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Gorgeous homewares are everywhere, but how many of them can you feel really good about? How many are made from sustainable materials or constructed using eco-friendly practices? Read on for our roundup of fabulous green design items for your home.
Fast-growing, carbon-sequestering bamboo, which reaches maturity within five years, is one of the most earth-friendly furniture materials. Greenington harvests the bamboo for its tables, bedframes and desks without clear-cutting, and produces zero waste in its production process. The company’s “accents collection” features sleek mid-century-style side tables to perfectly accessorize your sitting room.
Samuel Moyer Furniture
This small artisan workshop focuses on sourcing from sustainable materials and creating home décor that will stand the test of time, “making furniture and artwork for our grandchildren’s children.” The “hair-of-the-dog” breakfast-in-bed tray and the “Earl of Sandwich” breadboard are examples of the unique and charming goods these makers create with utmost care.
What could be more sustainable than recycled paper? And what could be more versatile in furnishing or accessorizing a space than a simple cube? That’s why the heavy-duty, recycled cardboard cubes from Way Basics are incredibly useful and green—even when they’re in another of the many colors available. The company also makes full bookcases from its unique recycled material, called zBoard.
Hook & Loom Rug Company
The reclaimedcotton, hand-woven rugs from Hook & Loom Rug Company are chemical-, dye- and latex-free. The yarn they use to create their colorful floor coverings are created from donated textiles, which provide the bright hues for the finished products. Their wool rugs are all-natural and undyed, creating a durable product and elegant effect.
The gorgeous vases from Cobre are made from reclaimed scrap copper, bringing unique style to recycled materials. Artisans in the highlands of Michoacán in Central Mexico create these striking pieces using a centuries-old “bonfire” method that creates a handsome patina. The tall “Roycroft” Copper Vase will be a regal and socially responsible addition to any space.
The first company to make coasters, placemats and other table products out of pure food-grade, hand-silk-screened silicone, Modern Twist brings an innovative and sustainable option to the dining room. Try the linen-looking placemats or the silver “twine”-patterned coasters. These classy designs will complement any style, and the nonporous, chemical-free material will work for every family.
The organic cotton and natural fibers Coyuchi uses in its bed, bath and table linens are processed by mills and workshops focused on “environmental and social sustainability.” The fabrics are as handsome as they are good for the Earth. Try the Larkspur Linen Pillows for a classy addition to your sofa, or the huggable muslin swaddle blankets for the perfect baby gift.
With this many eco-friendly options right at your fingertips there’s no excuse for not transforming your home into a greener sanctuary. No need to sacrifice on style—sustainable products are often made with care and crafted with beauty in mind.