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How To Create an Eco-Friendly House

With surveys revealing that Gen Z lists climate change and global warming as their top concerns, sustainability in the home is becoming increasingly important, which is why we’ve put together some eco-friendly ideas for your home. And, from electric cars to bamboo toothbrushes, it’s becoming easier than ever to practise sustainable living! 

At Terrys, we understand the importance of reducing your carbon footprint and finding greener alternatives when decorating your home. From upcycling furniture to repurposing a favourite cut of fabric, we’ve recommended some of our favourite ways to create an eco-friendly house - without losing aesthetics!

Purchasing Eco-Friendly Fabrics

Approved by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), our sustainable fabric range aims to improve cotton production for the environment - as well as the farmers who produce it. BCI's highest priority is the large-scale transformation of cotton production worldwide, so that farmers can gain access to tools and knowledge. This in turn improves the environmental, economical and social sustainability of cotton production.

At Terrys, we are proud of our ever growing and extensive eco fabric range, featuring beautiful cotton prints perfect for creating blinds and other homeware.

Reupholster Old Furniture

Thinking of throwing out your used and worn furniture? No need! You can reupholster your favourite sofa or armchair. This isn't just a great way to save money and extend the lifespan of your products—it's also a fantastic method for mastering sustainability at home and giving your worldly possessions a new lease on life.

You can even go the extra yard and help the planet one stitch at a time by taking some inspiration from sew-per celebrities such as Suzy Sankey. Not just self-taught, her emphasis on upcycling and repurposing materials, including deadstock fabric, should excite anyone wanting to make their home more environmentally friendly. 

 As an added bonus, repurposing fabrics allows you to completely personalise your décor. From statement fabrics (such as the pictured ILiv Acute fabric in Jadeite) or fabrics that seamlessly tie in the rest of the room, reupholstering is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. 

Purchase Thermal Curtains

Replacing standard curtains with thermal alternatives is a great way to prevent heat loss in the home. This, in turn, allows you to reduce your energy bills - especially as your windows can allow 25-30% of heat loss during the winter months. 

This simple swap will reduce your energy consumption, keeping your home insulated throughout the cooler months, reducing the constant need for electricity. So, whether you want to go for affordable ready made curtains, or invest in our perfectly fitted made to measure curtains, you can transition with ease! 

Pictured are the Matrix thermal curtains in grey - a budget friendly option for keeping the heat in your home. These curtains do not only keep the heat in during colder months but are also useful for keeping rooms cool during the summer. They even reduce noise, allowing you to get a better night’s sleep!

Invest In Quality Bedding


The average human will spend a third of their life in bed; meaning it doesn't hurt to spend a little more to get something back. Plus, learning to be more environmentally friendly at home means both you and the planet win. Investing in durable and high-quality bedding sets means that your duvet cover will withstand washes for much longer, saving you money in the long run, but ensuring less waste for the planet. 

Whether you choose to go for a designer bedding set or a high thread count duvet cover, there are so many options that will last you year in and year out. And, as before, you can easily upcycle any fabric should any natural wear and tear begin!  

Our Bianca cotton bedding range showcases 400 thread count luxury bed linen, which is designed to last. This bedding collection evokes a sense of wellbeing whilst being breathable and comfortable material to ensure a peaceful night's rest.

Get Creative

Repurposing items that otherwise would have been thrown out is a great way to reduce landfill, and save money. Finding new uses for objects, such as pallets and packing crates, is a great way to create new outdoor furniture on a budget, such as tables and shelves. 

With the addition of a seat pad and cushions, you can create a cute, cosy outdoor seating area - especially with a few fairy lights thrown in! Whether you chose to go for a practical waterproof fabric, or a beautiful cotton material - creating your own seating is a great way to ensure a personalised look in your garden.

Pictured is the New Groove fabric in a vibrant denim citrus, adding an eclectic splash of colour when turned into a seat pad and paired with other fabrics from the collection. 

Donate Used Bedding

Switching up your décor throughout the year is a great way to keep your home looking brand new. But, did you know that most charities and shelters welcome donations of bed linen? This means that there’s no harm in changing up your bedding sets all throughout the year - and picking the right tog for the season - as long as you are donating your old ones to those in need, or repurposing the fabrics into new items, such as seat pads, instead of binning them. 

Whether you choose to give your pre-loved bedding sets to family and friends, or donate to your local shelter - this is one of the easiest ways to be more environmentally friendly at home! 

Creating Your Very Own Eco-Friendly House 

Want to revitalise your home and don’t know where to start? From inspiration to DIY tips, we’ve put together several guides to transform your home and begin your journey towards creating the perfect sustainable  home. 

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