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The sustainable interior design suppliers you need to know 2023

Discover the leading eco-friendly suppliers revolutionising interior design in 2023. Sustainability meets style, yes please.

Bathroom by Dornbracht
The sustainable interior design suppliers you need to know 2023
Clara Carlino de Paz
June 9, 2023

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As we settle into 2023, the conversation around sustainability continues to be at the forefront of our global consciousness. With an increasing awareness of the impact of our actions on the environment, individuals and businesses alike are seeking out ways to reduce their carbon footprint and minimise their impact on the planet. As a result, there has been a surge in demand for sustainable products and services, and businesses that prioritise sustainability are thriving.

One area where sustainability has gained significant traction is in the world of interior design. More and more designers are looking to work with suppliers that prioritise eco-friendliness and social responsibility in their operations. These studios recognise that their suppliers can have a significant impact on their own sustainability goals, and are actively seeking out partners who share their values.

From low VOC products to “made locally” ranges, the sustainable suppliers you need to know in 2023 span a wide range of industries and specialties. These companies prioritise responsible sourcing, ethical labour practices, and environmentally-friendly operations. They are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in their respective fields, proving that sustainability can go hand in hand with profitability.

In this article, we will highlight some of the most innovative and forward-thinking sustainable suppliers of 2023. These companies are setting a new standard for sustainability in their industries, and their practices are paving the way for a more eco-conscious future. Whether you are a business owner looking for sustainable suppliers, or an individual looking to make more eco-friendly purchasing decisions, these companies are worth getting to know. To stay in the loop with the latest in interior design, subscribe to our newsletter.


YesColours, a UK-based paint company, has created a palette of colours inspired by Emma and John’s global experiences, real-life encounters, food and music. Their mission is to make colour accessible to everyone, allowing individuals to be confident in their colour choices, not restricted by trends or seasons, but led by their love of colour. The YesColours palette is culturally diverse and aims to promote wellbeing for those who use their homes as places of work, fitness, and education.

YesColours is committed to sustainability, with a focus on UK-based issues such as waste, recycling, and landfill, and support for innovative new technologies developed by UK manufacturers. The company uses sustainable raw materials, design, and production processes based in the UK to offer alternative products that benefit the environment while making it easier for customers to make informed choices and recycle their waste more easily.

Every step of the paint's journey, from the factory to the walls and beyond, has been thoughtfully considered by YesColours. They have implemented measures to improve recyclability through the use of fully recyclable packaging and new colourant technology, as well as local supply chains and measuring their carbon footprint. Their paint is just the beginning of their journey, and they are excited about what's to come. Welcome to the world of YesColours.

colourful living room. YesColours paints photoshoots by Megan Taylor.
YesColours paints photoshoots by Megan Taylor

We were so excited about this brand, we actually talked to John Stubbs, Founder & Managing Partner of YesColours. Here's what he had to say...

Hi there! To start, could you tell us about the inspiration behind YesColours and how yours and Co-Founder & Creative Partner Emma’s experiences influenced it?

Absolutely. Emma and I have been friends for 20 years since we met at university. We've gone in different directions over time – Emma studied arts management and worked in museums, galleries, and advertising for global firms. 

On the other hand, I got into design and worked on branding, product design, interior design, marketing, digital design, UX, and even designed the interiors of aircraft and trains. Because of the nature of the clients I was working with, the pandemic really affected them, leading to me having more time to choose my next journey.

One day, while Emma, who is a DIY enthusiast and paint expert, was at home with her family at the time, we got talking about the problem of paint waste. After researching the complexity and breadth of the subject, we started to come up with the idea behind YesColours.

Through a lens of sustainability, we started thinking about the impact of colour on people’s lives, and how creating a high-quality range could improve their mood and happiness.

We love how naturally the idea behind YesColours evolved. Could you tell us a bit more about the UK’s paint waste problem, and YesColours’ commitment to sustainability?

Earlier, I mentioned that my research on paint waste led me to uncover a pressing sustainability issue within the paint industry that many major brands were neglecting to address. The challenge of paint waste disposal is significant since it is difficult to recycle, and only a third of UK recycling centres accept it. This issue has resulted in an estimated 50 million paint tins stockpiled in UK households, with an average of 17 tins per household.

As someone who is passionate about sustainability in design projects, I found this issue deeply concerning and shared my thoughts with Emma. Together, we established YesColors with the objective of developing easily recyclable packaging for paint, inspired by the food and beverage and domestic cleaning sectors. Our one-litre recyclable pouch can be conveniently disposed of in household recycling, providing customers with the advantages of saving time, money, and space.

We are committed to being a genuinely sustainable brand, not only by implementing initiatives like becoming a B Corp or donating to environmental programs but also by creating innovative new paints and packaging to address the paint waste issue. We are also devoted to developing colours that resonate with people and continuously innovating to make our products less harmful to the environment while maintaining superior quality compared to other brands in the sector.

To create our paint, we have partnered with a century-old manufacturer that specialises in high-value commercial projects. This partnership enabled us to support British manufacturing while ensuring the quality of our paints and packaging. We believe it is vital to be transparent about our motivations and actions as a brand, and we are proud to prioritise sustainability and innovation in all aspects of our business.

That's amazing. Could you tell us more about the YesColours palette and the brand's positioning?

In our opinion, many brands seem to be too focused on tradition and heritage. As Gen Z comes of age and younger generations decorate their spaces with more colour, creativity and individuality have become increasingly important. At YesColours, we believe culture and creativity are intertwined, so our colour palette draws inspiration from the rich colours from Africa, Marrakesh, and Egypt, as well as more muted neutral tones and pastel colours. 

Our brand's focus on colour is deeply personal, and we seek to create a unique experience for our customers by understanding their heritage, interests, and desired room aesthetics. We wanted to differentiate ourselves from other brands that primarily offer neutral colours, and instead offer a broader spectrum of shades to appeal to our customers' connections to culture across various fields, including fashion, retail, pop culture, music, film, and travel. This approach to colour, which prioritises connection over trends, gives our range a unique character.

For example, we're particularly proud of our electric blue colour, which is velvety and incredibly vibrant. We have an independent paint manufacturer who works exclusively with us to create rich colours and excellent finishes. 

If you’re looking for a specific paint, our interactive palette on our website groups our colours into collections based on emotional objectives, such as calming, joyful, or serene. This helps guide our customers in choosing colours that evoke the desired mood and atmosphere for their space. While our collections contain similar tones, they're also flexible enough to offer a range of options for customers with different interests and preferences.

As a wrapping up sneak peak… What is next for YesColours?

We are excited to pursue a B-Corp certification and keep deepening our commitment to "Made in Britain". In the next few months, we’ll also be moving into the retail and interior design space, with many exciting collaborations coming up soon. We’re thrilled for the year ahead!

Armac Martin

Armac Martin, a fourth-generation family business, has been a pioneer in luxury brass hardware and accessories since 1929. From its modest origins as a furniture fittings manufacturer, Armac Martin has evolved into a globally recognized brand in the luxury interiors industry, renowned for its exceptional design and exquisite detail.

At the heart of Armac Martin's success is a commitment to preserving heritage and craftsmanship, combined with a focus on sustainability. The company aims to reduce its emissions by 50% by 2025 and achieve net zero by 2041. To achieve these goals, Armac Martin has established an in-house Sustainability Committee and is working with experts to audit its business and develop science-based targets.

Armac Martin's sustainable journey begins at the design stage, with product development teams thoughtfully creating pieces with timeless appeal. Made from the finest solid brass, each product is skilfully engineered and hand-finished, resulting in a durable and long-lasting option. The company also reviews its portfolio of signature brass finishes to further enhance their durability.

Armac Martin's commitment to sustainability extends to the entire product journey, from manufacturing to packaging. Each year, 70 tonnes of brass swarf are produced, which is recycled at a specialist plant. The company is also in the process of eliminating plastic from its packaging and has already switched to paper void fill and water-activated tape. Additionally, Armac Martin is working to increase its use of renewable energy sources, with a goal of reaching 100% by 2025.

As a leading name in the luxury interiors industry, Armac Martin understands the importance of reducing emissions and pioneering sustainability in the manufacturing sector. By developing innovative solutions and focusing on sustainability at every stage, Armac Martin is committed to protecting and future-proofing our planet for generations to come.

Cotswold Collection; Solid Brass Handles & Pulls by Armac Martin
Cotswold Collection; Solid Brass Handles & Pulls by Armac Martin


Ilala, a high-end interiors brand, is a master in contemporary furniture and custom lighting, with each piece painstakingly handwoven in Africa. Established by visionary Miranda Vedral in 2018, Ilala partners with rural weaving communities in Malawi and Zimbabwe to create bespoke and sustainable designs using natural plant fibres. The beauty of their sculptural pieces lies in their natural imperfections and irregularities, celebrating the artistry of the process. From exquisite pendant lamps to stunning shades, Ilala's designs transform any space into a captivating and atmospheric haven. Each unique piece is a testament to the brand's unwavering commitment to craftsmanship, sustainability, and innovation.

Natural fibre lighting by Ilala
Natural fibre lighting by Ilala


Dornbracht is the leading manufacturer of designer fittings and accessories for bathrooms, spas, and kitchens. Established in 1950, the company has over 960 employees globally and operates in more than 125 markets. Dornbracht creates products that enrich customers' lives in the bathroom and kitchen by challenging the conventional standards of architecture and design. As a premium supplier, Dornbracht's products are known for their superior quality and design, with the brand slogan "Leading Designs for Architecture" reflecting their expertise in the field. Architects worldwide have used their products in many notable buildings, and for good reason. They're chic, sleek and a total show-stopper.

As for their sustainability standards, Dornbracht has been synonymous with enduring product durability and long-lasting design. Not only does the company prioritise sustainability in its manufacturing processes, but it is also dedicated to responsible product use. Dornbracht has successfully completed multiple projects aimed at reducing water and energy consumption. In 2021, they introduced a new line of CO2-neutral products, further solidifying their commitment to eco-friendliness. Dornbracht remains focused on developing innovative solutions that improve energy and resource efficiency, constantly striving to increase its contribution towards mitigating climate change. 

Also, Dornbracht is the definition of “made locally”. The supplier sources the majority of raw materials and intermediate goods from within a regional radius of up to 200 km and 80% of the materials used come from Germany, with 98% from within Europe. This ensures their products are "Made in Germany" and of the highest quality.

Vaia Tap by Dornbracht
Vaia Tap by Dornbracht

The Main Company

The Main Company is a family-run supplier known for its stunning bespoke kitchens and unique furniture designs. Established in 1978 by Chris and Karan Main and later joined by their sons Alex and Tom in 2004, this company prides itself on creating spaces full of personality and unique style. 

Their commitment to sustainability is present in every project they do, particularly in their beautiful use of reclaimed materials. Their on-site designers are part of each stage, ensuring that clients' visions are brought to life. The kitchen designs bring authentic character and charm to homes with the characteristic textures and finishes of reclaimed wood. Combining organic design and meticulous craftsmanship, they use the very best in new, salvaged, and reclaimed materials to create custom-made products that abound with individuality.

Cornwall project by the Main Company made with reclaimed wood
Cornwall project by the Main Company made with reclaimed wood


Gessi, a kitchen and bathroom tap supplier steeped in three generations of family heritage, owes its beginnings to Umberto Gessi's inspired insights. But it is Gian Luca Gessi's innovations that have brought the company to the forefront of the global design scene, establishing a distinct, innovative and visionary identity that balances pragmatism with a bold international outlook.

With a focus on sustainability, Gessi's research is directed towards minimizing water and energy consumption without compromising on the authenticity of the "wellness experience." The company utilises the Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) process to produce surfaces that are remarkably resistant to scratches, wear and tear, and corrosion.

In line with their sustainable philosophy, Gessi has also reduced its packaging to minimize the environmental impact. The company's commitment to sustainability extends beyond the physical product, representing a holistic approach that encompasses the entire supply chain and imbues the corporate culture.

As Nicolò and Emanuele take up the reins, the future is an unwritten story waiting to be told with the same passion, ideas, and competence that has characterised Gessi's remarkable history.

Goccia Tap by Gessi via Maroulis
Goccia Tap by Gessi via Maroulis

Turnstyle Designs

Turnstyle Designs, the UK-based door handle supplier, is proud to be associated with the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere, a world-class environment where people and nature coexist in harmony. As a company committed to promoting sustainability, Turnstyle Designs is dedicated to being part of a community that helps nature to thrive by developing partnerships and managing projects focused on conservation, local development, and awareness-raising for North Devon.

The company's commitment to sustainability is reflected in its DNA, as it consistently works towards minimising its waste output and reducing its carbon footprint. Turnstyle Designs has taken significant measures to remove single-use plastics from its packaging, replacing them with fast and biodegradable alternatives. The company operates from a highly insulated factory and offices, using its own solar energy source and recycling everything possible, including canteen waste.

Turnstyle Designs encourages staff and clients to cut down on air travel and replaces face-to-face meetings with online sales and training sessions whenever possible. The company offers a 'Bike to work' incentive scheme to team members, reducing carbon emissions while promoting fitness. In-house food ordering is organic and locally sourced, contributing to the company's overall commitment to sustainability.

The company's head office building in Devon is insulated with double the amount of installation required by building regulations, ensuring minimal emissions during colder months. Turnstyle Designs uses environmentally conscious materials, such as leather tanned with natural vegetable dyes sourced from Italy and trademark Amalfine™ material made up of a composite blend, which includes bi-products such as marble dust. The company believes in creating handles that last and uses sustainable materials for staff uniforms, made from 100% organic cotton.

The company measures its carbon footprint to Scope 3 levels and offsets it three-fold, making Turnstyle Designs carbon negative. The company donates 2% or more of its annual turnover to environmental causes and organisations as proud members of '1% for the Planet', with an additional 1% donated to mental health charities. Turnstyle Designs is committed to finding more sustainable alternatives and developing new designs that use environmentally conscious materials.

Tan leather door handles by Turnstyle Designs via The Manufacturer
Tan leather door handles by Turnstyle Designs via The Manufacturer

Britannicus Stone

Britannicus Stone, a leading supplier of decorative stone, celebrates their love for British stone every single day. They take a unique approach to the industry, nurturing the stone from the moment it leaves the quarry to create the shining stones of Britain.

With Britain's unique geology as a raw material of rare natural beauty, Britannicus Stone believes that polishing reveals the true character of British stone, which they want everyone to appreciate. However, they acknowledge that very few people recognise the true worth of British stone, as most decorative stone used in the UK is imported due to a lack of awareness.

Britannicus Stone sources their stone from highly regulated and environmentally sustainable UK quarries with a social license. They emphasize the recyclability of their stone products, aligning with changes in Building Regulations and a renewed drive to support British materials. They see themselves as the natural choice for those looking for sustainable, high-quality British stone.

Britannicus Stone takes pride in nurturing their stone throughout its entire lifecycle, utilising state-of-the-art facilities and maintaining full control over the process, from quarry to perfected product, to ensure customer satisfaction. They also aim to educate a new generation of advocates for British stone, inspiring specifiers, architects, and customers to champion British stone as they do.

With their commitment to creating the finest decorative products that are unattainable elsewhere, Britannicus Stone continues to grow a sustainable business in an industry that is reinvigorated by their energy and passion for British stone.

Beautiful stone by Britannicus Stone
Beautiful stone by Britannicus Stone