Sustainability. The buzz word of the moment, but are you still a little unsure as to why we’re talking about it in relation to interior design?
Take a moment with us to explore the meaning of sustainability and the impact its having on the interior design world.
In practical terms, sustainability means taking steps to reduce waste, conserve natural resources, and protect the environment. The ultimate goal is to create a world that is thriving, resilient, and able to support the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to support their own needs.
In the context of the interior design world, the way we design and build spaces is changing, we are embracing sustainability and green practices as a means of creating a better future for our clients and the planet.
One of the biggest changes in a bid to move towards greener practices has been the rise in the use of sustainable materials. Designers are specifying more natural, biodegradable materials like wood, stone, and plant-based textiles such as cotton, linen, and wool.
The production and use of recycled fabrics is also on the rise. In our own design studio, we work with a selection of fabrics that have been made from recycled plastic bottles.
To create truly sustainable materials, there will need to be a stronger collaboration between designers, manufacturers and suppliers. Everyone involved will need to prioritise sustainable and ethical practices, such as using renewable energy sources and reducing their waste.
Sustainability at Home
When it comes to sustainability in our own homes, following green practices such as repurposing or upcycling old furniture, choosing new furniture made from renewable materials and opting for natural fabrics, will help to reduce waste and limit the amount of toxins within the home.
Optimising natural light will reduce the need for artifical lighting, but where artificial lighting is required, energy efficient bulbs will help to lower energy consumption and therefore reduce energy bills.
Making conscious choices about the materials and practices used in our own homes will help to reduce our individual environmental impact and although they may seem like small changes, they will help to make a big difference in the long run.
So what does the future of sustainability look like for the interior design industry?
We predict an ever-increasing rise in the use of recycled and renewable materials, such as recycled plastic and bamboo, and the development of new sustainable fabrics. If we already have a leather alternative being made from pineapples, who knows what’s next…
Smart technology and energy-efficient appliances are likely to become more of a priority, with features such as programmable lighting and temperature control systems enabling homeowners to reduce their energy consumption and save resources.
As we all seek to live in environments that are both beautiful and good for our health, we believe there will be a further rise in the use of biophilic design and a greater demand for products and materials that are free from harmful chemicals and emissions.
We all have the power to drive change in the interior design industry by ensuring we make conscious choices regarding the materials and practices we use. By putting sustainability at the forefront of our decision-making, we can all contribute towards protecting our planet and building a sustainable future.
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