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“More than recycling, it is an awareness that resources are finite and that we should promote a sustainable lifestyle” trendsobserver.com

Wood composite basins by Woodio

«Our water-resistant wood composite is also a choice for ceramic materials which as an industry is very heavy on the environment.»   Definitely Woodio’s own material innovation: the water resistant solid wood composite.  Our ecological and sustainable material is the very core of the brand. Bringing wood into bathrooms is something very different and modern. For us, it is the way to show how innovative Woodio is as a brand and how innovatively and sustainably wood can be used today. Our water-resistant wood composite is also a choice for ceramic materials which as an industry is very heavy on the environment. Our products are designed and produced in Finland. Always with a focus on design. This means local sourcing and aiming to create beautiful yet functional products for everyday use. We feel that Woodio really stands out compared to other bathroom collections and brands available at the moment. Our founder Petro Lahtinen is Doctor in Chemistry and he has been working with wood-based solutions also before. Woodio is his expression to show woods possibilities as …

7 cool and sustainable kids (and baby) brands

Practicing sustainability is definitely a daily effort, a hard one in the age of consumerism. The importance of embedding sustainability in our children’s life is like a second chance after we had all messed up protecting our world. But practicing sustainability and teaching sustainable values lays our children’s foundations for an environmentally responsible adulthood. Fortunately,  and thanks to the efforts of all of us, it’s never been easier to find eco-friendly and organic baby products that remove harmful chemicals and toxins from our homes, while helping the planet, too. We chose 7 cool sustainable products, so you can give your little one a healthy and eco-friendly start. 1. MALUORGANIC Maluorganic is a sustainable brand for all kids regardless of gender or race, made of soft 100% organic durable fabrics, ensuring your child’s comfort and wellbeing. This kid and earth-friendly clothing brand from California has a minimal style for super cool kids. Our favorites: Twirl Mulholland Dress in Black and the Mulholland dress in dusty lilac.     2. MAMUCONCEPT Minimalism and an imperishable Classic, modernity, and tradition: products that could stay with your …

Pappmoebel Design

«We’re not a new brand – we started with the first products in 1979, the brand was established in 1985. But the questions that affected us back then are still relevant or becoming even more relevant now: we have to find ways to create products that fit our lifestyle but are also sustainable.»   The concept was basically to make Products from a material that is sustainable as it is recycled and recyclable and that is used in a new way by folding it to give it stability and good shape. Quote from 1979, when the first product, the stool MAKS, was developed: Hans-Peter Stange: “When presenting the stool, most people tended to mistrust the cardboard. The material cardboard is mostly associated with packaging, it is something inferior that will be thrown away. The goal was to use form and a new aesthetics to give the material a new value, a worthiness.“ The technical and formal work is what kept us going, the ambition to prove that it works, to fold and fold until the …

Armchair Sobro by Ana Prates

«Nature is perfect, I have always been interested in interpreting it. Nowadays there is a growing attempt to approach what we consider to be genuine, natural and takes us back to our roots and memories.»   Cork has been present in my life from a very young age. It is part of the family heritage. I’m a producer, an inheritance left by my father and grandparents. I knew I had a lot to learn about cork, I still have. I wanted to relate to it respecting all its inherent properties and characteristics, its ancestral and emotional heritage. I feel I’ve found the best way to do it … Through design. Thus was born, in 2014, the brand SOBRO. Bearing in mind the creation of a range of products in cork, objects have surfaced from solutions inspired by the origami process, in which I explored the concept of bringing them from a two dimension plan to tridimensionality, testing the limitations of the material. I simplified the design and production process, which allowed me to explore various …

Paper Bricks by Studio Woojai

«I aimed to create furniture out of them. In my research to create a stronger and stable shape and form, I came to the form of bricks, hence the PaperBricks were born!» When I was taking out the rubbish one day, I saw there were lots of paper rubbish in the bin. And most of them were newspapers and advertisements which we get a lot in our mailboxes and which we only look for few seconds and throw away. I thought this was a pity and wanted to give stronger and longer lasting life to these papers. I have always been fascinated by working with different materials and finding their hidden potentials. So I was experimenting with paper to re-create them to be able to be used for different purposes as to their original intention, therefore I aimed to create furniture out of them. In my research to create a stronger and stable shape and form, I came to the form of bricks, hence the PaperBricks were born! Using these PaperBricks, I have constructed the …

Forest Wool by Tamara Orjola

«With my project, I am trying to suggest that something good can be made out of something bad. To conserve the world’s forests, we must reinvent our wood use.» It all began with meticulous research about the forgotten value of plants and techniques. There is a lot of knowledge and awareness we used to pass from generation to generation which got forgotten due to the development of mass-production. Valuable local materials and techniques are left behind due to the unwillingness of mass-production to adopt for more sustainable but less sufficient sources of production. The pine tree is actually not a forgotten plant at all it is the most common tree in Euro- Asia, I grew up around pine forests myself. I knew that pine tree has much more to offer and in old days it used to be used as food, remedies, to build homes, furniture and other purposes. Nowadays, it is mostly known for cheap timber. I was prompted to experiment with needles after researching the hundreds of millions of pine trees cut down in the EU. …

Kidswear by City Goats

«Our signature botanical colors are different from synthetic dyes: they are not only friendly to our water sources, rivers, lands and oceans but also for their intrinsic beauty, authenticity, and aliveness.» When my first child, Muk, was born, I searched for clothes that show love and respect for Mother Nature in the highest regards at the same time modern, functional and unboring. Because I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I created City Goats to make understated clothing crafted with natural dyes and organic cotton, something that could be good for health and good for the earth. We make modern kidswear for slow living. Baby and kid’s clothing lines are crafted with 100% GOTS certified botanical dyes and organic cotton. Our signature botanical colours are different from synthetic dyes: they are not only friendly to our water sources, rivers, lands and oceans but also for their intrinsic beauty, authenticity, and aliveness. I believe people are looking for a healthier, better living. Moving somewhere slower, simpler, with environmental awareness and the desire to embrace a harmonious …

Baby Blankets by FLINK

«The distinctiveness in these blankets might be the design, they are made not only for babies but for parents too.» The FLINK baby blankets are all designed and produced in the Netherlands, in one of the last Dutch knitting mills. We support craftsmanship being a part of a growing movement that celebrates the beauty of local production. We strive for good design, comfort, sustainability and the use of natural materials. I find it essential that the people that work with FLINK get paid a normal salary as well as working in good conditions. Together we can make a beautiful product and we are really happy about it. The sustainability of FLINK lies in many aspects, one of those, the products are not shipped from the other side of the world, that wool has a long lifecycle (80 years) and is a renewable raw material: the sheep and alpaca acquire a new coat. In addition, wool is 100% recyclable. The distinctiveness in these blankets might be the design, they are made not only for babies but for …

Lilly’s Chair by We Do Wood

«Today many children’s rooms are filled with chemicals, and independent reports state that an average children’s room contains up to 3x more formaldehyde fumes than any other room in the house!”»   We Do Wood designer Sebastian Jørgensen designed Lilly’s Chair for his daughter Lilly Jørgensen approximately 10 years ago. The idea was to create a chair for the 1-6 year old that didn’t talk down to children in terms of design and that was made from clean and sustainable materials. Geo’s Table came soon after to create a drawing table that would match the chair. The material chosen was bamboo due to the sustainability aspects, the strength of the material and due to the fact that it is a clean material. Today many children’s rooms are filled with chemicals, and independent reports state that an average children’s room contains up to 3x more formaldehyde fumes than any other room in the house! The formaldehyde is very poisonous and can come from toys, clothes, paint and…. furniture. Lilly’s Chair has been tested and the formaldehyde …

Cotton Bowls by Krupka Stieghan

«The elegantly shaped objects are extremely lightweight and very stable, due to the crossed layers of cotton yarn. Using an acrylic based finishing the bowls are limited resistant to humidity.» Each object is one of a kind and handmade in Berlin. This way three-dimensional objects are created which not only reuse and upcycle waste materials (from industrial cotton waste) but also inspire with their material aesthetics, moving between textile, paper, and wood. The elegantly shaped objects are extremely lightweight and very stable, due to the crossed layers of cotton yarn. Using an acrylic based finishing the bowls are limited resistant to humidity. Industrial cotton yarn remnants were used in a hand-laminating process in combination with a textile hardener to make the cotton bowls. Krupka-Stieghan / Images © Krupka-Stieghan Studio Trends: Sustainable and Shared.