A vintage furniture curator on eco-friendly ways to improve your home
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When it comes to spending money on hardware items, I’ll be the first to admit that I often find myself in a battle between the enduring buyer-loving savers in me and the temptation of shiny new fast fashion products. that leave me with a lingering sense of consumer guilt.
Fortunately, as more and more pressure is put on companies to produce ethically and sustainably, it is easier for me to find the right balance between my conscious and consumerist impulses. But, in my fashion-obsessed brain, I admit that I rarely take the time to think about how I might implement sustainability in other areas of my daily life, like the home.
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Despite my ignorance of Gen Z, sustainability in home interiors is growing, and there is no better example of this eco-innovation than Court carpetexclusive econyl range regenerated nylon carpet. Who knew that sustainability had become so accessible?
Eager to open up Pandora’s (thrifty) box of anything durable for the home, I enlisted the help of Pip Newell, founder and creative director of vintage furniture market Curated Spaces, to enlighten me on the best ways to transform your home into an eco-friendly home.
How can I give my house an eco-friendly upgrade?
Organized spaces herself is full of sustainable local furniture makers, as well as second-hand furniture, so it’s safe to assume that Pip has a few tricks up her sleeve for making lasting changes to the house.
If you’re looking to redesign your space, she says vintage shopping and remodeling old furniture with DIY projects is a sustainable and affordable option. “There are so many great ways to make Christmas gifts from used / vintage items as well. You can shop in op stores and recycle chairs, tables, or even vases.
Getting your hands dirty and letting your creativity flow can also come in handy when looking for an eco-friendly lifestyle. “You can also learn to sew (it’s top of my to-do list) and salvage dining chairs or make new cushion covers. I’ve been playing with paint lately and it’s such a fun way to add some extra color to a room, ”she adds.
She says supporting local businesses can also boost the slow furniture trade. “The carbon footprint of shipping furniture internationally is horrendous and one of the biggest contributors to waste and emissions spending. When you buy locally, everything is made to order, so there is no waste, which also cuts down on unnecessary expense and emissions.
What if I can’t find what I want second-hand?
It’s no secret that finding and keeping second-hand items to suit your personal style can be time consuming, and in my experience it involves many train trips back home, empty handed and emotionally drained.
So if you value the convenience of buying new items, but want to stay environmentally conscious, Pip recommends purchasing items made from quality materials that will stand the test of time, such as aluminum and recycled plastics.
“Aluminum is a great material because it’s strong and sturdy and will last a lifetime. It is also a material that does not deteriorate over time and can be recycled. We sell a line of furniture from two brothers Jack and Mark Fearon in aluminum. They design and manufacture their items themselves in Burleigh Heads and have them powder coated just a few hundred yards down the road.
Thanks to the introduction of sustainable practices, circular materials can not only be used to furnish your home, but they are also part of the frame – almost literally. Carpet Court recently introduced a line of rugs using econyl reclaimed nylon, giving the consumer the opportunity to make a commitment to sustainable ethics in all areas of their life.
Econyl regenerated nylon is made from 100% reclaimed recycled yarns waste such as fishing nets, fabric scraps and mats destined for landfill. The material is available in a range of colors, textures and styles, and is also stain and fade resistant, durable and affordable.
So what could a fully sustainable bedroom space look like? With an econyl rug as a base, Pip suggests experimenting with an aluminum bed frame, eco-friendly linen curtains, vintage or second-hand lamps, and a recycled plastic bedside table.
While it may seem somewhat futuristic to witness a circular design even entering the carpet and flooring market, Pip says it’s imperative that companies follow Carpet Court’s lead and embrace methods and more sustainable processes.
“This is the way to go and I like to think that this is what people want to see and will demand to see more and more companies do better,” she tells me.
“I also think it’s important that people buy responsibly. If people stop buying from quick furniture companies, they will be forced to change their ways. “
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