8 sustainable interior design brands
We think about sustainability with our clothes, but what about when we decorate our homes? Trendy household items, like other trending products, can easily end up in the trash after a few months. Fortunately, there are brands that create timeless pieces that will live in your home for years to come.
These eight sustainable brands actively contribute to the environment by using recycled materials, incorporating environmentally friendly technologies or providing a base of communities in need.
1. Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams
This interior design brand has gone to great lengths to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable. They have reduced their volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by 40% for some of their products. MGBW has incorporated recycled fibers and regenerated fibers in its pillows, foams and fillings.
By selling their textile waste to other manufacturers, they have managed to reduce their landfill waste by 200 tonnes per year. All of their wood comes from US reforestation and harvesting regulations.
2. Carl Hansen & Son
Based in Copenhagen, Carl Hansen & Søn has fused durability and elegant Danish design to create modern and timeless pieces. Most of the parts are made of wood, and the natural material comes from responsibly managed forests and sawmills.
What sets Carl Hansen & Søn apart is their commitment to giving back. Scraps of wood that cannot be used are recycled in district heating plants. They provided heating for 750 homes in the region. The other materials are also carefully selected from sustainable manufacturers.
Specializing in ecological and sustainable lighting, the British brand Tala offers aesthetic and energy-efficient bulbs that can last up to 30,000 hours. High tech filament bulbs are dimmable and look nothing like the cold light eco bulbs that most people are familiar with. In 2019, they launched a range made from Glaskeramik, a new material created from waste from broken solar panels.
Their reforestation program donates money to several planting programs with the aim of offsetting their carbon emissions. They’ve also partnered with First Mile Recycling to make sure none of their waste ends up in landfills.
Emeco’s motto is “We make things that last. Founded in 1944, Emeco takes pride in making strong and durable furniture. They are best known for their Navy 1006 chair, which is made from recycled aluminum from old US Navy submarines. Their plastic chairs are made from 70 percent recycled plastic and are 100 percent recyclable. They managed to prevent 30 million plastic bottles from ending up in landfills with this design. Emeco estimates that its furniture can last around 150 years.
Being an American brand, they source materials from the United States to keep their transportation emissions low. Although their focus is on chairs and stools, they also have a selection of environmentally friendly tables.
Based in Burma, this soft furnishings brand offers completely handmade pieces for every room in the house. Products are made by local artisans and include glassware, baskets and plush toys for children.
Each part includes a description of how or by whom it was made. For example, their plush Toy elephant “realized by the Salesian Sisters, a group of nuns who live in the heights of the Shan hills.”
6. Drawings of dinosaurs
Dinosaur Designs resin parts are handcrafted in Australia using a by-product of the petroleum industry. By reusing the raw material, the household goods and jewelry brand manages to prevent masses of plastic from ending up in landfills.
The designs are colorful and playful but still chic. They made everything you could possibly need for a fun table top, from serving platters to cheese knives.
7. Weaver green
This household goods brand transforms plastic bottles into intricate carpets and textiles. Each piece is made from 100% recycled plastic by artisans from Scandinavia, Europe or Asia.
Weaver Green rugs vary in color, size and design and are inspired by all corners of the world. They also make blankets, bags, cushions, napkins, tablecloths and aprons. Because the parts are plastic, they are moth resistant and will not attract mites.
This collective of African refugee women offers a selection of household items like ottomans, baskets, crockery and decorated candles to brighten up any space. The women live in Tel Aviv and have found a refuge to be able to celebrate their own cultures and provide for their families through these plays. They also benefit from social services.
Kuchinate baskets are crocheted and come in a variety of colors and patterns.
While finding reliable, eco-friendly brands is an important step in filling your home with sustainable products, buying less is the best way to be more environmentally friendly. We encourage you to think about why you want something and whether it’s timeless or just trendy. Not only is this a sustainable way of thinking, but it also ensures that you are spending your money wisely.
So plan ahead, shop consciously and have fun decorating your home!
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