With all eyes on global warming and the longevity of our planet on a scale unprecedented in comparison to recent years, the need for everyone to assess the way they approach things in life has never been more important. From changing the way we get from place to place, to adopting where and how we live, everyone can do their bit to get the most of the planet without taking too much from it in turn.
One of the simplest things we can do is to change the bits and pieces around our home into a collection of eco friendly pieces that allow you to ‘do your bit.’ It’s easy to forget that it’s not only the materials that can add to a products carbon footprint, but also the way in which the manufacturing company creates their products and manoeuvres them across the country, as well as around the world.
Constituent parts of regular paint can include such things as formaldehyde and everyone’s favourite, Volatile Organic Compounds (the name says it all). According the World Health Organisation, professional decorators are 40% more likely to contract lung cancer, so it’s no surprise to learn just how harmful paint produced on the mass scale it is can be detrimental to a person’s health. In fact, it is also reported that just one litre of paint can produce 30 litres of toxic waste. Fear not however, because eco paint is here and ready to save the day.
Although currently eco paint constitutes a minutely small amount of the paint sector, they are easily available to buy online, are made from a mixture of plant-based products, are highly sustainable, no way near as harmful to the environment or humans and can be used pretty much anywhere regular paint can be used. It’s win-win whichever you look at it
In terms solid decoration, one of the most innovative products of recent years is called Capri-cork, a new kind of hard flooring made from recycled cork and rubber. This eco friendly master wave comes in a variety of colours and styles, but all are products of recycled plastic, rubber and cork; it’s innovation at its very best.
It’s common knowledge that energy saving light bulbs have come under a lot of scrutiny in recent years. Comedians waste no time in jumping in to attack the measly amount of light produced by these bulbs that use very little electricity. But energy saving bulbs have come a long way since their inception and products such as the Teknion Conflux LED lamp, needing just 9 watts to operate, showcase brilliantly the capability of these marvellous little eco treats.
Eco-furniture is the easiest to get hold of for the regular consumer, which many companies now sourcing their wood from sustainable sources. You would be hard pushed now to find a furniture company who did not have an interest in sustainable wood. Of course some companies are more into it than others and pieces by Edwin Blue or even IKEA provide you with practical and stylish furniture that doesn’t hurt your wallet or the environment.
There’s so much to think about when addressing this topic, that there is no way to discuss it all. So many companies now have their eyes on eco living as it permeates more and more into our culture that it’s so easy to source products to allow you to do your bit. You don’t have to live in a tree house, something as easy as a change of light bulb will go a long way.
Article by Greg O’Hara
Greg O’Hara is a freelance writer and professional blogger based in the UK. He is here writing on behalf of Budget Windows, providers of UPVC conservatory quotes and installation.