Homeowners and consumers alike are becoming more conscious of the products they use and how it affects the environment. As technology advances, designers come up with alternatives that provide a better solution to solving the problem of a rapidly changing environment. Many now view it as a responsibility to commit to products that aren’t as harmful, or lessening the amount of waste they contribute. Here are some of the ways the design world has adopted the mentality of sustainable design and is doing their diligence to move towards a less wasteful future.
It’s been a few years since 3d printing debuted in commercial products, and it has now begun to emerge in the design world. 3D printing is far more practical, and does not rely on the use of finite resources. The durable materials readily available are far more sustainable in the long-term. 3D printing has expanded beyond small items without purpose. Now, you’ll find popular decorative items like vases, sculptures, and even fully functional furniture like tables and chairs are made from 3D printed material.
No longer simply viewed as a lower end alternative, there were even on-site 3D printed pieces shown at Milan Design Week to promote the idea of a more eco-friendly option for those that were afraid they’d be sacrificing style. In the last several years, designs have elevated to a luxurious and innovative standard, combining creative shapes with unique textures.
Seek out 3D printed alternatives on your next redecoration and know you’re taking part in making interior design sustainable.
Many brands are letting ‘zero waste’ transcend industries, even incorporating it into interior design. When considering decor, look to see if you can find any products that maintain this zero waste policy, and are made from recycled materials that would have instead been thrown out. Pots and planters are emerging as eco-friendly products made from recycled materials, as well as textiles and fabrics woven from other reusable materials, making them more durable and long-lasting.
How can you do your part?
You can also work with what you have to make your home more sustainable, energy-efficient, and less wasteful in ways that don’t require huge leaps and bounds. Every action counts, so don’t be afraid to start small.
Next time you decide to repaint your home, opt for light colors. This is more energy efficient, as you’ll use less energy to cool your home down with the color change, and it will also look brighter and require less lighting, or less time using lights. There are also many companies that have removed harmful chemicals from their paints, making them more safe and less toxic to both you and the environment.
When redecorating, you’ll also want to look for materials that will actually be more sustainable for you. Think about how frequently you switch out furniture, decor, or appliances, and instead opt for something more durable, or something that is made from recycled materials. You’ll produce less waste when you hang onto the same pieces, and can instead look at your new furniture as a true investment.
Eliminate single use decor and supplies from your kitchen and dining room. Instead of thin paper towels, cups, napkins, or plates, switch over to handkerchief, glasses, and ceramic plates. Aside from being far better quality, they also look better.