These days, the world is buzzing about going green. From LED lights to water-wise appliances, adopting eco-friendly practices starts at home. When you want to give your space an upgrade look no further than eco-friendly products like Real Wood Floors. Real Wood Floors focuses on manufacturing intelligently designed hardwood that embodies the best of sustainability and green practices.

They partner with like-minded lumber suppliers and industry professionals that share their values in protecting and nurturing our planet. Like them, we love the idea of making your home safe, healthy and earth friendly. When it comes time to redecorate, our philosophy is no different. Check out our tips below and find the best way to expand your sustainable footprint and live your best eco-chic life.

Go Zero Waste

It’s no surprise that unrecyclable plastics are everywhere and might not realize how often we rely on single-use, disposable items to get through our day. Think coffee pods and take-out containers, forks, knives and cocktail straws. Cut down on your use by investing in long lasting, elegant solutions. Thermal coffee mugs, sleek glass storage ware and silicone or steel straws are a great place to start. Shop in bulk at your local market and invest in reusable cloth produce bags. Help the environment and reduce waste. It’s time we overcome our addition to single-use items.

Reduce Your Footprint

Minimalism is on the rise and not surprisingly so, this spans across almost all industries. From ridesharing services to home exchanges, peer-to-peer lending combines convenience with sustainability. If you do choose to buy, make sure your purchases have positive environmental impacts. Think recycled materials, salvage wood products and Energy Star rated appliances.

Embrace Tech

From Bluetooth enabled home security to auto-adjusting lights, there are so many great ways to use technology to your advantage. In addition to home upgrades, embrace the virtual office. Not only will you be reducing your commute both to and from the worksite, but remote workers are said to be happier and more productive in the long run. Cut down on face to face meetings and employ virtual connections whenever possible. Check out cloud computing for office access anywhere. Go paperless and remember to recycle your e-waste.

Go Sustainable and Give Back

Cut down on carbon emissions by buying produce grown in your hometown or state. Go green by supporting sustainable vendors and talk to them about their eco-friendly practices.

Environmental stewardship benefits us all and volunteering is a great way to give back. By connecting with like-minded people, you can expand your reach and spread the world on sustainability. Get involved with a tree-planting movement, participate in a beach cleanup or invest in a share of a local urban farm. Working with an advocacy agency to help shape local laws and policies can also have a rewarding payoff.

Source and Shop Local

There’s no better way to show some love to your community than by shopping small. When you shop local and support small businesses, your dollar directly affects the lives and welfare of those around you. This weekend stroll through your neighborhood farmers market and soak in the sights. Rather than contributing to giant corporations, who may or may not care about the environment, shop small and let your hard-earned cash add to the success of families and workers right in your own backyard.

Next Day Floors now carries Real Wood Floors! Visit our showroom to check out their latest offerings of eco-friendly and sustainable products today.