According to Slow Living LDN, creating a considered home requires us to be thoughtful about what we buy for our spaces, first asking if prospective purchases are truly necessary. This is, in a sense, the antithesis of mass consumption and needless accumulation. Investing in the best quality items we can afford will help deter repeated purchases.
In addition, the outlet suggests that caring for pieces we already own is a function of slow living; this could mean anything from setting up revolving maintenance schedules for home systems to washing delicate clothing by hand. Green Lili recommends choosing sustainably made and second-hand items for their reduced environmental impact, and supporting brands whose business and manufacturing practices align closely with our values.
A slow home is also a healthful home, therefore using natural and non-toxic products within its walls is key. Furniture, mattresses, and carpeting can release harmful compounds within our interiors. Cleaning and beauty products, kitchenware, and scented candles are additional everyday items that affect indoor air quality. Among ideas offered by Pure Living Space for how to make our homes healthier, organic bedding and textiles, low or even zero VOC paints and stains, beeswax instead of paraffin candles, and cast-iron instead of nonstick pans are suggested. Formaldehyde is another indoor air pollutant that is frequently used in the manufacture of pressed wood furniture; buying solid wood, secondhand, or antique furniture for our homes can help lessen our exposure to the chemical.