Taking action to protect the planet is more important than ever. With sea levels rising and extreme weather becoming more common, it’s time for change. The injurious effects of climate change have steered cultural shifts in our habits, from watching what we eat to travelling responsibly.  So, what else can we do? Is shaking up our home design the answer?

The design world is already set to embrace change. Global brands, including high-street clothing manufacturer Zara has even promised that all of its fashion will become sustainable by 2025. Yet, are we ready to take the leap when it comes to our furniture?

Why Should You Swap to Sustainable Interior Design?

Safeguarding our planet is a necessary conversation right now. Thankfully, there’s lots you can do to take action to help improve our environment, including your home design. And the benefits are so rewarding, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner.

  • More efficient living for a more effective planet – it can immensely reduce your carbon emissions.
  • Makes your home a safer place to live for all your family – quality sourced materials have fewer chemicals, which is better for your health.
  • Affordable alternative – sustainable pieces are often multi-functional so you can enjoy the practical benefits of multiple items at a cheaper cost. 

What is Sustainable Furniture?

By sustainable interior design, we’re referring to items that in some way are good for the environment. Whether produced from environmental materials, such as bamboo, or furniture that can be easily recycled.

Creating a home that carefully considers its impact on the planet doesn’t mean you should compromise on functionality or fashion. With a nod to Scandinavian interior design, matching minimalism and quality sourced materials you can create a sustainable sanctuary.

The Manufacturing Matters

For a living space led by sustainability, acknowledging where your furniture’s materials are sourced from is a must. Without realising, a lot of products that fill our rooms are imported internationally. The travelling can use a lot of energy that increases carbon emissions and harms the environment.   

Although, it can be expensive and time-consuming to buy products that are only locally sourced and developed in this country. So, don’t worry, there are alternatives to step up your sustainable sourcing.  

  • Look out for pieces manufactured using fair trade materials and are developed or distributed in the UK or Europe.
  • Choose multi-functional furniture that adheres to a lot of your needs. It minimises your quantity of items, heightens efficiency as well and puts your best eco foot forward.
  • High-quality durable materials should be your first thought. Furniture with a lengthier life span, it lasts for longer at a premium standard. It’s better for your purse and the environment as less waste is ending up in landfills.

Where Do I Start with Sustainable Furniture?

So, you’re ready to eco-makeover your space, but where should you start? Making the shift for a more sustainable home doesn’t need to be stressful or difficult. We have some simple suggestions that you can do, and get your family involved with, that will make impressive improvements to the sustainability in your home.

Natural Materials

Incorporate sustainable fabrics, like bamboo and rattan, that are not only sufficient and durable, but also look aesthetically amazing. Pair with an accessory in a contrasting colour for style to make your room pop.

Sustainable rattan furniture with garden set from Fishpools

Better Lighting

Energy-efficient lightbulbs like LED are a must-have. They can significantly reduce your energy and are long-life, so there’s no need to worry about changing them too often.

Bright lighting from energy-efficient LED bulbs in dark room

Add More Plants

Not only are houseplants a trending feature to interior design, they also bring great health benefits too. From reducing carbon dioxide, detoxifying the air, and deterring any illness, they’re a powerful feature.  

Green houseplants in white room detoxify the air

Maximise Your Natural Light

Sunlight can help to reduce the number of bacteria that grow in your house. It’s also a cost-effective solution, as you’ll spend less on heating or cooling your space.

Natural light coming through windows in living room

Re-purpose Items as Decorative Pieces

An easy way to reduce your waste is to make better use out of it. It’ll bring sentimental value and add a fresh feel to your home.

Repurposed cans used as decorative vases in the garden

Has this post inspired your home living? we’d love to see your eco-friendly furniture transformations – show us your amazing spaces on Instagram or Facebook and tag us @FishpoolsUK for a chance to be featured on our page. To find out more on sustainable interior design as a growing trend, our latest trends guide has all the must-know information.