We believe that everything has an eco-friendly alternative. And what we can take responsibility for in our home and our lifestyle is up to us. Our dining rooms are one of those things. From furnishings to lighting to heating, there are plenty of ways to adopt an eco-friendly-first approach and not compromise on the luxurious aesthetics you want to have. So, if you’re an eco-warrior looking to create a memorable dining experience, take a look at our tips.
Opt for natural materials in your furniture
If you’re looking at dining room sets for your new sustainable, eco-friendly dining room, you’ll want to look for wooden furniture. This is the most environmental option bar bamboo, but bamboo furniture is still pretty rare. However, you can look into bamboo accessories, including placemats, cups, plates, and even items like ornaments and wall-art.
When it comes to the chairs you might want to opt for mismatched options. That way, if one is damaged or breaks, you don’t need to replace the whole set. It makes for a charming rustic look to the room and will save you some money in the long run.
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In short, any grown material will contribute to a natural and sustainable room.
Save energy in the room
Speaking of saving money, keeping your energy usage low is a good way to fill that goal and make your dining room even more eco-friendly.
This is where a lot of smart tech can come in handy. You can buy useful gadgets like light dimmers to keep your energy use down but not be blinded under one big light while you’re eating. There are also smart thermostats that will control your heating for you, and make sure that you don’t forget to turn it off when you adjourn for drinks.
Moves as simple as swapping out typical bulbs for LEDs, swapping typical candles for beeswax or soy, and keeping any chandeliers no bigger than your table will go a long way to lowering your energy usage and in turn lower your bills and your effect on the planet.
Serve eco-friendly food
There is the idea that veganism is better for the planet, although that is hotly debated. We’ll leave that up to you and your research, but in the meantime, there are other things that you can do to be more eco-friendly with what you serve.
For one thing, go organic. Organic food uses less energy and causes lower emissions, lowering the risks of pollution. And nowadays, just about every food has an organic option, from milk to pasta.
Take it a step further and grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs. Keep a little garden and serve your guests fresh food straight from the ground. You can go as far as building your own greenhouse for lots of different plants, or simply start with a little window garden to fill with herbs.
So, in conclusion, an eco-friendly dining room and table is very much possible. And it won’t take anything too elaborate, simply some small changes that are better alternatives to what you were doing before.