How to Reduce Your Ecological Footprint in Your Home
by Brayden Solberg
Welcome to 2023! Now that the ball has dropped and we are all feeling a little more optimistic about achieving our goals in the new year, there’s never been a better time to ponder different ways to be a better person. I’m not talking about personal goals, I’m talking big picture collective goals we all need to consider in order to keep our world spinning on an axis for the years to come.
Whether you’re already walking the path of nature-friendly consciousness, your home is a great place to look for new ways to reduce your ecological footprint. Here are some ways to help the Earth by upgrading your home.
Reuse, Refurbish, Recycle
One of the largest silent saviours for the planet in recent years has been the push to stop fast fashion. Vintage clothing is cool again. Whether or not Macklemore’s 2012 hit single, “Thrift Shop” lifted the trend to the surface can be argued but what can’t be disputed is the new world-wide acceptance of recycled product.
This just in: furniture is all in on saving the world. More and more we are seeing furniture brands include recycled materials in their products in a conscious effort to decrease the amount of waste. Whether you are DIYing home décor or claiming your aunt's “vintage” couch, you don’t have to settle for used furniture to make a positive impact from the comfort of your home.
Beautyrest is committed to providing environmentally sustainable and cost-effective products for everyone! Their Maui Cove and Maui Driftwood mattresses are made with recycled plastic from the ocean. The SEAQUAL sustainable fabric helps promote cleaner oceans with every mattress sold. On top of their eco-friendly initiative, the Maui Cove Queen Mattress is relatively affordable at Dufresne!
Similar to Beautyrest, Décor-Rest is prioritizing the environment when it comes to creating their furniture. With goals to cut down on toxic furniture materials, the Fiona Sofa by Décor-Rest features eco-friendly green soya foam filler that helps preserve the environment plus provides a new level of comfort in your living room.
In 2023, you are where you eat. Dining tables provide the perfect place to make an informed decision on environmentally conscious products that do their part to help the planet.
The Oxford Dining Table is a great option for home owners looking to add a stylish dining room centerpiece while prioritizing healthy eco-friendly shopping. Featuring natural sheesam wood, this cool grey table is a fully sustainable and made to be a statement piece in your home.
One of the best ways to reduce your ecological footprint is by conserving the amount of energy you are using in your home every day. Whether it’s biking to work or turning off the lights in your home, shedding pointless energy consumption helps keep money in your pocket and preserve the planet.
Here’s a few ways you can invest in upgrading your home with energy efficient and eco-friendly options.
If you’re a new homeowner or moving out of the house for the first time you might not realize how much energy is drawn from your washer and dryer. Investing in an energy efficient laundry pair is eco-friendly and will ultimately put money back in your pocket.
ENERGY STAR® certified, the Electrolux Front Load Pair achieves optimal energy consumption and features technology that makes your clothing last longer. Electrolux washers and dryers feature new care technology that helps extend the the lifespan of your clothing by an extra nine months which can reduce carbon, waste and water footprints by 20% to 30%.
Air fryers were a hit in 2022 but the trend won’t be left in last year. In order to save space and eliminate energy and the materials needed to create a series of kitchen appliances, homeowners can invest in a do-it-all eco-friendly microwave that frees up counter space and saves you money.
KitchenAid Over-the-Range Convection Microwaves combine an air fryer, convection mode, grill mode, steamer and ventilation hood, all in one space-saving appliance that fits above your cooktop or range, freeing up your countertops for more making and less waste.
The best way to lower your electric bill is to add energy efficient appliances to your home. Eco-friendly credibility is an important factor in the decision to upgrade kitchen and laundry appliances and ENERGY STAR® is the golden standard.
ENERGY STAR® is a government-backed symbol to mark energy efficient products for homeowners and renters without bias. The LG Dishwasher is ENERGY STAR® certified and features a Inverter Direct Drive Motor that utilizes fewer moving parts to save energy. Investing in the LG Dishwasher provides three great benefits: saves you money, saves you time and saves the planet—you can’t argue with that!
Go Green in 2023
There’s never been a more important time to be eco-friendly, so why not start in your own home? Find products that match your needs and invest in energy efficient upgrades that keep more money in your pocket and help preserve the Earth for the years to come.
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