For the past year, our homes especially our bedrooms have become hubs for work, rest, and everything in between. Many of us have been finding ways to keep our bedroom cozier. This is the perfect time to save money by making environmentally conscious choices for your safe space. Below are some swaps you can use for your room.
Organic Mattress/ Beddings/ Cotton or Bamboo Sheets/ Bamboo Pillows
While keeping your current mattress and pillows is the most sustainable option when it’s time to switch them out, be sure to also look out for the type of materials that the bed is made of. Like bedsheets, find ones that are made from organic/ bamboo or recycled materials.
Cotton uses a significant amount of land and resources to produce. Polyester is a synthetic, petroleum-based fiber making it nonbiodegradable. These are two of the most commonly used materials to make bed sheets and pillowcases. An alternative is finding sheets that use organic/bamboo or recyclable materials. One option is silk which is one of my favourites for pillowcases and it uses a considerably smaller amount of water, chemicals, and energy than other fibers. It’s naturally anti-bacterial, so a great material to decrease your water consumption, and since it’s a natural fiber, which means it’s also biodegradable.
Air Purifier/ Humidifier / Essential Oil Diffuser/ LED lights
Air purifiers are essential to home in your home to filter the air and help remove harmful particles from indoor spaces, particularly allergens, smoke, and mold. An air purifier can also reduce odors, creating a quiet nighttime environment that's perfect for good sleep.
During the winter humidifiers are very beneficial since it adds moisture to the air to prevent dryness that can cause irritation in many parts of the body. Keeping a humidifier in your bedroom can be particularly effective for treating dryness of the skin, nose, throat, and lips. They can also ease some of the symptoms caused by the flu or common cold.
Next time your light goes out, switch it out with an LED bulb! It’s a minor change to your room, but their impact is giant. To put it into perspective, if every person changed one bulb in their home to an LED one the energy savings would be equivalent to 800,000 cars worth of greenhouse gas emissions! And just to make it better, they use much less energy and can last longer than other lightbulbs.
Air Purifying House Plants/ Curtains / Blinds
Air Purifying House Plants are definitely necessary for your bedroom and home because it controls the humidity. It gives a cooling effect and the absorption of carbon dioxide and emission of oxygen refreshes the air. It also helps with the reduction of stress levels, especially during the winter season.
However, when the summer heat is kicking in, it’s easy to switch on the fan. However, a more sustainable and easier alternative is to close your curtains or blinds. For winter months, let sunshine enter your room and close your curtains and blinds at night to retain the heat.