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  • Writer's pictureSarah Pence

Sustainability Series: Plants. Light. Upcycle.

Plants are not only the perfect accessory to any room, but they bring air-purifying qualities to your home as well. Even if you don't have a great spot with the perfect natural lighting for houseplants, you can find low maintenance plants like a cactus, rubber plant, or fern. Another great option that provides both a lovely green look and a sustainability factor is to have a small herb garden in the kitchen!

Lighting. It's something we all need and we do spend a lot of our time indoors making our electrical consumption (therefore our electric bills) higher. The solution is pretty simple. The more natural light you let into your home the better. Painting the walls in natural lighter colors, especially in rooms where you spend a good bit of your time is also helpful. As for artificial lighting, avoiding incandescent bulbs. Instead, use energy-efficient LED bulbs. It's a great way to save energy and they come in a range of different colors to match the look of your room.

Upcycle. You can upcycle just about anything. It's easy AND it's fun! The best part about an upcycle is that there are truly no rules! Something as simple as a glass bottle can be used for plants (think about that dreamy herb garden for the kitchen) or painted and made into a flower vase. Grandma's old buffet can repainted and used as a TV console. The possibilities are endless and a quick Pinterest search will provide you with thousands of upcycling project ideas that will cost very little time and money.

What are your favorite sustainable practices in your home? What would you like to do more of in order to help the planet? I'd love to hear from you!


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