As organic options and responsible choices become increasingly available and sought after, it’s important to pause and reflect on how far we’ve come on the journey to sustainability, and how far we’ve yet to go. Dwayne Bergmann believes it is more important than ever to be mindful about what we’re bringing into our home and the impact of our eco-footprint. In celebration of Earth Month, specifically Earth Day on April 22, he’s sharing his tips on introducing organic practices into your lifestyle including renewable, circular, and alternative options for your home. Let’s all do our part to respect our resources and appreciate our planet!
We’ve all seen the terms “organic” and eco-friendly” splashed across products and practices over the last several years. As a designer, Dwayne has noticed a measurable uptick in requests from his clients to incorporate these mindful choices into their homes. But what does that mean? Well there are many ways, and varying degrees, of organic living that you can welcome into your home. The main principles are being aware of what products are made with and how they are made. The everyday products and design elements of our homes can contain harmful chemicals that are released into the air we breathe. Similarly, the durability and longevity of our home’s contents contributes to our long-term impact. And finally, the very functionality of our homes – lighting, heating/cooling, and other systems – play a major role in how efficiently our home uses energy.
There are endless areas of our home that can be “sustaina-fied”! When selecting textiles, opt for organic whenever possible. The antimicrobial properties of natural fibers like linen, cotton, hemp, and wool not only don’t contain harsh chemicals, but proactively protect against them. Things like curtains, bed linens, towels, rugs, and upholstered furniture are widely available in these options. Look for labels like BPA-free, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified, and pesticide free while also being sure to check percentages of the organic elements in each product. If you’re renovating, ask about energy efficient options for your windows, HVAC systems, water filtration, and solar integration to help maximize how your home functions while keeping the reliance on non-renewable resources low. Another unexpected way to reduce your eco-footprint is investing in high quality products. The longer a garment, decorative element or piece of furniture lasts, the less waste you’re contributing to the environment. Heirloom quality pieces are built to last for generations as opposed to being disposed of every few years.
With the amount of energy, waste, and consumption a family home uses and produces, it’s important to be mindful of our individual impacts to our ecosystem. Making smart swaps like biodegradable plastic alternatives, re-usable substitutes, and cleaning products made without toxins is not only good for the planet, but good for your family! Try making organic cleaning products from household materials like vinegar and baking soda or opt for brands that are certified eco-friendly. Whenever possible, seek out products in containers made from glass or recycled materials so you can easily refill or repurpose them. If we all took on the responsibility of simple behavior changes like reusable shopping bags, silicone storage bags, metal or glass drinking straws, bamboo utensils, and more, the world would breathe a collective sigh of relief on the strain of our precious resources.
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