Furniture designer Ben Frost is passionate about embracing sustainability in every area of the home. His sofa collection collaboration with Grand Designs and DFS is a case in point, fusing contemporary style with comfort and impressive eco-credentials. \u2018The range reflects a more responsible, sustainable approach to modern living - something that\u2019s ever more important in our daily lives,\u2019 explains Ben. \u2018It\u2019s perfect for anyone who wants to invest in affordable, sustainable furniture, but without compromising on style, comfort or function. Here, he talks about how to embrace sustainability affordably and in style. Think big While we\u2019re more aware than ever of the need to make our homes eco-friendly, big-ticket item like sofas might not seem the most obvious way to buy into sustainability. Ben\u2019s striking \u2018Kent\u2019 sofa for DFS, though, is different. Handcrafted in Britain, it boasts clean, architecture-inspired lines, subtle quilted details and elegant wooden legs, and is available in velvet, chenille or woven fabric upholstery in a range of timeless shades. It has also been designed from top to toe with eco-consciousness in mind. \u2018Every component has been chosen to reduce its impact on the environment,\u2019 Ben explains. \u2018The frame is constructed from sustainably sourced timber, the seat and back cushions are made using fibres derived from recycled plastic bottles, and the super-soft upholstery fabrics are crafted from recycled yarns.\u2019 Know what to look for Ben is brimming with smart yet simple ideas you can adopt in your own home \u2013 not just investing in natural and recycled materials, but also thinking about longevity and the potential for re-use at the end of an object\u2019s life. \u2018When shopping for homewares, whether they\u2019re new or used, look at things like the methods used to manufacture them, whether they make efficient use of materials, and the build quality \u2013 all of these things affect a piece\u2019s lifespan.\u2019 He also suggests being savvy about how you dispose of furnishings \u2013 could an old item be sold or given away, rather than being got rid of? \u2018The way we repurpose the things in our homes is just as important as the new purchases we make,\u2019 Ben argues. \u2018Reach out on social media or auction sites, and to charities - you might find your old furniture a new home.\u2019 Usefully, DFS offers a Sofa Rescue scheme, which is designed to help divert old furniture from landfills. The service will pick up a customer's old sofa and recycle as many of the materials and component parts as possible, offering customers a way to dispose of their old sofas easily and responsibly. Invest in good materials When shopping for new buys, there are specific things that Ben recommends keeping an eye out for. \u2018Responsibly sourced FSC timber, textiles made from recycled materials, and recycled plastics are three good choices, but also consider whether materials can be recycled at the end of their life,\u2019 he says. Some considerations may not be immediately obvious, such as an item\u2019s finishes, fixtures and packaging. \u2018With the \u2018Kent\u2019 sofa, for example, the feet have an eco finish that\u2019s free from man-made chemicals or lacquer, while the delivery packaging is recyclable and made from used polythene bags.\u2019 Give your home longevity Ultimately, though, Ben believes that the best thing we can do as eco-aware consumers is to keep things for longer. This means championing furniture that is timeless \u2013 Ben loves designs from the 1940s and 50s, which \u2018complement the contemporary pieces that we also need for our modern lifestyles\u2019. Discovering a new lease of life for old favourites is one way to extend their lifespans. \u2018Simply sanding down and repainting an old chest of drawers, or changing the handles, can mean you\u2019ll love it for longer,\u2019 explains Ben. \u2018That\u2019s an excellent way to contribute to a sustainable future. Pinterest is perfect for inspiration on what can be achieved, and often has how-to guides.\u2019 With these ideas in mind, how would Ben accessorize the \u2018Kent\u2019 sofa? \u2018I would complement it with some vintage cushions and throws and add a 1950s coffee table alongside,\u2019 he suggests. \u2018It\u2019s the perfect mix of new and sustainable.\u2019 To see the full range of stylish and sustainable sofas in the Grand Designs collection available exclusively at DFS, visit dfs.co.uk Grand Designs\u2122 FremantleMedia Ltd. All rights reserved.