7 tips to furnish a home office with sustainable design
Sustainable office design is becoming more and more the norm than the exception. Now we are working from home more often, this raises a new question. Can we also furnish our home office in a sustainable way? Read the seven tips from Polimeer.
Tip 1: Invest in sustainable materials for your office design
A sustainable office design is not only good for the environment, but also for your wallet. With a sustainable interior you go for good quality furniture with a long lifespan. This can be a combination of new sustainable furniture and furniture that you refurbish with a coat of paint or new fabric. For a sustainable home office it is important to pay attention to the material of which the products are made. How long does it last and what is the ecological footprint? You can pay attention to the impact on deforestation for example, or production processes that are very polluting and animal unfriendly.
Tip 2: Combine old and new for sustainable office design
A sustainable home office can look like a big and expensive thing. Sustainable office furniture isn't necessarily cheap, so how do you deal with that? First take a look at the furniture you already have. Maybe you can give some furniture a second life. A lick of paint or new fabric often works miracles. You can also decorate part of your home office with second-hand furniture. There are many stores that sell used ergonomic desks and office chairs. This way you can create a comfortable and sustainable workplace and at the same time save a lot of money.
Tip 3: Buy cork furniture as an alternative to wood
According to WWF, almost 17 soccer fields of natural forest disappear every minute. Deforestation causes a decrease in biodiversity and an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Approximately 15% of the harvested wood is used for the production of wooden furniture. For your home office a good alternative to wood is cork furniture. It is a natural product that is completely biodegradable and also recyclable. Designers who work with cork, show that you can make modern and trendy furniture with this material.
Tip 4: Choose the right fabrics for your office furniture
What about curtains, cushions, chairs and benches? For your home office you can also pay attention to the sustainability of the fabrics you use in your home office. Many fabrics - like curtains - are made of synthetic (artificial) materials such as polyester or cotton. However, there are plenty of alternatives that also last a long time, such as linen, silk, hemp and lyocell. Lyocell is made from wood pulp from trees that is harvested in specially managed forests with the FSC label for responsible forest management. If you do want to use cotton in your home office, you can consider using recycled cotton, an environmental friendly alternative for your fabric.
Tip 5: Buy circular design from recycled material
There is a lot of material that we can reuse. If you take sustainability one step further, you can opt for a circular design for your home office. For example Polimeer makes home decor and furniture, wall organization and lighting from recycled plastic. The recycled plastic comes from disposable products such as plastic bags and packaging materials. The design products of Polimeer are not only sustainable, but it also looks very artistic in your interior. There is a huge market for circular urniture. For example, you can also buy furniture made from recycled leather and sheet steel.
Tip 6: Hemp for your office furniture
Hemp reminds most people of fabrics like jeans. Did you know that hemp has many more applications? Hemp is a word for cannabis plants that serve industrial purposes. It is used for rope, jute, animal food and insulation material. Hemp can also be processed into furniture, such as cabinets, chairs and lamps. Hemp is a strong yet soft material. The advantage of the hemp plant is that you can also use it for food and medicine and only use the residual waste for other applications such as furniture. A sustainable choice for your home office.
Tip 7: Furniture with the organic GOTS quality mark
Sustainable not only means good for the environment, but also good for the animals. The production of some materials involves a lot of animal suffering. Think of leather and even wool is not as animal friendly as you might think. Fortunately there is also leather and wool that is produced in an animal-friendly and environmentally conscious manner. Sustainable wool (and also cotton) can be recognized by the Global Organic Textile Standard quality mark (GOTS). These products are produced in an animal-friendly way, without chemical harmful substances and with a fair wage to the workers.