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5 ways we can have sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly homes

Composite decking is just one to make your home more eco-friendly.

More and more homeowners are looking to make their homes more sustainable, ethical and eco-friendly in the United Kingdom. Environmentally conscious millennials are slowly but surely making their way into the property market and with that is a growth for ‘green-friendly’ ways to live.

As a company that is proud of it’s eco-friendly and ethical roots, we’re always striving to help our customers find new ways to be more environmentally conscious in their homes and garden. The purpose of this article is to share ways that you can quickly and easily improve the sustainability of your outdoor space.

1.      Recycling waste material

Your home is full of materials, products and foodstuff that are regularly wasted on a daily basis. Too many of us simply throw out the remains of food or old materials when these items could be recycled to help improve our garden. Old cardboard boxes can be cut down and used for composting, insulation and to cover over weeds as supposed to purchasing expensive alternatives. Newspapers can be recycled to act as liners on plant pots or planters. Eggshells can even be adapted to help fledgling seedlings grow without too much disturbance.

2.      Upcycling old possessions

We spoke at great length in a recent blog post about ways that old furniture, household items and equipment can be “upcycled” to provide a new use in your garden. Rather than throwing out old items that are non-biodegradable and will require additional energy to reduce down, you could find new uses for them in your garden. Old colanders make for perfect hanging basket bases. Old broken plant pots can be used as rustic looking permanent markers. Even old pairs of shoes can be upcycled to create quirky flower holders or micro-planters. The less that goes into landfills or incineration, the better it will be for the environment.

3.      Using sustainable materials

Thinking carefully about the furniture, fencing and decking that you buy is really important for eco-friendly homeowners. Many wood products, particularly cheap in cost, don’t come from sustainable forestry. We’re pleased to say that all of our composite decking products derive from ethically and sustainably managed wood sources. Our plastic comes from recycled bottle caps and ensures that you get all the benefits of strong plastics without the horrible environmental effects caused by its production (and destruction!).

4.      Embracing solar power

Although the United Kingdom isn’t famous for its sunshine, we still have enough light to warrant solar energy in our gardens and homes. Instead of opting for wired lighting solutions or wired water features that use energy from the mains, why not invest in lights and features that are solar panelled instead? Not only are these cheaper to run to bring down your energy bill over time but they can be installed far easier than wired products which may require drilling, returfing and electrics work to get them connected.

5.      Saving for a rainy day

A great way to reduce your water bills, improve your garden and be environmentally friendly is to create your own rainwater store. Usually, in the form of a barrel connected easily to your guttering, you can collect gallons of free rainwater that can be reused for watering or cleaning your outdoor space. This is far more efficient and cost-effective. Not to mention that rainwater is significantly better than tap water for the garden (the latter usually has chlorine and other substances to make it cleaner for consumption). Rainwater has a neutral pH level and encourages the absorption of nutrients more efficiently than tap water.

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