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Mindful Design: TFL in Retail and Hospitality

Contemporary consumers are no longer just looking for great products at affordable prices – they also have a social conscience. Fair trade goods, ethical marketplaces, and even smartphone apps that guide customers toward purchases they can feel good about are increasingly common. Similarly, many shoppers and guests seek to patronize businesses and companies that embrace environmentally friendly practices, including the materials they use in their storefronts and attractions. In fact, industry leaders such as Starbucks are partnering with environmentally-focused organizations to develop and implement best practices for greener business practices. The company is developing a “Greener Stores” program to examine existing and build new locations to reduce its environmental impact and implement mindful design practices.

Mindful Design with TFL

Arclin TFL – which has, in fact, been the material of choice for many retail locations – is a holistic solution for retail and hospitality industries: attractive, low-maintenance, environmentally sound products that support sustainable business operations. Those seeking to stay ahead with practices that show a commitment to the environment, can find solutions with TFL.

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Conscious Shopping

With Millennials poised to surpass Baby Boomers as the largest population demographic in the U.S. by 2019, the retail and hospitality industries must be prepared to service a new demographic of consumers more likely to be influenced by social concerns in their spending habits. A deeper understanding of what Millennials value as shoppers and visitors is emerging; research is indicating that they choose to support businesses with ethically conscious, environmentally aware practices.

In addition to Millennials, increasing number of consumers of all generations are looking for ways to downsize, minimalize, and adopt lifestyles that reduce environmental impacts. This is an ideal time for companies to explore ways to fall in line with these trends.

Sustainable Options

Arclin TFL covers all bases: stylish design, exceptional performance, and, with materials that mimic the look and feel of natural materials without compromising natural resources, a means to advance green business practices.

TFL is an ideal choice for a variety of retail and hospitality applications: from fixtures to shelving; displays, cabinets, and furniture. Natural-looking woodgrain options are very popular right now. TFL can be a better option than real wood, providing consistency, durability, and cost savings in high traffic customer spaces while still providing the look consumers love. Given improvements in manufacturing technology, TFL can mimic textures and colorations that can be even more attractive than “authentic” wood surfaces.

Arclin’s Retail Design choices provide an array of palette choices and are equally at home in traditional, rustic design schemes, contemporary, abstract settings, and anything in between. Visit our design pages to spark ideas for your unique business needs and mindful design approach.

5 Building Materials for Eco-Friendly Interiors

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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!