Matt Deighton, from Sofas by Saxon, shares his tips for applying your vegan principles to the way you approach interior design.
Although it’s one of the biggest trends in recent years, going vegan is more than a fad. Many of us do it because we are concerned about the effect our eating and shopping habits are having on the natural world, and we are looking for ways to make every aspect of our lives that little bit more eco-friendly. Others simply can’t abide animal cruelty and aim to put a stop to industries that take advantage of animals and their habitats.
Whatever your reason for going vegan, the way you decorate your home is important. The furniture industry contributes to global environmental issues too, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing we can do. Below, I’ll show you four simple changes you can make to your home décor to complement your vegan lifestyle.
Use faux and vegan materials
One of the most important ways to create a cruelty-free home is to ban all animal products from your furnishings. This means swapping your leather and animal skins for alternatives such as synthetics and sustainably sourced natural fibres that don’t come from animals. Many vegans prefer not use wool or silks in their interiors and, as there are many other fabrics available on the market today, it’s quite easy to furnish your home without sacrificing your vegan principles.
Avoid fast fashion interiors
If you follow fast fashion, you may find yourself routinely discarding your old items in favour of a new fad. But discarded furniture often ends up going to landfill which can have all kinds of implications for the environment. Buying this way also means you’re supporting factories that churn out products quickly, emitting pollutants that can affect wildlife and their habitats. To counter this, try focussing on traditional pieces for your home that aren’t likely to go out of style any time soon.
Choose furniture with a low carbon footprint
Where you source your furniture from and how it’s made can affect how environmentally friendly your home really is, so try to only buy furniture you know has a low carbon footprint. This includes British made furniture that hasn’t been imported, and handmade furniture that doesn’t have to be built by machines. Both methods of manufacturing can contribute to climate change, which is causing problems for animals the world over.
Try some DIY
A lot of the carbon emissions it can take to decorate your home can be cut out if you repurpose what you already have. A lot of furniture you might be tempted to discard can be repainted to better match your interior design, or it can be taken apart and rebuilt as something else if it’s made from a sturdy material. So, next time you’re wondering whether to throw something away, try thinking about it another way. With a bit of creativity, you can decrease the amount of new furniture you need to buy.