Sustainability in Design


Making the right choice when deciding on a fabric


More and more people are exploring the possibilities for “green” practices when putting together an interior scheme while industries are diving into the science, uses and best options when it comes to fabric design. The fashionable nature of sustainability in the current times might just be the catalyst for a global shift towards better decision making for both suppliers as well as consumers.

Local vs international, organic vs synthetic - the age-old clashes between the status quo and the necessity for change: these are important topics to understand when working towards making an educated decision.


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Lisbon fabrics

Designers Guild

Lisbon Fabrics by Designers Guild

The innovative recycled fabric range from Designers Guild is woven in Italy from yarns recycled from the fashion industry. This smart trio of small scale textured weaves have a mid-century contemporary feel.

In a wide colour palette from earthy neutrals to brighter shades and suitable for a wide range of upholstery and interior applications. Added confidence with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® an independent product label for all types of textiles tested for harmful substances.

Colourwash by fibrguard

Sustainable, “green choices” can also be understood as the decision to invest in products that stand strong in longevity, durability as well as ethical manufacturing practices. FibreGuard from Home Fabrics offers these benefits along with stain-free technology.

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For the next few years, I expect to see lots of incremental innovation around fabrics, manufacturing and recycling technologies. We will also see the continuation of new consumption models, such as sharing, rental and reuse, which will have an impact on how functional clothing is designed and used. In response to growing consumer demand, so-called sustainable fabrics will become more ubiquitous and commercially viable.
— Independent design professional Anne Prahl


The main goal in sustainability is to leave a livable world to future generations