One of the toughest parts about living green is often the price tag associated with such products. Luckily, as brands become more aware of mindful living, prices become more and more approachable. Check out these great resources from our Marketplace for finding eco-friendly home goods at costs you can afford.
Kitchen Supplies & Tabletop
- Preserve Products: We don't usually think of plastic as a green material, but Preserve uses 100% recycled/recyclabe #5 polypropylene plastic in their products. It's more expensive than disposable stuff, but it pays off in the long run by lasting through many uses.
- Farmer's Markets: It's hard to find anything fresher or better than the food at your local farmer's market. Produce is usually pretty cheap, too, when you're buying in season and shipping costs are subtracted from the equation. For our guide to markets across the country, click here.
- HerbTrader.com: This online store carries over 8,000 natural and organic products—including household cleaners and candles, spices, seasonings and kitchen utensils—in pretty much all of the eco names you'd expect to find, including many budget brands.
Household Supplies & Green Materials
- Green Depot: Founded in November 2005, Green Depot has since expanded into multiple showrooms across the East Coast and Midwest. Their mission is to be the green version of Home Depot, making eco-friendly household goods more accessible and affordable.
- The Ultimate Green Store: Not everything at this online general store is cheap. They carry a lot of higher end green brands, but they're a good resource for quality products and a few key budget brands, like Method and Mrs. Meyers cleaning product lines.
- Compostable Goods: All of the home products available through Compostable Goods are designed to be biodegradable and completely compostable at the end of their life. It's not all super-cheap, but they have a good sale section for items that have been deeply discounted.
Furniture and Decor
- Flor Modular Carpet Tiles: These recycled and recyclable carpet tiles run around $11 per square at 19.5 inches each. Each FLOR tile can be lifted up, washed, and then replaced when dry, prolonging the life of the carpet.
- Green Home Environmental Products: This online store carries an extensive line of recycled wood, metal, and plastic furniture in the low hundreds. It's not all beautiful, but there are good and affordable pieces to be found. They also carry household products from rain barrels to lawn mowers.
- Renegade Handmade: This annual craft fair has a full-time, brick-and-mortar home in Chicago. Shop there in person or online for affordable artwork and accessories. Everything is made by hand, and they feature a rotating selection of work by over 300 artists.
Vintage & Thrift
- Etsy: This online store is a consistently popular source for artist-made objects, craft supplies, fabrics, and vintage housewares. Over just five years, it's managed to become one of the largest online retailers of handmade and vintage goods, with hundreds of thousands of sellers.
- Goodwill: Goodwill is one of the few non-profit thrift shops with a strong online presence. Their auction site pulls from a national inventory of used items, and it operates like eBay, except that all proceeds go to Goodwill's education, training, and job placement programs.
- Thrift Stores: If you're interested in reuse and local shopping, nothing beats your neighborhood thrift store for green furniture and home goods. For a list of great thrift stores across the country, see this post.