As we row our waka into a new year full of possibilities, the art of reuse and repurpose is a trend that is taking centre stage in the world of fit-outs.
But it's arguably a necessity. Considering that 50% of global carbon emissions are linked to the production and use of materials. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation) while only 9% of the world's plastic is recycled. (National Geographic)
The practice of repurposing materials offers a powerful solution to these challenges. And the benefits don't stop there. 73% of consumers say they're willing to pay more for products from a sustainable brand. (Source: Nielsen) and businesses that prioritise sustainability report up to 20% higher profitability. (Source: Harvard Business Review)
In this article, Dezeen pulled together a list of 8x global interior projects that highlight both the beauty and practicality of the reuse and repurpose trend: https://lnkd.in/g_Bin4T2 . Here are 4 practical steps from those projects you can apply into your next fit-out:
1. Embark on a treasure hunt - Scour flea markets, salvage yards, and antique/vintage stores for hidden gems. Old doors can transform into stunning tabletops, salvaged wood beams can become eye-catching shelving, and forgotten furniture can be reborn with a fresh coat of paint and repurposed upholstery.
2. Think beyond the obvious - Don't limit your repurposing scope. Unexpected materials like recycled plastic panels (Critical. Cleanstone - www.criticaldesign.nz) can be transformed into creative wall accents, lighting fixtures, or even furniture cladding, adding a modern twist to your design.
3. Collaborate with local craft talent - Partner with upcyclers, furniture restorers, and craft makers to breathe new life into forgotten treasures. Not only will you support local talent, but you'll also create unique pieces that add a touch of handmade charm to your space.
4. Tell your story - Every salvaged item has a journey. Don't be shy, share its story! Integrate labels or displays into your design that showcase the origin and transformation of your repurposed elements. This not only connects with customers on a personal level but also reinforces your commitment to sustainability.
I run a green building materials company and we help designers and businesses build beautiful and sustainable spaces using Cleanstone. We're here to support your journey every step of the way. Share your repurposing triumphs, challenges, and inspirations in the comments below. Let's fuel each other's creativity and build a thriving whānau of sustainable design pioneers.
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