Go Green with These Four Essentials for an Eco-Friendly Bedroom

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hotel bedroom by Sean MacEntee via Flickr

The environment represents a big concern for most of the public; however, we often neglect to think about how we could go green within the comfort of our own homes.

Between protecting the environment and giving ourselves peace of mind, the benefits of going green are difficult to deny, including:

– Improved health as a result of using organic materials, eating natural foods and removing harmful chemicals from your living space

– Increased happiness and less guilt as a result of living a smaller environmental footprint

– Saved money for the long-term you invest in higher quality goods to support your lifestyle

The question remains: where can we start when it comes to going green at home?

The bedroom is perhaps the best starting point, representing a place of zen within our homes.

To create a more restful, tranquil bedroom, consider how going green can bring you peace in more ways than one.

Eco-Friendly Bedding

There’s a common misconception that a green bedroom has to be “plain” or boring; however, this isn’t the case at all. Quite the contrary: you can still boast elegant bedroom furniture and go green. Perhaps one of the most straightforward ways to transform your bedroom is by going after your bedding first.

There’s no need to worry about your bed size or style since your green bedding can match any style of frame. Replacing your bedding with natural materials such as organic cotton and hemp can give you a more restful night’s sleep. Remember to check labels of your bedding to avoid chemical dyes which may pollute the air of your sleeping space.

Calming Plants and Scents

What better way to create a calm, cleaner space than by investing in plants and natural scents? Not only can such decorations give your bedroom a sense of serenity, but also:

– Serve as an alternative to harmful or harsh aerosol sprays

– Note that Calming scents correlate with better sleep (especially scents such as chamomile and lavender)

– Cleanse the air and trap carbon dioxide (in the case of plants such as rosemary or geraniums)

While plants may require some upkeep, they’re a surefire way to bring your bedroom closer to nature.

Eco-Friendly Paint

If your bedroom could use a makeover, consider a fresh coat of eco-friendly paint. Many conventional paints contain toxic chemicals that contaminate the air. Organic paint, however, lacks volatile organic compounds which serve as a win-win for both your health and the environment. Remember: paint is more than about aesthetics but also air quality.

Green Lighting

If you’re looker for a quick fix, use LED or CFL bulbs in lieu of traditional light bulbs. Not only do LEDs and CFLs last well over 10,000 hours, but boast an energy-efficient design that will save you money in the long-run. Replacing your light bulbs can be done in a matter of minutes but will have positive effects on your bedroom that could last for years to come.

The need to go green is apparent for both our mental and physical health. If you’re looking create a greener space for your home, the bedroom represents the perfect place to start.