September 20, 2020
Eco-Chic Materials For Your Home Renovation Projects

Eco-Chic Materials For Your Home Renovation Projects

Earth Day was last week, and whether you’re ready to save the planet, or simply practice more eco-friendly habits it’s easier than ever to implement green and sustainable products into your home renovation projects.

Here are just a few material considerations for you to research before you get started on your kitchen or bath renovation. Educate yourself on all the available green and sustainable products available today, as they will provide you with a greener home and a much healthier lifestyle.

Counter Tops

Bamboo is considered a very sustainable material since it reaches maturity within five years, and regenerates from its original root system – never needing replanting.

Wood is a wonderful material for butcher-block counter tops and flooring.

When these woods are locally grown, sustainable, or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, they tend to rate quite highly.

Concrete countertops are increasingly popular in contemporary settings, and don’t off-gas. They are considered greenest when locally fabricated and when mixed with cement alternatives and recycled aggregates.

Quartz surfaces are one of my favorite countertop surfaces. They are available in a plethora of gorgeous colors and finishes – are easily maintained and have an endless lifecycle. Certain companies are now manufacturing a stunning recycled quartz collection.

Flooring

Hardwoods and Bamboos are a favorite flooring choice for the eco- conscious homeowners. If the material is FSC certified or reclaimed then it is considered to be an environmentally responsible product.

Marmoleum or Linoleum tile is constructed of Linseed oil, jute, limestone and other natural components that collectively provide for an incredibly strong and durable flooring product.

Cork is not only sustainable and renewable (like bamboo), but is extremely soft and comfortable under foot.

Wool Carpeting is naturally stain resistant, highly durable and free of any chemical additives – only the natural oils in the …

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Eco Friendly Insulation Materials

Eco Friendly Insulation Materials

Insulating your home is becoming an essential process with the rising cost of energy. When you are a paying so much to heat your home it is daft to allow this heat to escape. If you take just loft insulation then the potential annual savings from installing the current recommended insulation is around GBP 145 per year. It wont take long to recover the cost of the installation with these kinds of annual savings.

There are number different insulation materials available it can be confusing. What are the best types to go for, and do some the eco insulation material perform as well?

Environmentally friendly materials

Thermafleece

This is formed from sheep’s wool. Over the past few years it has become more popular. This has fuelled by the green / organic movement of the late 2000’s. Programmes like Grand Designs have helped to show how this type of product can be used to achieve great results.

With the British wool industry is decline then there is a surplus of fleece that can be easily turned into insulation.

Benefits

  • Fire retardant
  • Biodegradable
  • Absorb water
  • Straw

I don’t think I need to explain where this form of insulation comes from! Like the sheep’s wool it is often in surplus and therefore makes sense to use it. If you live in a rural area then the cases are you will be able to source the material form a local farm so the transportation costs and environmental impact are pretty low.

Benefits

  • Low energy to produce
  • Good thermal insulation
  • Easy to install
  • Newspaper fibres (Cellouse)

This is another good way of using a material that would otherwise be going to landfill. Newspaper is shredding and the resulting material is treated to stop it going mouldy and of course adding the essential fire retardant chemicals…

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