In today’s world, design has become an integral part of our lifestyle. Be it about fashion, decor or media, every aspect has a design element today. It is that strong pillar of creativity that goes along with emerging trends and contributes to the success of different industries. Like other industries, the world of design and decor also contributes greatly to a sustainable environment. Post-pandemic, consumers are paying more attention to sustainability in their homes – both from a health and wellness perspective and to mitigate environmental impacts. It therefore gave interior designers the opportunity to explore their creativity in the field of sustainable designs and products.
What is sustainable design and green products
Sustainability aims to eliminate negative environmental effects, so terms such as eco-friendly design, eco-design and environmentally conscious design can be applied interchangeably. Sustainable practices while designing and decorating your home can improve your carbon footprint. While designing a sustainable living environment, green products are the most important element. They are energy efficient, free of ozone depleting chemicals and made from recycled or sustainable materials. They are not low quality but replace harmful chemicals and materials while designing your homes. In home design, commonly used recycled materials include steel, glass and plastic that can be refined to luxury, like new quality.
Some of the steps the interior and decor industry is taking to create green products and practices are:
Manufacturing with natural products
Not every solution has to be factory fresh, some can also be natural products, such as cashew nut shells instead of synthetic and petrochemical products. These shells are a waste in cashew processing, and are one of the best sources of long-chain phenols. When replaced with phenol, it improves the product flexibility and machinability of compact boards and reduces the handling and storage of hazardous materials in the factory.
Recycling of old furniture products into new ones
To create sustainable living, designers now weave a masterpiece from waste and use what is thrown away to skillfully create a brand new work of art. Wood from old furniture, floorboards and fallen trees is reshaped with layered design to create an entirely new piece. Upcycling old products gives your living space a vintage look along with zero waste and greener environment.
Eco-friendly label for choosing green products
With increasing awareness of sustainable and green products, manufacturing plants are now producing products with green label stickers. This initiative is taken to create awareness among consumers so that they can consume green-labeled eco-friendly products as a substitute.
Use products that do not contain hazardous materials and chemicals
The decor industry engages in products and practices that include hazardous materials and chemicals for better returns. But due to awareness of eco-friendly products and materials, some industries have taken a step to replace hazardous materials with materials that have less impact on the environment. Use of asbestos, copper chromates, arsenate compounds, lead or any other heavy metals during production is omitted. They also ensure that no urea or urea-formaldehyde is added to any of their products.
Since awareness regarding sustainable living came into full light a few years back, consumers are still trying to process and adapt to these new market trends. The decor industry still has a long way to go to achieve its goal of educating consumers about eco-friendly products and practices.
Sustainable living has become a part of our lives post-pandemic with people spending most of their time in their homes and scrutinizing every minuscule detail of their lives. It is therefore important for organizations and designers to satisfy consumers according to their sustainable needs and delve more into social initiatives and environmental needs.
Views of the author are personal and do not necessarily represent the website’s views.
Mrs. Parul Mittal, director at Greenlam Industries Ltd., has been actively associated with the company since its inception in 2013. She joined the Board of the Acquirer in November 2014. With over two decades of experience in marketing and design, she was a driving force. power to help the brand grow exponentially both nationally and internationally. She has a positive bias towards initiatives that catalyze business growth to achieve excellence.
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