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.