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Eco-friendly materials

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Nature is at the origin of our products and we aim to minimize a negative impact on our eco-system. It is our single focus to build an earth-friendly brand and solely use natural, biodegradable, non-toxic and eco-friendly materials. Our products are eco-friendly designed in every step of the process from choice of raw material, to manufacturing, to look & feel.

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What materials are eco-friendly?

100% Natural Plant Material

We consider all (plant) materials that are locally available, do not need to undergo a synthetic process before taken into production and do not harm the environment when harvesting as eco-friendly. This is mainly material that regenerates or reproduces naturally (rapid renewables), is recycled, upcycled or reclaimed.

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Rapid renewable materials are natural plants that grow very fast.

A well-known example is bamboo; it grows super-fast (some say 1 metre a day), requires no fertilizer and self regenerates from its own roots (no replanting). It doesn’t contribute to deforestation and harvesting can be done without damaging the environment. Another example is waterhyacinth or seagrass which is considered a weed and therefore an earth-friendly option. These plants grow and multiply rapidly causing serious problems to rivers, lakes or irrigation canals. Harvesting these plants is essential to balance the eco system.
Products made of rapid renewable plants:
- Waterhyacinth Benches & Baskets
- Seagrass Baskets
- Jute Cushions
- Bamboo Lamp Shades

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Upcycled or reclaimed (natural) material

Upcycled or reclaimed (natural) material is generally considered te be any material that have been used before and is being reused in their original form after adaptation. In other words: turning old, unproductive or waste materials like wood from old wooden houses, barns, boats and trucks into something new. The wood that comes from these resources are assembled for furniture and home decoration and still contain nails, screws, holes, bolts or filled cavities along with other imperfections. Another example is upcycled glass from a special project in Zanzibar. Empty wine bottles, a waste product from Zanzibar’s tourism industry, are turned into yars and vases. Or cloths and table runners woven of waste cotton from spinning mills.

Products made of upcycled materials:
- Khadi handwoven table cloths and runners
- Branchwood display ladders
- Benches and stools from used wood

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Recycled materials

Recycled materials are natural materials that have been remanufactured to form a new product. A good example is recycled cotton. Cotton recycling prevents unneeded wastage and is a more sustainable alternative to disposal. Recycled cotton may come from old, previously used garments or from textile leftovers which are then spun into new yarns and fabrics or can be used as filler for cushions and poufs.

Products made of recycled cotton:
- Recycled Cotton Apron
- Cotton Liner in the Eco Shopper
- Filler for seagrass and jute cushions

Durable goods will last a long time and can be passed on from person to person.

This is considered more eco-conscious compared to products made of cheap materials that will easily brake or tossed away. We consciously choose for raw materials that are extremely durable like our teak root for plates and cutting boards. Cutting boards are often made from soft wood that is machine processed and glued together. Our cutting boards and plates are made of solid reclaimed hard wood and will last a long time. Please do not throw it away!

Made by hand and local availability of raw materials improve eco-friendliness of products

Products made by hand or with simple tools is a low impact production process where the interference of machines, glues, and other toxic materials are minimized. And raw materials that are locally available cut down on the amount of transportation required.

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Focus on the essentials and minimize a negative impact every step of the way

We removed the zippers from our cushion covers, we fill our poufs with natural kapok or recycled cotton, our labels are made of recycled unbleached cotton or recycled paper and we are continuously searching for new ways to make our items more sustainable. Is originalhome 100% eco-friendly? Unfortunately not. No production process is 100% impact free. We doing our utmost to build an earth friendly brand and do not seek the easy way out and choose for fast production and easy consumption. We will always spend time and money to improve sustainability.

Do you want to join our journey? Become a dealer. Do you have questions, remarks or ideas? Please let us know: hello@originalhome.nl

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