SUSTAINABLE HOMEWARE FOR 2021

Create a sustainable living space this year
It's difficult to build a sustainable home from scratch but just switching to ethically crafted home decor could go a long way! There is nothing that makes a house feel more like a home than filling it with simple things that tell a story of thoughtful craftsmanship that aligns with the environment. We've brought you an exhaustive list of sustainable homeware brands pioneering what it means to make ethical, sustainable and expertly designed home goods.

Each of these companies is committed to the ethical sourcing and production of its products, as well as giving back to artisan communities; all the while being immensely focused on ethical labor standards and sustainable practices.
From items for your cozy book corner to bed linen, kitchenware and rugs, it's all here for you.

Floyd Home

With Floyd's mission to design timeless classic sustainable homeware products and to help prevent furniture from ending up in landfills, they've come up with a custom shelving system for storage. Our favourite piece from Floyd Home has to be this shelving system because it's a perfect blend of quality and design but still leaves room for us to be creative! It displays the things you love and stores the things you don't, all while remaining flexible for what your life becomes in the future because you're able to design products you want to keep.

They use FSC-certified wood supports and durable steel shelves, all while being flexible to allow you to make it to match your space. Floyd continually considers their commitment towards the environment and how they can set the bar higher. They've also built a circular market for their products, so they can ensure that even less furniture waste reaches landfills. What more could we ask for?


ABC Home

They have been long-time champions of sustainability in the furniture space, leading in both form and function with their products. ABC Home's ethical goods are made with eco-friendly and deadstock materials, responsibly manufactured and handcrafted by artisans from around the globe. Instead of relying solely on virgin materials, they love to breathe new life into high-quality deadstock or vintage and antique objects by sourcing responsibly from Europe and Asia.
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Our favourite pieces from ABC Home have to be the softly textured rugs as they suit the color harmony in every home! But, whether it's beds handcrafted from responsibly sourced wood and non-toxic materials, space saving solutions that keep the bedroom organized, or linen bedding to keep you cool when temperatures rise, ABC Home's designs are sure to make your home unique and memorable. And what better than them constantly striving to tread lightly on the planet - from production to impact.

West Elm

We especially love the timeless goods of this ethical company for spaces with forward thinking norms and finishes and our favourite piece from West Elm has to be their Cotton Waffle Throw because it's just so perfect for our cozy book corner! They source products that are handcrafted, Fair Trade Certified, organic, sustainably sourced, and/or local. At West Elm, they're in the business of home—and the planet is everyone's home.

Their prime focus has been on expanding their use of low-impact materials, reducing waste and prioritizing circularity. West Elm also champion the maker movement and collaborate with the Human Rights Campaign to help strengthen local economies and boost artists/designers, especially in underrepresented areas. Furthermore, they collaborate with artisan collectives around the world to help preserve their handcraft traditions and create opportunities for sustainable employment.

Citizenry

We believe our homes should be reflections of the journeys we take and our personal spaces deserve designs with a soul, a story, and a purpose. It's why Citizenry travels the world to develop their exclusive collections of sustainable homeware. Country by country, they partner with master artisans, blending a modern style with a few antique techniques to bring to you reimagined pieces that have a story to tell. Plus, their eco-friendly rugs are not only handcrafted from recycled plastic and organic jute but are available in the most aesthetic of styles and are a firm favourite at The Circle.
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Citizenry set out to celebrate the people behind its products, and the name is a reflection of just that: the collective of artisans, designers, and dreamers who rally together across cultures to craft their collections. By personally traveling to each country and using only local materials, they establish sustainable relationships with artisans and curate items that are handcrafted, hand-numbered, and available in limited quantities to ensure it's as extraordinary as the culture that inspired it. What more? Citizenry also invest 10 percent of their proceeds back into artisan communities through entrepreneur development grants.
Parachute

Parachute is able to deliver textiles and homeware that uphold the comfort of your space by being high quality, premium and easy to shop. Their bedding is manufactured by artisans who have been weaving world-class linens for over 80 years. From expert Portuguese craftspeople to a fourth-generation American mattress maker, their approach to designing each piece is with quality at heart and versatility as the goal. Their stand out piece has to be the Eco Comfort Mattress because it is constructed to be firm in the middle, for back support, and softer at the head and feet, for pressure point relief and spinal alignment. Just what we need for a good night's sleep!

Their Oeko-Tex certification means their products are ethically made without any harmful chemicals or synthetics. Furthermore, Parachute gives back through a partnership with the United Nations Foundation and a mentorship program to Black entrepreneurs. In addition, they partner with the United Nation's Nothing But Nets campaign to send life-saving malaria-prevention bed nets to those in need.
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Ten Thousand Villages

They've pioneered the fair trade movement, and live the fair trade principles they helped to author. With more than 70 years of experience, Ten Thousand Villages use the fair trade model to empower artisans, break the cycle of poverty, and ignite social change across the planet. They've laid the groundwork for sustainable change by allowing each piece of homeware and decor to be curated by independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops, and workshops. Their woven table runners, handcrafted ceramic mugs or a hand carved serving board are all such unique elements to add spice to the kitchen and dining space!

Ten Thousand Villages ensure artisan partners' business models are built on sustainability, that standards for safe working environments are met, and the income provided meets or exceeds cost of living. Their partnership with artisans has been built on trust and transparency over time, and allows for them to know that their business practices are ethical and eco-friendly. The proof of their work has been in the impact: Ten Thousand Villages' average fair trade relationship with artisan groups is twenty years. That's long enough for us to see workshops thrive and hire more artisans, some of whom are empowered to start their own businesses. Are you ready to ignite social change with them?
Made Trade

This marketplace is the platform for creating the ethical home you've always envisioned and making a positive impact every time you shop. Made Trade believe in ethical elevation which means to elevate your space but do so without defying your core values. It means putting artistry above efficiency. Fair wages above profits. Sustainability above mass production. Quality craftsmanship above mindless consumption. And transparency above everything.

Made Trade products are made with earth-friendly materials, either responsibly sourced, harvested, recycled or upcycled and are intentionally designed to create minimal negative environmental impact. Plus their bed linen uses hypoallergenic fabric made from organic eucalyptus trees to keep your skin healthy. They curate only vegan products from brands that use natural earth-friendly materials that are responsibly sourced, do not use polyurethane or other synthetic faux leather materials and implement fair business practices with their suppliers and employees.
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Etsy

To support small businesses, fair trade artisans, and sustainable sellers, we recommend Etsy, particularly for vintage home décor. From antique home décor pieces to Victorian-style frames, from 19th century carpets to traditional chandeliers they truly have it all. Etsy's heritage products are curated from around the world and support artisans who are creating these traditional crafts with techniques that often are passed down through generations. They help to share, celebrate and preserve an artisan's cultural heritage by sharing their creations within the global marketplace. Delivering worldwide, Etsy offsets all carbon emissions from shipments, so you can decorate your home without worrying about any muddy footprints.

Our favourite pieces from Etsy have to be everything about décor, from woven wall baskets to abstract art, from tapestries to custom boards! We can't get enough!
Burrow

Burrow has to be everyone's favourite couch place and is definitely a winner in our eyes as their uber-comfortable, customizable sofas are the definition of modern design and sinking-in comfort!

Not only are these sofas and sectionals comfy, stain-resistant, and pet-friendly, but they're also responsibly sourced. Shipped in 100 percent recycled cardboard boxes, furniture arrives in modules that can be easily assembled, disassembled, or even re-arranged.
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Furthermore, Burrow's furniture is free of lead, flame retardants, and formaldehyde, so it's made to last with your safety in mind.

Their designs are both contemporary and classic. But it's the details that make them different. They use materials like sustainably-forested wood, strengthened steel hardware, and top-grain Italian leather. From a smarter, innovative design, to producing high-quality furniture and creating a better experience, all for less money.
Joybird

Their stunning pieces both mid-century and modern ones, are guaranteed to spark joy in your home. We especially love their collection for the home office be it the office chairs, shelving or the desks. We are in awe!

Joybird furniture is custom-made in a workshop in Mexico where craftspeople are well cared for. From selecting the perfect upholstery to choosing which wood finish you'd like your furniture to have, each inch of your furniture is handcrafted with the same care you put into the selection. Simply click, click, click and Joybird's local craftsmen will get right to work.
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Plus, for each item sold, Joybird plants more trees than were used in the manufacturing of that item, in an effort to help preserve the rainforests. Could we ask for anything more from this incredible sustainable homeware brand?

That's all for the list today! Here's to hoping we helped you curate a more sustainable place for yourself, that you could easily call home.
Article by Simran
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