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Sustainable Design: A Journey through Eco-Friendly Materials in Art and Designers

In the vibrant landscape of Manchester’s art and design scene, a growing commitment to sustainability is reshaping creative and business endeavors. This blog post will take you on a journey through the world of eco-friendly materials and resources, exploring their benefits, impact on the environment, and their role in sustainable design and business. Along the way, we’ll delve into noteworthy projects by Lazerian- from Morpheus at the Chelsea Flower Show to community-driven projects like the Angel in the Meadow and the sustainable design haven that was Lazerian Space. We’ll uncover how these endeavors are shaping a more eco-conscious creative and business landscape.

Plastic bottles with different shades of blues material coming out. Used to demonstrate eco-material in art and design and an example of sustainable design Manchester

1. Carbon Fibre Marvel: Morpheus at the Chelsea Flower Show

Material Used: Carbon Fiber


  • Eco-Friendly Strength: Lazerian’s Morpheus sculpture, featured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, introduces us to the eco-friendly marvel of carbon fiber.
  • Innovation at its Core: Carbon fiber’s lightweight and robust properties contribute to the distinctive aesthetics of Morpheus.
  • Recyclability: Despite its high-tech appeal, carbon fiber is recyclable, aligning seamlessly with Lazerian’s dedication to sustainable practices.
Extreme close up of a carbon fibre geometric shapes as part of a contemporary art sculpture that was diaplyed in the Manchester Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Shown as an example of sustainable design Manchester
Carbon fibre white sculpture in the Manchester garden of Chelsea Flower Show. Shown as a example of sustainable design Manchester

2. Crafting Nature: National Trust Erddig Hall

Material Used: Sustainable Certified Wood


  • Local Sustainability: Lazerian’s seasonal exterior sculptures for the National Trust Erddig Hall showcase the potential of locally crafted, sustainable birch ply.
  • Wood in Harmony: The wooden sculptures blend with the natural environment, embodying a harmonious connection between art and nature.
  • Community Support: By sourcing materials locally, Lazerian not only supports sustainability but also strengthens ties with the local community.
Close up of sustainable wood sculpture project in Erddig Hall. Showing the sustainable design Manchester aspect
Showing the sustainable design Manchester aspect

3. Recycling and Community Art: Angel in the Meadow

Material Used: Recycled Bottles


  • Community Engagement: Lazerian spearheaded a community project in Manchester, using recycled bottles to create the Angel in the Meadow art installation. A Northwest Sustainable Design Manchester project
  • Environmental Education: Schools and community groups participated, fostering awareness about recycling and sustainable practices.
  • Art with a Message: Through recycled materials, the Angel in the Meadow becomes a powerful symbol of the community’s commitment to recycling and sustainability.
A recycled community public art project whereas people collected recycled plastic bottles and design studio Lazerian made them into the form of an angel. Showing the sustainable design Manchester aspect
A collection of recycled plastic bottles for a sustainable community art project headed by design studio Lazerian. Showing the sustainable design Manchester aspect

4. Innovative Materials: Lazerian Space

Materials Used: Aluminium and Oceanic Fabric


a. Aluminium: Outer Layers of Lazerian Space Pods

  • Versatility and Sustainability: Aluminium, known as the ‘green metal,’ adorns the outer layers of Lazerian Space pods, providing versatility, lightweight design, and 100% recyclability.
  • Energy Efficiency: Aligning with Lazerian Space’s focus on energy-efficient materials, aluminum stands out as a sustainable choice.
  • Visual Appeal: The outer skin, crafted from aluminum, not only attracts attention but also complements the inner sanctuary of Lazerian Space.

b. Oceanic Fabric: Stylish Sustainability in Lazerian Space

  • Eco-Friendly Fabric: Lazerian Space embraces Oceanic fabric from the SEAQUAL Initiative, created entirely from post-consumer recycled plastic.
  • Combatting Marine Pollution: The fabric addresses marine plastic pollution, contributing to a waste-free environment and a sustainable vision.
  • Stylish and Conscious:* Oceanic fabric marries style with eco-friendliness, aligning perfectly with Lazerian Space’s commitment to sustainability.
Showing the sustainable design Manchester aspect in the form of Lazerian Space- a pop up shop from creative art and design studio Lazerian
Showing the sustainable design Manchester aspect of Lazerian Space. The interior and a bespoke made dessert trolley made from sustainable materials
Red pod with a inner light to illuminate the red fabric within the aluminium outer material of the pod. As part of Lazerian Spce, a multi- sensory, immersive space combining art, sustainability and innovation. Showing the sustainable design Manchester aspect

Manchester’s Sustainable Design Movement

Beyond the innovative projects by Lazerian, Manchester itself is becoming a hub for innovation in design and research into sustainable design. Initiatives and collaborations between artists, designers, and the business community are fostering the creation of a more eco-conscious creative and business environment.

Showing the sustainable design Manchester aspect by why of a cermaic made bespoke reception desk designed and made from Lazerian for Calico in Manchester

Encouraging Eco-Friendly Materials in Art and Design

As consumers and enthusiasts of art and design, there are steps we can take to encourage the use of eco-friendly materials:

  1. Support Sustainable Initiatives: Choose to support artists and designers who prioritize eco-friendly materials and sustainable practices in their work.
  2. Educate and Raise Awareness: Share information and knowledge about the benefits of eco-friendly materials within your community to create awareness and inspire change.
  3. Collaborate for Change: Encourage collaborations between artists, designers, and local businesses to promote the use and development of sustainable materials in creative projects.
  4. Choose Sustainable Products: When purchasing art or design pieces, opt for those crafted from eco-friendly materials, contributing to a demand for sustainability in the market.

As we navigate the dynamic landscape and development of Manchester’s art and design scene, it’s heartening to witness a growing commitment to sustainable building practices. Lazerian’s projects serve as inspiring examples of how innovative design can coexist with environmental responsibility. By embracing these buildings and advocating for eco-friendly building materials, we contribute to building a more sustainable future where creativity and conscientious building choices harmonise to shape the world around us.

Close up shot of 2 catus plants in 2 bespoke planters in the reception room of Calico in Manchester. The planters are a light beige colour and the other is more a burnt orange colour. Designed and created by Manchester designed Liam Hopkins of Lazerian. Showing the sustainable design Manchester aspect
Close-up view of the ceramic desk surface, showcasing intricate bespoke design details and unique features. Showing the sustainable design Manchester aspect

The Environmental Benefits of Eco-Friendly Materials

What Are Eco-Friendly Materials?

Eco-friendly materials, often referred to as sustainable or green materials, are those that have been sourced, produced, and utilized with minimal impact on the environment. These materials aim to reduce the company’ carbon footprint, conserve resources, innovate and promote and create a circular economy. They can also offer innovative design solutions and services as well as help clients, architecture team, organisations, and committed brands to deliver their ideas and progress in strategies but also challenge techniques and help the planet. They can be natural, recycled, or upcycled, and their production often involves energy-efficient processes. From renewable wood and bamboo to recycled plastics and reclaimed metals, eco-friendly materials span a diverse range, offering sustainable alternatives across various industries.

Environmental Benefits:

  1. Reduced Carbon Footprint: Eco-friendly materials are often selected for their ability to minimise greenhouse gas emissions. For example, using recycled materials reduces the need for new production, which typically involves energy-intensive processes. This, in turn, helps mitigate the overall carbon footprint of a project.
  2. Conservation of Natural Resources: Traditional manufacturing processes can deplete natural resources rapidly. Eco-friendly materials, such as sustainably sourced wood or recycled metals, prioritize the conservation of these resources by promoting responsible harvesting and recycling practices.
  3. Waste Reduction: Eco-friendly materials are designed with the principles of the circular economy in mind. They often contribute to waste reduction by being recyclable or biodegradable, ensuring that materials don’t end up in landfills and ecosystems.
  4. Improved Indoor Air Quality: Many eco-friendly materials, especially those with low or no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions, contribute to better indoor air quality. This is particularly crucial in architectural and interior design, promoting healthier living and working environments.
  5. Biodiversity Preservation: Sustainable practices in material sourcing, such as choosing certified wood or responsibly harvested bamboo, contribute to biodiversity preservation. This ensures that ecosystems are not disrupted or damaged during the extraction process.
  6. Energy Efficiency: Eco-friendly materials often require less energy in their production. For instance, the manufacturing of recycled aluminum consumes significantly less energy compared to the production of new aluminum. This energy efficiency contributes to the overall environmental sustainability of a project.
Showing the sustainable design Manchester aspect in the form of recycled shredded paper


In embracing eco-friendly materials in design, we align ourselves with a commitment to environmental stewardship. These materials not only offer innovative solutions for creative design projects but also stand as a testament to our responsibility in building a more sustainable and resilient future. As we advocate for the use of such materials in art, craft and design, we play a vital role in shaping a world where creativity, innovation and environmental consciousness coexist harmoniously.