These 9 Under-the-Radar Design Finds Can Style Your Home Sustainably

published Apr 22, 2022
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Living more sustainably can include consuming less, using what you already have, or shopping secondhand, but sometimes buying new just can’t be avoided. And when you have to buy a new product, the impact it has on the environment can stretch from shopping to shipment. 

So, to decide on whether or not an item is worth it, consider asking a few questions. “Where was this made?” is a good start, since there are ways you can ensure that production lines are looking out for the planet. “Who made this?” is another solid question, because it’ll likely lead you to discover the mission statements of the companies that get your business — and whether they align with your environmental beliefs. And once you’ve decided to put something in your cart, you should also consider, “What happens to this product when I’m done with it?” Perhaps a company recycles items for you, and offers a discount when they’ve reached the end of their lifecycle.

To steer you in a planet-positive shopping experience, I scouted out nine eco-conscious design finds that can help style your home more sustainably. In honor of Earth Day, and every day, learning to shop consciously is a habit the planet needs.

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Fable Home
was $280.00

Upgrade your table with dining essentials that are built to last. Fable specializes in timeless, quality products meant to outpace the trend cycle. As the company works towards a zero-waste facility, Fable actively measures their freight-generated greenhouse gas emissions and aims to minimize it wherever possible. They prioritize partnering with like-minded, eco-focused vendors, as well. For every set of dinnerware purchased, a meal is also donated to someone in need via their partnership with Mealshare.

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Landfill-bound factory off-cuts have been shredded and spun into yarn to make this 100 percent recycled blanket. Blacksaw’s collection of easier-on-the-environment and sustainable blankets, with their minimalist aesthetic, are a stunning statement piece in any home. From their commitment to using only natural and recycled fibers, to the factory manufacturing of their designs, and the reusable packaging that ends up in customers’ hands, the brand has honed their process from start to finish. Thanks to their mahogany wood wall mounts, the blankets also double as beautiful textile wall art.

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Described by the brand as “the great outdoors in a candle,” NORD features 100 percent pure essential oils with a scent combo of balsam fir, black spruce, cedar leaf, fennel, and pine needle. It’s made by LOHN, a female-founded business that looks into the origins of their ingredients in an effort to understand their environmental impact. They're working to reduce their footprint through a number of other partnerships, including with CleanHub, which helps companies minimize plastic use.

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If you’re looking to invest in new bedding, consider bamboo, which is known to be softer on the skin and the planet. It’s a highly renewable material that requires one third of the amount of water that cotton needs to grow, it can thrive in a variety of growing conditions, and is known for its ability to quickly sequester large amounts of carbon. Vearthy creates 100 percent Bamboo Lyocell bedding using bamboo pulp that’s extracted and spun into fibers through a more minimal production process. All orders are shipped in compostable shipping mailers, too.

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Spend less — and rely on less plastic packaging — by harvesting your own healthy and organic microgreens. Using an autonomous watering system and hydroponic technology, this sleek, minimalist indoor garden can sprout radish, arugula, and more in just seven days. The product is made with a ceramic bowl and stainless steel frame, plus uses cardboard packaging rather than plastic. A certified carbon neutral company with food security and sustainability at the core of their mission, ingarden uses high-quality materials like biodegradable seed pads.

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Fique + Clay

Described by the brand as “a natural fiber that grows in the leaves of the fique plant native to Andean regions of Colombia,” fique is sustainable and highly durable. It’s used in these cozy, neutral-toned biodegradable rugs, which have been hand-braided by local artisans in Curiti using Fair Trade principles.

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Seed & Sprout

If you’re going to have a compost receptacle sitting on your kitchen counter gathering food waste, it might as well look good. An ideal size for smaller spaces, this mini bin comes with an odor neutralizing charcoal filter that can be washed and reused. Australia-based Seed & Sprout uses renewable energy in the form of solar panels and is 100 percent emissions free. All orders are shipped plastic-free using recycled cardboard and upcycled protective filling.

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Ferm Living

Ditch the plastic storage containers in favor of something more eco-friendly. These lightweight boxes created from 100 percent recycled paper pulp are the perfect solution for all your organizing needs. Biodegradable, sturdy, and easy to stack, they make a statement in any room with their naturally stylish, minimalist design.

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The artisans that handcraft this earthenware in Northern Uganda use the earth and generations of skill to support and transform their community. Through the partnership with Obakki, they’re able to reach more people with their wares and establish a continual income, which helps feed their families and put their children through school. The imperfect nature of these beautiful clay bowls brings a salt-of-the-earth feel to any space.