The Best Places to Buy Stylish Sustainable-Minded Home Decor Online, According to Interior Designers
If you aren’t already outfitting your home with furniture and decor items made from sustainable materials, then now’s the time to start. “The number one benefit to designing a home that uses sustainably-made furnishings is that you’re supporting a local business while simultaneously reducing the carbon footprint of that item,” says interior designer Becky Shea.
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Curious where interior designers themselves go to shop for chic, eco-friendly home decor pieces online? From reliable secondhand resale sites to small batch artisanal marketplaces and more, these eight designer-approved places source decor that’s either vintage or incorporates sustainable materials that you — and your bank account! — can feel better about buying.
If you ask interior designer Michelle Lisac, the best thing about decorating with accessories that incorporate sustainable materials is that often you are supporting artisans across the globe to help keep certain craft traditions alive. “Not only does Connected Goods offer everything from grass-woven storage baskets to marble serving trays made from recycled or sustainable materials, they work with local artisans and creatives in various countries to ensure they receive a living wage,” she explains.
The only thing better than a solid secondhand decor find is one that’s been made of upcycled materials and built to get better with age. To that end, interior designer Jessica Davis of Atelier Davis is a big fan of Aloka, an Atlanta-based home decor company that focuses on soft, perfectly worn-in textiles. “I love to shop Aloka for one-of-a-kind throw blankets and pillows that are made from reused saris,” says Davis.
Neon Lace Company
Designer Emma Beryl is all about the colorful tabletop items from the Neon Lace Company, an independently-owned custom workshop in Hudson Valley, NY, that hand dyes linens and vintage pieces for the home. “Neon Lace Company uses non-toxic ingredients to custom blend all of their dye colors, and all of their textiles are sourced with sustainability in mind,” she explains.
If you’re in the market for a cool light fixture, Shea says to look no further than Danielle Trofe‘s eponymous brand for some biofabricated lighting. “All of their lights are made from mushrooms through a process that uses seed husks, corn stalks, and liquid mushroom mycelium,” she explains. “Growing their lights — versus manufacturing them — is a progressive way to design sustainable products, and if you decide you no longer want the light, you can break it up into smaller pieces and sprinkle it across your lawn as compost.”
For a wide variety of affordable, artisanal decor items from a slew of different sustainable brands, Lisac says to head over to Goodee, which actually partnered with Nordstrom on the collaboration pictured above earlier this year. “We love their amazing assortment of baskets and unique decor accents, including wall art, candles, and planters,” she explains. “Purchasing decor pieces that are made from recycled or sustainable materials means they don’t require a lot of natural resources to create.”
Known for their colorful, contemporary designs that of African diaspora, 54Kibo offers a wide array of eco-friendly home decor accents, ranging from throw pillows to decorative mirrors. “The ceramic designs are sourced from throughout the African diaspora, which ensures that they are unique and diverse and that the artisans who make them are paid fairly,” says interior designer Carneil Griffin of Griffin Direction Interiors.
For high-quality, handmade textiles crafted of eco-conscious materials, interior designer Kirsten Grove of We Three Design says you can always count on The Citizenry. “The Citizenry has become a one-stop shop for me when it comes to sustainable-minded decor on a budget,” she explains. “Whether it’s linen bedding or an accent rug, you can find all sorts of chic artisanal textiles for affordable prices.”
Along with prolonging the life of an item that could otherwise end up in a landfill, interior designer Katie Leede says shopping for secondhand home decor helps conserve the energy and natural resources required to produce new furnishings. “Repurposing vintage and antique furniture is by far the most environmentally-friendly way to decorate,” she explains. “My favorite online portal for previously-owned treasures is Chairish because the price points can be low, and you can often find designer cast-offs, such as antique vases that can be converted into lamps and side tables that can be repainted.”