Not only are natural materials better for the planet they also help to create a healthier environment for you to live in.
Over the past few years sustainability has become a real buzz word within the interiors and fashion industry.
Consumers are more educated and want to make smarter choices when purchasing something new. Most designers are now creating products that allow the conscious consumer to shop for interiors that will match their home to their ethics. Stepping away from fast trends and cheap homewares, we think this 'trend' is a real positive step in the right direction.
(The Sebastian Cox showroom, photographer Alun Callendar)
You can make more conscious decisions by investing in timeless pieces that use natural materials such as stone, wood, rattan or linen. Buying vintage is also a great way to reduce your consumption footprint, take a look at places like Etsy, Ebay and Vinterior for some great finds.
If you are purchasing something new don't forget to check with the designer or brand if they have sourced the materials in an ethical way. Most brands nowadays will have information about how they operate, as well as their ethics and sustainability processes on their websites.
Not only are natural materials better for the planet they also help to create a healthier environment for you to live in. Even though you might have to save up a bit more of your pocket money you'll end up cherishing and enjoying those items for many years to come.
Taken from our Evening Standard design column, August 2020