Green living has become more popular than ever. In fact, a recent survey found that 88% of Americans feel that taking care of the planet is very important and 77% of U.S. residents consider environmental factors when they do their shopping. That’s clear from the emphasis many brands put on their eco-friendly offerings, whether it’s a reduction in plastic packaging, contributions to charitable organizations, or a pledge to reduce harmful emissions. And of course, many families will even make small adjustments to their homes — or even entire renovations — to reduce their ecological impact (and potentially save money by doing so!)
Around 71% of homeowners say they request green remodels to reduce energy at home. But ironically, the remodeling process itself isn’t automatically eco-friendly. From building debris to substantial energy use, you may end up creating more pollution during a kitchen remodel or living room redesign than you realize. If you’re already making the effort to reduce your carbon footprint at home, it’s important to ensure that the actual renovations you perform won’t cancel out the positive impact of the final result.
By recycling old materials, donating furniture and appliances, and ensuring that your contractor understands and follows environmentally responsible building practices, you can make sure that your remodeling project looks fantastic and won’t cause ecological damage. These efforts will make any eco-friendly additions to your home stand out even more.
Although the green building market is one of the fastest-growing in the nation, that doesn’t mean that you have to add in eco-friendly features to your home. If you decide not to incorporate green features into your remodel, the process can still be eco-friendly! Whether your reno is actually meant to help your family go green or not, you can take steps to ensure that your home improvements don’t cause undue harm to the earth. That way, both your property and the planet will retain its value for years to come.
Often, the first step in environmental responsibility is recycling. That’s definitely true when it comes to renovations. Below, you’ll find some important tips that can help you recycle after a home remodel. Some of this information may surprise you; we hope all of it encourages you to consider ways you can become a steward of the earth during property improvements.