Can I do up my house in an environmentally responsible way?
30 June 2010

Yes, green DIY is easy and effective.

  • Repair or re-use. See Salvo for information on reclaimed and salvaged material.
  • Most large stores stock Forest Stewardship Council-certified products - where the wood is from a managed source. Although Friends of the Earth no longer recommends the FSC trademark, it is the best-known standard set for new wood.
  • Household paints can give off dangerous fumes as they dry. Try water-based paints which contain fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Some furnishing materials are made from recycled sources - see the Buy Recycled list.

The books listed below will help you with ideas and solutions for greening your DIY activities — all available from the Friends of the Earth Shop:

  • How Can I Stop Climate Change?
  • Good Wood Guide
  • Don't Throw It All Away
  • Save Cash Save the Planet

For further ideas and information, please see:

Why not find out if second-hand shops, charities or friends can take any unwanted materials?

Green DIY should introduce you to plenty of new and resourceful ways of making changes in your home.

Get email updates

Sign up for our latest news and ways to get involved