Spring is a great time to freshen up your personal space. So whether you’re planning a full-on renovation or just aim to add a few new items—be they decorative, functional, or both—why not do it in an eco-conscious way? Some great brands are even offering discounts and promotions as incentive, just in time for Earth Day. So take a peek at these worthy products and start making your home and the planet a better place.
Settle into a sustainable sofa.
For a comfortable, beautiful couch with an environmental conscience, consider the clean-lined, low-lounge Haywood. It’s fashioned by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, founding members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, so you know it was built with a planet-friendly focus. It’s also structurally sturdy and impeccably pure; the back cushions are made from a hypoallergenic down-alternative and the seat cushions boast a CertiPUR-US foam core.
Go with wallpaper that wows.
Grasscloth can lend an elegant yet natural look and feel to interiors. The wonderful weaves from York’s Grasscloth Wallcoverings, including sisal, abaca, bamboo, raffia, jute, sea grass, arrowroot, and hemp, are handmade using sustainable crops of renewable fibers. They’re air dried, colored with water-based vegetable dyes, and finished with organic rice paper backing for strength and stability. Plus, York is partnering with One Tree Planted for Earth Day, planting a tree for every order placed on yorkwallcoverings.com from Monday April 19th to Sunday April 25th.
Put in unique pendants.
Crafted of highly sustainable concrete, these slender, sophisticated pendant lamps from PlasterStudio are a stylish way to add light above a kitchen island or counter. Made to order by a Lithuanian sculptor, each piece differs slightly in color and texture. Plus, they’re available on Etsy, which recently announced its latest goal in a commitment of planet-protecting policies: Following the protocol of the Science Based Targets Initiative, the company aims to reach net zero emissions by 2030.
Make a better bed.
Cotton percale has a crisp, cool, breathable quality perfect for warmer weather. These 300-thread-count bed linens from Coyuchi are 100 percent organic and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified for fair trade and safe manufacturing practices. Gentle, muted colors are part of these sheets’ appeal. And the Minimalist Set, which consists of one fitted sheet, one pillow sham, and one duvet cover, is available at 15 percent off for a limited time.
Consider an eco-conscious commode.
Beginning a bathroom redo? Bear in mind that the average family uses more than 300 gallons of water every day at home, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The KOHLER Wellworth Elongated Classic 1.28 gpf Toilet, part of the brand’s 200+ WaterSense-certified products, can help you conserve with every flush. Now through May 2, saving water means saving money with a 25 percent off sale on kohler.com.
Roll out a righteous rug.
This jute rug is called Terra for a reason: The loosely woven texture offers the sensation of treading on the earth. In addition to providing a delightful sensation underfoot, the durable handcrafted rug is from Armadillo, a company committed to natural materials, sustainable processes, and values aimed to counteract throwaway culture. It comes in four sizes; is available in two warm, neutral colors; and is finished with a casual fringe.
Start cooking with care.
Research has shown that induction cooking, the method that directly heats pots and pans via a magnetic field, uses 10 percent less energy than cooking with electric ranges and half the energy of gas models. This 30-inch, four-element Frigidaire model boasts powerful burners that can boil water in a mere 90 seconds. High-tech features include a hot-surface indicator, pan-presence indicator, and pan-size sensor that adapts the heating area to the size of your cookware.
Dine on your ideals.
The right wood is renewable, reusable, and recyclable—and this handsome dining table is available in five different species, including oak and maple, which are among the most sustainable. It’s crafted in the shaker style, which exemplifies simple, functional beauty, and it has a lifetime guarantee from The Joinery. The Oregon-based company is a certified B-Corp that seeks environmentally responsible sources for its woods, most of which are Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
Wash with less waste.
To clean green, employ an environmentally mindful washing machine. The best front-loading models are more energy efficient and use less water than traditional top-loading units. This ENERGY STAR-certified Electrolux washer boasts an estimated yearly cost of $7 on an electric water heater and $6 on a gas water heater, thanks in part to an automatic adjustment feature that conserves H2O.
Dispose responsibly—and attractively.
A sustainable approach to life means doing your part to make less waste, but trash inevitably happens. When it does, toss it in this good-looking, dual-compartment, 60-liter trash can from Brabantia. With its space-efficient size and shape, removable inner buckets, and minimal pressure pedal operation, it could make a welcome addition to your kitchen. As a brand, Brabantia is environmentally mindful, with 90 percent of its products being Cradle to Cradle Bronze Certified.
Talk about a dream come true! The Chorus organic mattress from Naturepedic is made of a variety of healthy materials, including organic cotton, organic wool batting, and a layer of polylactic acid (PLA), a high-performance, plant-based material. All combine for resiliency and moisture wicking. It’s touted as universally comfortable, meaning it suits most sleepers, and boasts support coils and microcoils that are individually wrapped and completely adhesive-free to create the ultimate comfort. Like all Naturepedic products, this mattress is triply sanctioned, with UL/Greenguard certification, GOTS certification, and MadeSafe certification.
Select an innovative countertop.
When researching kitchen countertops, consider the latest incarnation of Silestone. Thanks to an innovative production process called HybriQ+ technology, the popular nonporous material can now be manufactured with reused raw materials, 99 percent recycled water, 100 percent renewable energy, and significantly less natural quartz. Five new hues, collectively called the Loft Series, celebrate the debut of this new formulation that deepens the company’s eco-conscious commitment.
Paring down your belongings is a noble goal—especially when you plan to donate instead of discard. But when it comes to containing everyday clutter, this beautiful large basket is hard to beat. Handwoven of dried palm leaves in Oaxaca, Mexico, it’s the perfect receptacle for toys, linens, and assorted odds and ends. And its simple style suits it to a host of different settings. This unique find is brought to you by Minna, a company that sources the globe to support and preserve ancient craft techniques.
Serve and protect.
In the 1940s, pioneering potter Edith Heath began firing clay at a relatively low temperature, thus saving energy while creating a broad range of gorgeous colors and glazes. Today, employee-owned Heath Ceramics creates quality classic tableware and tiles while nearing its goal of zero-waste production at its California factory. Selecting just one favorite for basic dinnerware is no small task, but this Moonstone set in deep, true blue with a textured high gloss finish does make the mouth water.
Let love rule.
As durable as they are adorable, these heart-shaped bowls are made from the wood of fast-growing, sustainably harvested acacia trees. They’re hand carved by women artisans in the rural Philippines—some who craft communally and others who work from home so they can care for their families. Online emporium The Little Market is devoted to engendering economic self-sufficiency for women around the world, and all of their lovely home goods are made in accordance with fair-trade principles.
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!