Tips to reduce the eco-footprint of your home renovation

7th January 2020

Dilapidated bathroom with broken tiles and rusty fittings, and messy floor.

Renovating your home is an exciting project. Whether you’re simply re-doing your kitchen or you’re going the full mile and doing up your entire house, giving your property a big makeover can be very rewarding. However, it’s no secret that home renovations do have an environmental impact on the planet. Below, we’ve put together our top tips to help ensure that your renovation is as eco-friendly as possible.

Use eco-friendly paint

There are lots of nasty chemicals in paint that are harmful to both you and the environment. While buying huge tubs of emulsion may be kinder to your wallet, it’s certainly not kinder to the environment, so choose your paint carefully. Opt for low VOC (volatile organic compound), 100% water based paints instead.

Choose natural cleaning products

During a home renovation, lots of cleaning products are used and many of these cleaning products contain lots of nasty chemicals. White spirit and wallpaper stripper are harmful to your skin, so it’s no surprise that they are very harmful to the environment when flushed away. There are lots of natural alternatives available, from wallpaper steamers to remove buildup, to clean spirit and natural cleaning products.

Reduce your waste

When you renovate your home, you’re inevitably going to produce a lot of waste. Everything that comes out of your home needs to go somewhere – but it doesn’t always have to go to landfill. There are lots of materials and types of waste that you can reuse or recycle, from rubble and scrap wood to old tiles, kitchen cabinets and countertops. Plenty of items and materials can be recycled or sold on.

Choose a reliable skip hire company

There are many benefits of hiring a skip for a home renovation. Hiring a skip for your project saves you from having to make multiple trips to the tip or local recycling centre, which can quickly rack up your driving miles. Choose a skip hire company that will recycle the waste in your skip to minimise the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfill and to protect the environment.

When you hire a skip from Hazell and Jefferies, you can rest assured that the waste from your skip is taken to our recycling centre and properly sorted through to ensure that as much waste is recycled as possible. To learn more about our skip hire services, visit our website.

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