Isn’t it surreal to read statistics / articles about how badly our planet is doing? It’s true to say lifestyles are complex and it’s hard to have zero impact. As for the renovation / interior design industry, it’s as bad or perhaps worse than others.
There’s such a long way to go to make things right, but maybe everyone doing a bit leads to a little more action everywhere. A good place to be, as with this comes momentum.
People will always need to want to move house, into somewhere bigger, or downsize, or relocate… it’s the way we live. And with that people will sometimes (often) need (want) new products.
We aim to always be in the business of creating homes to love and as part of that make choices with love about products and materials. It’s not possible to do everything. Dropping the guilt and keep doing what you can applies to the interior design industry too.
Ways to make good choices in your renovation projects
Does it need to be brand new? We source a lot of products from places like Ebay, Vinterior, and 1stidbs and come up with some preloved gems which can make a room come together.
Buy from smaller set-ups as opposed to chains. Go to Etsy, or local crafts people, or smaller local shops where products are likely to have touched less parts of a manufacturing chain and use materials which are a little closer to nature.
Choose who you give your money to. If you are making big purchases, or perhaps replacing something, find out what happens to the old items. Are any parts of them recycled? How are the new ones made? Do they have good policies about transport or where their goods come from? How do they look after their people?
Who does it well? There’s a brilliant new resource created by Kate Watson Smyth, interiors journalist / consultant @Madaboutthehouse which is a fab starting point for anyone wanting to find suppliers who act sustainably.
Let yourself fall in love with paint, fabric, furniture. Try not to buy things which are just ‘ok-ish’ as it will likely just get processed before it’s natural life is up. If you buy with love you’ll probably want to keep it until it falls apart (and then fix it).
Rather than take old furniture to tips, charities like the British Heart foundation will take it away for you. Wouldn’t it be better for someone to be using it? If it’s not recyclable, don’t take it to the ‘general waste’ section at the tip. It’s an empty feeling.
Second hand shops… Great for inspiration. Put aside some time to look around as part of your search. There are loads around and you just don’t know what you’ll find. Here’s a good list for Bristol we wrote a few months ago.