One of the easiest ways to incorporate natural materials into your existing light fixtures is through a new shade. For example, your lamps or even small wall sconces, chandeliers or other light fixtures with shades can all be replaced with more eco-friendly options. However, keep in mind that throwing out shades when they are still in good shape is not eco-friendly, so if you absolutely must throw them out, consider donating them instead so that they go to better use.
When looking for new, eco-friendly shades, you have a number of different options. For starters, if you’re planning to purchase new, consider shades with fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles or other recycled fibers. Other eco-friendly fabrics to look for include organic cotton blends, hemp, bamboo blends and so forth.
Of course, the most eco-friendly of all choices is to continue using your current shades or to purchase shades from a secondhand, thrift or antique store. So keep this in mind as well, even by keeping your current shades on your light fixtures, you’re staying on trend and remaining eco-friendly.
Eventually, light fixtures need to be replaced. Sometimes, there’s just no getting around it. While it’s true you can have your existing light fixtures rewired, sometimes this just isn’t the best choice for whatever reason. With this in mind, there are certain materials that you can choose from when shopping for new light fixtures.
For wall sconces, chandeliers, ceiling lights and other light fixtures that feature some type of glass shade, look for fixtures made with recycled glass. Recycled glass comes in a wide array of colors, shapes, sizes and colors, so there’s no reason not to opt for it in the place of newly created glass.
For the body of the fixture, it can be a bit more tricky. You may be able to find light fixtures made from reclaimed metals, but it’s still unlikely. Light fixtures made from natural stones may also be an option, but can be costly and hard to come by.
Natural materials and going green are all the rage in just about every part of interior design, including in the world of lighting. If you need to update your light fixtures, consider opting for fixtures made from reclaimed, recycled, organic or eco-friendly materials. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
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