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4 Eco-Friendly Pieces for Your Home

Consider using renewable materials when building your dream home

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

Once you've decided to have an eco-friendly space, you must also start doing practices such as recycling and proper waste segregation at home. If you are currently building or renovating your space, you must also work with building materials that are reusable and non-toxic. Here are 4 picks that you may want to consider:

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Stone is a low-maintenance material that can help cool a room. Choose stones that are locally available instead of buying imported ones. Philippine yellow sandstone and Philippines shell stone are great options that you can work with.

Plant-based rugs

Using small rugs made from plant-based fibers like coir, jute, abaca and cotton is a good alternative compared to using the usual synthetic fibers. Synthetic fibers produce toxic chemical by-products and can turn into possible breeding grounds for bacteria.

Teakwood Sandstone, P2,500/sqm, Kaufman Natural Stones.

Photo by Louie Aguinaldo and Vincent Coscolluela.

LED lights

You must replace incandescent bulbs with eco-friendly CFLs or LEDs to cut down on your electric bill. In most homes, lighting accounts for almost 25 percent of the electric bill. Using LEDs can help cut down at least 70 percent of the cost.  


You can add plastic furniture pieces so long as it’s made from simple plastics like polypropylene because it is durable. However, you must limit the use of plastics made from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) as it doesn't last long and can release harmful toxins during production.

LED Chargeable light, PhP1295, Philips.

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