I don’t know about you, but as we wrap up Zero Waste Week 2020, and head into autumn, I’m thinking about my home.
During the campaign week itself, my focus is solely on hashtags, reducing waste and responding to comments, and by the time the end of the week comes around, I’m noticing how neglected my house looks!
Our focus was on food waste this year – it’s a topic that has a direct impact on all of us. We all have to eat, right? But as many of the amazing Zero Waste Week tweets and instagram posts highlighted, you can implement zero waste habits in most aspects of your daily life!
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“You CAN make something out of nothing.” To celebrate #zerowasteweek here’s a video of Liz who upcycles furniture for her home. It’s a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, celebrate your own style, save money AND practice mindfulness. Thanks to @rediscoveryctr for this great video! #zerowaste #furniture #upcycling #reduce #reuse #recycle #beforeandafter #personality #vintage #secondhand #preloved #somethingnew #arts #crafts #interiors #interiordesign #mindfulness #mentalhealth #quiet #peaceful #environmentallyfriendly
My mother always used to say that I had the knack of turning a house into a home with a few upturned cardboard boxes and selection of throws! And I guess as the years have gone on, I’ve now developed a way of putting together all sorts of things from charity shop finds, to auction house offerings to an eBay win – and it’s surprising what you can end up with.
Here are three simple ways to combine a zero waste lifestyle with interior design – and I’d love to hear what YOU do!
Head To Car Boot Sales And Online Secondhand Websites
Second-hand sales are booming in the United Kingdom. And yes, post Covid you can still enjoy a good carboot sale!
Meanwhile across the country, there are now thousands of charity shops that are enjoying a surge in popularity, thanks to consumers becoming more environmentally conscious.
Charity shops don’t just resell pre-loved clothing and books any more either. More charity shops are now accepting (and reselling) furniture and home furnishings, which you can upcycle to create a unique piece in your home. A pre-loved bedside cabinet or dining table, some paint, and a small box of stoneware for tiling, and you can have yourself a trendy and easy-to-clean tiled tabletop. As a bonus, porcelain tends to be more durable than other coverings like glass or ceramics, so you can rest assured your tabletop will withstand the rigours of family life. You can also visit some of your local car boot fairs or second-hand websites like Gumtree and Marketplace for nearby bargains.
Propagate Your House Plant Instead Of Buying New
One of the rising interior design trends in 2020 has been the use of greenery in interior spaces. Not only can the use of indoor plants and foliage add colour and dimension to your interior design, but the use of indoor plants has been shown to boost your mood, reduce stress, and improve productivity.
It is also a great way to add new features to your living room or kitchen. However, you don’t have to rush the garden centre to splurge on houseplants. Using seeds and cuttings from previous plants, or even your weekly shop, you can propagate more houseplants. For the containers, get creative with used jars or tins. Add bottle of spray paint and some imagination can help you create aesthetically pleasing planters from recycled materials.
Achieve Pantry Envy With Recycled Glass Containers
Who doesn’t have pantry envy by the time they’ve scoured instagram or Pinterest? I prefer the ‘keeping it real’ approach, but have to admit I do sometimes have an inkling of wishing I was more like some of the poster girls and boys of the Zero Waste movement.
But there’s no getting away from it, regardless of what it looks like, helping you maximise small spaces in your kitchen to helping you minimise waste and manage use by dates, having an organised pantry can be the key to a zero-waste kitchen. But we don’t want to be rushing out to buy multiple glass storage jars and canisters – because that defeats the object of the Zero Waste game! Instead, take a look at your recycling. Many food items such as tomato sauces and condiments come packaged in glass jars. You can repurpose these into pantry storage jars with the help of some well thought out labelling. If you want to take it further, why not recolour their lids to be colour-coordinated with a can of spray paint? If you are after additional kitchen storage, reclaimed wood or parts of old furniture (like the ends of a bed frame or outdoor bench) can be sanded, varnished and reused as wall shelving or to create a kitchen table.
What about you – how do you incorporate zero waste with your home decor?