in. It’s pretty risky to pick the popular trends as they come and go so quickly now. Instead, find timeless designs where possible (especially for your larger, more expensive items). The longer the product will last in your home, the more sustainable – it’s that simple.
3. What is the cost and what is the investment?
That’s right, the effect the cost of an item will have on your bank balance is a huge thing to think about. Do not go out of your limits of affordability otherwise, it is simply not sustainable. An item that might be sustainable for one person, might not be for you and only you can make that choice. On the same token, often cheapest does not mean best as it generally won’t last as long.TEST – I never make my choices based on impulse. Go away and sleep on it (Yes it might be hard) but if you really love the item, you will think about it morning, noon and night. If you don’t, you have just saved yourself some money! Impulse buys do not have the same rewarding feeling as a great sustainable purchase.
4. What effect does it have on the environment when you use it?
For instance, if you are purchasing a product that uses water or electricity – check the star rating. Is there an option that saves more water or power? If so, rethink your choice. The higher the star rating, the lower your power bills will be!
5. How does the item affect your room?
Decide before you buy. Where will the item go in your house? Confirm that it fits with your décor so far. If this item is going to replace another, what will you do with the other? Can it be recycled, passed on or thrown out? The latter should be avoided where possible as long as the product isn’t broken, but if it is beyond repair, please just make sure you dispose of it correctly. If it is not being replaced, is it going to add to clutter? A minimalist look is going to be much better for your state of mind and creating a healthy home.