Eco Insulation: 8 Sustainable Options for Insulating Your Home

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Specifying eco insulation for your home is a double victory for a green home. Not only will you reduce your energy bills and carbon emissions by creating a house with a better thermal envelope, but you'll be doing it using materials that have low embodied carbon, are sustainably produced and are recyclable or compostable, meaning that they won't end up in landfill. 

Insulating a wall, floor or roof with eco insulation also has benefits for the people living in the house, as well as the planet. Eco insulation should preserve indoor air quality, meaning no toxic chemicals leeching into your home, as well as being easy to work with, unlike some manmade insulation materials like fibreglass. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.