Climate change is a real threat to our way of life. The Environmental Protection Agency says that for every 2 degrees Fahrenheit (-16.67 degrees Celsius) change in the environment, there could be a 5 to 15 percent reduction in crop yield, a 3 to 10 percent increase in rainfall (increasing the risk of flood), and 200 to 400 percent increase in area affected by wildfires.
While natural changes are affecting the climate, much of what we do as individuals can also have a big impact. Reducing our dependence on natural resources and recycling where possible can lower our overall consumption, which will reduce waste and emissions. Oil and gas use is a major focus of that effort, which has led to many people buying smart cars and compact cars. However, your choice in home can make the biggest impact on the environment.
In Canada, real estate is already at a premium. After all, the city has almost 3 million residents, so space is limited. However, choosing a smaller space is more than just a matter of practicality or budget.
Choosing a smaller home can help you reduce your overall environmental footprint. Many are hesitant to do so because they might feel a bit cramped in a space that is supposed to be a welcoming respite from the world. Space saving furniture in Vancouver Canada can help. For example, buying a murphy wall bed can help you to turn your living room into a bedroom, or vice versa. You pull the bed down at night for sleeping, then push it into the wall and out of the way during the day, revealing a space for lounging or entertaining.
If everyone in Canada got a murphy wall bed and reduced their footprint by about 40 square feet, the savings would be significant. Just in economic terms alone, the savings would be outstanding. At 3 million citizens, and an average price per square foot of just over $600, that 40 square foot savings could result in an economic savings of $72 billion. Yes, billion with a B!
Imagine those savings translated into reduced emissions, reduced consumption of gas and oil, and reduced consumption of other resources.
Your choice in furniture isn’t just about your home décor. It can have a huge impact on the environment, which can have a huge impact on the health and well-being of the billions of people on the planet – far beyond the (admittedly large) confines of Canada.
Expand Furniture can help you in that mission by providing you the space saving furniture you need. Murphy wall beds are just one of the many kinds of transforming furniture we sell. Other options include Toronto expanding coffee tables that transform into computer desks, or small console tables or desks that turn into dining tables large enough to seat 10 people. You can create a beautiful home that has all the functionality you need while also feeling good about what you are doing to be a responsible world citizen. You may not be able to single-handedly save the environment, but what you do as an individual can make a big difference. Collectively, we can save the world.