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Bamboo flooring, and other ways to go green with your home renovation!

Going green starts with us, and at home. While renovating, try your best to choose materials that will minimise wastage and not harm the environment. Here are five ways to do so.


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CONSIDER BAMBOO FLOORING

Flooring made from hardwood, such as teak and oak, are from trees that require longer periods of time to be replaced. On the contrary, bamboo flooring is a more eco-friendly option, as bamboo is known to be the world’s fastest-growing plant. It’s also durable and easy to maintain. Home-grown brand Star Bamboo uses bamboo from certified renewable sources, and non-toxic glue in the production process. 

USE RECYCLED MATERIALS

Discarded materials can look great, too! Eco by Cosentino is a new proprietary material that is made from 75 per cent recycled materials such as mirror, glass, porcelain, earthenware and vitrified ash. Ninety-four per cent of the water used in the manufacturing process is also reused! It’s highly resistant to impact, chemical products and scratches, making the quartz-like material great for kitchen and bathroom countertops, and to clad walls and floors with. 

REDUCE HARMFUL SUBSTANCES

Instead of using paints which may contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that have significant negative effects on both the environment and people, opt for a wall coating that is free of such harmful substances. Belka is a wall coating made from 100 per cent natural cotton-based materials. With a wide selection of colours and textures, it’s also odour-free and fire-resistant. 

ADD GREENERY

Plants can help remove heat and harmful contaminants in the air, ensuring cool and fresh air circulation in the home. Green walls such as Hygro Wall are easy to install and require minimal water usage as they utilise moisture recycling and drip irrigation methods. There is also Mosstile  – a vertical maintenance-free “garden” especially suitable for interior spaces. It uses non-toxic ecological resin bases and the moss does not require irrigation or fertilisation. 

USE ENERGY-SAVING BULBS

Using LED bulbs saves energy, as well as money. Philips Lighting’s LED bulbs come in different colour temperatures, too. In particular, the Philips Ambient LED 12.5-watt bulb can last 25 times longer and uses 80 per cent less energy as compared to a 60-watt incandescent bulb. It is also the world’s first LED bulb to have earned the Energy Star qualification, an international standard for energy-efficient consumer products. 

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