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How is sustainability affecting interior design choices?

Sustainability has become an increasingly important factor when making interior design decisions, with the demand for more environmentally friendly materials growing year on year. More eco conscious choices allow the space to not only become more efficient but reduce the negative impacts of a building itself, all of which contribute to minimising negative impacts on the natural environment.

When it comes to interiors, people are no longer just looking at design alone, but also making more sustainably led choices. As the rate of climate change remains the most harmful issue faced worldwide, all aspects of our lives are now being rethought in a way that will benefit our planets future.

According to recent research by Bimhow, the construction sector contributes to 23% of air pollution and 50% of climatic change*. Within the field of architecture and design, it’s more important than ever to source biodegradable materials and help to further sustainability messages.

The benefits of a sustainably designed space will not only have a positive impact on the surrounding environment but improve the health of those living there. Interior schemes such as Biophilia can introduce sustainable innovative design that benefit both the individuals and the building or home. Characterised by natural flora amongst airy, bright spaces, Biophilic design can improve health and wellbeing, air quality and respiratory health.

That’s why designers, trade businesses and homeowners alike, all have a responsibility to help reduce the rate of the climate crisis through more environmentally conscious design.

As part of our commitment to environmental best practise, we have recently joined the United Nations Race to Zero campaign and appointed an internal Environmental Action Group to drive our sustainability goals and pledge for a greener future. We have also recently partnered with The Planet Mark Business Certification, an internationally recognised sustainability certification for businesses reporting our carbon footprint and demonstrating continuous progress, encouraging action and building an empowered community of like-minded individuals.

The use of  natural and sustainably sourced timber, with FSC® and PEFC® accreditations, is an example of the environmentally friendly materials being favoured within the design world.

Josh Burbidge, Managing Director of Archwood Group, comments: “As a business, it is critical that we continue to measure our own impact on the environment and set an example across both the interior design and trade industry.”

“We aim to be the number one trusted supplier of innovative and sustainable timber, with plans to halve our carbon footprint by 2030 and achieve Net Zero by no later than 2050.”



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