Reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t necessarily mean doing a full 180 in terms of lifestyle—baby steps, such as swapping out single-use plastics for reusable options, and choosing to bike instead of drive, can add up to make a meaningful difference.
Another great place to start is in your own home. Nowadays, you can source responsibly made furniture, home decor, and kitchenware from sustainable brands that help you feel good while making your space look good.
We’ve rounded up 16 companies doing their part to protect the planet. Shop the home goods and closet essentials below to make your space more eco-friendly not just on Earth Day, but every day.
West Elm’s responsible retail strategy uses helpful descriptors like “Fair Trade,” “Organic,” and “Local” on the site to help you filter your picks to help the environment. Lauded for their green manufacturing processes, West Elm produces nontoxic pieces out of recycled materials, and as of today, 60% of their products support at least one of their sustainability initiatives.
World-class design, sustainable materials, realistic prices—Dims has it all. The company sources ash wood from sustainably managed forests certified by the FSC, and their finishes and adhesives meet rigorous GREENGUARD standards for low chemical emissions. Their powder-coated steel is free from harmful VOCs and heavy toxic metals, ensuring a healthy home.
Parachute’s premium bedding and bath accessories offer a crisp, contemporary look at attainable prices—and without relying on synthetic materials that harm the environment. The company also partners with the United Nation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to send life-saving malaria-prevention bed nets to those in need.
Created by Brooklyn-based designer Virginia Sin, SIN embodies slow living and craftsmanship with handmade, ceramic tabletop objects and lighting. The brand’s Gluttony Collection was named “Most Sustainable” by Design Within Reach, and was acquired by The New York Historical Society Museum in 2016.
Made of 100% renewable resources, Verterra’s compostable dinnerware is the stylish, sustainable alternative to paper and plastic plates. No trees are ever harvested or cut down for this line, and no chemicals, waxes, dyes, or additives are applied. Plus, the artfully designed plates and cutlery will look gorgeous at your next neighborhood barbecue.
Crate & Barrel not only considers sustainability from a product standpoint, but also ensures that brick-and-mortar stores are as energy-efficient as possible, utilizing low-energy lighting systems and a robust recycling program. Their contemporary home goods feature renewable woods, and they continuously release collections specifically geared toward green furniture.
Smart design and social responsibility collide in Soma’s minimalist water filters and drinking carafes. As a certified B-corporation, Soma reduces their global impact throughout the entire production chain. Plus, every time you buy a Soma product, they donate to water project charities. If that’s not a reason to get your daily hydration, we don’t know what is.
Avocado specializes in green mattresses made with natural and organic materials—including 100% GOTS-certified organic wool and 100% natural latex from tree-tapped sources. They also offer eco-friendly pillows and bed frames, so you can fully kit out your bedroom with sustainable goods.
Relaxed linen sheets make any bed look chic and lived-in, and when those sheets are made from sustainably sourced, eco-friendly materials, you can sleep a little sounder. Primary Goods’ sheets and comforters also come ready to snap together at the top and bottom, so there’s no more tugging or bunching in the middle of the night.
The Citizenry set out to build a company that celebrates the people and places behind the products they sell. They partner with master artisans around the globe, blending modern style with traditional, time-tested techniques. By traveling to each country and using only local materials, they avoid material shipping emissions to produce immaculately crafted, fair-trade goods.
W&P is dedicated to creating reusable kitchen products that make the way we cook, eat, and drink more sustainable. Their array of candy-colored, durable takeaway vessels make transporting your morning latte, lunchtime grain bowl, and lemon water easy, stylish, and kind to the earth.
Cariuma works exclusively with ethical factories and clean tanneries to produce cool, affordable footwear made from natural materials (shoelaces made from recycled plastic bottle, anyone?). All shipping is carbon neutral, and their single box shipping method is crafted with 100% recyclable materials. Each vendor who works with Cariuma has to sign a strict “code of conduct” and comply with fair wages and conditions for all their employees.
With Everlane, making a conscious choice is as easy as putting on a great T-shirt. They partner with environmentally friendly, ethical factories, source the finest materials, and promote what they call “radical transparency,” revealing the true cost behind all their products, from transportation to labor to markups. Their range of effortlessly chic jumpsuits and classic tees are guaranteed to last a lifetime, and never go out of style.
The only thing better than a great pair of flats is a great pair of flats that helps save the turtles. Rothy’s shoes and bags are carefully crafted with a proprietary blend of marine plastic and their signature thread, which is spun from single-use water bottles. Their products are also 3D knit to shape—resulting in far less waste compared to typical manufacturing. Plus, because their accessories are made from plastics, they are 100% machine washable.
Marimekko’s vibrant, playful prints enliven any room—and their sustainable practices spark joy as well. The company pledges to reduce carbon emissions by 50% and manufacturing waste and water consumption by 20% by the end of 2020. From membership in the amfori BSCI initiative—which aims to improve working conditions throughout the supply chain—to using sustainable cotton and wool, Marimekko makes a statement both in practice and pattern.
Taking care of the spaces we inhabit—from our bedrooms to our planet—is the foundation for long-term well-being. Brentwood Home makes it a priority to intensely research and source materials, making sure they meet the Golden State standards for environmental responsibility. Their affordable, natural mattresses and bedding are remarkably luxurious, promoting healthy, nontoxic sleep and well-rested happiness.
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