The best sustainable homeware and interior design brands, big and small, to make your space greener.
We all know it’s not enough to just bring a tote bag to the supermarket anymore. The environment is at the forefront of all of our minds, from the way we travel (train is becoming increasingly popular over plane) to the clothes we wear (eco-fashion brands are skyrocketing in popularity), and it’s clear in the way we’re spending.
You see, money talks – and consumers have a lot to say when it comes to investing in ethical and sustainable products. And although the production of fast fashion has taken a lot of the heat when it comes to consumerism, homewares brands are not far behind in what shoppers expect.
From smaller brands which have had an ethical mission statement from the start and innovative collectives trying to change the world as and when they can, to household names experimenting with eco-friendly ranges, there are lots of options when it comes to furnishing your home.
Here, we’ve picked out some of our favourite sustainable homewares brands to help make your house a greener place to be.
Burma-based brand Kalinko is all about focusing on traditional practices using local, skilled artisans. With handblown glassware, rattan furniture and this bowl that takes three months to make using discarded duck egg shells, the brand is all about being transparent.
Connecting shoppers with the people who carefully made the items, the brand hopes to get people to invest in pieces with a story that they’ll look after forever.
Not only does Swyft focus on those with a small space in mind, with each piece of furniture arriving in separate packaging to fit through doors with ease, said packaging is also made using 100% recyclable materials including biodegradable plastic.
With a focus on protecting the planet, the seating brand is forever working on its impact on the planet. Using FSC-certified wood for all sofa frames, with each sofa sold a tree is planted through World Land Trust.
Most known for its playful, colourful resin homeware, Dinosaur Designs puts the fun into sustainable homeware. Handmade in Australia, using a by-product of the oil industry, the raw material is saved from going to landfill and instead used to create amazing bowls, serving spoons, platters and vases.
With a waste-free process, all resin is used to create the uplifting designs and the brand excels when it comes to fair-pay and working conditions in the Sydney-based studio.
Founded by a mother and daughter duo, Arkitaip is the family-run brand that focuses on creating homeware and fashion that lasts. Specialising in organic linen, expect to see dreamy dresses, bedding, napkins and scarves all made from the eco-friendly material.
With an aim to preserve artisans’ skills, Arkitaip has a transparent and ethical supply chain. Creating pieces that are passed down through generations, the brand is all about loving what you buy and appreciating the story behind them in order to live more consciously.
Yesterday Today is a newly-launched small business born out of both a love of vintage aesthetics and an eco-friendly conscience.
Products span soft furnishings, decorative objects and some clothing, using second-hand and deadstock fabrics and vintage furniture to create something new.
It took Tasha and Barney seven years to create a fabric from plastic waste that would have the softness and texture of wool, while also being machine washable, stain-resistant, environmentally friendly and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. But we’re so glad we did.
A former cider-maker and flooring specialist, the pair now own Weaver Green, a sustainable homewares brand which sells country-style soft furnishings like rugs, cushions and linens.
Not only do they look gorgeous (we particularly like the sun-faded tones in the rug picture above), but you know that by buying from them you’re investing in the environment.
Not Just Another Store
Not Just Another Store is an independent concept store in east London which works with a plethora of unique brands which have sustainability as part of their focus.
Expect to see carefully selected pieces with a minimalist edge such as chic furniture and decadent candles.
Nkuku’s aesthetic is the definition of bohemian chic. Earthy colour palettes combined with trend-led designs, it’s enough to make us want to redecorate.
From lighting to mirrors, the online range is excitingly expansive. We’ve certainly been known to get stuck down a scrolling hole.
But the best thing about shopping with Nkuku is the care they take in sourcing eco-friendly materials and working fairly with artisans all over the world to make sure everything they do is “ethical, eco-friendly and handmade”.
Natural Collection sells a range of homewares, cleaning products and clothing that ticks at least one of the eco-friendly, fair trade, organic, UK made or vegan boxes.
The collection is so big you’ll find many good quality, beautiful products for any room of the home here (make sure you check out the candlesticks).
Wearth partners with 150 independent UK brands in a bid to make contemporary and eco-friendly products more accessible to the masses.
Everything online is hand selected by the team in London and features all sorts, from zero waste essentials to jewellery made from recycled silver. We particularly like these beautiful espresso cups, though.
Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.
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