You’ve probably heard all the excuses about going green: that it’s too expensive; that eco-friendly décor is ugly; or that the whole green movement is just a fad. But the truth is that eco-friendly home décor, as with most other things, isn’t going anywhere. As we build the world of the future, green practices are going to be at the forefront. Shouldn’t your interior decorating be too?

Here, we’ve put together a few tips to make your home décor a little more environmentally friendly. The real key with most of these tips is sustainability. And, as a bonus, eco-friendly materials are better for your health, free of compounds like formaldehyde that are toxic to people and the environment alike.

Ditch the Chemical Carpeting

Although most people don’t realize it, most carpet contains preserving chemicals like formaldehyde. Unfortunately, the chemical off-gassing from these carpets in your home can cause breathing problems and cancer. Instead, pick eco-friendly, recycled carpeting like this:

Image: Flor

Use Sustainable Building Materials

Any time you’re remodeling or upgrading, use only certified green building materials. There may be specific stores in your area, like VivaTerra or Branch Home. But if you live far from major urban centers, you can always contact the U.S. Green Building Council for a list of certified materials and where you can find them. For countertops and other hard surfaces, Caesarstone makes USGBC-certified quartz, some containing post-consumer recycled materials.

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Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Double-paned windows and energy-efficient appliances used to be the hallmarks of this building trend, but there are other ways to integrate energy efficiency into your home décor. For instance, you can use recycled mason jars filled with water to regulate the climate in your home. Place the jars on a west-facing window; they absorb heat during the day to keep your house cool, and release it at night.

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These are just a few ideas to help get you started. If you have any eco-friendly home décor tips, we’d love to hear from you. Just share your thoughts below in the comments section.