Spring is a time of new life, a renewal of colors, and refreshing surroundings. Big or small, your spring remodel should take some pointers from nature with bright colors and environmentally friendly building materials. As an intentional shopper, it’s important to understand the best options for your home and your environment. Listed below is our favorite building materials for your next remodel.
Liven up your living space by adding splashes of bright colors into your new build. Paint has a pretty bad name in the eco-friendly community, but with a little research we found out why. There are three main ingredients in paint that make it harsh for the environment and anyone within it.
VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are a class of chemicals that evaporate readily at room temperature. This evaporation, which can last for weeks, causes a variety of respiratory health problems.
Fungicides and biocides are ingredients that prevent mildew and extend shelf life. They contaminate both indoor and outdoor air, and can be detected in the air five years after the paint is applied.
Pigments, which you might not have guessed, are also very toxic. When companies use chemicals to color their paint they add a significant amount of toxicity to the product. Luckily, there are companies that use all-natural pigments!
The cork on your floor, wall, or in your wine bottle is actually the bark of a cork tree. It is peeled off, boiled, ground, then pressed to become the cork we are accustomed to seeing. These slabs are then shipped by freight from the Mediterranean. Cork is considered eco-friendly because the tree is not killed in the harvesting of cork, and will live beyond 200 years. Each tree is harvested for the bark/cork then left to heal for the following 9 years.
Bamboo is considered eco-friendly for three reasons. First, it grows really fast. A bamboo forest can be replenished in 3 years! Second, if you take care of your bamboo it will last just as long as most wood. Third, It weighs significantly less than wood which means shipping it costs significantly less in fuel.
This option is about as eco-friendly as it gets. Craftsmen demolition old barns and pick through the wood to find pieces that are strong and can create quality furniture (or wall decor). This wood is then brought back to a workshop and altered into the furniture you purchase for your home. The shipping expenses (fuel, time, wages) are minimal because it is in the craftsmen's best interest to find local barns.
Need some inspiration? We love how RAW! Furniture combines reclaimed barnwood with splashes of bright colors, being both environmentally conscious and spritely.
Spring brings new life, new colors, and a great opportunity for a new interior for your home. Utilizing your ability to intentionally choose your building materials will allow you to feel great about your choices for years to come!