If you’re like me and spend a lot of time in the bedroom (not because of that!) you’ll want your personal space as comfortable, healthy and environmentally responsible as possible. Actually, no matter who you are, you’re in the bedroom a considerable amount, probably more than any other place in the home.

Here are 10 helpful ideas for greening your bedroom:

Use environmentally friendly paint that is low in toxic dyes and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Buy sheets and blankets made from organic cotton, bamboo or hemp. You could even buy second -hand sheets from a thrift store or charity shop. Some are like new!

Install a ceiling fan instead of air-conditioning to cool your room.

Get used wooden furniture (I almost wrote “pre-owned”, but I can’t go down that route), including bed frames. Forget the flat-pack! You can find quality, durable second hand stuff for less and restore it if necessary. The retro or classic look will give your room more character a new mass-produced piece of junk.

Designer bedroom with wood from well managed forest, low impact and low emission finishing. Pic: www.mazzaliarmadi.it

Designer bedroom with wood from well managed forest, low impact and low emission finishing. Pic: www.mazzaliarmadi.it

Install low-energy light bulbs, for example CFL or LED lighting. A modern low-energy bulb-compatible dimmer switch also lets you control the amount of energy your using for lighting.

Hang insulating curtains to keep the heat in during the winter and out during the summer.

Cut down on your wardrobe. There’s no need to own so much clothing and shoes. Who are you, Imelda Marcos? According to this “room-by-room” eco-friendly guide on the CBN (yes, the Christian Broadcasting Network, what of it?) after food, clothing has the most environmental impact of any consumer product in America.

Wooden floors are not necessarily more eco-friendly than wall-to-wall carpeting, but they are healthier and harbor less dust and mites.

Use small rugs made from recycled or organic natural plant fibers and without toxic glues like benzene and toluene. Smaller rugs are easier to beat, shake out and keep clean.

Get funky. Check out this BBC Homes page for some off the wall eco-friendly bedroom decorating ideas. Sample: “Create a footstool from MDF and top it with recycled plastic filled with shredded five pound notes”. Yeah, I’m going to shred my money and stuff it in a plastic footstool. Don’t worry; the other ideas aren’t as daft as that one.

She's got the right idea. Pic: Jackal of all trades (Flickr CC)

She’s got the right idea. Pic: Jackal of all trades (Flickr CC)

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.



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