Updated: Feb 6, 2022
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Matt Deighton is Managing Director at Sofas by Saxon, a manufacturer of luxury British sofas and furniture. In this post, he explains how you can create sustainable interiors while supporting low-waste manufacturing.
Leading an Eco-conscious, low-waste life means making mindful choices in everything you do, from the clothing you wear to the food you eat. Even the way we decorate our homes can make a big difference in our overall environmental impact. So, it's very important you try to make conscious, low-waste choices when it comes to your interiors.
There are three key ways you can do this. Firstly, by avoiding so-called "fast-fashion" furnishings; secondly, by supporting ethical, low-waste British manufacturers; and, thirdly, by choosing natural, renewable materials where you can. Here, I'll delve into why these actions can make a difference, and offer tips for designing a greener home.
Invest in Quality Furnishings to Fight "Fast-Fashion" Homeware
The British public throws away 22 million items of furniture per year, according to a survey carried out by Mattress Online and published in Real Homes. That's a staggering amount, and the vast majority of it will eventually go to landfill or end up in an incinerator. Much like fast fashion — where clothing is designed to be worn a few times and then thrown away — the nation clearly has an addiction to buying cheap, mass-produced furniture to follow the latest interior trends. But unfortunately these furnishings don't last and, before long, they've either broken or become passé.
So, how can we ensure the furnishings we buy aren't contributing to the huge amount of furniture thrown away each year? The key is to shop mindfully and buy the best quality you can afford. Try to buy from companies that make their products by hand, using the best materials and craftsmanship. It may cost more upfront, but the cost-per-use will make it a solid investment that will last a long time.
You should also try to avoid following the latest trends and instead go for timeless designs that really speak to you. This way, you'll know that the furniture you