What better way to opt for sustainability in your interior decor than to simply buy secondhand furniture and use it again? Except for some fuel on transportation, your use of the planet’s resources for your new look is absolutely zero. Yay!
Of course, you might like to do a little at-home restoration: a nice slick of antique white or delicate apple green paint and some roughing up with sandpaper, and you’ve successfully shabby-chic’d.
But wait! To be sure that paint isn’t toxic and petrochemical-filled choose an eco-friendly brand, like Norfolk-based The Organic & Natural Paint Co. and breathe easy.
Gorgeous vintage antique pieces of course need no adulteration – go bargain hunting at local auctions and antiques fairs, make a day trip of it by visiting Portobello Rd, Spitalfields, Camden Lock Market and Greenwich Market, or just duck into that little antiques shop you pass every now and again.
It’s not just the ready-made that makes a great sustainable choice. You can get creative with all manner of junk with a few inspirational upcycling ideas – and Pinterest has a tonne of those.