This post was inspired by a short film “Save Ralph”, created to support a petition to end animal cruelty (here is a link, if you haven`t seen it yet). Apart from the obvious (animal cruelty in the production of beauty products), it made me think about vegan interior design and about what interior designers can do to make a difference, so I decided to share it with you.
As you have probably already guessed, Vegan Interior Design involves the use of products, materials, and fabrics that do not contain, do not harm, or torture, and do not exploit any conscious living being.
What does it mean in the context of Interior Design? Avoiding fur and leather are obvious answers. But what about alternatives? Well, there are plenty and here are some ideas:
Good news - you do not have to give up the luxurious look of leather in your house! Opt for vegan leather. For example, products of a company called Piñatex are made of pineapple leaf fibers and are a good vegan and environmentally friendly option. Another option is Desserto - vegan leather developed in Mexico, derived from nopal.
And these look just like real leather!
Faux fur is offered by a large number of companies. One of them is Fabricut, whose products can be used for a wide variety of custom-made items and are available internationally.
Vegan silk producers use a wide variety of sources. Among them - fibers from banana leaves and citrus (specifically, by-products of the juice industry), rather than silk cocoons.
4. Vegan animal-free down
Instead of products made of duck down, you can select plant-based down comforters, pillows, and throw cushions. For example, there are options made of organic cotton, eucalyptus, or soy-based. Check these companies here for some inspiration – Buffy, Peta, and Lee Industries.
Wool and sheep fur can be replaced with plant-based textiles or those made of recycled materials, such as linen, cotton, bamboo, hemp, jute, cork, and recycled plastics.
Choose soy candles over beeswax ones.
7. Animal-friendly paint
Some paints contain milk-derived ingredients and beeswax, and, you will be surprised, are even tested on animals. Look for cruelty-free paint, which at the same time has zero-VOC label (for a healthier home). Some options are Benjamin Moore Natura line and Farrow and Ball paints.
These are just some of the options, there are many many more! For inspiration, here is a photo of a fully vegan interior design by Antrobus + Ramirez, which proves that you do not have to sacrifice beauty to do good!