Build with green materials
If you’re planning an outdoor project – say a patio, a lounge space for entertaining or a deck for potted plants – consider choosing green materials such as natural brick, stone or recycled materials.
These materials are not only more sustainable to source but they work well in terms of durability, so you won’t need to replace them for many years.
Permeable pavers are also a great choice, since they allow water to soak into the material, therefore staying where it falls.
Alternatively, reclaimed timber and recycled wood can be an eco-friendly choice, particularly for pergolas and similar structures.
Make use of second-hand materials
Everything we purchase requires materials to be manufactured.
Coupled with the environmental impact of the transportation of these products, the carbon footprint of every product we buy can be significant.
For this reason, it’s almost always better to buy second-hand items where possible.
Rachel Thompson, Head of Sustainability at MPB, backs up this belief, stating that: “circular businesses are directly involved in the shift away from over-using natural resources in a “take-make-waste” economy and into circular systems where waste and pollution are avoided and ultimately eliminated.”
Maybe you already have wood you can use to build your decking, or perhaps you can buy thrift outdoor furniture and give it a fresh coat of paint and so a new lease of life.
If there are tools you need to bring your vision to life, can you borrow them from a friend or hire them?
The more you can reuse or repurpose, the better it will be for the planet.