3 eco-friendly house tips you can use in any property
Are you looking to make your home more eco-friendly? Maybe you’ve had a smart meter fitted and are closely monitoring your energy consumption? Or perhaps you’ve replaced all the light bulbs with energy efficient models or invested in some loft or cavity wall insulation?
Whatever you’ve done or are planning to do, collectively, all of these eco-friendly changes can help make a big difference to your carbon footprint. Speaking of your footprint, there are some eco-friendly house ideas you can implement underfoot. We’ve listed 3 of them below:
Eco-friendly house tip 1: Invest in some eco-friendly underlay
Underlay may be one of those things we don’t necessarily think about until we’re ordering new carpet, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t spend more time considering it from now on. Taking the time to do your research before buying any underlay can really pay off – in both the comfort and sustainability stakes.
Take SpringBond® underlay, for instance, it’s renowned for being the greener, cleaner and safer underlay option. An eco-engineered underlay, SpringBond® is made from recycled PET plastic bottles and other single use plastics. Every day, 8 million pieces of plastic wind up in oceans across the world, but by joining forces with Plastic Oceans, SpringBond® aims to help play a massive part in helping deliver their vision of eliminating plastics pollution within a generation.
By choosing this underlay, the average homeowner could see up to 900 recycled bottles being reused to provide their homes with underlay that’s not just flame resistant and highly insulating, but contains zero harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Over time, VOCs build up in the air around us and can potentially lead to breathing difficulties and allergic reactions.
Eco-friendly house tip 2: Put some environmentally-friendly carpet on top of your underlay
It’s not just underlay that’s being produced from recycled materials these days; eco-friendly milestones are also being made within the world of carpet manufacturing too.
A prime example of this is the work that’s been done by award-winning Sedna® carpets. They’re a sustainable carpet brand who have set their sights on helping saving the world’s sea creatures from getting caught up in life-threatening waste, such as old fishing nets. They actually take these old nets and other rubbish and discarded materials, such as old carpets, and turn them into ECONYL®, a regeneration nylon that’s then used to make their carpets.
As soft and luxurious as they are durable, Sedna® carpets are also fitted with an ECO FusionBac textile back that’s made from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.
Eco-friendly house tip 3: Switch to sustainably sourced laminate flooring
If you don’t fancy carpet this time around or you’ve always had laminate flooring in a particular room/area, e.g. your hallway or dining room, the good news is there are environmentally-friendly options for you to choose from.
According to the North American Laminate Floor Association (NALFA), laminate is an eco-friendly choice that doesn’t contain any solvents, preservatives or any other chemicals that may aggravate allergies and asthma.
All of the laminate flooring and wood and tile effect products we sell are sustainably sourced and supplied by fully accredited and certifiable sources. This includes the IDS range of laminate flooring that carry the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) logo. This means their products have come from sustainably-managed forests, recycled and controlled sources.
But that’s not all, the vast majority of IDS’ laminate flooring is manufactured in the UK by Kronospan, who are paving the way by producing wooden boards that are ‘carbon negative.’ In the space of just one year, they produced enough of these environmentally-friendly boards to lock in over 20 million tonnes of carbon.
So there you have it, 3 eco-friendly home products that you may not automatically associate with helping you live more sustainably, but are just as valuable for helping reduce your carbon footprint with minimal hassle. Whether you use 1 or more of them in part or all of your home, you’ll help make a difference on multiple environmental levels.
Now that you’ve read this article, you may be planning to replace your carpet or laminate flooring with an eco-friendly alternative. That’s great news if you are, but did you know that what you do with your old flooring can help save the planet too?
If your old carpet or laminate hasn’t been down for very long and is virtually like new, you may want to consider giving it away, which means one less thing having to be sent to landfill right now. The same applies to your furniture too, take a look at this article, ‘How to Recycle Old Furniture’ for more details.
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