This is the question many are faced with when deciding to make their home décor and home improvement projects more sustainable and planet-friendly. To improve a home’s insulation, thereby making it more energy efficient, the frames of wooden windows should be checked for damages or gaps and can be repaired using wood filler. Wooden shutters are the most suitable window treatment for this style of window, not only because the styles match, but also because shutters can reduce the amount of heat flowing out of your windows due to their material and proximity to the glass. But which wood types are environmentally-friendly wood resources?
Bamboo is a very popular sustainable material, as it has a very high growth rate. On average it grows 24 cm in just 24 hours. Now that’s fast! The growth rate of a plant is relevant as due to this bamboo doesn’t need pesticides to protect it. It’s also very versatile used not only for window treatments and flooring, but also as scaffolding and building material in some parts of the world.
Abaca like bamboo has a very high growth rate, but another green point for it is that the entire plant can be used as a resource. It’s a variety of the banana plant, but an inedible variety and most famous in the form of Manila hemp, named after the capital of the Philippines. Rugs, clothes and fans can be made out of Manila, but traditionally paper (i.e. Manila envelopes) were created. Manila canvases are available too, which are ideal for adding eco-friendly wall art to a home design.
Seagrass is great for creating wicker furniture. Anything from a wicker rug to a wicker chair or sofa is not only comfortable but fits in well with a rustic style room. Seagrass is known for its beneficial influence on an ecosystem, often saving or creating a prosperous eco-system, as it stabilises the seabed and protects against coastal erosion. The processing procedure is also extremely eco-friendly as there isn’t much of a process at all, leading to little to no processing waste. After harvest the seagrass is dried and spun ready to be weaved. Its natural impurities are left within the material as they add to the textural feel of the final product.