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!

Add stylish handles...
Add stylish handles…

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.

Portobello Road
Enjoy some architectural colour on Portobello Road

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.

Ebay is obviously another good source for finding lovely secondhand and vintage furniture – check out your local Freecycle site too! Even better on the purse.

Travel memories
Travel memories

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.