Easy Tips to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Upping your sustainability game and diminishing your home’s carbon footprint doesn’t have to mean moving into a repurposed shipping container. Check out these painless ways to go green in style, whether you’re planning a full-on renovation or just redecorating your rental.

Reclaimed Pallet Planter | Lonny.com
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The Apartment Dweller
Live in a small space? Congrats, you’ve got a tinier footprint to start. Does your fifth-floor walk up have terrible water pressure? Well, it may not be ideal, but Mother Earth thanks you.

1. As a renter you probably can't make significant cosmetic changes to your space, but you can still make smart decorating choices. Mix locally and sustainably made pieces (hello, reclaimed pallet planters) with vintage finds (yes please, Danish Modern coffee table) for an eco-friendly space that doesn’t read crunchy granola.

2. Go green, literally. Adding houseplants to your space purifies the air, and you know how we feel about a fiddle leaf fig tree.

Shower | Lonny.com
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The Easy Updater
Making a significant impact doesn't have to mean hiring a contractor. Get your weekend warrior on with these simple fixes.

1. The latest generation of low flow shower heads and faucets can greatly reduce your hot water consumption and (bonus!) your utility bill, without sacrificing water pressure like many of their forebears. 

2. Gone are the dark days when using eco-friendly paints meant your only options were milky shades of moss and chalky finishes. These days every major retailer is getting in the low- or no-VOC game, including decorator favorites like Benjamin Moore and Farrow & Ball.

Kitchen Dishwasher | Lonny.com

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The Renovator
If you don’t have the space or the budget to sheathe your pad in solar panels, there are still countless ways to remodel with an eco-savvy eye.

1. Myth busting time: Washing dishes by hand actually uses more water than an energy-efficient dishwasher. Thankfully there’s no shortage of chic styles to choose from. Pick a dishwasher and clothes washer with an Energy Star rating to ensure they’re up to snuff.

2. Two major flooring trends we love, cork and bamboo, are both sustainability all-stars. Cork can be harvested from a living tree and bamboo is a rapidly renewably resource, maturing 10 times faster than most trees suitable for floors.
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