This week we want to share a quick round-up of 5 interior products that have been designed with sustainability and wellbeing at their core.
We firmly believe that every business making an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and designing for wellbeing should be given visibility and we are glad to do so in this blog. As usual, this is not a sponsored post, we are sharing items that we have come across in our interior journey and that we genuinely like.
Let’s get to it!
I found Xenia’s bamboo plates at the MOMA store in New York in April this year and immediately fell in love with them. They are my souvenir from that trip. The reason why I like them so much is because they are joyful but also because they are made of bamboo fibers, although is hard to tell since they are fully decorated.
They are dishwasher safe, BPA, PVC and Phthalates free. As described by the manufacturers: “Our bamboo products are made from industrial manufacturers’ discarded bamboo. Excess scraps are gathered from bamboo chopstick manufacturers and ground into powder. The bamboo powder is mixed with corn starch and a food grade melamine binder, then molded into tableware”.
Bamboo is already a very sustainable material with rapid growth. But this company takes the sustainability challenge a step further by using excess scraps and turning it into something beautiful.
If you want to get some of these joyful and sustainable plates in the UK, they are currently available at END Clothing.
I came across Get Laid Beds a couple of years ago and I have wanted to get one of their beds since. Get Laid makes the whole experience of buying a bed online extremely easy, with lots of customization options that can be expanded even further by getting in touch with the team and asking for a more bespoke design.
Every bed in fact, is handcrafted to order in the UK from 100% solid timber sourced from sustainable suppliers where the forests are re-planted. This means that no bed is produced unless there is a buyer (which is a clever way to avoid waste) and that each item can be customised for an extremely reasonable price. Customers buy directly from the maker, avoiding extra cost for a middleman.
The beds are strong, designed to last for generations and guaranteed 11 years. They also come in a variety of designs, with innovative storage solutions and 17 colours to bring a subtle farm-like feel to every interior in a modern and fresh way.
Re-CD is an innovative and circular material made using 100% waste CDs. I was approached by this company a couple of months ago and was immediately fascinated by its potentiality.
It’s currently used to make interior furniture and home accessories, providing new life to harmful waste, and the company is on its way to become a carbon neutral certified business.
Every item is handmade to order using zero added plastics, resins, or glue. They are designed and built for durability to maximise the life span before is recycled again. Every product is in fact repairable and recyclable, giving it new purpose at the end of their lifecycle.
If you want to know more about circular design, have a look at this article where we introduced the topic.
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In addition to all the above achievements in terms of circularity and sustainability, what I like about this product is its unique look because of its distinctive vintage/Rock ‘n Roll vibe. As the website states: “Re-CD has the added character of the music and artwork contained within. Giving off a unique shimmer and visual depth that you do not find with other materials”.
Surprisingly, mattresses can contain harmful chemicals or toxic substances and the air in your home can be 5x more polluted than the air outside. With the average person spending one third of their life sleeping (source), it’s no wonder that organic and eco-friendly mattresses are increasing in popularity lately.
An international company with great reviews is UNA Organic, which makes eco-friendly mattresses with adjustable firmness and a gold standard of healthy and sustainable materials. All their products are carbon neutral and don’t contain any chemicals, they are naturally fire-retardant.
A peculiarity of this company is that not only the mattresses are made from 100% certified organic natural materials, but also that the firmness can be personalised by unzipping the cover and rearranging the foam layers. This way they provide optimal support for different body types, and the mattress will last longer as it will easily adapt if something changes in your size and weight.
Last but not least, I want to introduce a 100% natural product hand-made in Vietnam by local craftsmen.
I am talking about the Hand Carved Coconut Bowls & Spoons by Clean U, an English brand focusing on skincare products that are chemical free and do not hurt the environment. They also source 100% natural homeware, such as these repurposed coconut bowls & spoons sets. They are organic, natural, biodegradable and protected using coconut oil.
In Clean U’s words: “Our coconut bowls are made using reclaimed coconuts that would otherwise be burned after harvest. They help to provide a well needed second income for some of Vietnam's most impoverished communities”.
Everything on the Clean U website seems to be well thought-through and unique. I hope that with time they can add even more homeware products like these!
If you want to see more of our sustainable selections in 2022, have a look at those previous articles:
4 Top Sustainable Design Brands to Look at in 2022
5 Top Materials for a Sustainable Interior in 2022