We think about sustainability with our clothes, but what about when we decorate our homes? Trendy household items – like other trendy products – can easily end up in the trash after a few months. Fortunately, there are brands that create timeless pieces that will live in your home for years to come.
These eight sustainable brands actively contribute to the environment by using recycled materials, integrating environmentally friendly technologies or providing a base for communities in need.
1. Mitchell Gold and 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% for some of their products. MGBW has incorporated recycled fibers and regenerated fibers into its pillows, foams and fillings.
By selling their textile waste to other manufacturers, they managed to reduce their landfill waste by 200 tonnes per year. All of their wood comes from US reforestation and harvesting regulations.
2. Carl Hansen & Son
Copenhagen-based Carl Hansen & Søn have fused sustainability and sleek Danish design to create timeless modern pieces. Most of the parts are made of wood and the natural material comes from responsibly managed forests and sawmills.
What sets Carl Hansen & Søn apart is their dedication to giving back. Unusable wood offcuts are recycled to district heating plants. They ensured the heating of 750 houses in the region. The other materials are also carefully selected from sustainable manufacturers.
Specializing in ecological and sustainable lighting, the British brand Tala offers energy-efficient and aesthetic bulbs that can last up to 30,000 hours. High-tech filament bulbs are dimmable and nothing like the eco-friendly cool-light bulbs most people are familiar with. In 2019, they presented a range in Glaskeramik, a new material created from the waste of broken solar panels.
Their reforestation program gives money to several plantation programs in an effort to offset their carbon emissions. They have also partnered with First Mile Recycling to ensure that 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 durable furniture. They are best known for their 1006 Navy Chair made from recycled aluminum from former US Navy submarines. Their plastic chairs are made from 70% recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable. They managed to save 30 million plastic bottles from ending up in landfills with this design. Emeco estimates that its furniture can last around 150 years.
Being an American brand, they source materials from the United States to reduce their transportation emissions. Although they focus on chairs and stools, they also offer a selection of eco-friendly tables.
Based in Burma, this upholstery brand offers entirely handmade pieces for every room in the house. Products are made by local artisans and include glassware, baskets and children’s soft toys.
Each piece includes a description of how or by whom it was made. For example, their plush Elephant Toy “made by the Salesian Sisters, a group of nuns who live high up in the Shan hills.”
6. Dinosaur Drawings
Dinosaur Designs resin pieces are handmade in Australia from a by-product of the petroleum industry. By reusing the raw material, the household goods and jewelry brand manages to prevent masses of plastic from ending up in landfills.
The designs are colorful and playful but still chic. They’ve done everything you could possibly need for a fun table, from serving platters to cheese knives.
7. Weaver Green
This homeware brand transforms plastic bottles into intricate rugs and textiles. Each piece is made from 100% recycled plastic by artisans in Scandinavia, Europe or Asia.
Weaver Green rugs vary in color, size and design and draw inspiration from all corners of the globe. They also make blankets, bags, cushions, towels, tablecloths and aprons. Because the pieces are plastic, they are moth resistant and do not attract dust mites.
This collective of African refugee women offers a selection of homewares such as poufs, baskets, tableware and decorated candles to brighten up any space. The women live in Tel Aviv and have found refuge in being able to celebrate their own cultures and support their families through these plays. They also receive social services.
Kuchinate baskets are crocheted and come in a variety of colors and patterns.
While finding reliable eco-brands is an important step in filling your home with sustainable products, buying less is the best way to be kinder to the planet. We encourage you to think about why you want something and whether it’s timeless or just trendy. Not only is this a sustainable way of thinking about things, but it also ensures that you are spending your money wisely.
So plan ahead, shop consciously, and enjoy decorating your abode!
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