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It's time to take the environment into account Israel today


From items made of corn starch to raw materials that are processed with sustainable technology - the most important things you should know to adopt an ecological lifestyle in home design as well

In recent years, almost each of us has made room for the ecological value, to one extent or another.

We are more inclined to want to touch the basic material, stay away from processed food ingredients, and look for products that are produced in a friendly process, made from biodegradable materials or those that can be easily recycled.

Advanced technology is sometimes too advanced, flies on express train tracks, and requires us to stay up to date and be alert to rapid changes.

This requirement is tiring, and moreover - makes us think on a philosophical level about what is important in life, and what makes us happy.

Many of us discover that the simple, the basic, the primary, is the ingredient for a peaceful, refined, respectful, and perhaps happier life.

Interior partition covered with raw raffia in a greenish shade, RENBY Elitis,

We are exposed to an instant industry, which offers an abundance of beautiful items at low prices, and this causes overproduction and overconsumption.

The ecological trend brought down a bird, and today it looks with its eyes to a wider common denominator.

In the past these were groups of ideologues who fought the war and operated for years as a minority.

Today, most of us have developed to some extent an awareness of the environment - for recycling, for consumption, for the use of sustainable technology.

Work surfaces and cladding made with sustainable recycling technologies Silestone, Cosentino,

Corn starch and banana leaves.

The ecological mindset makes for a kind of stepping out of the box.

Thinking expands, and suddenly many materials and plants that are used for a certain purpose can be used for additional functions.

Dried banana leaves are turned into textile sheets, which allow the creation of items for the home such as baskets for newspapers and lighting fixtures.

Other decorative tools are made of 100% PLA, which is actually corn starch created from the plant, without chemicals and toxic substances.

The ability to think of the plant as a source for the production of items for the home makes it possible to create an ecological, sustainable product.

The banana and corn are just two examples out of many more that are only getting better and better.

The refinement is not technological but intellectual, and is more the result of research and in-depth acquaintance with the plants that grow around us and how they, or their waste, can be converted to the benefit of our private home.


sustaining technology.

Along with the raw material, the technology by which it is processed also plays an important role in creating an ecological shell.

If we chose an environmentally friendly raw material, but in its production process we created pollution or used a large amount of water, we are actually harming the ecological envelope.

This understanding directed the manufacturing companies to pay equal attention to the technology in which the products are manufactured.

In the production process of Silestone surfaces, for example, they use 99% recycled water and 100% renewable electricity.

The contribution of such a production process to maintaining a green environment is very significant and influential.

Ecological hand towel from humdakin, prat living, photo: PR

Connection to the place.

The ecological trend creates a more refined mindset, one that emphasizes respect for the environment.

Less to destroy everything and rebuild and more to connect to the roots, to what was before, learn from the previous generation how it created and continue the tradition.

It is not that it is impossible to introduce advanced technology, sometimes it is even recommended, but without canceling the past.

The past has a very important meaning in our life as a sustaining society.

Philanthropic foundations are also currently interested in encouraging local businesses that are connected to these values.

Nur Minaoui is a potter from Jaffa, who grew up on the knees of a potter and continued his way.

At first as help during the days when his father was ill, and later he fell in love and decided to stay in the field, when he realized that pottery is not only a way to create but also, and perhaps mainly, a world view and an artistic expression.

In the case of Minawi, who wanted to establish a studio and expand the local, rooted creation, he is a member of the "Natan" fund, which helped him in establishing the business.

Apart from financial aid, which is acute for the creator at this stage, such support emphasizes the importance of the connection to the place, and our responsibility as a society to support this connection as much as possible and thereby perpetuate the use of traditional production techniques and the connection to local materials.

The Natan Fund was established by Natan Kirsh, a Jewish Zionist philanthropist, with the aim of encouraging entrepreneurs without financial means to start a new business in Israel.

The foundation operates on a non-profit basis, believing that small businesses are the growth engine of the local economy.

Carpet made of 100% recycled fibers from plastic bottles, Tolman's Dot,

Recycled waste.

The recycled waste is a kind of industry within an industry.

The realization that a new material can be created from almost any waste has led product designers and large design houses to adopt the agenda: wooden vessels are dismantled, processed and returned to the work table, to create a new item from them.

Cement, stone and plastic waste is reprocessed and turned into furniture items.

In this way, plastic bottles become threads from which carpets are woven, pieces of plastic are shredded and processed into designed side tables, textile waste becomes new fabrics, and more.

The pedestal is designed, made of reinforced quality kraft paper, can bear heavy weight thanks to its unique beehive structure, folds easily and is easy to store, folding - designed paper furniture, photo: Tal Nachshon Dag

The important tips - a correct combination of ecological in the space

Refurbish existing furniture

Before you run out to buy, check which existing furniture items you can renovate.

Sometimes painting or reupholstering will make a big difference, and so - you'll also consider the environment, you'll also enjoy joint activities and you won't have to part with a sentimental item, which may have been with you for years.

The network is rich in instructional videos that will help you with guidance and tips.

If you want to enlarge your head, you can book a place in the workshop to refurbish old items, and create an additional experiential interest.

A bench made of reinforced kraft paper, can bear a weight of up to 300 kg, folding - designed paper furniture, photo: Tal Nachshon Dag

Choose natural raw materials

The closer the materials you choose to their raw, less processed state, the more you will know that you have made a more ecological choice - less polluting.

It is recommended to integrate at least one such piece of furniture in the space.

Have you ever thought about sample paper furniture?

Furniture made from high-quality and reinforced kraft paper turns out to be a durable material, which in a certain construction, of a unique beehive structure, can bear a weight of up to 300 kg. Apart from being ecological due to the raw material from which they are made, the furniture items are flexible and allow stretching to produce other shapes from them, and also to fold and store easily, so that they can be used when guests arrive. On the basis of this technology, stools, poufs, benches, tables, vases and lighting fixtures can be produced. When the items wear out over the years, it will be possible to recycle them and create a new item based on them.

Classic in white, linen bedding, Cotton Club, photo: Dror Klish and Linoy Landau

Choose items made from recycled waste

Many ecological furniture items are produced on the basis of recycled materials.

If in the past flooring tile waste was thrown away, buried in the ground and polluting the environment, today it can be shredded and based on raw materials from which new items are created.

The best quality brands use waste from the industry and use it to produce spectacular collections.

There is nothing like a plinth, a designed stool, a decorative tool or any other item, which is created from recycled waste to be placed in a special corner of your space.

Apart from its beauty, the item will carry with it another important value.

Chairs designed by Philippe Starck, made of recycled materials, Habitat, photo: KARTELL

Choose materials that benefit the environment

Along with recycled materials, there are materials that in themselves are good for the environment.

Flax is one of them - mainly because it is a plant that does not require any watering.

In cool climates, close to the sea, natural rainfall is the only water that flax requires.

Since flax seeds regenerate a few months after their predecessors were harvested, they are considered a renewable resource.

The plant also helps purify the atmosphere from carbon dioxide emitted into it.

When it comes to linen products originating in Europe, it is important to know that they are usually produced without the use of chemicals. Linen is one of many examples of materials that benefit the environment.

The painted and reupholstered pedestal, Studio Moon Sherry,

Make yourself a decorative bowl with dry elements from nature

Choose a decorative bowl, wide and flat, and fill it with pieces of nature that you bring from your yard or from various trips.

These can be pebbles, pine cones, carobs, dried fruit and anything else.

Place the items in the bowl - and you will win a decorative item that can be placed in the center of the dining table, on the dresser at the entrance to the house, on a decorative table in the living space, or anywhere else you see fit.

Ecological to the max

Ecological items that will decorate your home and reduce the hole in the ozone

Ceramic vases with manual stone work, Gur Inbar, photo: Nurit Karib, Dan Peretz

Hand-woven carpet, made of threads that have undergone a rusting process, Tamar Degani, photo: Ariel Medina

Giraffe made of recycled polyester, H&M HOME, photo: Hans and Mauritz

Pouf made of 100% recycled fibers from plastic bottles, Tolman's Dot,

Ladder shelves, racks and compartments made of bamboo, oak,

A serving plate with a terrazzo appearance, locally produced in consideration of the environment, RAFA,

Basket made of 100% recycled cotton, H&M HOME, photo: Hans and Mauritz

Floor rack for towels with a bamboo pole, oak, photo: Assaf Levy

Monochromatic chairs designed by Philippe Starck, produced using artificial intelligence from recycled materials, Habitat, photo: KARTELL

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Source: israelhayom

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