A material that will generate quickly in nature is a renewable material. A great example is bamboo since it matures quickly, in roughly 5-7 years. Further to that, bamboo does not need any pesticides to grow and requires little water. When one thinks of all the vast items that bamboo is made into it seems like a miracle plant. It is made into furniture, cloths and flooring to name a few! Since bamboo is a soft, fast-drying, absorbent and biodegradable material it is a great choice for kid’s clothing and bedding. Other examples of renewable resources: organic cotton (also great for kids), wool, wheatboard and cork.
Keeping things from the landfills and preventing new things from being made is great for the environment and your pocket book! These materials or items are referred to as recycled or salvaged. Used items of varying materials, like toys and bedding do not have any off-gas (it’s long gone) and are therefore better for our family’s over-all health. Products that contain post-consumer recycled content are also a better environmental choice, like toilet paper/tissue made from recycled paper.
Often, used items are not only cheaper, but more unique and more durable. Antique furniture pieces are often examples of unique and durable home décor items that are actually greener because they are being reused over and over again. As long as your antique piece does not contain led-based paints, chances are it is also a chemical-free option since its age means that there is no off-gas or VOC (volatile organic compounds).
Buying things that are made locally is also a great way to stay green and to support your community. Web-sites like etsy.com are a great way to make purchases directly from those who make it. Many makers are embracing a technique known as “up-cycle”, meaning it is something new made from old materials or waste materials with little to no value. It is recycling and salvaging at its best. How green is that?