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Materials & Objects

Why it's important

In our indoor sanctuaries, the things we surround ourselves with matter. Selecting sustainable objects and materials reflects a commitment to the planet and our future. 

When we opt for eco-friendly furnishings and decor, we're not just curating style but also reducing environmental impact. These choices often last longer, minimizing waste and the need for frequent replacements. 

Beyond aesthetics, integrating sustainability indoors is a declaration of responsibility: crafting spaces that both look good and do good for the Earth.

Quick tips

1. Source Locally:

Opt for local materials and furnishings when possible, which reduces the carbon footprint associated with transportation and often supports sustainable local industries.

2. Prioritize Recycled and Upcycled:

Incorporate recycled or upcycled materials and objects, such as reclaimed wood or repurposed furniture. These choices give new life to previously used items, reducing waste and demand for new resources.

3. Choose Sustainable Materials:

Prioritize materials that are renewable (like bamboo), biodegradable, or derived from responsibly managed sources (like FSC-certified wood). Ensure textiles, such as rugs or upholstery, come from eco-friendly fibers or responsible production methods.

4. Avoid VOCs and Harmful Chemicals:

Recommend paints, finishes, and adhesives that are low or free from volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This not only makes the indoor environment healthier but also supports a broader industry shift towards eco-friendly products.

5. Advocate for Durability and Timelessness:

Design with high-quality, durable materials and timeless aesthetics. A long-lasting design reduces the need for frequent replacements or updates, conserving resources and reducing waste in the long run.

Scientific facts

Deforestation and Timber Production

The furniture and interior design sector contributes significantly to deforestation, with up to 30% of global timber exports estimated to come from illegal logging.

Emissions from Manufacturing Materials

Producing construction and decor materials like cement, metals, and glass account for nearly 11% of global CO2 emissions.

Waste Generation from Renovations

In developed countries, up to 40% of solid waste can come from building-related renovations and demolitions, including interior materials.

Non-renewable Material Consumption

The interior design industry heavily relies on non-renewable materials such as plastics, contributing to an estimated 20% of global plastic waste.

Toxicity of Indoor Materials

Many interior materials and finishes release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), with indoor air levels of VOCs up to 5 times higher than outdoor levels in some instances.

How to improve

1. Before Design Phase: Assessment & Planning

  1. Existing Materials Audit:

    • Evaluate current materials, furniture, and objects for sustainability and health factors.

    • Identify items that are non-sustainable, potentially toxic, or environmentally harmful.

  2. Client Consultation:

    • Understand the client's sustainability and health goals.

    • Discuss budgetary considerations, as some sustainable options might carry a premium.

  3. Research:

    • Familiarize yourself with certifications like FSC (for wood), GREENGUARD, or Cradle to Cradle.

    • Research suppliers or brands known for sustainable and non-toxic products.

2. During Design Phase: Selection & Implementation

  1. Sustainable Materials:

    • Choose materials with low embodied energy.

    • Opt for recycled or upcycled materials when possible.

    • Prioritize locally sourced materials to reduce carbon footprint from transportation.

  2. Low or No-VOC Products:

    • Ensure paints, adhesives, and finishes release minimal or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

    • This helps maintain indoor air quality and reduces health risks.

  3. Eco-friendly Furniture:

    • Opt for furniture made of sustainable materials like bamboo or FSC-certified wood.

    • Avoid furniture made with toxic glues or finishes.

  4. Durable and Timeless Choices:

    • Prioritize durability over trends to ensure longevity and reduce the frequency of replacements.

    • Consider classic designs that won't feel outdated quickly, minimizing the desire for frequent changes.

  5. Reusing and Upcycling:

    • Consider repurposing existing furniture or materials before buying new.

    • Explore creative ways to give old objects a new life.

  6. Natural Fibers & Textiles:

    • Opt for organic cotton, wool, or other natural fibers in rugs, curtains, and upholstery.

    • Avoid synthetic textiles that may off-gas or degrade into microplastics.

  7. Mindful Decor Choices:

    • Choose decor items made of biodegradable or recyclable materials.

    • Avoid single-use or plastic-based decor.

3. After Design Phase: Maintenance & Upkeep

  1. Client Education:

    • Provide care instructions for sustainable materials and furniture to maintain their longevity.

    • Share insights on why certain choices were made and the benefits they bring, to encourage continued sustainable practices.

  2. Continuous Feedback:

    • Gather feedback from clients on the durability and performance of sustainable choices.

    • Use this feedback to make more informed decisions in future projects.

  3. Stay Updated:

    • Attend workshops, webinars, or courses on sustainable interior design.

    • Engage with industry networks or communities focused on green design practices.

  4. End-of-Life Consideration:

    • Educate clients about responsibly discarding items when they're no longer needed, such as recycling or donating.

    • Provide guidance on how to refurbish or upcycle items instead of discarding.

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