Materials Centre

Sustainable design materials

The importance of choosing the right materials

Living and designing in a sustainable way is important now more than ever. By using sustainable materials in your projects, it is possible to make environmentally friendly spaces without compromising on build quality or aesthetics.

Our materials library was created with the vision of helping designers find beautiful, high quality materials from suppliers dedicated to sustainability, featuring green concretes, fabrics made of recycled sea plastic, and more.


Eco-friendly paper is a greener version of traditional paper, with a lower overall environmental impact. There are numerous eco-friendly papers, upcycled paper and recycled paper being the most sustainable.

A B-corp certified paper packaging solution company, designed to protect products and the planet.The material is plastic-free, recyclable, compact and protective.
Paper Factor
Paper Factor is a new micro-paper compound for furnishing focusing on interior design applications, offering a collection of selected skins or solid elements to create 3D scenarios.
Papertile offers innovative and original products for sustainable urban interiors. It is a Montreal based firm that designs and manufactures wall coverings made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
Re-board is sustainable, premium, light-weight creative paper boards. The focus being on showing the world what paper can do and inspiring other designers and companies worldwide to follow.
Paper Wise
Sustainable paper and board made from agricultural waste, with an environmental impact 47% lower than paper made from trees and 29% lower than recycled paper.


Tiles are highly durable and can be recycled. They do not emit harmful gasses through processing. High energy is needed to burn ceramic and stone in a kiln. Terracotta however is fired at a low temperature. Stone has thermal properties and is a natural material.

it was developed in 2020, its optimization is constantly evolving. It is comped of approximately 60% recycled shells and a 40% mineral matrix
Lapitec® – a mineral material that is 100% natural – is the world’s only certified sintered stone, is 100% natural- made from powdered minerals 'baked' at high temperatures


Look for ‘green concrete’ materials that are manufactured using leftovers or waste materials from industry. These require much less energy for production. Avoid traditional concrete as this produces large amounts of CO2 throughout the production process.

Sensicrete is a wide range of low-carbon mixes and nature-based solutions created by JP Concrete. They make it easier to design and build sustainable concrete structures.
Earth Friendly Concrete
Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) / Geopolymer Concrete is a cement-free concrete which typically offers a 50% saving in embodied carbon compared to standard concrete mixes
Hanson EcoPlus® Range
Hanson UK is a leading supplier of heavy building materials. Their range of high-quality sustainable concretes are designed to help you meet current and future environmental agendas.
Durisol Insulated Concrete Form
Sustainable alternative to cavity masonry, brick and block, block and block and timber-frame construction. Durisol offers an easy, cost-effective and thermally efficient way to complete your construct
Hempcrete is a “better-than-zero-carbon material”. More atmospheric carbon is locked away in the material for the lifetime of the building than was used in its production and use.
Ashcrete technologies
Ashcrete Technologies have developed the technology to transform Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Incineration Bottom Ash and Combined Ash into a composite material.


It’s not environmentally friendly getting raw steel and processing it, however once processed it is 100% recyclable and does not lose its strength and quality during the process. Chrome is bad for the environment so look for chrome effect finishes instead.

Zinc Sheeting
Zinc available in a range of finishes for use in roofing, cladding and interiors amongst other uses. A number of different roofing and cladding systems also available.
Rimex specialises in recycled stainless steel with a range of finishes to imitate gold, bronze etc, compliant to the ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 standards.

Plastics, Bioplastics & Composites  

Producing any virgin plastics is highly undesirable. If plastics are to be used they are recommended to be post-consumer or post-industrial plastic that has been recycled to create new products.

Le Pavé
Entirely made of plastic waste recovered and transformed locally, it is a healthy, versatile, malleable and durable material
Sustonable is the new revolutionary sustainable, thin and ultra-lightweight surface made with a unique combination of natural stone and recycled PET plastic.
Smile Plastics
Alba is made from from the humble kitchen cast-off, your yoghurt pot. Sophisticated, luxurious and highly versatile in appearance, this interior staple ‘goes with anything’ transcending time and trends.
The Good Plastic Company
The Good Plastic Company is a mission-driven organization that is determined to contribute to solving the problem of the 400 million tonnes of plastic waste that are generated annually.
Notpla is a non-chemically modified, polysaccharide-based material. Just like a fruit peel, Notpla can claim to be “biodegradable” and “home-compostable”, a material made from seaweed and plants that disappears naturally.
Solidwool is a composite material that can be used as an alternative for fibreglass and moulded plastics. A new way of working with wool!
Kedel Limited in Burnley, Lancashire, turn waste plastic into low carbon building materials including decking boards, cladding, fencing, gates and outdoor furniture.
Plasticiet create sustainable building blocks with the beauty of natural stone, made from large volumes of plastic waste. Their wide collection of sheet materials can be used for interior design, carpentry, decoration, design and more.


Natural Rubber is produced by tapping rubber plants and is therefore renewable. However rubber supply needs to be managed carefully to avoid deforestation. Look for suppliers that are manufacturing materials using natural rubber or recyled rubber from sustainable supply chains.

Polymax - ECO Recycled Rubber
ECO recycled rubber matting roll is a refined textured surface made from recycled rubber. Fully reversible matting with an anti-slip finish on both sides.
Rubbertech - Recycled Rubber
Rubbertech is a specialist manufacturer, distributor, and wholesale supplier of recycled rubber and related products, accessories and solutions - used for roofing, acoustics, load secure and sports.
Rubber (Nike grind materials)
Cured rubber outsoles and flashings processed to various granulate sizes.
ECOsurfaces is a distinctive vulcanized composition rubber surface. Available in traditional rolls and tiles, this resilient 3.2mm thick surface has beauty and brains!
Nora® rubber floor coverings
Nora​® floor coverings are made of high-quality natural and industrial rubbers. They are mixed with minerals from natural sources and other components, such as environmentally compatible colour pigments.


Glass is considered a good sustainable material choice. It can be recycled over and over again in a closed loop, and is created from an abundant resource (sand). Glass remains stable when broken down, it’s non-toxic, and isn’t harmful to the land and oceans.

Techno® Recycled Glass
Techno® Recycled Glass is an exceptionally crafted, truly innovative product with a translucent effect. Made from 99% pre- and post-consumer recycled material.
Sun-Light Solutions
It is a material that is made from 100% recycled waste and can be returned to the glass production cycle after use.
MAGNA Glaskeramik
MAGNA Glaskeramik is made from 100% recycled waste and fully recyclable back into the glass production cycle after use.
Diamik Glass
Diamik Glass source, process and recycle glass from post-consumer, and post-manufacturing waste to create unique and beautiful surfaces for both commercial, trade and domestic customers.


Paint contains Volatile Organic Compounds, compounds that vaporise (become a gas) at room temperature which can be harmful to your health. By specifying finishes and furnishings that have a low or zero VOC content, you can improve indoor air quality. Try to specify water-based paints instead of solvents which include whitewashes, mineral and natural paint that is water-based.

Graphenstone provides environmentally-friendly, breathable, and durable paints and coating
Brouns & Co
Linseed oil paint contains oil from natural flaxseed plus natural pigments. It is free of strong-smelling smells, toxic solvents, binders, and emulsifiers.
Eco-friendly, plant-based paints using only ecological natural 'pigment pastes', in a range of 96 shades, designed to be gentle on the earth, on your home, and your family’s health.
The Organic and Natural Paint Co
Natural, eco-friendly, safe, and non-toxic paints for your home. Made from natural ingredients like lime, chalk, clay and natural earth and mineral dyes, containing no or minimal VOCs.
Little Greene Paint & Paper
A wide range of eco-friendly paints and wallpapers.
Lakeland Paints
100% VOC free, eco-friendly paints that are breathable, quick-drying and naturally solvent-free. Vegan, organic and natural!
Earthborn Paints
A range of environmentally friendly, water-based paints in a variety of colours and finishes.


Look for fabrics that do not contain Phthalates. Polyester and cotton are the most common fibres in the world. Look out for carbon neutral and plant-based fibres as synthetic fibres are non-renewable.

Mexican created cactus based material as an alternative to leather. Its trade name is Desserto®, and it has competitive features compared to animal or synthetic leather
Repreve transform recycled bottles into fiber, used by the world's leading brands to make athletic and fashion apparel and more. Their process embeds properties like wicking, adaptive warming and cooling, water repellency, and more at the fiber level
An innovative natural material made from pineapple leaf fibre
Bananatex® is the world’s first durable, technical fabric made purely from the naturally grown Abacá banana plants
Camira - Oceanic
Created entirely from post-consumer recycled plastic, Oceanic has been created in collaboration with SEAQUAL, using the initiatives yarn created from plastic debris sourced from the sea, as well as bottles from landfill.
Volar Bio
Corn-based faux leather made from renewable plant-based materials.
Nettle Aztec
Nettle Aztec is a renewable and compostable material, made from 83% Virgin Wool and 17% Nettle Fibre. It is available in 8 different colourways and perfect for upholstery.
Camira - Main Line Flax
Main Line Flax is the natural progression of Camira's all time favourite Main Line Plus fabric, building on their industry leading bast fibre expertise to create a new inherently flame retardant fabric from sustainable sources.
Nylon waste, otherwise polluting the Earth, is transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon. It's exactly the same as brand new nylon and can be recycled, recreated and remoulded again and again.
Solid textile board
Solid Textile Board is a high-density material made from end-of-life textiles and cut offs from Kvadrat.
Soundsticks consists of textile scraps from upholstery production which have been moulded into the shape of a tube that is held together in the ends by recycled aluminum caps.

Solid Surfaces and Laminate

Laminates are generally used as a finishing layer to MDF, timber furniture and wall finishes.They are made by pressing together thin layers of flat paper and plastic resins. The top layer is printed with a texture pattern or colour. They are almost always glued with a formaldehyde, which may have a negative impact on health and the environment. GREENGUARD Gold Certified is one scheme to look out for. Leading brand Formica have this standard on some of its products.

Sea Stone
A sustainable material made from wasted seashells. It features solid, hardness and aesthetic texture like a stone.
ECOBoard Standard
ECOBoards Standard panels made of natural fibres represent a sustainable and green solution, which can be applied in the construction of buildings and house renovations as well as the manufacturing of furniture.
Scalite is exclusively made from fish scales, an abundant and renewable by-product of the fishing and aquaculture industries
Dekton Sintered Surface
Dekton’s large-format slab surfaces, which blend together raw materials of glass, quartz and porcelain, resist UV-rays, abrasions, stains, and thermal shock from heat or frozen items, making them durable, easy-to-care for solutions for a variety of applications. Using exclusive Sinterized Particle Technology, these raw materials are subjected to high temperature and pressure (sintered) to create a very dense and durable surface, and this process represents an accelerated version of metamorphic change that occurs in natural stone. The structure of Dekton Worktops and quality of the surfaces mean it can be installed as kitchen worktops, floor and wall tiles, external housing cladding and much more.
Sunlit Days
Silestone® Sunlit Days is manufactured entirely with renewable electricity and recycled water.
Silicastone is a unique recycled surface material available in both tiles and solid surfaces, for use in both interior and exterior design schemes. Silicastones’s appeal lies not only in its sustainability but also in its versatility and looks. By its very nature, every piece of Silicastone is unique and no two surfaces are ever quite the same.
Richlite is an incredibly durable material made from paper, ideal for a variety of uses. Developed over 70 years ago for industrial tooling, Richlite has evolved into a premium surface material used by aerospace, extreme sports, marine, food prep and the architecture and design community.
PaperStone® created from recycled paper and a proprietary resin, is both durable and easy to install. PaperStone offers a warm alternative to stone and quartz, and is a great choice for homes, restaurants, office buildings and education.
Corian® solid surfaces have low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content and have proven to be extremely safe as surfacing materials for over 40 years, with minimal impact on indoor air quality.
Resilica is a bespoke worktop and surface material hand made in the UK from 100% recycled glass waste. Mixed with a solvent-free resin system then cast into solid panels, the surface is ground away and polished to reveal fragments of embedded glass which reflect light and give sparkle to the surface.
Durat is a unique, ecological solid surface material which contains recycled post industrial plastics and is 100% recyclable. Easy maintenance and hard-wearing properties make it a useful material for various kinds of interiors, such as bathrooms, kitchens and public spaces. Durat collects post-industrial plastic waste that would normally end up in wastelands to decrease the stress on nature.

Wall finishes

This includes decorative wall finishes and acoustic panelling, etc. Look for materials that make use of natural materials or recycled content.

Primarily made from corn waste, CornWall is the sustainable alternative for interior wall cladding.
Honext is a Barcelona-based company that manufactures non-toxic, recyclable boards by upcycling industrial fibres into a healthy and sustainable building material.
Pierreplume is a creator of acoustic materials in recycled textiles for architecture and design
NATUREMOSS is an alternative to a traditional living wall. Carefully crafted by hand in Cheshire, it needs no watering, sunlight or maintenance and will stay fresh and soft to the touch long into the future… making it a perfect alternative to a traditional living wall.
BAUX Acoustic Pulp
100% bio-based BAUX Acoustic Pulp panel combines the performance properties of sound absorption, safety and durability with sustainability and modern aesthetics.
100% sustainability, authenticity, closeness to nature, and nontreated natural materials are the ingredients of ORGANOID'S natural surfaces.


There are many types of different flooring materials. Some are better than others.

The carbon impact of carpet is driven by the extraction and processing of oil and gas into different petrochemicals and into layers. Therefore new carpet can be one of the largest contributors of embodied carbon among interior finishes. Both nylon and natural fibres can use a significant carbon impacts from industrial processing. Try to specify cradle-to-cradle recycled carpet, preferably tiles instead of broadloom and try to avoid plush, high-pile carpet with virgin nylon fibre. 

Vinyl is created from a concoction of highly toxic chemicals, it is also non-renewable and its manufacturing process emits harmful pollutants. Vinyl cannot be recycled. PVC is one of the most environmentally hazardous consumer materials produced. Although popular because it is cheap and durable, we should try to use other materials wherever possible.

EGGER PRO Design Flooring GreenTec
EGGER PRO Design Flooring GreenTec is an innovative flooring solution that creates more from the valuable resource of wood
Woven Vinyl Flooring
Woven vinyl flooring containing recycled waste material delivered from their integrated recycling plant. Free from hazardous chemicals - 0% phthalates and heavy metals.
Forbo Marmoleum is a sustainable flooring choice and combines natural character with stunning floor designs, excellent durability, and easy cleaning and maintenance. It is a natural flooring product, made up from a combination of linseed oil, pine rosin, wood flour, limestone, pigments, and Jute It contains no phthalates, no plasticisers and no mineral oil.
CQuest™ BioX
Introducing Interface's first carbon negative carpet tile. The carpet has a backing that stores the most carbon. It's the same material make-up as CQuest™Bio with a higher concentration of carbon negative materials.


Wood will keep its carbon emissions stored if it is not burned or decomposing. Therefore, using reclaimed wood is the most efficient option. Fast-growing trees store carbon faster than slow-growing trees, so specify wood from sustainably managed forests that support fast-growing trees. The FSC (the Forest Stewardship Council) is a forestry scheme that manages to harvest trees sustainably. Try to specify wood products that are manufactured using renewable, non-CO2 emitting energy sources.

Xanita offers two core fibreboard products namely Xanita Print and Xanita Kraft. The inner core of all Xanita boards is 100% repulpable ultra lightweight, significantly stronger than traditional honeycomb fibreboard and non-toxic.
Teragren Bamboo
Teragren is founded on the principle of being environmentally, socially and economically responsible, while providing durable and beautiful products.
CRAFTWAND® is a versatile solution to mainly separate meeting or working spaces.
Moso Bamboo
MOSO® develops and creates bamboo products for interior and exterior applications that meet the highest technical requirements and quality standards.


Lighting has a variety of ways of being more sustainable, from the type of lamp used to the material used for the shades. LED lamps must be used for energy efficiency and shade materials can be constructed from natural or recycled materials to reduce their impact on the environment.

Sustainable handmade lamps created from wood. Natural lights and lamps in a hygge style. Gofurnit uses wood elements to create a feel-good ambience that invites you to relax and unwind.
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