That's a wrap! After four days of showcasing the best in sustainable products to Melbourne's interior design community at Decor & Design 2023, the Green Design Hub has been dismantled until next year. During this time, our Cultivated team were able to share their sustainable furniture journey with thousands of visitors and showcase a beautifully restored authentic Fritz Hansen Swan Chair.
Below, we have curated a selection of the most innovative products from the show, all of which are available and in production right now.
Ceres Fair Wood.
Brought to life by Karie Soehardi, of Sydney based Circular Design Thinking, the Green Design Hub was designed with end-of-life in mind. At the completion of the event, all products are reused or recyled, including the timber structure, supplied by Ceres Fair Wood. The Melbourne based social enterprise sources timber from felled trees and local small farms, as well as sourcing reclaimed timbers for reuse. All timber used in the structure has been taken back by Ceres Fair Wood for reuse.
Produced by Cosentino, Dekton is an innovative manufactured stone that is both highly durable, sustainable and carbon neutral. Dekton is UV, abrasion and stain resistant, making it great for indoor and outdoor applications. The product also has a low silica content and up to 85% of waste during the manufacturing process is used to make new material.
Envirohide samples on display at the Green Design Hub.
The innovative material by Emtech was recently recognised with a Good Design Award and Global Green Tag accreditation. Using new and used waste leather, the process to produce Envirohide uses 90% less water than new leather and uses no plastics during the manufacturing process. Envirohide can be infinitely recycled, offering a closed loop solution for leather, which is typically disposed of into landfill at the end of life.
In Australia it's estimated that 8.9 billion cigarette butts are littered each year. Being non-biodegradable and containing plastics, this waste problem led Melbourne based 'No More Butts' and 'Fungi Solutions' to team up and launch CigCycle, an inovative company that uses fungi to break down cigarette filters. More than this, the fungi that is used to break down the cellulose acetate plastic in cigarette filters can then be used as a sustainable and biodegradable packaging solution.
Sustainable packaging solutions made with fungi.
Fungi is used by CigCycle to break down cigarette filters.
Visitors exploring sustainable products at the Green Design Hub.