As a nation we are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of green issues, and how our own actions as individuals and society have an impact on the world around us. Recycling is one of the most effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint, which can make a real difference when it comes to the man-made climate change which is becoming increasingly evident. That’s why if you’re thinking about home improvements, you should consider using pre-loved, refurbished and recycled materials, and here are three easy ways you can do that and still have a great looking home.
Wood Paneling with Pedigree
Wood paneling has been a popular look in American homes for centuries, and the use of reclaimed wood paneling can transform any room in your property, giving it a classic and classy look. This is wood that has enjoyed a previous use, but that means that it has not resulted from a fresh tree being felled and has avoided the carbon emissions that typically come from post-felling transportation. It’s a far greener option, and whichever room you use it in you’re sure to be impressed by the looks. Put simply, reclaimed lumber has a charm and warmth that fresh paneling can’t match, and it can be a real talking point with house guests.
Decking can provide an ideal finishing touch to your garden landscape; it’s a place to entertain visitors, to hold barbecues on, or somewhere to simply sit back and relax as you look out on the garden. There are many different kinds of decking available, but you can add to your eco credentials by opting for composite decking. This is a very tough and durable material, which is essential for a deck that’s going to be walked on a lot and exposed to all kinds of weather, but it’s made from a blend of reclaimed wood waste and plastic. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats facing our planet today, so it’s important that we re-use as much of it as possible, and composite decking is an attractive and practical way to do this.
Salvaged Wooden Floors
We’ve already seen the advantages of using reclaimed wooden wall panels and reclaimed wooden flooring can be a perfect complement to this. Flooring that has been salvaged, reclaimed and reformed has a look and character all of its own, and as well as being better for the environment it also typically represents great value for money when compared to the installation of new wooden flooring. Recycled flooring is becoming increasingly popular, and that means there is a wide variety of shades and colors of wood available to choose from, so whether you like aged dark oaks or resplendent red teaks, there will be something that matches your style.
Reclaimed wood paneling and flooring and composite decking will make your home look wonderful, and it’ll also make you feel wonderful too. That’s because using recycled materials such as these can make a big difference to the world we live in today, and to the world that we’re leaving for future generations. When you think of home improvements, think of the environment too.