ECO FRIENDLY HOME DECOR
Embracing eco-friendly home decor involves incorporating pieces that utilize natural fibers which are durable, stylish and practical. Take a step towards the mindset of living more sustainably. Read on to learn more about what natural fibers are and how you can make them part of your home decor.
ECO-FRIENDLY HOME DECOR: NATURAL FIBERS
Natural fibers are materials that are derived from animal, plant or mineral sources. They can be woven or converted into nonwoven fabrics like paper. Plant fibers consist of cellulose, a carbohydrate made of 3000 or more glucose units. Examples include sisal, palm, jute, hemp and cotton.
Animal fibers are composed of animal protein and include silk, wool and mohair. The properties of natural fibers make them a great eco-friendly idea. Natural materials are biodegradable which means that they are reabsorbed in the environment without causing pollution. All natural fibers do not soften or shrink when exposed to heat and can withstand cold temperatures. Natural materials are also a popular eco-friendly home decor idea because they instantly bring elements of nature into spaces.
ECO-FRIENDLY HOME DECOR AND NATURAL FIBERS
If you are looking for a natural, breathable material that absorbs moisture, purifies air and has extremely low flammability, opt for wool. It is also wrinkle-resistant and easy to clean. Carpets and rugs made from wool add vibrance and texture. This Teal Blue Hand Tufted Wool Rug is handmade using Egyptian wool. The rich blue is reminiscent of ink and complements other natural furnishings.
Other natural fibers that can be adapted as eco-friendly decoration ideas include raffia and sisal. They are both plant-based fibers that are woven into chairs, tables, baskets and carpets. Raffia is made from palm trees while sisal is derived from the sisal agave plant. Sisal is sturdy, absorbs water easily and does not require chemical protection.
Baskets made from sisal or palm like the Binga or the Porcupine add earthy accents to any room. They look beautiful when hung on a wall in a living room or bedroom.
ECO-FRIENDLY HOME DECOR FOR THE BEDROOM
Our bedrooms are often where we seek serenity, making them perfect for nature-inspired decor. Surround your room with pieces crafted from organic materials. Some eco-friendly decoration ideas using organic materials include the Kenyan-made Diani basket, handwoven using locally sourced sisal that will add character and is great for storage. It also works well as an accessory for picnics and those sunny beach days.
Consider complementing your beddings with cotton throw blankets like the Gabi throw blanket which is handmade in Ethiopia. Or the Nayali stretch yellow throw blanket which is handwoven in Senegal, it will inject warmth and charm to your room.
Natural fibers are recyclable, free from pollutants and long-lasting. Integrate them with your interior design style and add elements of sustainable living into your home.