Sustainability in design has been a growing trend in the creative application fields, from fashion to interiors. However, this is not just a transient tide, but the one that will shape the future for an entire industry.
“There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development”. This is one of the most notable phrases in the Preamble of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To begin with the definition of " sustainability" we need to divulge what is the most important things in our modern life. The Learning sustainability involves understanding and protecting the interdependent relationships between economics, social growth, culture, and environment. Consequently, the real bottom line is the environment. Every industrial product once being brought to life becomes a harm to the natural environment. As a result, the sustainable mission placed on the shoulders of modern designers is to create long-term value products and reduce the negative effect on nature throughout the production process.
When it comes to sustainability in the interior industry, there are three main pieces to complete the whole landscape:
Sustainable materials are not just about the "chemical-free" and organic names, they are about the recycled materials, too. Eco-sustainability is also counted in the material handling process, which saves energy and reduces emissions as much as possible.
Sometimes the harmful effects do not come from the origin of the material but an unsustainable production process. Over-consuming electrical energy and water or releasing too many chemicals, noise pollution... are all about the unsustainability in manufacturing.
Sustainability is not just a story of the production houses alone. It is also the shift in furniture using the mindset and habits of customers. Instead of blindly following the new trend of the "fast-food" but fast-degrading items, we can consider products with timeless aesthetics and quality that stand out from the mainstream and offer the value of sustainable treatment. Filling your living space with timeless pieces of furniture is also an expression of a minimalist lifestyle that focuses on the essentials and the longlive value.
Good things take time and so does your new lifestyle. The very first step is to choose a “companion” that is sustainability oriented with a showroom full of eco-friendly products. In the "ecotecture" wave, Italian brand Inalco has always been an outstanding figure with a sustainable philosophy embedded in every design.
At Inalco, environmental wellness has always been a key value in both products and manufactures. The whole MDi range of the brand is produced with top-quality minerals, in eco-friendly processes including the recycling and re-use of waste, a reduction in water and energy consumption, minimized gas and dust emissions. Moreover, they apply the H2O Full Digital technology, using water instead of solvents in inks and glazes. One of the most noteworthy sustainability philosophies at Inalco is the recycling of 95% of all rejected MDi materials. But the use of Inalco design is never just a deed of environmental responsibility, but it is also the presentation of highly applied art and a sophisticated taste.
Countertops, floors and surfaces by Inalco give you a sense of nature, as if you were touching and walking on a real stone. And indeed, the quality of products would stay with your home along the time, and keep offering you the finest experience, which comes from the harmonization between aesthetics and functionality. To sum up, sustainability in architecture is building a give-and-take relationship between humankind and the environment, both improving the quality of life and creating green efficiency to nature.