From the robe you wrap around yourself when you wake up in the morning, to the shower curtain you pull back to get ready for the day, to the glass you drink from, the couch you relax on, and the bedding you settle into for a night of sweet dreams, your home is filled with items that either contribute to mass production or support a sustainable lifestyle. We know it’s not easy to thoroughly research every purchase you make, but you can make a difference in the health of the planet by choosing products from brands that promote sustainability.
As climate-conscious furniture brand Medley puts it, “your living space isn’t just your sanctuary—it’s also its own little ecosystem.” Filling it with clean and sustainable products benefits you, the artisans that craft ethically made pieces, and the environment. The result is labor-rich, unique pieces that will stand the test of time.
These 11 sustainable decor brands will make all climate-conscious homeowners swoon.
Carly Nance and Rachel Bentley believe that the home should be a reflection of our life experiences. That’s why, country by country, The Citizenry founders partner with master artisans to sell directly to consumers online. The result is high-quality, handmade goods that have been ethically crafted, including stone-washed linen bedding from Portugal that offers a laid-back, chic vibe, and a vibrant collection of handwoven area rugs made in a fair trade environment.
Founders Jacquie Lewis, Jules Vertrees, and Sarah Laping Garland were fed up with mass-produced home decor products, so they created Verve Culture. The brand highlights artisan crafts—curating gorgeous items made in the country of origin using traditional practices. The hand-blown Moroccan glassware sets, for instance, are made from recycled beer and wine bottles, which would otherwise be sent to landfills.
You can rest assured the luxurious cloud of bedding you wrap yourself in each night from Coyuchi is made with clean, toxin-free, 100-percent organic material. The brand’s commitment to purposeful design, organic farming and conscious processing not only makes for indulgently luxurious bedding, but also bath towels, shower curtains, beach towels, pajamas, and more. Inspired by the coast, the designs are effortlessly cool.
You’ll never have to knock on a piece of furniture from The Joinery to ensure it’s made of solid wood. Every piece from this Portland, Ore. company is handcrafted from sustainable forest resources, and is proudly signed by an individual builder. Even more enticing to climate-conscious consumers, The Joinery recycles or reuses their scrap lumber and sawdust, using a briquette machine to compact the otherwise waste material into wood briquettes that they donate to the community.
From throw pillows handwoven on a pedal loom by skilled artisans in Momostenango, Guatemala, to hand-painted wall hangings made from Lithuanian flax linen, each item description on Made Trade is inspiring. The brand believes in being “ethically elevated,” so you can rest assured artistry is at the heart of each product. Fair wages trump profits. Sustainability beats mass production. Quality craftsmanship is superior to mindless consumption. And transparency is above everything at this brand.
If you prioritize sustainability, you certainly can tell the difference when a home is filled with climate-conscious materials. Everything from Parachute offers that one-of-a-kind appeal you can see and feel. Offering premium quality sheets, towels, robes, rugs, and more, the direct-to-consumer brand works with manufacturers from expert Portuguese craftspeople to a fourth-generation American mattress maker. Each product is made with the finest materials, and comes with a OEKO-TEX certification, meaning they’re safely made without any harmful chemicals or synthetics.
Contemporary design doesn’t have to be synonymous with mass production. Minna believes the home should be a reflection of our values, and so the brand works with family-run workshops and independently-run cooperatives to bring consumers stunning, current decor that preserves ancient craft techniques. You’ll find throw pillows made with merino that’s 100-percent handspun by a women-led co-op and then handwoven by an artisan co-op in Lima, Peru. You can also feast your eyes on serving bowls made of natural red clay (or barro rojo) by a cooperative of women in San Marcos Tlapazola, Oaxaca, Mexico that are handbuilt and fired in an outdoor kiln.
Medley, a Los Angeles-based furniture brand started by brothers Travis and Ryan, creates sofas, sectionals, bed frames and more. The furniture frames are made of domestically-sourced, kiln-dried alder hardwood, while solid walnut and maple is used for the tables and other hard goods—all sourced from FSC-certified forests. From there, they use CertiPUR-US-certified foam and certified organic natural latex, sustainably sourced and cruelty-free wool, natural fabrics like cotton and hemp, as well as some certified organic textiles.
With a mission to change the lives of human beings for the better, from individuals to communities, Accompany brings you rare finds from around the world that are ethically-sourced and come with a thoughtful story. The Moroccan Berber basket, for instance, is hand-woven with wool and straw by local artisans in Morocco. The description notes that these baskets are “traditionally used by Berber women in the markets or at home to store spices, bread and vegetables.”
The Little Market
Founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla, The Little Market offers a selection of stunning handmade home decor from around the world. The brand was started as a means to help bring quality, fair trade goods to an online marketplace while helping women artisans rise above poverty. Handwoven kantha quilts empower women working with Basha in Bangladesh, many of whom are survivors of human trafficking and abuse, while handmade candles empower women artisans who have resettled as refugees in the United States.
“Our rugs lie lightly on this earth,” says a statement on Armadillo’s website. What exactly does that mean? Simply put, the brand’s rugs are made with natural materials and sustainable processes. Like the rest of the brands on this list, they’re designed to counteract today’s throwaway culture. Each rug is handcrafted using intricate knots and weaves that honor the integrity of true craftsmanship.
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