In today’s world, design has become an integral part of our lifestyle. Whether it’s fashion, decoration or media, every aspect today has an element of design. It is this strong pillar of creativity that follows upcoming trends and contributes to the success of different industries. Like other industries, the world of design and decoration also contributes greatly to a sustainable environment. Post-pandemic, consumers are paying increased attention to sustainability in their homes, both from a health and wellness perspective and to mitigate environmental impacts. Thus, it has given interior designers an opportunity to explore their creativity in the field of sustainable designs and products.

What is sustainable design and green products

Sustainability seeks to eliminate negative effects on the environment, so terms such as green design, eco-design, and eco-friendly design can be reciprocally applied. Sustainable practices when designing and decorating your home can improve your carbon footprint. When 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 sustainably sourced materials. They are not of poor quality, rather they replace harmful chemicals and materials when designing your homes. In home design, commonly used recycled materials include steel, glass, and plastic that can be refined to luxury, like new.
Some of the actions taken by the interior and decorating industry to create environmentally friendly products and practices are:

Manufacturing with natural products

Not all solutions have to be factory fresh, some can be natural products, such as cashew shells instead of synthetics and petrochemicals. A waste product in cashew processing, these shells are one of the best sources of long-chain phenols. When replaced with phenol, it improves the product flexibility and machinability of compact panels and reduces the handling and storage of hazardous materials in the factory.

Recycle old furniture products into new ones

To create a sustainable lifestyle, designers are now weaving a masterpiece out of scrap metal and using what is thrown away to skillfully create a whole new work of art. Woods from old furniture, floors, and reclaimed fallen trees are re-carved with a layered design to create an all-new room. Recycling old products gives your living space a vintage look with zero waste and a greener environment.

Eco-label to select green products

With a growing awareness of sustainable and green products, manufacturing plants are now producing products with green label stickers. This initiative is taken to sensitize consumers so that they can consume ecological products labeled green as a substitute.

Use products that do not contain hazardous materials and chemicals

The decoration industry participates in products and practices that include hazardous materials and chemicals for better returns. But due to the awareness of environmentally friendly products and materials, some industries have taken a step forward to replace hazardous materials with materials that have less impact on the environment. The 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.
Ever since the awareness of sustainable living came to light a few years ago, consumers are always trying to process and adapt to these new market trends. The decorating 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 after the pandemic, with people spending most of their time inside their homes and examining every minute detail of their lives. Thus, it is important for organizations and designers to cater to consumers based on their sustainable needs and to delve more into social initiatives and environmental necessities.
The opinions of the author are personal and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the website.
Mrs. Parul Mittal_GreenlamMrs. Parul Mittal, Director of Greenlam Industries Ltd., has been actively associated with the company since its inception in 2013. She joined the board of directors of the acquirer in November 2014. With over two decades of experience in the marketing and design, she has been a driving force in helping the brand grow exponentially nationally and internationally. She has a positive inclination towards initiatives that catalyze business growth to achieve excellence.
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