So you've sworn off fast fashion and filled your wardrobe with sustainable clothing and eco-friendly footwear brands. Now, it's time to apply the same ethical and environmentally conscious approach to your home. Luckily, more and more sustainable homewares and interior design brands are cropping up, making the task of reducing your carbon footprint at home a whole lot easier. From small, independent lighting companies to innovative environmentally-minded furniture start-ups, these are the sustainable interior brands to have on your radar.
Rise & Fall is a British brand that specialises in luxury home and wardrobe essentials, crafted from only the finest – and most sustainable – fabrics. Sheets and bedding are manufactured from extra-long staple cotton in Southern India, using 100% green energy from local wind farms and 99% recycled rain water. Cashmere – used for throws and some clothing items – is 100% A-grade Mongolian, treble certified by the Good Cashmere Standard, Sustainable Fibre Alliance and Responsible Wool Standard. If that's not enough, a shared-responsibility model means manufacturers make 2-3 times more than industry standard for every single thing they produce.
Fells Andes' rugs, throws and blankets are not just beautifully crafted pieces to enhance your space, but have at their very centre a conscience about the materials that make them up and about the people who craft them. The Californian brand only works with high quality natural fibres like Peruvian baby alpaca, Tibetan wool, New Zealand wool, cruelty-free merino, Nepalese cashmere and silk, while ensuring that the studios and workshops it collaborates are ethically run. Every piece offered in their extensive rug collection is made to order, making each one effectively bespoke and reducing any potential waste in the process.
Veark is a Danish company that specialises in the production of knives and kitchen accessories. With the philosophy of 'buy less, but better' at its heart, Veark is all about premium craftsmanship and long-lasting quality. Each Veark knife is individually crafted in the German town of Solingen, which is world-renowned for its centuries-long knife-making tradition. Look after your Veark knives and they will last you a lifetime.
Underscored by the belief that a great rug is the foundation to any beautiful room, Stockholm-based brand Nordic Knots creates minimalist rugs that are as functional as they are lovely to look at. Using high quality materials like New Zealand wool and natural jute, the rugs are handmade by highly skilled and experienced Goodweave™ Certified weavers in Bhadohi, India. By partnering with GoodWeave™, Nordic Knots is helping to support the end of child labor and offer educational opportunities to children in carpet weaving communities around the world.
Plank Hardware offers stylish and responsibly manufactured handles, knobs and levers that will elevate your home without costing the earth. The British brand is always working to reduce its carbon impact by continually challenging material choices and design processes — starting with the introduction of aluminium and stainless steel alternatives to brass. It is also committed to eliminating all plastic from its packaging by 2023.
Danish homewares label Tekla specialises in beautiful sustainable textiles that are made to last. Its collections comprise percale bedding made using organic and Oeko-Text certified cotton, linen bedspreads, organic cotton bath robes and towels, and responsibly made blankets woven in carefully sourced qualities by craft experts in Lithuania. A timeless, minimalist aesthetic characterises the Tekla range, ensuring these are items that you'll cherish forever, even as your home changes.
NOVE is a British lighting brand founded by Kirsty Saxon, an interior stylist and designer. After spending much time in Portugal and falling in love with the natural beauty and sustainable nature of cork, Saxon was inspired to start a lighting brand that showcases the beautiful material. In addition to it being natural, lightweight, impermeable, buoyant, elastic, and having fire resistant properties, cork is also biodegradable, renewable and recyclable. NOVE's cork lighting is ethically made by a Portuguese family, who have specialised in the cork manufacturing business for over 50 years.
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