How To Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly
Every day it seems as if people are becoming more green by incorporating environmentally-friendly products into their daily lives. There are hundreds of green products being developed, but how can you do your part for the environment?
The front runners of the environmental movement were people living in European countries. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States and Europe are partners in the quest to become more sustainable, sharing common goals.
In various countries in Europe, environmental milestones have been attempted and reached. Some countries implement solar power energy in certain areas, smart cars were invented and household products were being replaced with more environmentally-friendly alternatives.
Taking note from the countries in Europe, the United States was quick to start following suit by adopting ideas and products from the Europeans, in order to kick of the green movement there.
People in the United States soon began to install solar panels on the rooftop and purchasing smart cars to prevent emissions from being dispersed in the air. They started to separate recycling from the garbage and turning off the lights when leaving a room.
What is often overlooked as a way to continue going green is the fact that entire rooms can be transformed into a safe haven for the environmentally-conscious.
One of the most popular rooms in any house is the kitchen, so why not start there? Everyone loves to eat, right? Supplying your fridge with organic foods provide a healthy alternative to other types of foods, containing 50 percent more nutrients, minerals and vitamins than everyday food.
After the fridge is stocked with organic food products, take a look around. Do you have wooden kitchen cabinets in your house? How many trees do you think were used to create those cabinets? What about your counter tops? Do you know what they were furnished with?
There are products that are friendly alternatives for the environment, such as panels that are made from 100 percent recycled wood. These panels can replace the old, environmentally-damaging panels that you once had.
Replacing cabinets with a wood by-product is very popular with European countries, and it is much healthier for the environment.
Another thing that many people do not consider are the harmful chemicals that are used in the make of common things around the house.
According to the EPA, volatile organic compounds, which are emitted as gases from certain solids and liquids, are used in furnishing different materials and are used in paints. However, there are materials and paints that are ultimately VOC-free products.
So, repaint the kitchen and install some new counter tops that will move you much closer to becoming environmentally friendly. In fact, repaint all of the rooms in your house to ensure more safety for you and your family in the long run.
Another environmentally-conscious addition to any home are LED lights. These lights can be used all over the house to help you further pursue the environmental revolution bandwagon.
A new kitchen design is just one way to move toward a more environmentally-friendly home. From there, move on to redesigning other rooms in the house by investing in more environmentally-friendly products.