Sustainable wallpaper, reclaimed wood, cork, recycled glass tile … these are all great options when choosing materials for your new home build or renovation. Eco-friendly wallcoverings are becoming more and more accessible as companies realize the effects of damaging VOC’s on our homes and our health. The growing interest in choosing sustainable products in all aspects of our lives has opened up a wide range of choices due to the number of companies that are making the effort to offer environmentally friendly alternatives.
Let’s start with wallpaper – what makes it sustainable? There are a few things to consider when choosing your wallpaper source:
1. Look for water-based ink
2. Check for Low to No VOCs (read more about VOCs Here)
3. Does the company use Recycled paper or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper?
There are a surprisingly large number of options to choose from. Here are a few to take a look at … whether it’s a bold color pattern, a natural texture, or a traditional print you’re looking for, these companies have some fabulous options.
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Wallpaper isn’t the only option when it comes to sustainable wall coverings. Reclaimed Wood adds instant authenticity and personality to your space. It’s widely available and includes varieties such as teak, acacia, pine, redwood, oak, walnut, douglas fir, cedar, and others. The fact that many reclaimed wood options come from old-growth forest wood is an added benefit due to the fact that the wood is less likely to splinter or warp, unlike many of today’s products. Source your own reclaimed wood from salvage yards, demolition projects, or online sites like Etsy or eBay or purchase from companies like Stikwood.
Cork is a unique wall covering option. Just the outer bark is harvested when creating cork products, so the tree is not harmed. Cork is also known for its resistance to mold and mildew. This makes it a hypoallergenic option for homes and businesses, and its natural insulating properties are a plus. Cork comes in panels, rolls, and tiles. With a variety of style and texture options, you can be as creative as you like. More details about cork products can be seen in this recent Instagram post.
Recycled Glass Tile is more likely seen in a kitchen backsplash or in the bathroom, but don’t count it out when looking for materials for a cool accent wall in your home design. There are several benefits to recycled glass tile including the fact that it’s non-absorptive and the color and design choices are almost limitless.
With so many unique and beautiful options out there, there are plenty of opportunities for making the eco-friendly choice for your home and loved ones.
Have you used one of these options in your own home and are you pleased with your choice?
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