How to make Vegan/Sustainable Choices for your home interior
With more and more people becoming aware and educating themselves about the practices of the farming industry, it’s no surprise that vegetarianism and veganism are becoming increasingly popular ways of living.
Whether it is adjusting our diet, simply exploring, or opting for the full vegan lifestyle.
Just as with clothing, there are materials in the world of interior design that do use animal products.
I think it’s good for any interior enthusiast to know what is and isn’t humane, from buying furniture to the paint on the walls for their home.
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What is Vegan Interior Design?
Vegan interior design is about creating a happy and healthy space that respects the lives of people and animals alike.
We achieve this by choosing furnishings and materials that are kind to animals, people, and the environment.
That implies no animal byproduct are to be used in the manufacturing process and no animal testing.
It is also finding alternatives to leather, down, fur, silk, and wool. So that our homes can be full of compassionate design in more ways than one.
It also takes into account health considerations. Did you know, for example, that most vegan products contain no harsh or toxic chemicals?
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Is Vegan, Organic, and Natural Exclusive?
The terms Vegan, Organic, and Natural, are not mutually exclusive.
Vegan means a diet/lifestyle that excludes the use of animals for food, clothing, etc.Organic meaning that pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and human contamination are not added to the growth process, and Natural meaning existing or derived from nature.
So what does that mean for the interiors world?
Veganism is about making your stylish, cozy, comforting home without the use or harm to animals; that respects their lives and humans alike.
Now, I’m not vegan. But, it makes me uneasy to think that I may purchase items for my home that might include something that indicates that an animal or animals were harmed.
Therefore I got online and started my research. I thought that what I found would be extremely interesting to other interior enthusiasts or people starting their journey on designing their homes.
And, of course, Vegan design it’s environmentally friendly. Known as Sustainable Design.
The sustainable design term aims to improve building and design performance by reducing negative impacts on the environment and the health and comfort of people’s lives.
The primary goals of sustainability are to limit nonrenewable resource consumption, eliminate waste, and create healthy, productive ecosystems.
Everyone deserves a healthy home design.
Vegan Design & Interiors Books
If you want to expand your knowledge even more, here are a few books that I think you’ll find, like myself, extremely interesting and eye-opening.
Aline Dürr, an award-winning interior architect and coach, explains what vegan interior design is, why it matters, and how you can easily implement a healthy, cruelty-free, and sustainable lifestyle in your home – at no additional cost and without sacrificing quality or luxury – whether you are vegan or not.
I loved this book; honestly, it was a great read!
The author does an excellent job of disclosing the facts about fabrics while also increasing our awareness of other fabric and material options for usage in our homes. This book is a brief read. This is great if you don’t like long lengthy books, like me. But it still contains all of the eye-opening facts that will permanently transform the way we shop for homes.
Simple Matters is a charming collection of essays that encourages readers to simplify their lives by focusing on emotional and physical well-being, developing a personal style, and achieving one’s aspirations.
Jenny’s writing is optimistic, personal, and inclusive, with 42 essays on topics ranging from simple kitchen staples to the art of travel planning, indulgent eating, addiction, failure as a stepping stone to success, the makings of a happy relationship, the red thread, career building, and the Scandinavian way at home.
I liked this book a lot as it gave me the perspective on how to achieve all the Hygge and Wabi-Sabi culture that I love into practice and how Veganism can enhance that. From food to my home furnishing.
If Your Fridge Is Vegan, What About the Rest of Your House?
For the longest time, Vegans would have to compromise over a beautiful home or an ethical one. But now, due to new technology, we can have both.
Thankfully, finding attractive and durable vegan furniture manufactured from microfibers or other vegan materials makes choosing a vegan interior design a breeze.
When I started designing my home, I learned quickly to be very aware of fabrics and furnishing choices.
Let us start with Fabrics. It is easy to add vegan fabrics to your homes as there are many fabrics out there already that are, in fact, Vegan. Polyester, Nylon, and Linen are to name a few.
So if we have so many vegan fabrics already, we have to question why we are still using products that aren’t?
It is mainly due to supply and demand that has been tradition ins many homes for many years.
For generations, the likes of Wool, Silk, and Fur have been seen in our homes, especially in our Grandparent’ houses.
All these fabrics are not Vegan.
But due to the recent insights and the intuition of people, there are now some really great alternatives to Wool, Silk, and Fur, like Tencel and acrylic. So we can still have the same feel & style just with harm-free fabrics.
Vegan Alternative Fabrics
Bamboo, Organic Cotton, Pinatex, Banana Silk, and Hemp! They are perfect alternatives to non-vegan textures.
Pinatex, for example, is an innovative new product made of fiber from the leaves of the pineapple plant to create cradle-to-cradle eco-friendly products that are durable and versatile.
Choosing Vegan doesn’t mean you are limited on style and design. They all still come with stunning prints and the bonus of even more texture, like Hemp.
Hemp has a great rustic quality to it. It can make your room feel warm.
But I wanted a leather couch?
One of the biggest offenders and where people always assume ‘luxury’ is leather!
Leather couches are extremely popular in design and have been since the 60s. They are durable, making them great for young families.
It was assumed that having a true leather couch defined you as trendy. However, the leather pod chair was a classic example of a featured piece in many homes.
But if you want the look of a leather couch but don’t want to support animal cruelty, you can opt for a vegan synthetic or faux leather sofa. It has all the qualities of a true leather sofa and looks just as good!
So many companies are finding solutions to the leather problem. Here is a list of the latest creations so that you can have a high-end look without animal harm.
- Often known as just vinyl, PVC is created from PVC resin with a blend of fillers, lubricants, and plasticizers to form a bendable, flexible plastic texture, which is then used to coat fabric. This fabric would usually be a form of cotton, polyester, or rayon.
- PU is created by coating a layer of Polyurethane onto fabric, such as cotton or polyester. Polyurethane is also used to create what is known in the industry as bi-cast leather, non-vegan leather.
- Microfiber leather, also known as Microfiber PU leather, is another synthetic leather. Created using a microfiber fabric, coated with a layer of Polyurethane Resin, much like traditional PU leather but is known to be of better quality.
- Lorica and Vegetan are two synthetic branded fabrics created as vegan substitutes for real cow leather. As relatively new start-ups, these are two non-natural vegan alternatives that you might not have yet heard about. Lorica is a type of artificial vegan leather manufactured and patented by Lorica Stud. It is made from a combination of very thin microfibers, which are soaked in resin, and the result is a supple yet durable leather look-a-like. Available in a wide range of color options, Lorica can be printed, cut, stitched, and bonded.
- Cork leather is crafted from a cork oak tree bark, making it a sustainable, eco-friendly, and vegan alternative to cow leather, and we are starting to see cork leather appear more often.
- Recycled rubber. Sustainable use of the world’s rubber comes in recycled rubber, often from products such as tires. It creates an incredibly real-looking vegan leather fabric with a smooth matte finish that starts to take off as a fantastic alternative to genuine leather in the industry.
- This incredible vegan leather alternative is made from mushrooms and tanned with non-toxic ingredients. Made in Italy, MuSkin is so soft that it feels similar to suede leather.
- Piñatex, which is a natural textile whose fibers are made from the by-product of pineapple harvesting in the Philippines. This means that no extra resources are used for its production. The outstanding material is resistant to abrasion, water spots, and even cigarette stubs.
Bedding and Pillows
Down is a big problem in cushions, furniture, and bedding, and it’s a lot more frequent than you might think! Duck feathers in our pillows are a big example of where we need to change.
Choosing a soy-based filling for seat cushions or down alternatives like kapok buckwheat and cotton for pillows and beds are also excellent vegan choices.
Instead of the luxurious silk curtains or sheets, choose cotton, linen, polyester. All are extremely attractive and affordable.
Where can I buy Vegan Furniture?
So many mainstream furniture retailers are starting to offer leather alternative options. Some of the most exciting things are coming.
Like this Double Hanging Rattan Chair
This chair is a personal favourite of mine. I have always wanted it to snuggle up in a faux fur blanket, a cup of matcha, and a good book.
It’s very robust, thanks to a heavy-duty loop and rope.
This bed is gorgeous! It’s beautifully made out of velour, which is vegan and will look stunning in your japandi bedroom. It looks great with blacks and rattan and will be exceptional with linen bed sheets.
The Rigby upholstered bed has soft pillow-back headboards and the low-profile platform shapes in a plush, contemporary style for sophisticated yet informal bedrooms.
It’s so durable. The handcrafted frames are made of solid poplar and pine wood, with strong slat systems that eliminate the need for box springs for a more comfortable and relaxing sensation.
Luxe Faux Fur Throw
The Vegan Luxe Faux Fur Throw is one of the most comfortable and luxurious throws I have ever seen. It looks incredibly warm and inviting. I want to grab this on a cold day, wrap myself up and rub my cheek on the softness.
I might have to buy an early birthday present for myself!
The Luxe Throw is a heavier weight than our other fake fur throws and will lend sophisticated appeal to any living area or bedroom.
This is the only place you will want to buy your bedding from. They’re vegan-friendly and extremely eco-conscious. We have a great article on them. How to Choose The Best Best Linen Sheets For Summer 2021 – for more ideas on vegan options for your bedroom, living room and clothing, have a look at our blog post linked above.
I mean, it is super stylish, chic, screaming Japandi, and the price is crazily affordable.
On this Baxton Studio Venza Standard Sofa, you’ll have plenty of room for all of your friends and family when you host a movie night.
The leather upholstery of this imitation leather standard sofa is durable yet flexible, resisting punctures and tears.
This sofa is great for adding a contemporary touch to your home with its mid-century modern appearance.
Wait, Paint isn't Vegan?!
One last point I’d like to add is the use of Animal-Friendly Paint.
I don’t think anyone has ever really stopped and thought, ‘Is paint cruelty-free?’ Well. Some paints do contain milk-derived ingredients or beeswax. But the most unfortunate is that paint has been known to be tested on Animals.
So when looking for cruelty-free paint, you’ll also find that the paint is eco-friendly and will have low emissions, sometimes Zero. Promoting a healthier home.
The first company that comes to mind is Farrow & Ball. They offer eco, water-based paint low in VOCs. In addition, all colors other than 2 from their entire range are Vegan.
You should check out FRESH SUMMER PAINT COLORS FOR 2021. The content is full of recommendations from Farrow & Ball to get that summer vibe in your home all year long.
What to look for in eco-friendly products?
First, check for Reusability, Durability, and Energy Efficiency. So look for products that conserve energy and have a long life.
How to check if the product is Vegan?
Companies must list what the product has been made from. Look in the description for materials used or on the label in store.
Is Vegan Design Expensive?
With many brands now offering Vegan alternatives, we can do a price comparison check. Studies show that, more often than not, cruelty-free home designs are more affordable.