What sustainable comfort means to us
In a world of disposable consumer goods, of ever-rising landfills and ever-depleting fossil fuels, we think it’s important to find a way to make luxury last. It isn’t hard, once you put your mind to it.
We’re here to make your life easier with our easy-to-clean fabrics, but it’s also our mission to help you to sustain that feeling of gorgeous comfort in your interiors. Luxury isn’t so great when it’s fleeting, after all.
This is a post about durability and sustainability in interior design and beyond.
In it, we’ll cover the nature of timeless style and how the creation of long-lasting products can help the environment (sometimes going for materials you wouldn’t necessarily consider is the eco-conscious choice).
Down with disposable luxury
Life gets in the way of enjoying it, sometimes. Muddy dog paw marks on the kitchen floor you just cleaned. Your poor, sick little toddler having yet another accident on the couch.
Spilling wine on your cushions. Life can be hard, but it’s the little things that make it easier.
That’s what we’re here for: taking care of the little things so that you can look at the big picture.
Using fabrics and materials that are easy to clean are less stress in the end, and they don’t have to be thrown away at the drop of a hat either.
Sustainable development is good for everyone
Really taking the time to consider the impact of your products not only on their end-users but also on the world around us, on business, on the economy: this is key to powerful impact.
The saying goes: we’re here for a good time, not a long time, but we would argue, why not both?
Our product design team here at FibreGuard fabrics considers multiple impact points when designing our beautiful fabrics.
We look at the functional needs of interior designers and architects, at the specifications required by contractors, furniture manufacturers, wholesalers and the hospitality industry.
Our fabrics undergo a battery of textiles tests to ensure that they meet the exacting requirements of all of these touchpoints.
There are other aspects to consider as well though in sustainable product development: current trends, for example.
Interior design, in case you haven’t noticed by now, is trending towards simplicity, basic shapes, functional lines, and materials like metal, glass: hard, unforgiving functionality.
It doesn’t have to be this way though.
It’s time to stand up and argue that the future doesn’t have to be ‘futuristic’.
The future can be warm, inviting, comfortable. The future can be child-friendly, klutz-friendly, pet-friendly.
We’re looking forward to a future that can sustain life.
Marrying your unique style choices with physically durable materials
While trends and trend-watching are fun and useful to work with, we wouldn’t necessarily suggest that you jump on every interior design fad that starts making headlines.
Stay true to your unique style choices; they’re what will make your interiors really work for you. In the end, opting for durability is better for the environment and more sustainable overall.
Which fabrics or fabric blends are the most durable?
- Polyester is generally the most durable fabric, depending on what you use it for. It is a synthetic fibre, engineered to be stronger and more flexible than natural fibres, such as cotton.
- Cotton and polyester blends are also long-lasting fabrics though. 50/50 fabric blends are very common because they have the softness and breathability of cotton and the desirable durability and flexibility of polyester.
Say no to throwaway trends and fad fashions
Basically, our message here is to invest in the best. Those statement furniture pieces? Love them, keep them. Enjoy your interiors, take care with them, and they will serve you for years to come.