What does sustainability mean for your home?
How we live and how we live are more closely connected than we realise. As a result, important topics such as the omnipresent climate crisis and environmentally conscious behaviour are also moving into our living space. But a sustainable lifestyle at home, what does that even mean - and what does the way there look like?
Why live sustainably?
Sustainability is thus in clear contrast to our consumer society, in which more value is placed on quantity than on quality. Things are bought cheaply, quickly disposed of and replaced. In a sustainable lifestyle, exactly the opposite should become the norm: quite conscious and moderate consumption, in which no more is taken than our world can cope with without problems.
What constitutes a sustainable lifestyle
Your sustainable home to feel good in
Buy sustainable home furnishings
Shopping with social responsibility
In this way, your new decorative items and furniture will add value to your home and at the same time ensure greater social justice: because you are not only helping to improve the working conditions of individual people, but you are also helping to combat an imbalance in which cheap items are produced at the expense of others.
Sustainable and high-quality materials
However, sustainability is not only characterized by fair treatment of people. Therefore, when buying, pay attention to the materials used in a product. High-quality materials have a longer service life and comply with applicable environmental standards. These include, for example, guidelines on how certain materials may be obtained or processed and which special features must also be taken into account during onward transport.
In the case of furniture, for example, it is important to pay attention to the type of wood used in its manufacture. Teak, mahogany and other tropical woods are robust and can be processed aesthetically, but the deforestation of our rainforests is one of the biggest environmental problems in the world today.
A good alternative to tropical woods are domestic woods such as maple, beech, oak or cherry. Rattan and bamboo also show themselves to be multi-talented in all kinds of utility items and are popular for furniture production.
When selecting furniture, you can use seals that certify materials from sustainable forestry, such as FSC or PEFC. The Blue Angel seal of approval can also be found on sustainable furniture, along with many other products. These seals and certifications are also often internationally valid.
When furnishing your home, it is generally better to use natural materials instead of plastic. Cushions, sofas or blankets made of wool, kapok, cotton or linen are not only environmentally friendly, but also air-permeable and thus improve the climate in your living space. They also make your home look much more inviting.
Rattan is a multi-talent in furniture production
Slow Living instead of the throwaway trend
With the above-mentioned methods, you will not only create a high-quality interior, but also a long-lasting one. Choose the objects with which you fill your own four walls with life consciously: Quality over quantity - one of the foundations of Slow Living. This philosophy of life takes you away from the hectic daily routine to which we are all accustomed, and leads you to the conscious concentration on what counts for you.
So instead of cluttering your home with superfluous decor, buy select, high-quality pieces that help preserve our environment and fair labor conditions. After all, living sustainably also means making a conscious choice and keeping furnishings for a long time - or hopefully forever.
A beautiful home with a good feeling
Whether it's sleeping, working from home or spending time with our loved ones: We spend a decisive part of our lives within our own four walls. This makes it important not only that our home is lovingly furnished and that we feel comfortable, but also that our life in it is sustainable. Conscious consumer behavior are big steps in the right direction. In this way, we not only set a positive sign for our future, but also bring objects with soul and history into our home.
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