Sustainable & Eco-friendly Design

In New Zealand we cherish our environment and adopting eco-friendly practices has become a necessity.

Veranda's Head of Sourcing & Styling, Emma Clark shares key tips to consider when thinking about sustainability and  eco-friendly design in your home.

One area where we can make a significant impact is in our own homes. Sustainable and eco-friendly interior design reduces your carbon footprint and creates a healthier and more harmonious living space.

Your key steps to an eco-friendly interior:

1. Choose Sustainable Materials

The foundation of eco-friendly design begins with the materials you choose. Opt for sustainable, renewable, and non-toxic materials for your furnishings. Look for certifications like FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) for wood products and Cradle to Cradle for various materials, indicating they meet strict environmental and health standards.

We adore our products that are made by hand, especially when they are made up the road on Waiheke. Products like Thea Ceramics and Waiheke Ceramics. Beautiful pieces that are beyond fashion and will be used and used. Being eco-friendly is more than ditching plastic bags, it is thinking about what you buy. How long will this last? How much will I use it? Do I love it, or will I become bored with it after a little while?

2. Natural and Sustainable Fabrics

Choose textiles made from natural and sustainable materials such as organic cotton, hemp, or bamboo for bedding, curtains, and upholstery. These materials are not only eco-friendly but also often more comfortable and breathable.

I feel our alpaca throws tick the brief here. I use mine all year round. It lives on my bed in winter, on the sofa when watching tv and I always grab it when sitting outside on those summer nights for when the temperature drops. They make a beautiful gift – ideal with Christmas looming, and it is great knowing you are giving something that will be treasured.

3. Indoor Plants

Bring a touch of nature indoors by incorporating indoor plants into your decor. Not only do they improve air quality by absorbing pollutants, but they also add a refreshing and calming ambiance to your space.

4. Furniture with a Purpose

Invest in multi-functional furniture that serves more than one purpose. This reduces the need for excess furniture and saves space.

There’s something beautiful about an article that has history. It’s perfectly imperfect. That is what we see in our gorgeous, reclaimed timber stools. They have knocks and dents which all add to their character. And they are dual purpose – they can be a side table, extra seating or make a great bedside table. Layer up a few and you have a gorgeous and functional coffee table. It is also really satisfying to buy something that hasn’t just come off a huge production line.

Make your home a haven of sustainability, where comfort meets conscious living.