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Keep products and materials in use is one of the founding principles of a circular economy model.
Like two sides of the same coin, this principle includes two complementary aspects: replacing virgin resources with recycled inputs when making new products, and designing products that last as long as possible in the first place.

Let’s then explore some insights and connections that come from keeping products and materials in use, with examples from sustainable interior design.

Keep materials in use

Producing new objects shouldn’t necessarily need new materials. In fact, the useful life of materials is often much longer than the one of the objects…


Countertops, backsplashes, vanity tops…surfacing materials are used in a myriad of places in interiors.
And there exists a myriad of options to choose from!

In this episode of Sustainable Roundups, we’re discovering 10 planet-friendly options, all sourced — as usual — from SforSustainable, the sustainable interior design platform I curate.

Stone debris

The natural stone industry generates plenty of leftovers, from bigger stone chunks to stone powder.
These can all be reused in surfacing materials that owe their beautiful terrazzo texture to nothing less than waste.

Product selection:

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Credit: Altrock

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In its essence, biophilic design aims at reconnecting people with nature on a deeper level. Which includes acknowledging that we are part of nature and we rely on its delicate balance for survival.

Forecasts say that our world will become even more urbanized in the coming years — thus access to nature is bound to decrease even further.
Unless…unless the very concept of city design moves into a biophilic direction! This doesn’t just mean planting more trees and making space for more parks though.
So today we’re reviewing 3 interesting proposals rooted in the deeper meaning of biophilic city.

A city for people, animals and nature

Currently…


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When speaking about sustainable designs, a lot has to do with materials.

Less harmful materials are created.
By-products are given a purpose.
Waste is upcycled.

Looking at materials impartially is a skill to be learnt though, as our preconceptions over materials can hinder their potential!
Today, we’re focusing on materials that are commonly thrown into household recycling bins. Even though this action marks the end of one of their lives, this doesn’t mean they can’t have more…

Paper

Letters, newspapers, leaflets…everyday life is full of paper. …


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It’s that time of the year again, Christmas is coming!
And even though it will be different in many ways this year, it’s still going to be a chance to take a break and enjoy the little pleasures of the holiday season.

One of them is certainly giving, be it time, love or carefully chosen gifts.
As usual, DforDesign gift guide is an occasion to highlight sustainable designs. And this year, it’s focused on independent creators and smaller brands.

I hope you’ll find some good inspiration!


What makes a chair sustainable?
As always, the word sustainability embeds multiple meanings that range from a mindful use of natural resources to social & ethical considerations.

In this episode of Sustainable Roundups, we’re discovering 12 sustainable dining chairs taken from SforSustainable, the sustainable interior design directory I curate.

Moodboard & detailed product descriptions at the end of the article

Upcycled plastic

Plastic pollution is one of the most urgent environmental problems of our times. The design industry is experimenting with many ways to reuse plastic waste, and chairs are by far one of the most popular options.

From plastic bottles and…


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Community is a fundamental part of human life.
Sharing experiences, supporting each other and feeling part of a group are all essentials for a fulfilling life.

Space design — both at interior and urban scale — can do a lot to encourage positive interactions, thus ultimately helping the development of strong and resilient communities.
Let’s see how!

Community & wellbeing

The link between community and wellbeing works both ways.
Research has recognized that strong and meaningful relationships contribute to individual mental wellbeing. Simply put, people are happier, less stressed and more resilient when feeling part of a group. …


“Plastic causes environmental problems, but it also has advantages. It’s not black or white.”

This is the opening sentence introducing the Embassy of Rethinking Plastic, an initiative exploring sustainable uses of plastics.

With a total of 7 embassies, the World Design Embassies program brings together the design community to work on big current challenges: safety, mobility, water, health, circular & biobased, food and plastic waste.

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Credit: World Design Embassies

Rethinking is the core of the matter

Sharing the same idea as the Guiltless Plastic Initiative, the Embassy of Rethinking Plastic originates from an essential mindset shift that needs to happen to solve our plastic waste problem.

Walking away from plastic and…


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Lampshades are items that lend themselves to designers’ creativity. They can take a myriad of shapes and be made of various materials, including eco-friendly ones!

So today we’re reviewing 12 examples of sustainable lampshades; all taken from SforSustainable, the sustainable interior design platform I curate!

Moodboard & detailed product descriptions at the end of the article

Natural fibres

From bamboo to seagrass and rattan, weaving natural fibres into lampshades creates rich natural textures and interesting light-and-shadow effects.

Weaving is a traditional craft in many areas of the world and the production of such lampshades is often a way to support this long-lived…


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Lighting has a substantial effect on human wellbeing and is crucial in the design of any interior space.

So, in this month’s episode of Biophilic Moodboards, we’re looking into light. Dynamic and diffuse light to be precise, which summarizes the two main features driving the benefits of light on wellbeing.

DforDesign

Interior designer+Content creator on a mission: making interiors good for wellbeing (biophilic design) & our planet. My entire blog: https://dfordesign.style

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