For the sake of the future of humanity on this planet, we all have to do our bit to move towards a greener and more sustainable way of life. There are plenty of ways that we can reduce our carbon footprints as individuals, from reducing our meat intake to car sharing or adding insulation to reduce the energy needed to heat our homes. Another think we can do is live as close as possible to a zero waste lifestyle.
What is a 'zero waste' lifestyle?
A zero waste lifestyle is a life lived in such a way that no waste is generated. No rubbish would be sent to landfill. No useful resource would go unused. In the modern world, living in such a way that you generate literally zero waste is extremely difficult. But we can all take steps to reduce the waste we produce and to dispose of the waste we do generate wisely.
How can we begin to reduce waste?
- Grow our own food where possible and buy wholesale and/or unpackaged, from farmers.
- Reduce the number of cleaning and beauty products that we bring into our homes.
- Think twice before buying any new item and reduce our overall consumption.
- Recycle packaging and other waste where possible.
- Compost food waste at home.
- Re-use old items and 'waste' within the home in a variety of different ways.
- Prolong the lives of items we own through careful tending and repair.
All in all, we can think more carefully before things come into and leave our homes and take responsibility for the real cost of our purchases and of dealing with our rubbish.
How Can Love Restored Help?
Love Restored can help you to create a beautiful home filled with up-cycled items that may otherwise have ended up in landfill. The beautiful, bespoke pieces of up-cycled furniture in store could be the perfect pieces to fill your home without hurting the planet. They also each represent a piece of potential waste that was saved from the skip.
Perhaps though, you will not purchase one of the lovely pieces of furniture that have already been given a new lease of life and will instead choose to bring back to life an item of furniture that you already own. There are plenty of wonderful ways to give your furniture a second chance and reduce waste, many of which involve Annie Sloan's excellent collection of chalk paints. Love Restored can not only sell you to paints and other equipment you might need to restore love to your old and uncherished items but also runs workshops to help you learn the skills you need.
Whats your views on upcycling, do you try to live a more sustainable life? Share you photos of any upcycled projects you have done with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. If so share with us on our Facebook,Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest using #loverestored @love_restored