Wall claddings: The eco-friendly way

Abhishek Saraf explains that recently the emerging trend among architects, designers and home owners is to incorporate the essence of nature in their decor by effectively using eco-friendly wall cladding.

Abhishek Saraf

Abhishek Saraf

Wall cladding or Wood Wall Tiles are ideally meant to serve protective as well as aesthetic functions; it can not only complement the beauty of your home decor but also maintain its originality and quality for years to come.
Wall claddings come in a variety of designs and materials such as wood claddings, stone claddings and many more, however of late the emerging trend among architects, designers and home owners is to incorporate the essence of nature in their decor by effectively using eco-friendly wall cladding, flooring solutions etc.
Environmentally friendly wood wall tiles have become the flavour of the season due to its natural and elegant appearance, stylish design possibilities and moreover its benefits in terms of insulation and easy installation. Wood wall tiles give you a more responsible choice in decorating walls, ceilings and floors while at the same time contributes to a greener and more sustainable environment. Such tiles are made from coconut-shell chips, which are found in abundance in India and many parts of Indonesia.
Coconut shells are readily available, and so far only a small portion of it is used for the making of charcoal, which creates a low added value. The other innovative uses of these shells which are of higher value are either still not available or their applications remain unknown.
The use of coconut chips as tiles and flooring solutions not only champion the cause for a greener environment but also contribute to fighting our country’s poverty. The production of this eco-friendly, cocomosaic tiles require a minimum of 40 workers on a monthly basis. The coconut chips are then assembled by skilful artists into tiles. All the processes that go into the production of wood wall tiles until they are boxed and ready to ship are tedious and mostly involve hand work. By producing tens of millions of coconut chips, we can imagine how these beautiful coconut chips really help the design enthusiast, while also caring for the environment and fighting poverty by creating jobs.

Wall Claddings

Wall Claddings

Wood wall tiles are easily the more economical option when compared to other wall cladding solutions in the market today because of the lower production and installation costs involved.
Coconut-shell chips are becoming a popular choice among design enthusiasts not only in residential but also commercial applications across the nation due to its many advantages, namely: lightweight, durability, and exotically decorative. They are easy to maintain, easy to design with and easy to install, therefore you can have the style that you desire while being environmentally conscious and active in your choices.
(The author is Joint Managing Director, Square Foot, a leader in integrated flooring solutions.)

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