5 Easy Ways To Make Your Home More Green

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When it comes to home decor the prospect of “going green” might seem overwhelming and, let’s face it, not entirely glamorous, but if you ask us, it’s all about making small, conscious choices rather than overhauling your entire pad in one fell swoop. As you ready your place for spring guests, parties and family fun, keep these environmentally-friendly shopping rules front of mind. (And if you’re getting rid of old stuff before you buy anew, find an eco-minded company like The ReUse People to help you toss unwanted items with care.)

1. Buy Local When You Can

Rifle Paper Co. Los Angeles Print, $40

Not only do locally-made items give your interior personality and charm, they also tend to have a lighter carbon footprint than mass-market home decor.

Made In The USA

Jungalow Hanging Planter

$75

M.F.E.O.

Split Leaf Print

$113

Kate Roebuck

Farmhouse Lounge Chair

$450

Bend

Paloma Triangle Trivet

$36

Wolfum

2. Look For Sustainable Materials

Rattan Hanging Lamp, $498

From bamboo and jute to recycled glass, home items made from renewable resources can be found in almost any store. For eco-only retailers try Bambeco and Canvas Home.

Eco-Friendly Materials

RIGA Glasses

$12

Canvas Home

Striped Turkish Towels

$34

Linum Home Textiles

Twin Bamboo Headboard

$799

One Kings Lane

Organic King Sham

$29

West Elm

3. Buy Items That Support Artisans

Indego Africa Plateau Basket, $60

Handmade items that support local craftspeople and their communities allow you to know exactly where and how the item you're purchasing came to be.

Small Batch Home Decor

Butterfly Chair

$775

The Palermo Leather Workshop

Floral Salad Bowl

$48

Le Souk Ceramique

Ashti Pom Pom Pillow

$54

Jay Street Block Print Company

Little Kantha Quilt

$100

The Little Market

4. Invest In Items You'll Never Have To Replace

Hans J. Wegner Papa Bear Chair, $2985

Whenever you have the opportunity to invest in an item of quality over a poorly constructed plastic stand-in, jump on it.

Invest Now, Keep Forever

African Sapele Wood Fan

$162

Swizz-Style

Cast-Iron Cocotte Set

$185

Staub

Stainless Steel Trash Can

$200

SimpleHuman

English Garden Watering Can

$62

Haws

5. Buy Vintage Instead of New

Vintage Fabric Pillows, $295.

Give pre-loved items a new home by shopping at flea markets and vintage stores for fun home decor. Our new fave spot for one-of-a-kind treasure: Furbish.

Vintage Treasures

Casablanca Knotted Rug

$495

Furbish Studio

Set of 6 Chiavari Chairs

$1,295

One Kings Lane

Leopard Salt and Pepper Shakers

$135

Furbish Studio

Vintage Painting of Colorado

$649

One Kings Lane