Plastic Free Bedroom

I’ve previously written about how to reduce plastic waste and go plastic free in the kitchen, and in the bathroom. Next, let’s take a quick look at how to avoid plastic and reduce waste in another room of your home: the bedroom. In permaculture, we often talk about small, slow solutions. And that is just as true of sustainability within the home as it is in the garden.

Tips for a Plastic Free Bedroom

  • Think about furnishings and floorings. Think about wooden/ tile/ stone floors/ natural fibre rugs rather than synthetic carpet or laminate. If you do choose a carpet – avoid a ‘plastic’ one and opt for one made sustainably from natural fibres.
  • Choose bedding composed of organic cotton, hemp or other natural materials rather than ‘plastic’ fabrics such as polyester.
  • Consider ethically produced natural stuffing for bedding/mattresses rather than those made with synthetic fibres.
  • Consider making your own quilts/ blankets from natural/ reclaimed fabrics.
  • Think about what’s on your night stand or bedside table – choose hair brushes with wooden handles and natural bristles. Choose organic, natural make-up products (or better yet, make your own). Rethink gadgets with plastic casing (alarm clocks etc…). Choose more sustainable products (or do without).
  • Carefully consider each purchase of clothing and choose fewer, quality items rather than buying lots of fast fashion. Whatever you buy, choose items that will last. 
  • Choose clothing made from natural, organic materials rather than synthetic fabrics wherever possible. 
  • Be fully informed about the ethical and environmental costs of the clothes you choose (looking at plastic waste throughout the whole of the supply chain).
  • Consider choosing second hand clothing rather than new clothing – especially where synthetic fabrics may be required (Such as for performance outdoors gear.)
  • Look into choosing recycled & recyclable synthetic fabrics where these are required. 
  • Think about contraception. This is another bedroom related area where it is important to do your research and find the most eco-friendly and low waste option you can, while still staying safe.

If you are interested in consultancy on any of the issues raised above, please do get in touch.

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