With rising concerns about climate change, you’ll want to make moves to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Unfortunately, you still have to keep your house up to date. How do you balance those two, equally strong desires?

Renovating your home can require a lot of time, effort, and oftentimes hazardous materials. Here are a few ways to avoid creating a complete landfill in the front yard when you’re undergoing these kinds of projects.

Choose the Right Paint

There’s a reason many paint buckets have a warning saying to keep out of children’s reach. There were also a lot of health problems tied to lead paint back in the day. When you’re applying new coats of paint, make sure to find ones that don’t give off any harmful fumes, and don’t emit too many volatile organic compounds. Latex paints are a good choice for eco-friendly renovations.

The same thing goes for choosing a wood stain or varnish for your Mid-Century Modern Furniture or Vintage pieces. Many solvents are dangerous to handle, and exposure over long periods of  time should be avoided. Call your local government offices, like solid waste/waste collection departments, to see the best disposal methods for any leftover product you’re not using. Don’t just haphazardly throw it away and become responsible for the next big, scary animal mutation in your neighborhood.

Modern Furniture

Adding some modern furniture to the mix is better for the environment than your average heavily ornamented pieces. The minimalist design, and lower center of gravity lead to shorter legs. That translates to less trees being sawed down and hacked up for the wood involved. Save a few forests once in awhile, and go modern.  

Go Light on the Lighting

Try to set up your Interiors so that a source of natural lighting is available, and make it so you can adjust the settings on your electric fixtures. This will save power, reduce greenhouse gas production, and lessen your chances of blowing a fuse at an inopportune time.  

Multifunctional Design

Going with a multifunctional approach to your interior decorations maximizes space, saves materials, and displays creativity. In the above photograph, you have an example of natural wood steps which double as shelves for decorative pieces. No reason why you can’t apply a similar style of versatile furniture pieces in other areas of the home.

Sofas that double as beds. Work desk/coffee table hybrids. The possibilities are endless, and environmentally sound.

Solar Powered

If it's feasible in your neck of the woods, get yourself some solar panels. You’ll probably be doing some roofing at some point during the renovation process, and adding a solar source of energy will save you thousands in energy costs. You can even sell your power for an extra source of income.

Implementing some of these strategies in your renovation projects should help you avoid contributing to a scarred wasteland, and allow you to rest easier at night(on some more comfortable furniture).

Source: Getinmyhome.com