• Becky Schoonover

Using Eco-Friendly Materials In Your Home

Designing interiors and architecture involves creating functional and beautiful spaces with care and attention. As spaces that we spend a majority of our time in, interiors have the ability to affect our mental and physical health. Using eco friendly materials in interiors are thus not just a way of caring for the environment, but also ourselves. With a variety of environmentally friendly materials available for use in our homes today, choosing sustainable options has never been easier. So here are some great alternatives to traditional materials:


Made from a type of climbing palm, rattan is a sustainable material that is used to make furniture. Rattan furniture are lightweight and sturdy, and can withstand harsh sunlight as well. This made them a popular choice for garden furniture at a time. Today, rattan furniture and decor are available in modern designs for interior use.


Bamboo is often used as a substitute for wood in interiors. A type of grass, bamboo stalks are fast growing and do not need to be replanted on harvesting, making them a renewable resource. Bamboo furniture and decor are widely available across the world, with contemporary designs that make them ideal for sustainable interiors. Bamboo is also a good substitute for hardwood flooring as bamboo flooring requires less maintenance and can be refinished over time. Fabrics made from bamboo are also used as upholstery, as they are soft and hypo-allergenic.


Cork is a popular flooring material made from the bark of cork oak trees. The process of extracting cork does not harm the trees and makes it a sustainable material. Cork flooring is favored in homes with children as it is soft and comfortable on the foot while also being sound insulating and antimicrobial. It is also gaining popularity as a furniture material, with innovative seating designs being created using cork.


It is possible to use wood in interiors without compromising on sustainability. There are multiple eco friendly sources of wood available currently. Reclaimed wood is one such source that uses wood from old barns, warehouses and even ships for furniture, construction and flooring. They are valued for their interesting history and their durability and strength. Salvaged wood is another durable option which makes use of fallen trees. Sustainable wood on the other hand uses wood from sustainably managed forests in Europe.


Hemp has a long history, having been cultivated for centuries to create strong fabrics. A high yielding crop that can be produced with significantly lesser resources than cotton, hemp has made a comeback due to its sustainable credentials. Hemp fabrics can be used as upholstery and are lightweight and long lasting. They are available as 100% hemp fabrics as well as blended with other fabrics like silk and cotton.

If you’re looking for materials that go beyond trends and last a long time, then look no further. These natural materials add warmth and comfort to any interior space, and can be used in combination with many other materials. Using these materials is not just eco friendly, but also a way to lend a unique look to your home.


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