3 eco-friendly wall coverings for your next project

Every product we bring into our homes is worth considering. From gifts to groceries, we are surrounded by plastic and toxic materials. So when it’s something as long-lasting as the wall coverings in our space, it’s really worth putting a microscope on finding sustainable and appealing materials to surround ourselves with. Here are a few companies to consider.

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Kirei

Kirei offers a wide selection of acoustic products for walls, ceilings and partitions. Products come in dozens of colors and a variety of geometric shapes. Options include flat wall panels, confused ceiling units, suspended circles, diamonds, wavy patterns and grooved designs.

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“We chose the Japanese character ‘Kirei’ as our name because of its many meanings of ‘beauty’, ‘clean’, ‘purity’ and ‘truth’, reflecting our dedication to beautiful, elegant and respectful products for our environment, ” writes the company on their website.

Made from a material known as EchoPanel, a registered trademark of Woven Image, the product line can fit any room from floor to ceiling and adds acoustic excellence to schools, restaurants, hotels, healthcare facilities and offices. The products can also be used in the home with a myriad of aesthetics to match any interior design theme.

A living area with yellow wall coverings

EchoPanel is made from over 60% recycled plastic, with each panel diverting the equivalent of 235 single-use bottles from landfill and waterways. The brand has upcycled over 5,125 tonnes of PET since 2004, which corresponds to over 250 million water bottles.

Each innovative design contains low volatile organic compounds and is certified free of red list materials. For transparency, the company lists ingredients through Declare, a database for healthy products. EchoPanel is also third-party certified by Global GreenTag.

This is not the first foray into sustainable materials for the company, as they have focused on innovation, function and eco-friendly products since 2002.

Carnegie Fabrics

It’s fabric for your walls, without all the nasties that plague the textile industry. Carnegie is a company of the first. It is the creator of a material known as Biobased Xorel, which was the first plant-based textile product to achieve the Living Product Challenge certification. In fact, it is the first bio-based high-performance textile ever on the market. In addition, it was the first company in the industry to proudly declare itself 100% PVC-free.

The company offers acoustic panels in a wide range of sizes, shapes and three-dimensional options. It also has textiles for upholstered walls and wrapped panel applications. In addition, it offers vinyl alternatives and woven wall coverings.

According to the company, “The Equilibrium collection from Carnegie Fabrics is inspired by the balance and harmony that both humanity and nature work to achieve.”

A greyish-blue wall covering near a table with a vase

The Type II wallcovering celebrates nature in a variety of textures with low VOCs and no toxic finishes. The wall coverings can be cleaned and contain recycled materials in the composition.

The company is aware of its transparency and provides health product declarations on each product. This statement describes information about the ingredients and their associated health effects. All fabrics also undergo third-party certifications. The result is at least 10 certifications to date, including Cradle to Cradle, Facts, LEED, SCS Indoor Advantage Gold and Declare.

Carnegie Fabrics also achieved B Corp certification in 2014 and has maintained this status ever since due to its dedication to worker, customer and environmental health. It also made the Best For The World lists, which honor companies that score in the top 10% of certified B corporations, in both 2018 and 2019. The company reports, “Carnegie is the only textile company honored among a total of 228 Best For Environment companies spanning 72 industries and 25 countries.”

Artaic

Looking for wall tiles? Do you need a mosaic? Artaic is a leading manufacturer of mosaic tiles, sustainably producing bespoke mosaics for a range of applications.

One type of tile, called Sintered Glass, is made from recycled glass. It is both durable and long-lasting. Plus, Artaic tiles are free of VOCs and other harmful substances. They can be paired with GREENGUARD certified adhesives and grouts that are also low or no VOCs.

A dining room with emerald green chairs and a green wall

Like some other tiles, artic mosaic pieces are antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. As sintered glass tiles repel water, they are a good option for wall cladding in any setting. They can also be used for flooring, counters, in pools or as patio material. Sintered glass is a good alternative for those seeking LEED or similar certifications, as it is made from recycled materials without harsh chemicals. Throughout their lifetime, sintered glass tiles can be maintained by cleaning with water, further reducing the need for chemicals.

Tiles are also a good choice for passive house design. With the ability to store thermal energy, tiles can absorb heat through a window during the day, retain that heat and release it at night when the temperature drops. This innate ability to stabilize temperatures creates a comfortable indoor environment in a range of climates.

For projects, Artaic is able to print tiles as needed. This innovative technology results in bespoke mosaic designs with the exact amount of tiles needed and little residual waste.

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