Go Green in your Bedroom: Work Towards an Eco-Friendly Home
We are told that a bedroom should be a relaxing sanctuary, but it is possible to create a peaceful place to rest your head, while staying green and protecting the planet.
Going green in the home should be a long-term, gradual process; rather than an overnight reinvention, so start with one room, and then gradually include the rest of the house.
Begin with some small, free or low-cost changes that can be made to daily routines, to promote energy and resource conservation and non-toxic living.
- Make sure that electronic devices like fans or white noise machines are turned off and unplugged when not in use, as small appliances use energy whenever they are plugged into the wall. This includes mobile phone chargers.
- Bring the outdoors in with houseplants; they are generally inexpensive and perform double duty as lush, natural decoration, and an air purification system.
- Swap commercial fabric softeners for a cup of vinegar during the spin cycle, to naturally soften sheets and pillowcases. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, then try a cup of baking soda, diluted in water and added to the wash.
- Add a basket for recycling to the room: there are plenty of items; shopping bags, tissue paper, plastic wrapping from bedding, that can be recycled, and you are more likely to do so if there is a handy place to throw it all.
Bedrooms are filled with all sorts of materials: sheets, pillows, comforters, rugs, curtains, not to mention the hefty pieces of furniture like bed frames and dresses; but we’ll get to those later. When it comes time to make some small additions to the bedroom’s décor, look for items that are both comfortable and eco-friendly.
- Whenever possible, look for textile goods; including the headboard or bed base that are made from eco-friendly fabrics. Organic cotton, wool, and hemp are some of the options. You can find more here.
- Change incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in bedside reading lamps. Since you will likely want your bedroom lamps to give off a warm rather than a cool white glow, do some research on CFL wattage ranges (eartheasy.com has a good article on energy-efficient lighting) to make sure that the bulbs you pick will work for you.
- When in the market for a new ceiling fan, look for one with the Energy Star label. Greenzer.com notes energy efficient labels and certification on their comparison-shopping pages.
- Although the price may be higher; organic or natural pillows are healthy and environmentally sound.
Purchasing a bedroom set is going to be pricey no matter what, so why not take a little extra time to make an environmentally-conscious choice?
A mattress made from organic materials will provide a comfortable, non-toxic night’s sleep. A regular mattress is full of harsh chemicals, like stain and fire repellents, that could contribute to a variety of health issues. Organicmattressreviews.com is a good place to start research on these healthier alternatives.
Living Green in the Bedroom
A combination of common sense, good intentions, and smart shopping will allow anyone to make a bedroom a little, or a lot, greener. The internet is alive with forums, advice, and reviews, to help consumers make the choices that fit their needs and budget, but nothing can be achieved without dedication. Starting the process with a few small steps is a sure-fire way to build a green living routine over time.