When it comes to being eco-friendly it’s important and necessary to do your research. More often than not, convenience means waste. But, when you know where to look, you’ll find that you can live a fun, simple and enjoyable life while protecting the environment and cutting costs.
Storage, for instance, is one of those things we all need – be it for business or everyday life – so here are some eco-friendly storage solutions that you may not have thought of.
Invest in a steel hut kit
Whether you’re looking to assemble a shed, garage, warehouse or workshop for storage purposes, steel hut kits are ideal as they can be custom made and therefore prevent you from spending money on wasted materials, which may also end up as landfill.
Quick to assemble and highly durable, they won’t be destroyed in harsh weather conditions either meaning they’ll stand the test of time, saving laboring and material costs down the line. An impressive arch design ensures 100% of the interior space can be used, unlike wooden sheds which require beams for support. What’s more, steel huts coated with Galvalume Plus also reduce the heat inside of the building in the summer and make it easier to heat in the winter. It also prevents corrosion meaning repainting is not necessary.
No matter what storage solutions you’re looking for, buy responsibly from companies that take an eco-friendly approach or give back to eco-friendly causes. Look for products made from recycled and reclaimed materials or wood that is FSC-certified. The Forest Stewardship Council is a global forest certification system designed to promote better forest management. Shop carefully and you’ll find that eco-friendly storage solutions tend to be unique and beautiful rather than generic and mass produced.
Another thing you can do is head to thrift stores. Reusing pre-loved products is a great way to keep them out of landfills. This is particularly important when you consider 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. And if you already own plastic items you no longer need, why not donate them rather than throwing them in the trash? After all, plastic takes over 400-years to break down.
Trying to be eco-friendly? Then getting creative can work wonders. There are many things you can do to turn everyday objects into storage items. Old shoeboxes, for instance, can be painted and set aside for treasures. Toilet rolls can be used as toothbrush or pen holders. And if you’ve old empty jam jars then these can be filled with all kinds of treats from jam to sweets.
Repurposing old furniture can also work. If you’ve an old desk with storage compartments or a bookshelf that’s seen better days, it could be nice to sand them down and repaint for a shabby chic look. Or, you could keep things more traditional with a fresh lick of varnish.
An eco-friendly approach to storage shows you’re aware of the world around you. It can also be extremely fun and encourage you to think of creative ideas for products in your home.