How To Create An Environmentally Friendly Home
This is unrelated to the title but related so stick with me; we are currently in the process of hiring a Jr Interior Designer to join the Lawless team so I've been in interviews all week. I usually start most by introducing myself and Lawless. Part of the introduction is talking about our two biggest values; wellness and sustainability.
I realize, in these conversations, sustainability in design sounds confusing, expensive and out of reach. I figured I could dive deeper this week in what that actually means when creating a space. When we say we care about sustainability, it is not just for ethical sourcing (even though this is a huge part) but also in the materials we bring into spaces.
Below are some ideas for how you can incorporate environmentally friendly materials into your next project.
Cob is pretty much a mix of subsoil, water, fibrous organic material (typically longer straw), in some cases lime.
Due to housing crises and the climate change on top of it, it certainly made us think about alternatives. Cob is one of the materials that's slowly finding its way back.
Besides being environmentally friendly, cob is a natural material super easy to use, and due to its texture, it gives you the freedom to create any shape you could possibly imagine. It creates a natural insulation and is very energy efficient. As a result cob houses require little to no heating.
Recycled steel is a type of material that doesn't lose its properties when recycled. Did you know that steel is the most recycled material in the world? More steel is recycled each year than plastic, paper, aluminum and glass all combined.
Using recycled steel in the building process, you know for a fact that is will be strong and durable. It's a massive saver in energy costs too.
Sheep's wool is entirely natural and eco friendly material that can be regrown quickly. Wool is best known for being used for cozy warm blankets and sweaters. But it also plays a role as an outstanding home insulator - with its fibers forming millions of tiny air pockets that trap air. Usually, you can see wool incorporated in the ceiling, walls or attics.
Easy to source, excellent energy-saving material.
Reclaimed, Recycled or Sustainable Wood
Probably one the most used type of building material and for a reason. It is aesthetically pleasing, easy to use, and it feels like nature is inside. Reclaimed or recycled wood has a much lower environmental impact than harvesting new.
Being surrounded by a natural material like wood, it significantly increases overall wellbeing.