By improving the air quality, greenery also contributes to human well-being and has been shown to improve productivity and performance.
Moving toward green interior design is ethical in principle and according to Palmer, now more than ever, it needs to be at the forefront of all interior projects.
“If we look back on what we as a society have done in the process of developing our western world and then transpose those processes onto the population, sustainability and growth ambitions of nations like Asia and India, then I would say we should be desperate to correct the way we produce and consume,” he warns. “This is the natural next step of the pillage and consume cycle we have been through in the industrial revolution.”
Palmer says to make a design truly sustainable, products should be sourced from local areas. He points to using sustainable timbers that are farmed in the country where the project is being undertaken, as well as minimising waste and keeping an eye on water and energy consumption as achievable solutions.