Travelling to Bali over the holidays, really made me realize how far we still have to go to clean up this planet, to educate everyone about the importance of really taking care of Mother Earth. In many ways I think we have come a long way in Denmark with our sorting of garbage and getting rid of it in the best manner possible, but when you travel Indonesia, it’s not the same. And even after China have started declining taking garbage from the US and rest of the world, there’s just ending up in landfills all over rest of Asia. Fact is, that we all still produce way too much garbage – and sadly, not enough is being recycled, or at least burned and transformed into power.
It really starts with us making demands towards manufactures of any product we produce. More than ever, finally, the state of the climate is becoming a hot topic for many world leaders and we are seeing plastic bans all over the world. Fast fashion, being clothes or interior, are both leaving huge footprints on our environment, as so much is never been reuse and just used for a very short period of time. Fashion is swamping our planet. Sad, but true. We see a lot of the high-street fashion brands and interior brands hyping how they now recycle left overs they might not have sold, they still produce way to much bad quality, even third world countries don’t want it anymore. And also, you might think fur production is cruel and whatnot, but reality is, fake fur is way worse for everyone. At least in my opinion, and if you want me to break this down even more, let me know.
It is estimated that only 1% of our clothing is ultimately recycled into new garments because of this complexity – instead becoming items like insulation and cloths, which in turn may end up in landfill.
And I know, I live for keep pushing trends on you, so it’s hard to say, stop buying, but really try to resist the temptation to spend, learn to love what you have. Torture yourself a little bit! Because actually waiting for something, waiting to see if you really, really want it, waiting to see if it has a function in your life and then buying it is beautiful.
I will try to focus more on environmental conscious brands this year, but truth is most only use FSC-certified woods (which is basically the norm these day), not many go further. One of the brands that seem to be many steps ahead of the rest of the pack is Mater. I have already done a few posts on them in this series, so make sure you check them out also. Mater is a Danish furniture design company, started in 2006 with a clear vision of creating beautiful design, based on an ethical strategy. They combine high-end furniture and lighting, constructed with methods that support people, local craft traditions and the environment – so it is possible. Recycling doesn’t need to be table made of pallets or old sacks.
Since its launch in 2011 the Mater Bowl Table has earned a solid position within the Mater Collection. It reconciles old Indian craftsmanship with the simplicity of Scandinavian design while being handmade of sustainably sourced mango wood in a local workshop.
In 2016 the Bowl Table got a sister in sand-casted partly recycled aluminum. The new variation is like the wooden version crafted by hand in a small Indian workshop supporting their local craftsmanship. The aluminum used is 70% derived from old car components and waste scrap, and when it’s melted and liquefied, it is poured into the sand-casted mold and afterwards sanded and polished.
The bowl table comes in different sized and perfect both as a side table or coffee table – even as a bedside table. And you don’t even have to worry about leaving marks on the aluminum version, as it so robust leaving hot elements on it won’t leave marks.
Let’s all make 2019 the year where we start thinking (even more) about the environment – also when it comes to our homes.
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