The path toward sustainable living is through recycling, natural materials, and choosing durable furniture. Are you settling down or planning a living room renovation with an emphasis on quality, material, and ethical sourcing? Let us present you with a selection of exciting materials that put the environment first.

In an ideal world, every home would be built with sustainable materials and equipped in an eco-friendly fashion with elements like solar panels, double-glazed windows, and energy-efficient appliances. You can take the first steps toward a more sustainable future with thought-out and conscious choices of décor and accessories. Take a look at materials and fabrics that are both environmentally friendly and stylish.

Dress your home in linen

Linen is notably strong with excellent insulating and antibacterial properties, but it boasts many other advantages. It absorbs moisture and dries quickly, making it the perfect material for all everyday textiles, from tea towels and bath towels to tablecloths and bedding. Best of all, washing linen doesn’t wear it out—quite the opposite. It gradually becomes softer and more pleasant to the touch. The fabric can even withstand high washing temperatures, bleach or frequent ironing. In summary, linen textiles are hard-wearing across the board and extremely practical. After all, our grandmothers’ bedding and towels could last up to 30 years.

Suitable for the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom

In its natural, undyed form, linen appears in different shades of beige and grey, ideal for Scandi, rustic, and minimalist interiors. But you can find a whole range of colours on the market. And since pure linen is 100% natural, it is also 100% recyclable. Linen textiles, be it curtains, tablecloths, bedding or rugs, can decorate your home practically from head to toe. You can find all trendy linen products in one place on FAVI.

Go with rattan

Rattan is a natural material and the name for climbing palms found in the forests of Southeast Asia. It can grow up to seven centimetres in thickness and over 200 metres in length. Natural rattan first goes through steam bending, followed by an oil treatment and weaving into household products. A huge advantage of rattan furniture is its timelessness. Even a single element can spice up your interior, whether you pick a rattan chair, sofa, bed, chest of drawers, cabinet, coffee table or small accessories like lampshades.

Not just for boho interiors

Are you wondering where you can use your rattan furniture or decorations? It fits every room! A rattan chair looks great in living rooms and you could try a rattan stool, privacy screen or lampshade in the bedroom. There is no shortage of accessories like decorative baskets or plant pot covers to choose from either.

Sustainable materials 101

If you are fond of natural materials, wooden furniture and accessories are the obvious choice. To be truly sustainable, however, pay close attention to product descriptions. The FSC certification indicates wood sourced from ethically managed forests. You can also opt for the exotic bamboo, lauded for its fast growth, easy cultivation, and ability to produce more oxygen than trees. Cork is another unconventional yet sustainable material. Just keep clear of products made with toxic glues and other harmful components often added during manufacturing.

Katherine Griffiths

Katherine Griffiths, brings over 15 years of experience in eco-friendly and sustainable practices. She has been a passionate advocate for sustainable living since her early career. With a degree of MSc in Environmental Policy and Management, she has contributed to significant research in renewable energy solutions. She has also worked with various NGOs and environmental startups. Beyond her professional pursuits, she is an avid gardener and enjoys exploring the British countryside.

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