If you’re furnishing your home or simply updating your décor, how can you do so sustainably? It’s all about choosing products that reduce waste and are gentle on the planet.
For example, by refurbishing secondhand items — whether furniture, wall hangings, or decorative ornaments — you extend their life and keep them out of the landfill. Estate sales and garage sales can be good sources for older furnishings that are often better made than trendy new pieces. These items may need no more than some small repairs or a bit of refinishing. Once you’ve spruced them up, the refreshed pieces can give your home a unique and personalized touch.
Here are just a few tips to get you started:
- Take time to see what you can repurpose at home rather than buying new.
- Buy from local vendors or craft fairs to find unique pieces, support the local economy, and minimize the transportation footprint of your furnishings.
- Join local Facebook groups or use Craigslist to trade out your unwanted items for new-to-you gems.
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