If ever there was a time to decorate in an eco-friendly way, it's 2019
However, if you're looking for ways to live sustainably, there are some eco-friendly lifestyle changes that can be incorporated...
A spokesperson from Anglian Home Improvements said: "As a nation, Brits are undoubtedly making a conscious effort to minimise our impact on the environment – from making lifestyle changes in order to cut down on single use plastics, to buying more ethically. Giving a little thought to how we live in our homes and how we can make ‘greener’ or more socially-responsible choices when it comes to home improvements can also help to make a big difference to the future of our planet".
The sky is the limit when you're upcycling. Not only can anyone give it a go, but it also helps you to cut the household furniture waste that otherwise couldn't be recycled, as you give it a brand new look.
2. Toxic free
There's a significant amount of household products that contain toxins and gases. Therefore, switch to a toxin-free, eco-friendly brand - this gives you an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint in a heartbeat. Other harmful things that Brits use include aerosols and air fresheners – why not try a charcoal air purifier instead?
You can also try using paints with low to zero (volatile organic compounds), or non-toxic paints.
Another great thing to add to your home is a plant! It's an effective way of absorbing harmful volatile organic compounds, and, let’s be honest, looks stunning too. The bromeliad plant is particularly effective, as it removes over 80 per cent of toxins in the air - in short, it's the perfect home accessory.
3. Natural materials
Welcome a sustainably-sourced eco-material into your home - it's a great way to update in a conscientious way.
There are numerous materials that you can use - these include cork, bamboo and recycled glass, all of which are sustainable and durable options.
4. No plastic
There are some quick fixes to try that will help you turn your home into a plastic-free zone. Swap your containers for a glass alternative, while give a wooden washing up brush and ceramic or glass bowls a try are all effective ways of cutting your plastic use. Start making small changes to your home - you can then watch them begin to add up.
5. Energy efficient
Do you love the idea of reducing your carbon footprint? Well, interior design is the solution! Picking energy-efficient windows can transform your property's look, and with it, boost your kerb appeal too. It's also an effective way of minimising your energy consumption, while making your house feel warmer, safer and quieter.