Sharing is Caring: How Coliving Supports Sustainable Living

Sustainability Nov 13, 2020

Living as a community encourages the sharing of assets, which means good things for the environment.

The main tenet behind co-living is about belonging to a community that’s inclusive, and how it offers an environment of support and collaboration. This makes it easier to have more through shared resources, even when you are the owner of less.

Heading to Europe for a White Christmas, and fretting about how Singapore hasn’t equipped your wardrobe with anything but bikinis and breezy cotton tees? Sharon next door says not to worry, you can borrow her warm jacket and stacks of Uniqlo Heat Tech. You’re sorted.

Bought way too many Haas avocados that are now threatening to go bad? Gather your flatmates over for a night of soccer and guac, saving the creamy fruits from becoming unfortunate victims of food wastage. Score!

Relocating to a Hmlet room soon, and wondering when you’ll have time to head down to IKEA to pick up a whole long list of stuff that wasn’t worth the effort to pack into your moving boxes? Hold on… The place is fully furnished from the bedroom to the kitchen, you won’t even need to get new bedsheets!

Within this environment of support and collaboration, assets of all kinds are swapped, borrowed and shared. Living sustainably becomes easier to incorporate into your everyday routine when appliances and furnishings are available for all to use, and when members of the community share resources such as belongings, food and transport.

Shared communal space at Hmlet Crystal Street, Sydney

How Hmlet designs co-living for a lower environmental footprint

Once people come together to share a living space, this naturally translates into a more effective use of land, something land-strapped urban cities fully appreciate. Energy consumption also reduces when appliances such as fridges and water-heaters are shared.

Living spaces can have an even lower environmental footprint when designed with sustainability built in, something the Hmlet team takes very seriously as we oversee the creation of a growing number of co-living spaces. Indeed, with great scale comes great responsibility, and we hold ourselves to a high standard. Beyond the environmentally-friendly cleaning products our housekeeping team uses, our growing commitment to sustainability runs thread-deep into the fabric of our design too.

Custom-designed bed frame at Hmlet Cantonment, Singapore

Our interior design team makes conscious choices to work with sustainable materials and like-minded suppliers. The beautiful furniture in every Hmlet home is sourced from suppliers who use FSC-accredited wood like Ethnicraft. We are moving away from animal materials such as leather, whose production process contributes significantly to the climate crisis.

Efficiency in design is another consideration. Love the spacious beds that come with your Hmlet room? These frames were specifically selected for the smart design that uses less wood, which also offers more underbed storage with its taller than usual legs. Where we can, we’re also mindful about designing longevity into our spaces through use of durable and solid furniture which needs minimal maintenance. This means that even in 5 years’ time, the furniture will still look as good as the day it was made. This quality and consistency ensures less replacements and less waste — meaning everyone from our members to the environment is happy.

Hmlet Griffiths Street, Sydney

Having curated thousands of living spaces, we’ve spotted opportunities to incorporate sustainability even further through employing smart design in furniture and household items. Not one to leave it for others to pick up, we’re gearing towards creating the future we envision. We have many exciting product design projects in the pipeline that has sustainability and longevity at the heart of it. Stay tuned!

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