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5 Building Materials for Eco-Friendly Interiors

5 Eco-Friendly Building Materials - Arclin TFL

Over the last decade, architecture and interior design have embraced more natural alternatives. And it is no surprise, when you consider that sustainability is an attractive move for both the planet and profit.

Architect Magazine reported in October that buildings consume about 40% of the energy in the U.S. annually. In addition, they are responsible for emitting nearly half of the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. The 2017 article, “The Climate Is Changing. So Must Architecture,” calls for architects to use more sustainable materials that consume far fewer resources.

Consumers want healthier materials in their spaces that are kinder to our natural resources. Architects and interior designers need to seek out solutions such as designing LEED certified buildings, which can drop carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30% while reducing water and energy consumption.

While companies like Arclin are always developing innovative eco-friendly materials, here are five options to consider today when designing an eco-friendly interior.

Coco Tiles

Coco tiles are a natural alternative for flooring, backsplashes, walls, etc. Made from reclaimed coconut shells, this product reduces waste, while bringing a hint of nature into offices, restaurants, health care facilities and hotels. Kirei, a company focused on creating eco-friendly products, has mastered the art of the coco tile.

Bamboo

Bamboo has traditionally been used for decorating, but is now making a name for itself as an alternative building material. Using bamboo as flooring can be beneficial in more ways than one. Bamboo is water-resistant, and won’t stain like traditional hardwood flooring that swells when water is trapped inside a panel. And, bamboo flooring can be extremely durable depending on how it is manufactured, especially if it is strand woven. You can expect easy maintenance if you choose bamboo flooring.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood can be used for flooring, furniture, ceiling beams, and so much more. Using reclaimed wood in interior design is an eco-friendly way to add character to any room. The color palettes affiliated with reclaimed wood are limitless. It can add a tropical atmosphere to a restaurant or a feeling of comfort to a healthcare facility. Reclaimed wood is an eco-friendly alternative to cutting down living trees for building materials. You can rest easy knowing that your interior design isn’t harming the environment.

Cork

Cork is a versatile material that can be used all over your home or in commercial spaces. Adding a sheet of cork to an office wall can offer sustainability, because the extraction process for cork does not harm the tree it is taken from and the bark it is made from replenishes every 9 years. It also adds convenience and utility to the room. Additionally, cork provides excellent insulation for both temperature and acoustics control. This cost-effective material has also been used for flooring, as its cushion-like surface is easy to stand on for long periods of time.

TFL

Our favorite green product of all is TFL — a cost-effective alternative to the other surface options on the market. When considering the use TFL in your next design project, remember that these products are versatile and work across a variety of applications and industries. With advanced printing technologies, these decorative overlays enable us to mimic the design properties of real wood, but it is made with papers derived from tree fibers grown on controlled, fast-growing plantations. Just take a look at designs like Charles Bridge to see what we mean!

 

Best of Ikea Furniture

When IKEA’s founder, Ingvar Kamprad, asked his father for money to launch his entrepreneurial pursuit in 1943, it’s hard to imagine he had any idea how successful his venture would become! IKEA started off by selling mostly small household items like pens, wallets and picture frames, and eventually added furniture five years after it’s opening. In 1956, IKEA’s famous and innovative flat pack and self assembly options were introduced with the LÖVET, now called the LÖVBACKEN, end table. By staying focused on design, innovation and the environment, this has propelled IKEA to become one of the largest furniture retailers in the world.

IKEA keeps the planet and their customers in mind. Although almost ⅔ of their home furnishings are made from wood, they’ve invested in ways to improve forestry management practices. Staying true to their cultural values to make more with less and minimize waste, IKEA ensures that the trees used for their products are utilized in their entirety. IKEA products represent simplicity and minimalism at its best, offering quality products made from sustainable resources at affordable prices.

We researched the best of the best that IKEA has to offer:

BILLY Bookcase

Launched in 1978, the BILLY Bookcase clearly doesn’t go out of style. Known for its customizability, it can be as small or big as your heart desires by adding on additional components. It comes in IKEA’s four signature colors (white, birch veneer, black-brown and brown ash veneer) so it is as versatile as it is customizable. In fact, the BILLY Bookcase is such a perfect blank canvas to design your own space that it has spurred an active following of BILLY Hacks, creative ideas of how to up-cycle or put a personal touch on how these bookcases are used.  On top of that, its eco-friendly, smart design uses the least amount of wood possible.  

Fun fact: it is estimated that every 5 seconds a BILLY is sold somewhere in the world!

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LÖVBACKEN

A little table with a big story: Originally the LÖVET, this piece made a successful comeback as the LÖVBACKEN side table. With a 5-star rating, this Mid-century Modern inspired classic is now one of the most popular items sold at IKEA. We love it because it’s compact, and small enough to flat pack, yet probably the most useful stylish thing you can have in your home or office.

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The POÄNG Armchair

The POÄNG Armchair is another piece that has earned its “classic” title for the past four decades. This product is definitely a crowd pleaser, selling a whopping 1.5 million units each year. It is available in full-size, kid-size, rocking and ottoman form. We love that you can put your own style on it by choosing from a variety of cushion styles and washable covers. Plus, it is made with renewable sources of cotton and wood, giving you the option to recycle.  arclintfl_ikea_poang-armchair-beige

The MALM Series

The MALM series is a minimalist’s dream. It includes bed frames (with and without storage), several drawer chest options, office desks, accessories, and even a book! We love it because you can combine all the Malm products for the full experience, or keep them separate and still look chic. These products are also comprised of 80% renewable wood.

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STOCKHOLM Rug

The STOCKHOLM rug is a fan favorite, and for good reason. It is available in various designs and colors. It is also durable and soil resistant so it can literally be placed anywhere. We love this product for several reasons: not only does it look amazing, adding a nice pop of color and design to your space, but it comes with a special story. Every single STOCKHOLM rug is handwoven with 100% pure new wool in India by the most skilled craftspeople. arclintfl_ikea_stockholm-rug-flatwoven-brownKLIPPAN Sofa

An IKEA classic introduced back in the 1980’s, the KLIPPAN Sofa is kid and wallet friendly. We love this sofa because it’s dependable and functional, plus it is cozy enough for two. A machine washable seat cover can be purchased for the two-seat sofa. Cover colors are available in black, white or yellow. The KLIPPAN is the perfect base to accessorize with pillows and throw blankets. Add a side table on either end of this piece to create an inviting space.

 

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