Create an Eco-Friendly Home with Sustainable Decorating Materials
Sustainable materials don’t only look good, but they feel good too! Reclaimed woods, cork, bio-glass and natural fibres help to give your home a soft and outdoorsy look, and when you use them you can feel safe in the knowledge that you’re helping the environment. Many of these materials are easy to find, budget-friendly and are extremely versatile, so you can use them in every part of your home.
If you’d like to learn more, read our useful guide below or find out more with Tylko’s guide to sustainable materials.
Popular sustainable design materials
- Reclaimed wood adds character to your home, as well as being eco-friendly. It has a lived-in feel, with natural marks and knots that show it has an interesting history; you might find wood from old train tracks, from antique pieces of furniture, or planks that used to be floorboards in a Victorian home. If you choose to buy new wood, look for wood that comes from sustainable sources. Many companies now operate sustainable forests, so for every tree that is cut down, a new one is planted in its place, so that forests can regenerate and regrow.
- Seagrass, sisal, and rattan are natural fibres that are sustainably harvested. These crops regrow very quickly, so they are easy to replenish. They bring a real touch of the outdoors inside thanks to their earthy tones and non-uniform texture, and they’re perfect for high volume areas thanks to their durability. Place a seagrass rug or doormat in your hallway and it’ll stop mud from being walked through the rest of your home.
- Shells, feathers, and stones can all be used to decorate your home, and are perfect for a DIY project. Instead of buying them, why not go out and collect them yourself? A trip to the beach can result in a beautiful collection of shells, pebbles and fossils that can be placed in a large glass bowl, or used to decorate photo frames. Feathers can be repurposed from the inside of old cushions or duvets and can be used to trip lampshades or curtains.
- Bioglass is a useful, recycled material that can be incorporated into your home as a table, countertop, or even a sink. It’s made from discarded glass bottles and other items and is reheated and moulded into a tough yet attractive material.