When it comes to our challenged environment, becoming more sustainable at home can be an important component in the battle against climate change.
There are lots of ways to make your home more sustainable, but focusing on the right material from earth-conscience companies is a good place to start. Here are a few to set you off on the right foot.
This mother-daughter-run company has used the material of hemp in all their products. After discovering it could offer all our basic needs — food, clothing, shelter, and fuel — in an environmentally sustainable way, they realised that the hemp industry was a perfect fit for their personal philosophy.
Their vision is for hemp to be used to provide environmentally sustainable raw material, processed with basic equipment into food, clothing, housing, and fuel, giving self-sufficiency and independence.
From bed linen to cushions, curtains, and furniture oil Hemp Gallery has an array of products to choose from.
Ink & Spindle
Rather than following trends, Ink & Spindle design textiles that will fit in your life for many years to come.
Inspired by the Australian landscape, they are passionate about creating textiles that have minimal impact on the earth. Using organic cotton/hemp and eco-linen base cloths Ink & Spindle ensure that their textiles have inherent longevity and are free from harmful chemicals.
Offering textiles available as meterage, homewares and custom-made curtains, blinds, and upholstery, their line can also be found around Australia incorporated as bags, apparel, soft furnishings, and much more.
Bombora Custom Furniture
If you’re looking for tables, sideboards, bed frames, cupboards, and shelving, then Bombora is a fine example of a sustainable design option.
They create custom pieces using high-quality recycled timber furniture that showcase the best of Australian wood such as Messmate, Blackbutt, and Wormy Chestnut.
This Australian-owned business collaborates with its clients to create items that will last for generations. They even use natural oil and wax finishes to ensure all their furniture is hard-wearing, while also non-toxic and eco-friendly.
Founded by two Brisbane designers, this studio specialise in Australian-made sustainable pendant and table lighting.
Also creating bespoke wooden stools, eco-friendly coffee holders, and a range of colourful 3d printed handcrafted jewellery, they use the highest quality Australian Hoop Pine wood — a sustainable resource that is 100 per cent plantation-grown.
All of their off-cuts and leftover wood from their lights and furniture are re-utilised and transformed or added into new designs.
If you’re thinking about giving your home a lick of paint, then why not pick out a colour from a sustainable source?
Ecolour are premium quality water-based paints that are 100 per cent free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). They are also accredited by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) and recognised by The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for assessing Green Star projects.
The company produces a range suitable for interior, exterior and timber finishes, is durable, easy to apply, provides great coverage, and matchable to any colour.
Ecolour was even used on the 2014 Sustainability Award-winning project The Commons by Breathe Architecture.