Caring for the environment and moving to a sustainable way of living is becoming an increasingly important issue for people. If you are renovating your home you can take some steps towards sustainable home improvement by doing the following:

• Consider using reclaimed materials such as wood for your project. Using reclaimed wood is an environmentally sound choice as well as providing character that modern materials cannot reproduce.

• When demolishing the parts of your home you want to renovate see what you can salvage and reuse instead of buying new materials.

• If you are replacing items that are still usable consider donating them to others or to shops that deal with secondhand materials instead of throwing them away.

• If you are renovating a kitchen, consider resurfacing items such as kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them with new ones.