If there’s one thing you’ve learned about me by now, it’s that I love upcycling. Upcycling presents an opportunity for me to flex my creativity. More importantly, it’s a way to reduce waste by reusing raw material. It’s also a practice that reduces the amount of new material that’s produced, which helps to reduce carbon emissions. You see where I’m going with this. It may seem like a small drop in the bucket to reuse a bottle, but every little bit counts. The health of our planet and the state in which we leave it for future generations are important to me, so I’m mindful to do what I can, when I can.
So, I was very excited when Arhaus — a chic environmentally-friendly home furnishing brand that supports small, family-owned businesses (we’re talking freaking gorgeous, guilt-free furniture) — reached out to ask me for examples on how I incorporate going green into my life in support of their mission help save the environment. Arhaus is partnering with the American Forest Foundation to plant more trees in struggling, depleted forests. For every purchase made during their sale, they’ll plant a tree. I dig it.
Here are a few of my tips:
Visit your local thrift shop for kitchenware or gently used wooden furniture first before heading to a big box store.
- Use pasta sauce jars to hold grains or beans, or as flower vases, to keep them out of landfills.
Use old cotton t-shirts as cleaning rags. Just cut them up!
- Use old cotton t-shirts to dry your hair. They’re much less likely to cause breakage or split ends than towels!
Use old bath towels as cleaning rags too, or as bedding for your pets.
- Clean out used candle jars and store pens, pins, and other office items in them. Or, use them to hold potpourri or pour your own new candle!
- Visit your local thrift shop for picture frames, and then spray paint them to make them new again.
Here are even more tips from Arhaus and American Forest:
About Arhaus: Arhaus was founded in 1986 with a passion to provide unique, high quality, well designed home furnishings. Our philosophy was to design our own products, search for the best manufacturer while controlling quality, and bring the furniture direct to our customers. Our product developers travel the globe working directly with skilled artisans to craft pieces that can only be found at Arhaus, ensuring that every Arhaus piece meets our high quality standards. We promise you Cherry, Elm and many other natural hardwoods. Natural stone tabletops. 100% organic cotton fabrics. True wrought iron beds, made with forged iron using time honored methods and uncompromising handwork. We have made a commitment to the earth’s resources by developing unique, yet functional pieces from recycled natural resources. We recycle copper into tabletops, harvest tree roots and transform them into chairs. We find forgotten antiques and give them new life. And Arhaus remains committed to never using wood from our endangered rain forests. Learn more about Arhaus here.
About American Forests: American Forests has been protecting and restoring forests for more than 140 years. And, while we may be the nation’s oldest conservation organization, our work today is more important than ever. Since 1990 alone, we have planted more than 50 million trees, helping to restore forests in all 50 states and nearly 50 countries. Learn more about American Forests here.