We think about sustainability with our clothing, but what about when we decorate our homes? Trendy homeware — like other trend-based commodities — can easily end up in the garbage after a few months. Luckily, there are brands out there creating timeless pieces that will live in your home for years.
These eight sustainable brands actively positively contribute to the environment by using recycled materials, integrating eco-friendly technology, or providing a base of communities in need.
1. Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams
This interior design brand has gone to great lengths to become more eco-friendly and sustainable. They have reduced their volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by 40 percent for some of their products. MGBW has incorporated recycled fibers and regenerated fibers into their pillows, foams, and padding.
By selling their textile scraps to other manufacturers, they have managed to reduce their landfill waste by 200 tons annually. All of their wood is sourced following U.S. reforestation and harvesting regulations.
2. Carl Hansen & Søn
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Based in Copenhagen, Carl Hansen & Søn has melded sustainability and sleek Danish design together to create modern and timeless pieces. Most of the pieces are wooden and the natural material has been sourced from responsibly managed forests and sawmills.
What makes Carl Hansen & Søn stand out is their dedication to giving back. Any scraps of wood that can’t be used are recycled to district heating plants. They have provided heating for 750 homes in the area. The other materials are also carefully sourced from sustainable manufacturers.
Specializing in eco-friendly and long-lasting lighting, UK-based brand Tala has energy-efficient, aesthetic lightbulbs that can last up to 30,000 hours. The high-tech filament bulbs are dimmable and look nothing like the cool light eco-bulbs most people are familiar with. In 2019, they introduced a range made from Glaskeramik, a new material created from broken solar panel waste.
Their reforestation program donates money to several planting programs in an attempt to offset their carbon emissions. They’ve also paired up with the recycling First Mile to ensure none of their waste ends up in landfills.
Emeco’s motto is “We make things that last.” Founded in 1944, Emeco prides itself on making sturdy and sustainable furniture. They’re most well known for their 1006 Navy Chair that’s made from recycled aluminum from old US Navy submarines. Their plastic chairs are made from 70 percent recycled plastic and are 100 percent recyclable. They’ve managed to save 30 million plastic bottles from ending up in landfills with this design. Emeco estimates their furniture can last around 150 years.
Being an American brand, they source their materials from the United States to keep their transport emissions low. While their focus is on chairs and stools, they also have a selection of eco-friendly tables available.
Based in Burma, this soft furnishing brand has completely handmade pieces for every room of the house. Products are made by local artisans and include glassware, baskets, and stuffed toys for children.
Every piece includes a description of how or who it was made by. For example, their stuffed Toy Elephant “made by the Salesian Sisters, a group of nuns who live high up in the Shan hills.”
6. Dinosaur Designs
Dinosaur Designs resin pieces are handmade in Australia using a by-product of the oil industry. By repurposing the raw material, the homeware and jewelry brand manages to save masses of plastic from ending up in landfills.
The designs are colorful and playful but still chic. They made everything you might need for a fun table setting, from the serving dishes to the cheese knives.
7. Weaver Green
This homeware brand turns plastic bottles into intricate rugs and textiles. Every piece is made from 100 percent recycled plastic by artisans in Scandinavia, Europe, or Asia.
Weaver Green‘s rugs range in color, size, and design and take inspiration from every corner of the globe. They also make blankets, bags, cushions, napkins, tablecloths, and aprons. Because the pieces are made from plastic, they are moth resistant and won’t attract dust mites.
This African refugee women’s collective has a selection of home goods like poofs, baskets, tableware, and decorated candles to liven up any space. The women live in Tel Aviv and found a haven in being able to celebrate their own cultures and provide for their families through these pieces. They also receive social services.
Kuchinate baskets are crocheted and come in a variety of colors and patterns.
While finding reliable eco-friendly brands is an important step to filling your home with sustainable goods, shopping less is the best way to be kinder to the planet. We encourage you to think about why you want something and if it’s timeless or just trendy. Not only is this a sustainable way of thinking about things, but it also ensures you spend your money wisely.
So, plan ahead, shop consciously, and enjoy decorating your abode!
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