image of a sign that says vintage, eco friendly interior design, sustainable interior design, eco-friendly design

eco friendly interior design, sustainable interior design, eco-friendly design

Although the terms “eco-friendly” and “sustainable” are used interchangeably, there are differences between the two. Despite the differences, both are ideals we need to aim to fulfill as much as possible in all aspects of our lives – including home improvements.

An eco-friendly product does not harm the planet in the present. A sustainable product goes, by not harming the planet during any stage of its production, throughout its lifecycle through to end-of-life. It’s about the present and the future.

True sustainability is an extremely high standard to reach, and honestly, it’s not always feasible for everyone to achieve in every single element of their home design. That said, we need to aim to be as sustainable as possible for us – and that will be different for each of us, depending on what’s available to us locally, and also our budget.

Eco-friendly is easier. By engaging with the circular economy and sourcing a lot of what we need and want second-hand we keep products that weren’t sustainably produced – but are here now – out of landfills. Buying second-hand generally takes a slower approach – we can’t click and add-to-cart and have delivery within weeks, let alone days.

However, it is possible to find what you’re looking for online and another big upside of buying from resellers is that you’re supporting small businesses. You can find excellent quality, and save a lot of money. And those savings can be used to invest in truly sustainable products elsewhere in your home.

Because it can be more time-consuming to shop second-hand, I help clients source suppliers local to them for what they need to execute their designs. This is included in the full design package, or as an add-on to one of the mini-design packages.

eco friendly interior design, sustainable interior design, eco-friendly design