Homemade cleaning products and growing your own food: the zero waste flat of the future is more old school and less talking fridges than you'd think.
As part of natural beauty brand Lush's recent 'Naked House' event, which explored how we can reduce, reuse and recycle plastic and packaging, they built out a model of what a home that sends nothing to landfill would look like. (As the urgency of managing climate change grows, what might be a little alternative now is likely to become a whole lot more mainstream in the coming years.)
Intrigued, we went to have a look. Here's what we found.
It features DIY cleaning products
In order to cut down on the amount of packaging used for cleaning products each year, a sustainable future sees us making our own.
Natural ingredients such as lemon juice, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda are all perfect for making your Sunday clean waste-free. (Check out our guide to getting started.)
The duvets are all recycled
Just because your jeans have a huge hole, stain or are slightly too small, it doesn't mean the end of their life. Fabrics like denim can be repurposed throws and bedding, for an extra stylish slumber.
In a utopian future, we'll make it through our entire morning beauty routine without touching a single piece of packaging and readily disposable products.
Swap to a bamboo toothbrush, a solid shampoo or powder deodrants to green up your regime.
It has glass jars, everywhere
Those cute glass jars that trendy cafés keep their coffee and sugar in are also the more sustainable option for food storage.
Much more sustainable than plastic containers, and perfect for taking with you to the supermarket to take your groceries home.
There are no traditional tea bags
Lots of traditional paper tea bags have traces of plastics in them due to the process of sealing them, and they are not one hundred per cent biodegradable.
Switching to loose-leaf tea ensures you get the most out of the tea you buy, while also cutting out the possibility of plastic additives.
It has even more plants than you've got now
The future is opting for a house plant over a bunch of flowers – particularly because ninety per cent of cut flowers are imported. As well as looking fancy, then can help to clean out city air: a deal that's only going to get bigger in the future.
Herb gardens, or window sills, are another way to cut back on plastic packaging.