Eco-friendly Homes Are Now a Reality. Little Things You Can Do!
Human race has transformed the world with its ideas and eccentricities, each better than the last. While most of these have made our lives comfortable, many have also led to the deterioration of the planet. Now all said and done, the Earth is our first home, and it’s now more important than ever to make this ‘home’ feel ‘safe’.
We’re not saying don’t follow those home design and decor trends that inspire you. We’re just saying when you do, make a few conscious decisions towards things that last longer and help keep the earth greener.
Eco-friendly homes are no longer a far dream. They’re no longer just visuals you see on Instagram from travellers that move across the world to ‘experience’ eco-living.
Brands like Fabuliv are helping you take the first step towards turning your home eco-friendly. All you’re required to do is be conscious of your actions, of what you place in your humble abode, whether in terms of materials or even terms of products.
And it’s easier than you think!
Here are some little steps you can start taking today to build an eco-friendly home.
Small steps to building an eco-friendly home
Tip 1: Go compact
We know, the wish to relax in the lap of a luxurious mansion is too great. But trust us when we say, a compact and cosy home is just as beautiful. When it comes to making an eco-friendly home that is sustainable, the first thing that you need to take into consideration is the size of your abode - bringing the ‘humble’ back into it literally.
Instead of looking for massive construction, with more rooms, look into your actual needs and how you’d utilise the space. Opt for homes that give you the right amount of space of comfortable living and as much of an open area.
Tip 2: Less is more
Like the size, go less on what goes inside your house as well - from the decor to the furniture. Pick up stuff that speaks for your personality in a unique way and make it stand out by not cluttering the space with too much of anything.
The best way to go on about it is by creating a list of things you’d really like to see in your home. Assess every space and list down things you’d like to add there to make it look warm and welcoming.
Tip 3: Be mindful of materials
Another step that you can take towards building an eco-friendly home is to choose products based on the materials used in them. Yes, it might take a bit of an effort to truly find out what the corner shelf you chose is made of; but it will go a long way in ensuring your choices are sustainable or not.
For instance, Fabuliv has shared a list of materials that we use to create all our products - home decor, furniture and even soft furnishings! So when you buy furniture for your living room for us, you’re choosing pieces handcrafted from ethically sourced wood!
Sometimes, all you need to do is read a little about the brand and what they stand for.
Don’t believe us? Take a look at some of our collection here.
Tip 4: Level up your landscaping game
Landscaping is the process of making a garden or an open space more attractive by altering the existing design, adding ornamental features, and planting more trees and shrubs. How does landscaping contribute to an eco-friendly home?
To start with, the more beautiful your green space looks, the lesser you feel like building a concrete structure over it!
And it’s not as hard to do as well:
- Choose your plants carefully. Pick native ones with low watering needs
- Create surfaces that can collect rainwater and absorb nutrients from it. For your parking areas, use permeable materials
- Study your environment well and also connect with the relevant authorities to ensure your home does not fall in the area that is prone to fires
- Lastly, make some space and leave grains for your wild visitors (we mean birds and squirrels, of course)
Tip 5: Save energy
This is an absolute no-brainer in today’s times. While there were fewer options up until a few years ago to make energy-saving easy, there are plenty now. You just need to have an idea of how much energy you’re consuming month on month in your home and where you can cut it down.
Here are a few things you can bring home to get smarter on energy saving:
- Solar panels
- Micro-hydroelectric generation
- Residential wind turbines
Yes, they may have a higher set up cost based on the overall energy you need them to produce to keep your home running. But the running costs are brought down substantially thereafter.
If you feel these are way high on commitment - especially if you’re living in rented homes, you can also make some energy efficient choices, such as using LED lights, going low on technology (try using a clothesline to dry your laundry), etc.
Remember, it’s your choices that define whether or not your home is going to be truly eco-friendly.
Tip 6: Create your compost
Trust us when we say it is the easiest thing to do. Creating your own compost can not only nudge you towards being mindful of wastage, but also how to recycle and reuse it. Any kitchen scrap or food wastage can be stored and turned into a compost. You can also create a separate bin for compost and put all the food wastage there.
Tip 7: Be smart in the kitchen
The way you cook can also contribute towards creating an eco-friendly home. Take note of small practices that can help reduce energy. For instance, do not leave the oven door open for too long. It will take a considerable time to heat back up, using a lot more energy than necessary. Another kitchen villain is the coffee pod waste. Invest in a drip coffee maker instead.
Our kitchen is also where a lot of water is used and a lot more wasted (unintentionally). Install a water aerator on the taps to reduce that wastage.
What’s more? From utility racks, storage, serving bowls and more, you can also make eco-friendly choices by choosing things made from sustainable materials. Take a look at some of our collection here.
Tip 8: Make your greens last longer
If you love greens, chances are you already have succulents and plants inside your home, taking the soothing look a notch higher. Nothing gives your home a perfect eco-friendly vibe than a bunch of succulents placed tastefully across the corners.
But, ever thought of a vertical green wall?
Green walls are basically vertical structures that have different types of plants or other greenery attached to them. The greenery is often planted in a growth medium that consists of soil, stone, or water. Because the walls have living plants in them, they usually feature built-in irrigation systems.
If you’re not sure about having a vertical green wall indoors, you can choose to have one in your balcony.
Alternatively, depending on the space available to you, you can actually also opt for garden accessories made of ethically-sourced, eco friendly materials. They’re stylish pieces and add a hint of personality to your usual green corners in a healthy way!
Take a look at the Fabuliv garden accessories collection here.
The right time to go eco-friendly, is NOW!
Eco-friendly homes are all about making the right choices. Everything, from the area you choose to the decor you place, speaks of how conscious you are when it comes to your environment.
With Fabuliv, we can help you make that choice. Our artisans create unique and beautiful designs with materials that are 100% sustainable and recyclable. We believe in giving back to the mother Earth as much as we take.
With Fabuliv, you can create a guilt-free home of your dreams and still do your bit!
Get Fabuliv with our eco-friendly collection today.