Style and function are important. But in this eco-conscious age, we all want to do what we can to like more sustainably. Here are some tips to help you do that!
We understand that our customers won’t compromise on quality. But we also understand that they want to live as ethically and sustainably as possible. In this digitally enlightened age, we can no longer turn a blind eye to the impact that our consumer choices have on the planet that we all share. As well as keeping a stylish home where style and function are in complete harmony, our customers also want to keep an eco-friendly home. Here we’ll share a few tips that will help you to do exactly that.
Believe it or not, the energy you use to heat and light your home can make a huge difference to your household’s environmental footprint. As our friends at Switch-Plan will attest. Take a look at their website!
They can help you find the perfect green energy tariff for your home.
There are more green energy suppliers on the market than ever. All offer 100% renewable energy from solar, wind, hydro and biomass. Some even offer carbon-neutral gas.
Go bespoke in your furnishings!
For better or for worse, we live in an age where the interior design landscape is dominated by big box retailers whose ethos is to create and buy in bulk and pass the savings on to the customer. While this makes for affordable home furnishings, all that heavy manufacture can take its toll on the planet’s resources. Not to mention all those industrial emissions. Wherever possible, you should choose bespoke furnishings that you know will last a lifetime.
In home furnishings, as in everything else, you get what you pay for. High end furnishings that are made to order are invariably made using time-honoured techniques. They are crafted with skill and passion rather than being mass-manufactured. Not only does this mean they have a much smaller environmental footprint, it also means that they will last for many years to come.
The rise of high volume, low-cost (and, let’s be honest, low-quality) furniture has exacerbated our growing culture of disposability. We’ve become accustomed to throwing away furniture and upholstery after it gets damaged, aged, or simply no longer in keeping with our aesthetic tastes. But this can only add to the growing problem of textile waste. Especially when we use furniture made from synthetic materials that are not recyclable or biodegradable. The UK produces a staggering over 206 tonnes of textile waste in a year. The more we learn to repair, upcycle and repurpose our furniture, the more we can keep our furniture out of landfills.
Finally, try and keep your home furnished with pieces that use natural materials like wood, stone, cotton, linen and leather. Not only are these materials better for the environment than their synthetic counterparts, they can help you to feel calmer and more relaxed at home. They are also much more appealing to our senses.