Choosing to decorate with live foliage will not only provide an element that is literally green, plants can also contribute to a sustainable green interior.
As a rapidly renewable product, live plants are a “no brainier” when selecting green wall accessories for your interior. This is especially true when you decide to use a live plant instead of a manufactured good, as the process of growing plants requires less energy than a product that was made in a factory. Additionally, the US Department of Agriculture has outlawed the importation of potted plants from overseas, requiring all rooted plants be grown domestically. When considering that the majority of furniture is imported from Asia, houseplants are practically a local product.
Here are 5 tips on how to decorate green with indoor plants.
#1. Use plants as a replacement for non-utilitarian décor items and furnishings. Foliage plants not only have a smaller environmental footprint than manufactured products, but will also produce the additional benefit of cleaning the air.
#2. Place plants according to available light. Plants are typically categorized by low, medium, and high light. If you are unsure of which plant will survive in your environment, consult an expert such as a local interior plantscape company.
#3. Select hearty plants that are easy to sustain and maintain, such as ZZ plants, pothos, and Draceana varieties. These plants can thrive in a home or office for decades.
#4. Don’t kill your plants. Replacing a dead plant with a new one carries an environmental impact. Make an effort to learn how to care for your plants or hire a professional plantscaper to do it for you.
#5. Use green products. New decorative planters are on the market made from recycled or renewable materials, such as recycled plastic, aluminum, or bamboo. Only use organic cleaning and fertilizing products on your plants.
Imagine the environmental benefit if each homeowner or interior designer choose just one green plant instead of an unnecessary piece of furniture or knickknack.