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Get serious about green living

Save some money while also doing your bit for the environment
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 04-06-2018 09:00am

The idea of eco-friendly living has now become the mantra of the day. It impacts the food we eat, the way be live and of course, now the design and planning of our homes. If you are thinking about making the change, here are a few ways to go green.

1. Less is more
Just as important a design principle, the “less is more” concept can be extended to green living too. Think minimal by putting function first. With the change in season now is the perfect time to go through each room with a mission to declutter the space. Allow a few décor details that showcase your personality and sentiment, but don't hesitate to get rid of all that you haven't used for a while.

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2. Repurpose and recycle
The phrase one man's trash is another man's treasure can't stand truer. Hit the antique shops and find “fixer ups” that can truly add a unique twist to your décor. Recycling is essential to green living. For instance, repurpose rough planks of wood or an old desk to make a one-of-a-kind bathroom vanity.

8 items that can be upcycled into your new bathroom vanity

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Credit: CELEBUZZ from Pinterest

3. Raw beauty
While rustic and industrial are popular trends at the moment, they also hightlight the green quotient. Embrace natural materials like wood, marble and brick to create warmth and a cosy feel in your home.

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4. Merge the indoors and outside
Letting nature in is an important component of green living. Surrounded by an evergreen garden, this “glass box” kitchen extension successfully blurs the lines between the indoors and outside.

5 stunning kitchen extensions that make a statement

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5. Smart technology
With smart technology finding its way into home appliances, you can now easily do your bit for the environment. Although a higher initial cost, smart will save you money in the long run. For instance, take the Siemens iQ500 (KG36NHI32), a built-in camera allows you to monitor your fridge’s contents via Wi-Fi, so you don’t even have to be at home to check what you’re running out of.

“You just need your phone, tablet or laptop with you. This makes food shopping that much easier and will save you accidently buying duplicate items because you think you’re running outs," says Jen Wilson, marketing manager at London-based kitchen specialists, LWK Kitchens.

5 life-changing kitchen appliances

Credit: Kitchen Architecture (Cover image)

Read more:
How to incorporate 21st century technology into your home

Tell us:
How have you embraced green living in your home?

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   Amanda Peters
KBB Ark Web Editor. I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).

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