So, What’s the Deal With the Plant-Based Decor Craze?

published May 18, 2019
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Has anyone else noticed plants are taking over the world? And no, I don’t mean in a “I have 23 fiddle-leaf figs in my house” plant parent kind of way. In an effort to have a brighter, cleaner, greener future, many people are ditching their wasteful products for more sustainable alternatives. Over the past few years, we’ve seen people embracing vegan fashion, trading their meaty meals for plant-based dishes, and, yes, even bring some plant-based decor into their homes. And for good reason.

According to the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency, over nine million tons of furniture become waste each year. Yikes!

“We believe that the way in which products are developed, made, and arrive to your door matters, and that we can solve big problems, like the culture of disposability, with meaningful design,” Kyle Hoff, co-founder of furniture brand Floyd, which uses top-grade, natural wood as well as materials that don’t emit volatile organic compounds. “Materials are an incredibly important part of that.”

There’s no denying plant-based decor is better for our environment, but we couldn’t help but wonder how it differs from the other pieces that are currently on the market. Plus, does plant-based decor have anything else to offer than a smaller carbon footprint?

According to Leo Wang, yes. His company, Buffy, originally rose to design fame with its ultra-cozy Cloud duvet, which is made entirely out of recycled PET water bottles. Recently, Buffy tapped into the plant world with its new Breeze comforter, made entirely of eucalyptus.

Of course, water bottles and eucalyptus are two very different materials, so while both of Buffy’s styles claim to be super comfortable, they ultimately offer two very different things.

“While the Cloud is ultra fluffy, the Breeze is inherently lighter and more breathable—the weight and fill is calibrated to ensure it regulates body temperature, as opposed to simply trapping heat like many of the more traditional comforters on the market,” Wang says.

While sustainability is at the forefront, the plants used in your textiles, bedding, and furniture might be packed with other perks. It all depends on the plant in question.

Take eucalyptus, which Wang says is believed to have many healing properties.

“It is often recommended to those with sensitive skin or eczema,” he says. “The plant has also been proven naturally hypoallergenic, fending off the pesky mites or allergens that often plague down in particular- and other materials the home space.”

So is plant-based decor here to stay? Absolutely. The folks at Buffy and Floyd both agree that this is a movement, not a fleeting trend.

“We believe that as people become more sensitive to the materials in their personal environments, homes will undergo a revolution that favors ingredients that are natural and whole.”

He says that when shopping for plant-based decor, it’s important to make sure it’s clear of toxic, man-made materials. If you can’t draw any conclusions from the label, go ahead and reach out to the brand.

“Sustainably sourcing and producing things shouldn’t just be a trend, it should become a major focus of anyone producing anything these days,” says Alex O’Dell, Floyd’s other co-founder. “We only have one planet and it’s our responsibility to make sure what we’re putting out in the world isn’t causing unnecessary harm, as well as rethink the way we consume things.”