When you step into a new house or car and breathe in that new smell, that is the result of freshly minted materials releasing harmful chemicals into the air through off-gassing. Furniture, mattresses, flooring, carpet, and paint all deposit compounds into the air long after they’re made and installed.
Each year, enough synthetic carpet is laid in the US to cover nearly 40% of Rhode Island. In 1991, the carpeting industry started slapping a privately certified “green” label on carpets in response to health concerns. Studies have found up to 4 harmful chemicals leaching from carpets bearing the label.
In choosing materials, we consider their long term wellness and environmental impacts. We work to reduce the risk of harmful off-gassing by sourcing responsibly and sustainably made materials. That also helps us produce less waste in an inherently wasteful industry.
Interior design usually means shelves of tile, flooring, and wallpaper samples stretching into the horizon and going untouched. Construction wastes in demolition, filling dumpsters with materials gutted to make room for renovation.
We handle both processes and prioritize minimizing all of that waste. Our sample library fits on one wall, and we special order samples for individual projects instead of accepting boxes to gather dust. We keep faux wood flooring samples on hand to offer clients the beauty of natural grain floors without killing trees.
During demolition, we preserve any material we can and pass it on to a new home to keep it out of a landfill. With construction, the mentality is often all about new, new, new, and that leads to unnecessary waste. We pull the old from a project and it becomes someone else’s new.
Sustainable and wellness design go hand in hand at FD Design. We are with you from your project’s inception to the final touches. We make sure that your new space is both beautiful and responsible.