Creating a sustainable home on a budget

Creating a space that is sustainable doesn't have to be expensive. It can be a mix of locally made goods, thrifted items, and DIY or hand-me-downs.

The idea that living sustainably is only for a certain percentage of people has some valid points, but there are ways to incorporate a clean green way of life on a budget to merge with the aesthetic of your choice.. you just need to have an open mindset and a little creativity.

For example, in the image to the right, both frames were thrifted for about $12 total, the smaller art was a postcard from a restaurant in Portland, the "Count Your Blessings" art was made by a local artist, the glass vase was thrifted for $9, the rocks... free, the light was made and passed down by my mom. It's a collection that was built over time, and I think that makes every piece more special.

Ideas and Tips

Budget tip: Plan to thrift or op shop items that there are more of in the world (side tables, chairs, etc.). That way when you find something really special, like a piece of art, you will have saved money in other areas of decorating and splurging on that special item wont leave you with a pit in your stomach.

Sourcing tip: If you don't live near a Goodwill or other thrift stores, check out these apps for finding second hand items: OfferUp, Craigslist or Nextdoor. There are loads more out there, but these are some of my favorites. Remember to never pay beforehand, wait until items are in your hand!

Green tip: By choosing to shop second hand or hand me down, you are practicing sustainable habits by not continuing to the "new item" consumer turnaround. If people dont buy it, they'll stop producing it, and we'll stop contributing to excess waste and product manufacturing waste.

© 2020 Rose Zilber