To keep your eco home smart and attractive you’ll want to redecorate it every few years. But this needn’t mean causing damage to the planet in the process. Because there are a variety of attractive eco wall coverings available which are environmentally friendly both in how they’re manufactured and disposed of.
Eco friendly paint
Conventional lead based paint contains a toxic soup of pesticides, herbicides and solvents which emit harmful particles into the air. These volatile organic compounds (VOC) are blamed for causing asthma and damaging people’s health.
Eco friendly paints, on the other hand, are made from natural products, such as milk, water, plants or soy, and contain none or fewer toxins than conventional paint. Consequently, eco friendly paints don’t cause people to develop breathing problems, so they’re ideal for decorating your eco house if anyone in your family suffers from asthma. Eco paint can also be easily poured away without contaminating the earth.
Wallpaper is experiencing resurgence in popularity. But traditional vinyl wallpaper generates a lot of toxic chemicals when it’s manufactured and isn’t biodegradable. Traditional wallpaper paste also contains toxins to prevent the growth of mould, which can be damaging to people’s health when they’re inhaled.
Eco wallpaper, however, is a healthier eco wall covering material for both your family and the environment for decorating your eco house. It’s made from paper that’s harvested from renewable sources and you can use eco friendly paste to apply it to your walls too. Eco wallpaper also uses ecologically friendly water based paints and dyes, rather than synthetic colouring agents, which is another way in which it’s a greener way of decorating your eco home.
When purchasing eco wallpaper remember to check whether it’s marked FSC certified. This label ensures it has been harvested using renewable methods approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council.
Natural plant fibres
If you’d like to add some texture to the walls in your eco house, eco wall coverings made from natural plant fibres are an excellent option.
There’s a wide range of natural plant fibres to choose from, including arrowroot, sea grass, jute, hemp and hand pressed leaf. The fibres are woven by hand, and because they’re naturally produced they can be harvested over and over again without causing long term deforestation.
Natural plant fibre eco wall coverings are also 100% biodegradable, so they can be ecologically disposed of rather than dumped in landfill sites.
Bamboo is another great eco wall covering option for adding texture to your eco home’s walls. Bamboo regenerates within 3-5 years, whilst wood takes 15-20 years, which means bamboo can be harvested more regularly without harming the environment.
Bamboo eco wall coverings are hand woven and applied to a paper backing to create wall flats for giving your eco home a unique, modern and ecologically friendly look.
Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree, which grow in the Mediterranean. Because it’s the bark that’s removed, rather than the tress itself, cork is an exceptionally environmentally friendly eco wall covering material. It offers a soft, velvety texture, and its honeycomb structure makes it a beautiful material for decorating the walls in your eco home.