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Step Into Spring With These Top Tips For A More Eco-Friendly Home

Spring is upon us. It’s a time of year that calls for us to shake up the home; flip over our mattresses, fling open our windows, and give our homes a good spring clean or even makeover!

It’s safe to say, we’ve been home more than ever before. Consequently, our interiors have evolved perhaps more than ever before too. This time has thrown into question the way we are living, how we have decorated our homes, and even what products we use to clean our homes! It’s become a place of refuge during these times, a safe place to bunker down in over the winter months.

So far in 2021, in short, we’ve seen a continuation of a surge in natural and earthy tones, plants, and round cocooning furniture making an appearance in our home interiors. Sustainability in the home is also a hot topic and one which we can’t afford to go anywhere. Taking the environment into consideration through thoughtful action in our homes is long overdue and something which can be a little confusing in knowing where to start.

Therefore, we at Topology are giving our top tips for a more conscious and eco-friendly approach to your home, design choices, and even your spring clean!

1. Think Longer-term

Buy products that will stand the test of time. For example, this might mean spending a little more on a quality piece or calling in a designer in an effort to purchase the right furniture for your home.

2. Buy Local 

Why not consider exploring local shops rather than from bigger high street brands, you’ll likely receive the item quicker too. 

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3. Source Sustainably

Look for products that are from sustainable brands and/or are made of eco-friendly natural materials, containing no plastic. For instance, materials made of repurposing plastic or products made of wool, linen, or cotton are good options. Nkuku’s ‘Mahina Recycled Cushion Cover’ is a Topology favourite. Secret Linen Store is another store, amongst many, who prides themselves in using natural fibres in their products, namely their bed linen and accessories. 

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4. Re-Cycle or/and Up-Cycle

Instead of buying new items, head to Facebook marketplace, eBay, gumtree, or freecycle to pick up items that are second-hand. There are also some fantastic bargains to be had.

Upcycling is also an excellent way to avoid buying an item brand new. By adding a new lease of life into your furniture, you can quickly, easily, and even enjoyably completely transform a room very cheaply and sustainably, Whether it be by reupholstering a chair or repairing an old item and giving it a new lick of paint, there are endless ways to achieve this and that’s one less item ending up in a landfill!

5. Give your home a spring clean using eco-friendly natural products

Steam Mop

Steam mops are said to banish 99.9% of bacteria and are the purest way to clean your home.

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Ditch Bleach

Avoid toxic cleaning products, ditch the bleach and use ‘Citrus grove toilet bombs’ instead or make your own cleaning concoction in a refillable bottle! Fillrefill and Dri-Pak sell the natural basics to get you started, offer advice, and reveal recipes.

Use Eco-Friendly Sprays

Keep your regime simple and avoid sprays where possible but for those tricky areas where you’ll need a specific spray e.g for grease, glass, and areas that attract grime. For these areas, our go-to is Method who are on a mission to make our homes cleaner and greener! Koh’s mop bundle offers a one-way stop for a simple, effective, and eco-friendly cleaning system for your whole home.

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Upgrade Your Cleaning Toolkit

Opt for biodegradable bib liners and Swap your cloths and cleaning sponges for natural cellulose, machine washable sponges which are made from renewable materials!

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Be VOC Conscious 

Give your walls a fresh lick of paint ahead of summer using low VOC paint which means the paint contains less ‘ Volatile Organic Compounds which have been proven to pose risk to the environment and to our health and can even continue to be released into the air we breathe for years.  Lick paint is a paint brand we back that offers low VOC paint and has a lovely finish, along with many other modern paints nowadays. it’s great to see more paint companies emerging offering low VOC paint. Lastly, It’s worth noting, VOC doesn’t just apply to paint but carpets and furniture too so watch out!

We hope you’re now a little inspired to give your home an eco-friendly spring clean or even make over. As always, we never recommend brands that we don’t absolutely love or trust!

If you need a bit more of a helping hand with your spring make over, our team at Topology offer an in depth design service for all budgets big and small. Services start from £299 per room, see here. So, whether you want light guidance or a consolidated delivery & on-site management –  we’re you’re girls!

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