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maya posted a blog entry in GreenieIn order to be eco-friendly in your home, there might be a lot of things you do, like using filtered water instead of water bottles and recycling everything that you can. While those things are great, are you being eco-friendly when it comes to your decor and style? A lot of people don't think about their footprint on the earth when they are buying furniture and decor, but it is something that can be done in a sustainable way. So, if you want to find some sustainable styles that you can be proud to have in your home, then keep reading! In no time you'll have some awesome pieces that you can be proud of. 1. DIY Decor Instead of going out and purchasing brand new decor, why not make your own with sustainable materials? Materials like drift wood and timber are great for making everything from tables to candle holders, and will look great with any decor. You can also use things you have that would otherwise go in the garbage in creative ways. For example, you could create a mosaic piece out of that broken window you have had in your garage for a while. Another option is to use old jars to plant your own spices and herbs. Homemade Eco-Friendly Decor Ideas: - Bike Chain Bowl - Planters made with Concrete Blocks - Plastic Bottle Lights - Wine Bottle Candle Holders 2. Furniture Are you tired of the look of your couch? Or do you have an antique chair that just doesn't make sense in your bedroom? If so, you might want to consider changing them! You can re-upholster (with hemp material), paint, refinish and stain any pieces of furniture that you want to change for a very low cost. The biggest benefit of doing this, besides the money saved, is that you won't have to dump bulky pieces into landfills. Another option is to purchase eco-friendly furniture from manufacturers that use sustainable materials. You can find these at specialty stores and online, so make sure you take the time to look around for them. These are going to cost more, but that's likely because they are made by hand with quality materials that aren't mass produced. They will be unique pieces that nobody else has, so they are definitely great options. There are even replica furniture pieces you can find (like these) that are more eco-friendly than their similar counterparts. 3. Lighting If possible, get any many skylights and windows in your home that you can. These will allow more natural sunlight into your home, and will even save you money on your monthly energy bills. You should also invest in LED lights, which are much more energy-efficient than typical light bulbs. 4. Paint Do you have a lot of dark paint colors in your home? Change these to lighter colors, and the natural light that comes in during the day will be reflected on them! This can reduce your energy bills and make your place look more cheery as well. 5. Know Your Products Any time you shop for products for your home, read the materials they are made out of and do your research. For example, organic soy candles are great, as are blankets and sheets that are made from organic cotton. Hemp fabric is another material you should become familiar with, as it is sustainable and can be made into everything from a rug to a chair cushion!