Sustainable Design: Achieve a More Eco-friendly Space

Sustainable Design: Achieve a More Eco-friendly Space
17 Apr 2020

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When designing an interior space, your priority is the occupants of that space. Aesthetic considerations, while important, must give way to the wellbeing of the users, whether they’re regular users or just passersby. And to safeguard people’s welfare, we need to consider whether the space we’re designing promotes good health.

A new trend in interior design today is sustainable design. The spaces should be designed in a way that improves their occupants’ health and minimizes their carbon footprint. It could be as simple as replacing a few light bulbs or as complex as replacing an entire building’s facade with a Malaysia moss wall.

If you want to design a space with health and the environment in mind, here are a few suggestions:

1. Embrace plants

One of the simplest ways to let nature into your space is to fill it with plants. Plants release oxygen and help filter the air. Some species even remove harmful contaminants in the room. Health benefits aside, plants also lend a sense of freshness and tidiness to any space.

Choose native green plants to fill the space. Flowers, while pretty, require a lot of maintenance and have a short life span. Don’t forget to choose plants that can thrive indoors, whether climate control is absent or not. Popular choices include bamboo palm and Malaysia moss walls.

2. Let the light in

Another great way to create a more sustainable space is to remove the curtains and let the sunlight in. By maximizing the use of natural light, you can reduce your energy consumption. Natural light also provides health benefits that artificial lighting can’t. If possible, invest in skylights and bigger windows.

3. Use eco-friendly materials

When picking out decorations, fixtures, furniture, and the like for an interior space, make sure that it’s made of natural and eco-friendly materials. Not only does it look good, but it’s also better for the environment. And eco-friendly fixtures lend better to a sustainability-themed space.

If you want to achieve a more eco-friendly design, eliminate plastics, leather, rubber, particleboard, and chrome-plated metal from your selections.

Some products, while they may look benign, may contain pollutants that are harmful to people and the environment. These pollutants are called volatile organic compounds or VOCs. Objects with VOCs can release toxic vapors throughout their lifetime. Known objects with VOCs include paints, carpeting, adhesives, solvents, air fresheners, and furniture components.

4. Switch to LED lights

While I suggest using natural lighting as much as possible, artificial lighting is still a necessity, primarily if the space is often used at night. Switching to energy-efficient lighting fixtures such as LED lights will help cut your energy costs. Some LED lights are also recyclable, making them more sustainable.

Lower energy use translates to lesser harmful greenhouse gasses released in the production of energy. When choosing lighting fixtures, make sure it’s LED or energy-efficient certified.

Designing an eco-friendly space is not only great for the environment, but it also imparts many health benefits to people. We all need to do our share of reducing our impact on our ecosystem, and engaging in conscious and sustainable design is a big step forward.

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Craig Silva

Craig is a passionate and seasoned travel, food, and lifestyle writer, whose words paint vivid pictures of the world's most captivating destinations. His work not only inspires others to embark on their own adventures but also fosters a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our world. He captures the essence of each locale, offering readers a glimpse into the cultures, landscapes, cuisine, and experiences that make travel so enriching. Craig is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA). If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.

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