At Verdant we practice being environmentally aware, which means that with everything we do, we consider the impact it has on the environment.
Creating Eco Interiors
The biggest part of our job is finding materials for your home that can tick many different environmental boxes. Is the soft furnishing fabric grown organically? Where does the organic fabric come from? How has it been grown? Does the material derive from petro-chemicals? Does the material off-gas nasty chemicals? Will the furniture last a long time? How easily is it going to be to repair on the long term? Can you replace or replenish the virgin material within your lifetime?
Not only do we try and provide you with materials for your home that are sustainable, we also run the studio as environmentally friendly as possible. Here's how we help:
Our tea, coffee, sugar and hot chocolate are either fair-trade or organic and our milk is also organic. We use Ecostore dishwashing liquid and dishwash powder as well as wooden or bamboo brushes.
We often prewash fabrics for use in cushions, to shrink the fabric, so we use Ecostore or Earthwise laundry detergent or soap nuts for this, or nothing at all. We always use the line outside to dry these fabrics.
Where possible we choose electronic methods like emailing quotes and invoices rather than printing and posting. If printing is needed our printer is set to print double sided on recycled paper, and any missprints are kept as scrap paper for notes. We also ask all suppliers to email invoices and statements wherever possible.
Sometimes the packaging our product comes in is not the best. So it gets stashed in the basement and re-used when something needs to be posted or couriered, or if its past it best, it goes in the recycling bin, or soft plastic recycling. Traditionally curtains and blinds are packaged in non-reusable plastic bags. However, we regularly re-use these and also use organic cotton curtains bags.
WORKSHOP Scrap fabric
Draught Stops and Door Stops are made from scraps big enough to use, while anything smaller is used for fridge magnets and other small projects. All the natural fibres left over from stitching and cutting is sent to The Papermill in Whangarei to be shredded and used in recycled paper and cards!
This is an area that we can continue to improve on. Janette uses the bus when possible, but mostly since the job entails carting bulky and heavy items around, such as sampling, ladders, curtains, cushions we have to use a car.
Janette drives a Toyota Corolla hatchback and an Audi, both of which fit lots of sampling and a huge ladder. Both vehicles were purchased with a lot of analysis about fuel efficiency. The Corolla bought in 2008, was chosen over a Prius, due to the discovery that the Prius battery at the time, didn't last very long, and was still made from some very hefty metals that is hard to dispose of effectively at the end of its life.
The Audi was bought after months of searching car yards and the internet in 2014, for the most fuel efficient, narrowest station wagon on the market. The A3 station wagon, contrary to what you might think, has one of the highest fuel efficiencies for a medium sized vehicle. It was rated as new at 4.5 litres per km. Unfortunately the better fuel efficient hybrids such as the Mitsubisher Outlander would not fit in the parking space at home.
When money allows the Corolla will be replaced with a smaller electric only smart car as the run about.
When we do make a trips somewhere in the car, we always ensure there is more than one thing on the to do list in the same area.
It is a hard road to sustainability. Our list of suppliers that fit within our ethos is slowly growing. However, there are many out there not not sympathetic to our plight so we generally avoid dealing with these types. However, some suppliers can often be swayed to look into things more for us.