April 23, 2021

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The Best Sustainable Home Decor

This year’s holidays might look different from past celebrations, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give your loved ones something special. More than ever, it’s important to make your family, friends, coworkers and, yes, yourself feel appreciated. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only shifted the way we approach our health and our lives, but it’s also made many more conscious about how they shop. There are so many sustainable decor companies that are committed to cleaning up our environment, recycling and upcycling products and using sustainable materials. These products aren’t just good for the environment, but they’re good for your home, too, and are meant to be coveted for lifetimes. 

Read on for the best sustainable home decor pieces to gift this holiday season.

ēdn SmallGarden

Spending more time inside makes many crave nature, and ēdn SmallGarden, a Wi-Fi powered, well, small garden, might satiate this desire to be surrounded by greenery. This device is an indoor smart garden where you can grow your own herbs or flowers. If you’ve always wanted to have a plant or you love to use your own herbs while cooking, ēdn allows you to control the amount of lighting and nutrients your plant gets, as well as receive garden alerts and tips on how to best grow your plants from seed to harvest, completely from your smartphone. It comes in a planter made of sustainable materials, including natural walnut wood, as well as anodized aluminum and a proprietary LED light spectrum. Grow everything from bibb lettuce, mint, fennel and basil to marigolds, moss rose and painted nettle, and more. It’s the perfect piece of decor for someone seeking to make their home more inviting, but also made of quality, sustainable materials.

Coyuchi Full Circle Recycled Cotton Blanket

One of the most notable organic brands is Coyuchi, which has been creating eco-friendly bedding and home products since 1991. Today, the brand continues to innovate through sustainable initiatives, like 2nd Home, which creates products that are actually recycled Coyuchi cotton products and then sold again on its website. The first home brand to achieve a circular economy, Coyuchi has gone where no other home brand has done before with its Full Circle Recycled Cotton Blanket. It is made from 52% recycled Coyuchi cotton, received through the 2nd Home program, and 48% organically grown material. What this does is keep cotton out of landfills. The blanket features woven patterns and textures and has a brushed finish for an ultra-soft feel. It can be used over a duvet or simply as a throw and can be washed and used forever. There are few better feelings than knowing the place you buy from is investing in the planet.

Armadillo Sherpa Rug in Maize

Rugs are a tough thing to shop for, and sustainable rugs are even harder to find. Luckily, Armadillo has a stunning selection for every room and in a chic, neutral color palette. They do offer some pops of color, however, like this beautifully woven Sherpa Rug in Maize, a lovely pop of yellow. Each rug is meant to soothe the senses, so the pieces always fit within a nature-inspired color palette. This rug, as many of its rugs are, is handwoven from a lush wool blend and is crafted as part of a sustainable process. All of Armadillo’s pieces are made in India and they employ artisans who are preserving centuries-old techniques. A rug can transform a space, and having something as meaningful as a rug made with love can make one mindful of what is brought into the home. The rugs are hand dyed and sun dried to add texture and vibrancy. There are so many methods of how each piece is made, depending on the size and materials used, but each step in the process is given careful attention by the talented craftsmen and women.

Silvia Furmanovich Marquetry Jewelry Box

Brazilian designer Silvia Furmanovich is known for her whimsical jewelry creations, incorporating unique textures and colors with precious gems, gold and diamonds. A true artist, Silvia’s one-of-a-kind pieces are absolute treasures. She incorporates nature and color into nearly all of her pieces, many inspired by her birthplace of São Paulo. She is also inspired by ancient cultures and has launched collections surrounded by her interpretation of cultures from Egypt to India to Japan. She uses natural materials, like oxidized copper, ebony, wood marquetry, woven bamboo and shells, in most of her wearable works of art, as well as her decorative objects, like this marquetry jewelry box. This specific jewelry box, featuring a bird perched on a tree, has a handle made with brass and agate. Many of her marquetry creations feature reclaimed wood from tree branches or bark. Once collected, the wood is soaked in water and minerals, which enhance its color. This sustainable process results in lightweight pieces, which is ideal for jewelry, and a unique base from which to paint beautiful scenes. This box is available at Bergdorf Goodman.

Wrensilva Loft Sound System

Music is an integral part of everyone’s lives, and Wrensilva wants to make it even more beautiful. The Wrensilva Loft is a sound system that appeals to both design gurus and audiophiles. This console has the same power as the larger Wrensilva sound systems, but is able to fit in a smaller space due to its condensed size. Like all of its products, Loft is able to accommodate integration of Vinyl, Sonos and Bluetooth. The chic system is handcrafted in California using American walnut and ebonized oak. The wood used is FSC-certified American and each system is carefully built with CNC milling and water-based finishes, and the company is committed to not wasting any materials in the process.

The Citizenry Dhara Leather Lumbar Pillow

The Citizenry collaborates with local artisans around the world on creating sustainable, handmade pieces that blend The Citizenry’s more contemporary style with their craftsmanship and timeworn techniques. Not only will you find products from several different countries and communities, but it’s likely you’ll never see two of the same items. Each product is available in limited quantities and not mass produced. The Dhara Leather Lumbar Pillow is handwoven in India with ethically sourced, upcycled leather from Kolkata (or Calcutta), India. The front of the pillow features woven leather, while the back is 100% linen. The pillow was handcrafted in a leather workshop in Gurgaon and was made in a fair-trade environment. In a lovely natural leather hue, the lumbar pillow is the perfect addition to any bed and has a beautiful texture. The site is specific in that it gives you information about the artisan and the origins of all of its materials. For example, 30 artisans helped to create this pillow, and the website provides the exact latitude and longitude where this was made. The Citizenry also ensures that artisans are paid two times more than the fair-trade requirement, and they work to protect these artisans and their families by providing fair wages and working environments.

Rose & Fitzgerald Pure Brass and Ankole Horn Coaster Set

Husband-and-wife duo Courtney and Laren are California natives who fell in love with and ultimately moved their lives to Africa from 2012 to 2015, where they opened their studio and online boutique Rose & Fitzgerald. Rose & Fitzgerald is a design and craft studio based where they lived in Kampala, Uganda that features products using indigenous materials and made by craftspeople. The company has home goods, like barware, kitchen products, lighting, baskets, pillows and jewelry, made with materials sourced from Africa. A special, one-of-a-kind gift from Rose & Fitzgerald brings a piece of this beautiful continent into your home. The Pure Brass and Ankole Horn Coaster Set is made using natural Ankole horn, selected by Rose & Fitzgerald’s in-house cow artisans. The horn is polished and sealed with lacquer, and the coasters sit in a beautiful mid-century modern brass stand. The Ankole horn was ethically sourced as a food by-product and was handcrafted by these artisans and metal smiths in their Uganda-based studio.

Kuu Pottery Amphoras

Hunker is an online platform dedicated to bringing you a curated list of the perfect design pieces so you don’t have to scour the internet. The website features plenty of small businesses and beautiful, unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Kuu Pottery is one of their expert recommendations for beautiful ceramics. Everyone loves getting a one-of-a-kind piece and Kuu Pottery’s curvy amphora in bright pink and orange does just that. It’s 10-inches tall by 10-inches wide and has curved arms on the side of the amphora that add an interesting visual element that looks beautiful with flowers or on its own. Kuu Pottery was founded by Kassandra Guzman, who started her company in Miami and now works out of Seattle. She creates kitschy vases, like curved chili pepper and banana vases, as well as amphoras, incense holders, mugs and objects. She uses curvature, inspired by nature, and a pastel color palette that makes for a truly whimsical creation. Each piece is handmade using locally made clay and a non-toxic lead-free glaze. All of her creations are also shipped using recyclable materials. Now that’s something you can feel good about.

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