Sustainable Project Materials: 5 Recyclable Products You Can Use for Your Next DesignTuesday, April 13, 2021
As an interior designer or fashion designer in Canada, creating something that promotes sustainability is a positive attribute and a major selling feature. With Canada aiming to ban single-use plastics and BC promoting recycling programs and other sustainable initiatives, we thought we’d provide you with a few suggestions on how to turn some of your creative concepts into eco-friendly designs.
Your first thought might be “well, that’s really bold,” but more and more, we’re seeing a trend with using aluminum in fine art and sculptures – we’re talking to you, 3D modelers! In addition to fine art, it’s becoming common to see recycled aluminum as statement pieces for the home, such as modern kitchen backsplashes or accent walls. Check out this aluminum backsplash on Houzz for inspiration.
While cotton is one of the most commonly used fabrics in clothing, conventional cotton is one of the most chemical-intensive crops to grow as it requires many harmful pesticides, and therefore has a negative impact on the planet. Organic cotton is produced with the goal of removing these pesticides and chemicals during the production process, and of ensuring that the cotton is GOTS certified. For a garment that requires cotton fabric, recycled cotton is truly the more sustainable option. Learn more about sustainable fabrics here.
Did you know that you can make indoor and outdoor rugs with recycled plastic? A popular form of recycled plastic is high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which means that any furniture piece made out of this material is sturdy and durable. Another plastic, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), can even be used to create yarn that can be woven into fabric for clothing. Reclaim Plastics in Metro Vancouver recycles automotive plastics, which are one of the biggest culprits of plastic waste! They can turn your car bumper or car windshield into high-quality regrind flake to use for a number of plastic products such as piping, cutting boards, or flower pots. See a variety of recycled plastic outdoor rugs at Bed Bath and Beyond here.
Scrap metal can actually reduce pollution and save energy, so why not use it in your home? Furniture and décor that uses recycled metal requires less processing and fewer resources than furnishings made of non-renewable material. From pineapple wall art to coasters and modern key hooks, check out these handmade, recycled metal home décor accents for inspiration.
Tires and other major sources of rubber can be ground up and formed into entirely new products such as playground surfacing, running tracks, door mats, flower pots, and more – but did you know it can also be used in shoes, clothing, and other fashion accessories? From recycled rubber bracelets to handbags and clothing items, you can have your models wearing all types of unique rubber designs. Check out some of these fashion-forward and sustainable designs from innovative brands here.< Back