Ethical living isn’t only about food and fair trade homewares. If green is the new black, is it possible to have a stylish home and be ethical? Yes! Of course it is.
Architects have mastered some of the most beautiful homes in the world using ethically sourced products and sustainable materials. From simple touches such as a living roof to solar heating and upcycling. It is now easier than ever to create a stylish ‘green’ home and enjoy ethical living.
For those of us considering building our first home, there are so many products on the market you can incorporate to give your build a sustainable twist. Wool Bricks are a sustainable Spanish creation providing zero carbon output in manufacturing. Wool and a natural polymor found in seaweed is mixed with the clay to create a stronger brick which is non-toxic and kinder to the environment.
Tactile is one company producing solar roof tiles that avoid energy-intensive methods of creation. Instead of simply providing a roof over your head they blend seamlessly into your design whilst creating your own energy source. Perfect for cutting your bills down and working towards a self-sufficient way of life. A great example of using ethical and sustainable materials can be seen in this Church Renovation.
If you own a home and want to get involved with protecting the planet, install a living wall, also known as an eco wall. Not only do these huge green structures look beautiful but they benefit the air quality of your surrounding environment so are great for your neighbourhood too.
A green wall can reduce the level of harmful pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, by 40-60% in urban areas. In the summer, eco walls can reflect heat away from your property reducing the need to hit the aircon. In winter they store heat helping to reduce your heating costs. They are a real eco hero! Of course, planting trees is also a great way to help the planet and your home.
Hiring an experienced interior designer will open up a whole new world of bringing ethical and sustainable products inside your home. From a sofa made entirely of recycled sea plastic to upcycled engines used to create feature coffee tables, there are thousands of ways to create a really stylish and modern look in your home – whilst smiling to yourself smugly that you are doing something to make the world a better place.
You don’t have to compromise on modern chic, this sink was made entirely of recycled car tyres and it gives a dramatic and beautiful twist to any bathroom.
Weaver Green has an entire range of bags, rugs and throws made from recycled plastic bottles.
If you want to get really funky, look for a class in upcycling and then create old pipework into designer lighting or shelving.
With so many options out there, it’s time we all started to think about how to make the planet a better place and indulge in some ethical living. Regardless of your views on global warming, we can all agree that a little less rubbish and a little more green will make our world a lovelier place to live in and enjoy.
Creating cleaner air, more awareness for our children, and leaving the planet in a better state than we found it.