5 Sustainable Ideas for your HDB Flat

Change has become an urgent issue globally with the world witnessing extreme weather patterns. Singapore recorded its hottest temperature in a decade in 2019 and Singaporeans too are becoming cautiously awareness about carbon footprint and the impact it has on the weather. 

The interior design of your home plays an important role on the eco-friendliness and sustainability of your home but many people are not aware of it.

If you too would like to reduce your carbon footprint for the sake of preserving the environment for future generations, you can talk to your interior designer.

Interior designers are the people who have control and can also advise you on choosing the right material for your home and help you decide how to sustainably interact with your living space. If not, check out the sustainable ideas we have here for your HDB home décor.

Use VOC free house paints

Ladder and half painted wall

VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. VOCs are responsible for that unbearable stench wall paints leave behind. What you may not know is that it has the brain-cell-killing power of glue. It does not just release VOCs into your home after application but continues to off-gas for several years.

Moreover, some people may be allergic to VOC paints causing them allergies such as skin irritation, nose and throat discomforts. Moreover, VOC gas when released into the atmosphere causes ozone depletion, which protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Instead, opt for low VOC paints to reduce harm done to the ozone as well as the inhabitants of the household.

Go for LED light bulbs

LED light bulbs

Most households use Light emitting diodes (LEDs) light bulbs for obvious reasons. We all know LED bulbs save electricity. They use only two to seventeen watts of electricity, a significantly smaller amount compared to incandescent light bulbs.

Not only that but LED also last up to twenty-five times longer while incandescent light waste ninety percent of their energy as heat. Another money saving feature of LED bulb is that their battery life lasts ten to fifteen times longer than incandescent bulbs. More energy saved not only means a lower electrical bill but also less coal needed to be burned to produce electricity thus reducing your carbon footprint.

Plants for decorative and sustainability purpose

Decorative plants

You can also reduce your carbon footprint by being conscious of the amount of air-conditioning you use for your home. Reduce the temperature in your living space by using decorative plants.

Vetiver is popular as a tropical grass specie that can potentially lower interior temperatures. It also reduces the number of indoor pollutants and keep the air smelling fresh for years.

Speak with your interior designer on how to best use vetiver as a decorative plant to fit into your home design.

Small decorative succulents

You can also consider other plant species. Succulents are a popular choice if you find that you have little time to care for the plant. You can also consider ivies and even grow herbs if you have a balcony. Plants not only beautify your home and bring a sense of life to the surroundings but they also help to purify the air and rid your home of harmful toxins.

Use eco-friendly floor materials

Eco-friendly cork flooring
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Consider using cork as a sustainable flooring solution. Cork comes from tree bark, which regenerates itself after the cork is harvested, thus is it a renewable green alternative.

The harvesting process of cork is also strictly regulated to minimise damage. It is often an overlooked eco-friendly option with many advantages. Its benefits include easy installation as a click-together floating floor or as glued-down tiles. It provides natural insulation and is impermeable to liquid, making it perfect for wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Cork does not accumulate dust and contains a natural substance called Suberin which fends off mold, mildew, rot and pests. Other green alternatives include bamboo and linoleum.

Be creative with DIY décor

DIY light bulbs

Save some money by using your creativity to upcycle old materials. Remember seeing vintage Singer sewing machines used as a decorative side table piece? How about creating your own hanging LED light by repurposing your old wardrobe, bottles or jars? Recycle and upcycle to create original décor items that are uniquely yours.

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