As interior designers, we take our responsibility seriously when it comes to the market for home furnishings. We focus on working with businesses and organisations that promote sustainable practices, using eco-friendly materials and brands. We believe that through design, we can help educate and inspire others to make more sustainable choices in their homes. In this article, we’ve rounded up 4 sustainable materials you should know about.
1. VOC Free Paint: Dulux
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals released into the air as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs can cause a number of short- and long-term health effects, such as headaches, nausea, and skin irritation. VOCs are found in many everyday household products, such as paints, cleaners, and air fresheners. Paint is a standard household product, and VOCs from the paint can be a major contributor to indoor air pollution. Look for paints that are labelled “low-VOC” or “no-VOC” to reduce your exposure to these harmful chemicals. There are many brands that offer VOC-free paint, so be sure to do your research to find the best one for your needs. One of our go-to brands for VOC Free pains is Dulux, as they offer a wide range of colours with low-VOC and no-VOC options.
2. Laminate Flooring: Laminex
Laminate flooring is a synthetic product made to look like wood, stone, or tile. It’s a popular choice for homes as it’s durable and easy to care for. Unlike wood and stone, it reduces the consumption of natural resources such as trees and gasoline. Also, manufacturing laminate uses much less energy than other types of flooring. Choosing a laminate floor over wood or stone can help reduce your carbon footprint. However, many laminate floors are made with harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which can off-gas into the home and cause health problems. Look for laminate flooring that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), as this means the product has been sourced from sustainably managed forests. FSC-certified laminate flooring is also made without harmful chemicals, so you can rest assured knowing your floor is safe for your family. Laminex is one of our favourite brands for eco-friendly laminate flooring.
3. Engineered Stone Countertops: Caesarstone
Engineered stone countertops are made from a mix of natural quartz and other recycled materials. They are a more sustainable option than traditional granite countertops, as they require less energy to produce and generate less waste. Engineered stone is also non-porous, meaning it’s more resistant to stains and bacteria. This makes it a great choice for families with young children or pets. Caesarstone is one of the leading brands when it comes to sustainable engineered stone countertops. All of their products are made with recycled materials and are certified by NSF International, an organisation that sets standards for food safety and public health.
4. Engineered Timber Flooring: Havwoods
Engineered timber flooring is another sustainable alternative to solid hardwood floors. It’s made with a thin layer of real wood on top of a plywood or fibreboard base. This makes it more stable and durable than solid hardwood, and less likely to warp or cup over time. Engineered timber flooring is also easier to install, as it can be floated over an existing floor. When choosing engineered timber flooring, look for products that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Havwoods is one of our favourite brands for sustainable engineered timber flooring, as all of their products are FSC-certified.
Making sustainable choices for your home doesn’t have to be difficult. By incorporating some of these eco-friendly materials into your space, you can help reduce your impact on the environment and also ensure a healthier environment for your family. If you have any questions about sustainable materials or green design, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to help you create a more sustainable home.
And, you’ll be sure to love the results!