Environmentally friendly interior – minus the wooden pallets!

Environmentally friendly interior – minus the wooden pallets!

I am, among many, someone who believes that we must do more to help the environment but guilty of not actually doing enough…I decided to look into environmentally friendly interior projects and materials available with the hope of making myself (and you!) aware that we could perhaps make changes whilst still maintaining style and elegance and not succumbing to using palettes and newspaper!

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It should come as no surprise that Brighton led the way with the first ‘no waste’ restaurant. The restaurant is the brainchild of Douglas McMaster and was ‘conceived from a desire to innovate the food industry whilst demonstrating respect: respect for the environment, respect for the way our food is generated and respect for the nourishment given to our bodies’. As a designer, I appreciate that the aesthetic of the restaurant is simple but that the attention to detail is what turns the eco materiality into a stylish space. Silo have created plates formed from plastic bags, tables made from industrial floor tiles, and work benches crafted from filing cabinet frame – creative thinking most definitely went into this design. I must also mention that the food is absolutely delicious and service on point 😉

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Before I wet your appetites too much…I would like to tell you about a new product that uses recycled poo…Before you lose interest immediately, look above at the beautiful pots created above! ‘To produce Merdacotta, cow excrement is processed in huge industrial digesters where the methane and urea is extracted, which results in the foul smell being removed. The methane is then burnt to produce electricity, ensuring that nothing is wasted.

The resulting odorless dung is dried, mixed with clay and then worked into a variety of objects including tiles, flowerpots, flower vases, tableware and art pieces’.

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Anahi Argentinian Restaurant, designed by Maud Bury, is a wonderful example of maintaining original features with elegance. Bury was lucky that the existing is already so spectacular but added extra glamour by using copper leaf grout to fill the cracks in the tiles resulting in a space which is a beautiful contradiction.

Below I have found some treasures for you that are eco-friendly…I particularly love the studies by Studio Swine who have used found ocean plastics to create crafted objects of desire…

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By Interior Designer Alexa Page