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Incorporating sustainability into Interior Design

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in sustainability and it is apparent that people are becoming more aware of what impact we have on the environment. Because of this, more and more businesses are incorporating eco-friendly practices within their operation. 

At CDS Wilman, sustainability and innovation is at the forefront of our design scheme and we take it upon us to create spaces that support this eco way of thinking.

In our design schemes, we have the opportunity to support a more sustainable planet by considering the environmental credentials of the products and materials we utilise. 

To show you how we are making ‘green’ choices, we have listed the main ways we are incorporating sustainability within our projects: 

Sustainable catering equipment 

The main way venues can become more sustainable is by incorporating energy-efficient equipment and products. By investing in smarter and more innovative solutions initially, businesses can save costs and resources later down the line. 

Within our recent designs, the CDS team have integrated many innovative, eco products, one example includes a multi-functional tap, that through one spout serves cold, hot, sparkling water as well as ethically sourced coffee, hot chocolate and juice. 

For the wider catering design project, we have made a conscious move to include energy-saving commercial kitchen appliances within. As dishwashers can save almost 5000 gallons water per year compared to hand-washing, we have installed energy-efficient variations of these into our commercial kitchen projects. 

Alongside dishwashers, the CDS team have favoured energy-saving fridges like LG’s door-in-door solution that helps to keep the overall fridge temperature the same. We have also invested in state of the art microwaves that use the latest innovation in microwave technology to allow the user to select exact food temperature, which is more energy-efficient. 

Eco-friendly materials

At CDS Wilman, we know it’s not just the responsibility of our company to implement ‘greener’ practices, but it’s also the responsibility of our suppliers too. That’s why we select suppliers that are highly aware of their impact on the planet and their employees’ well-being.

In terms of the paint we source within our projects, our most favoured trade paint supplier is Dulux. We are fans of this brand as they are constantly working towards including more natural ingredients in their products, this includes the expansion of their range of water-based paints which are better for the environment and people. 

Not only that, but they also incorporate a recycling scheme for their used paint and it’s stated that the company is investing in their teams by training their drivers for more efficient fuel use. 

Wood is a material we use fondly within our projects, but it’s important for us that the wood we utilise has been sourced in a sustainable way. One of our preferred wood suppliers is Havwoods, who source many of their products from North America and Europe, both of which have the most intensively managed forests in the world. 

Our most loved laminate supplier EGGER also takes its responsibilities seriously, for products, production, as well as for employees and society. They act responsibly with regard to forests and the environment and they use internationally certified energy and environmental management systems in accordance with ISO 50.001, ISO 14.001 and EMAS. Biogenic fuels, which can no longer be used materially, are turned into heat and green electricity by EGGER themselves in their own biomass power plants. 

CDS also incorporates recycled materials within our projects, we use materials such as recycled post-industrial plastics to create seamless surfaces in interior applications. By utilising this material within our projects, we are actively diverting waste away from landfills. This practice also reduces the need to extract and manufacture new raw materials and decreases the stress on the environment by reducing waste. 

Smart waste and recycling solutions 

Waste management is one of the most important issues surrounding sustainability, whereby in the UK, the average UK household produces more than a tonne of waste each year. In recent years, the public has improved the way they manage their waste and are choosing to recycle more than ever, this is no exception for those in a commercial environment too. 

In this age of environmental awareness, it’s key that proper waste management is implemented which is why CDS are incorporating more smart waste features and recycling solutions within our design projects. 

Whether it is a built-in recycling station that is backed up by a strict in-house recycling system or a composite food recycler that helps to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfills, we are actively supporting waste reduction. 

Biophilic design 

For those who aren’t familiar with biophilic design, the trend is recognised for bringing nature and natural elements indoors, to ultimately create a more energy-efficient and eco-friendly commercial setting.

Evidence has shown a clear link between biophilic designs and the users’ performance and satisfaction, ergo, CDS must continue to focus on the development of these spaces to provide the most productive and sustainable environments.

We have incorporated simple design principles like reducing artificial lighting and ventilation and replaced this with more natural sources of daylight and ventilation instead, we have also embedded living walls and plants as well as integrating sustainable materials into the design. 

Our designers are here to help create a contemporary yet sustainable restaurant, hospitality or creative workspace. Get in touch today on 0161 848 3900 or email us on enquire@cds-wilman.-com to find out more.

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