Sustainable Design Surfaces; read this to discover gorgeous and guilt free investments

Beyond the obvious draw of being better for the environment and saving you much-needed cash on repairs, Sustainable Surfaces are incredible; read this guide to explore why they may be able to boost your business by attracting more clients alongside helping you create a more positive reputation.

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1st March, 2023 | Remarcable

At Remarcable Design, we are passionate about creating a sustainable and visually stunning future. It's one of our core values.

Now moving into the second month of the year, our team has been in full swing exploring sustainable surface options as it has been doing for years; we're always eager to stay up-to-date with the latest innovations and options available in the market and now is no different. 

That's why we are thrilled to share with you our recent experience at the 2023 London Surface Design Show, where we discovered even more sustainable surface options to incorporate into our future design projects and am bringing back insights you can consider too when discussing your business' future design possibilities.

Sustainability has become a critical consideration in design. 

While most people understand the importance of sustainability on a theoretical level, it can be challenging to know where to start. Fear not though, we're going to go over some rising options for you to get started and are open to your recommendations too.

To begin, we have to understand the origin of the subject and what differentiates these surfaces from the rest; to keep it simple, Sustainable Surfaces are essentially those that have been created with the environment in mind, using materials that are eco-friendly, renewable, and durable.

When planning a design project, one of the most important considerations besides workspace planning and design is the choice of surface materials one will use to support them. The surfaces you choose can have a significant impact on the look and feel of your project, as well as its longevity and overall outcome. As cheaper surfaces may provide quick solutions, they tend to wear extremely quickly requiring them to be replaced over and over, while Sustainable Surfaces are an investment that generally requires far less maintenance due to their superior quality.

Beyond the obvious draw of being better for the environment and saving you much-needed cash on repairs, these materials can also boost your business by attracting more clients and creating a positive reputation.

Among the surfaces available at the 2023 London Surface Design Show, there were several interesting choices, such as recycled glass and plastic, as well as floral options; these, on top of thought-provoking panels on topics surrounding their use.

We're proud to share surfaces for you to explore now: check these out...

Eco-friendly options that can provide unique and visually stunning looks for any design project.

Recycled glass and plastics are at the top of our list and for good reason; they are sustainable alternatives to traditional glass and plastic, and both are extremely versatile materials that can be transformed into stunning designs. They are created by utilising recycled bottles and jars that would have otherwise been discarded into unique material complexes that can be used for a wide range of applications. 

One of the benefits of using recycled glass and plastic in surface design is that they can provide eye-catching looks and go head-to-head with their non-recycled counterparts, with their durability, colors, and textures varying to allow for a wide range of design options. Additionally, because they are recycled, each offers an eco-friendly choice that reduces waste and conserves resources.

Did it just get romantic in here? Floral-derived surfaces are all about mood...

Floral surfaces are innovative and eco-friendly options that are rapidly gaining popularity.

These surfaces are made from real flowers and other natural materials, providing a unique and sustainable option for surface design. The use of floral-derived surfaces in surface design is a relatively new concept, but it has its roots in ancient practices. The art of creating flower petal mosaics has been practised for centuries in many cultures, and now modern technology allows for the creation of surfaces made directly from flower petals.

When it comes to cost, floral-derived surfaces are generally more expensive than traditional materials. The price can vary depending on the type of flowers used, the design requirements, and the surface area to be covered. Floral-derived surfaces can be used in many different applications, including walls, flooring, and furniture. One popular use of floral-derived surfaces is in luxury designs, as they provide a calming and tranquil atmosphere. The use of natural materials, such as flowers, can also promote wellness and relaxation, making them an ideal choice for healthcare spaces.

'Is it really worth it?'

We get it, investing in sustainable surfaces is something that requires careful consideration; you'll want to know for sure that the choice is one you will be proud of for years to come and be an active investment that prevents excess spending later on. Rest assured, aside from the environmental benefits of using sustainable surfaces, the practical reasons to consider these are heavy and even a penny-pinching cynic can't argue with their efficiency. 

Why? Because often many sustainable surfaces are more durable and require less maintenance than non-sustainable options. This means they can save you money in the long run, as they won't need to be replaced as frequently. 

Additionally, they can create a positive image for your business by showing that you care about the environment and are willing to make a difference. As long as you avoid green-washing, you can use sustainable surfaces as a step in the right direction and open your company us for progressive conversation about topics like sustainability that may be important for your audience and your values as a company.

Showing that you care about our environment beyond profitability is key.

With all of these considerations in mind, Sustainable Surfaces are an excellent option for any design project, and we highly recommend considering them in your next project. With the wide variety of innovative options available, it's easier than ever to create a sustainable and well-designed future. 

Let's work together to create a brighter, greener world for everyone, and as always, when you're ready to have a chat about how Remarcable can help bring your new project to life, be sure to give us a ring.

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