Q&A

Your questions answered!

 

As an experienced interior designer, I realise that the design process and your project development can often seem overwhelming, so we hope this Q & A will help you to understand the process and the benefits of sustainability. We look forward to solving your design and wellness problems to create a healthy and happy home for you and your loved ones.

What are the 5 Benefits of a Sustainable Home?

 Health: Many of us don't realise that a great deal of the standard products we use are manufactured with chemicals that give off VOC's or volatile organic compounds, in adhesives, paints, flooring, building plasterboards, and general building materials. It has been proven these chemicals can emit vapours for several years and cause respiratory problems.

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What are the 5 Benefits of a Sustainable Home?

Connection with Nature: Not all of us can uproot and move to the countryside, so the next best thing is to bring aspects of nature into the home, we can do this by using natural materials, such as stone, wood, linen, cotton, non-toxic paints, etc, all being sustainable. Having lots of plants and using earth tones all help to create a natural environment.

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 What does Eco-friendly mean?

Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment. This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco-friendly products also prevent contributions to air, water, and land pollution. Making a truly eco-friendly product keeps both environmental and human safety in mind. At a minimum, the product is non-toxic.

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Can sustainable be stylish?

Can I still have a home that is stylish and sustainable, green, and glamorous with a luxury look and feel? Yes, of course! it doesn't have to be all "hippie and hemp". The majority of interior designers will not offer this service because it's not easy to find this information; sometimes hundreds of different criteria need to be met to classify a product or material as sustainable or green.  We do that incredibly time-consuming bit for our clients, saving them valuable time.

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What are the 5 Benefits of a Sustainable Home?

Buying British: One way to buy sustainable products is to buy British. We have a vast talent of great British Designers and manufacturers, here in the UK, designing and making some really nice furniture, lighting, flooring, kitchens, and hardware, the list is endless and in fact, covers all aspects of products for our interiors.

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What are the 5 Benefits of a Sustainable Home?

Return on investment: So, overall, it has been shown adopting sustainable design principles and product can add between 5-8% to the value of your home!

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What does Green mean?

Green is more or less the same as eco-friendly. The term Green has become more of a trendy word for people that are interested in helping the planet. Going green means improving the way we produce, buy, use, and throw away products. It means contributing less to air pollution and landfills. Going green means doing things in ways that are friendly to the environment.

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What are the 5 Benefits of a Sustainable Home?

Kinder to the Planet: Buying products from companies that make sure their materials are sustainably sourced and their manufacturing processes are ethical and clean, protects our environment, making sure natural habitats and wildlife are protected and everyone in the supply chain is treated fairly.

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What does sustainable really mean?

 Sustainable interior design is about creating homes with an emphasis on the health and wellness of families, individuals, and our planet, by using design principles, products, and materials that help reduce the use of chemicals, pollution, waste, and reduce energy consumption. 

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What does Ethical mean?

Ethical sourcing is the process of ensuring the products being sourced and selected are produced and obtained responsibly and sustainably, making sure the workers are safe and are not exploited. 

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