When my husband and I bought our first house last year, we were eager to get it set up and make it a home. The easiest solution would have been to head to Ikea and get absolutely EVERYTHING we needed in one trip. After all, they do have everything a house could ever need to be furnished. And while we did get a few bigger items from Ikea like our bed frame, (because when you’re just starting out a few hundred dollars is easier to spend than a few thousand) I didn’t want to decorate it with items from Ikea.
I don’t have anything against the store, but when it comes to decor like wall hangings, vases, and other knick-knacks to decorate with, I wanted them not to be mass-produced. I wanted handmade items that tell a story and support the maker. If you’re in the same boat or you just want sustainable home decor that won’t cost the planet, this list will come in handy.
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Where to find sustainable home decor:
Ten thousand villages hold a special place in my heart. For as long as I can remember we’ve had one in my community. When they announced they were shutting down in-person stores (don’t worry you can still shop them online!) ours remained open because of the constant support. Ten thousand villages are known for their artisan-made items from jewelry, accessories and a ton of home decor!
They carry wall decor, tapestries, throw blankets, baskets and much more. They’re all handmade and unique!
Ourcommonplace is a HUGE marketplace for all things ethically and sustainably made. From fashion, beauty and wellness to…you guessed it, home decor! From rugs, baskets, tapestries, candles, diffusers, vases and literally so much more! BIPOC founded, ourcommonplace has a respect for tradition and the earth, only housing products that meet their incredibly high standard for ethical and sustainable production.
Globe in is another ethical and sustainable marketplace offering an array of goodies to adorn your home in. They have an array of baskets, vases, mirrors, candles, candleholders, planters are truly so much more. This curated shop contains artisan-made products that are gentle on our earth.
When it comes to sustainable home decor brands, Made Trade is a hub for all things ethical and sustainable including ethical fashion, accessories, shoes, furniture and of course home decor. If you’re looking for baskets, rugs, curtains, planters, storage solutions, office accessories, throw pillows and blankets, then Made Trade has you covered!
Some of the boxes Made Trade checks off include: BIPOC owned, sustainable materials, vegan, hand crafted, made in the USA, and being fair trade! So you know you’re getting the best of the best when it comes to sustainable home decor.
Baskets, cup holders, rugs, planters, vases and wall accents galore! Accompany houses all different styles of home decor to fit anyone’s taste! Accompany’s mission is to uphold fair trade practices and provide jobs for those in low-income communities by using their talents to make these artisan-made items.
They also offer so much more than home decor including ethical fashion, jewelry and accessories!
The Citizenry helps you create the perfect sustainable home from top to bottom. With everything you need for your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and every other room in your house! You can shop rugs, baskets wall art, mirrors and more when it comes to decor! You can also get all your towels, mats and linens from the Citizenry while you’re there!
Celebrating the world’s artisanal skills, the Citizenry offers modern goods rich in quality, and meaning. All while minimizing their footprint on mother earth.
Coyuchi is one of my favourite sustainable me decor brands! They’ll also help you decorate your entire home with their selection of bedding, kitchenware, and of course, home decor and accents! Coyuchi strives for circularity in their design process even offering “2nd home” an initiative where returned items are turned into new items. They’re also a part of 1% for the planet and are fair trade certified.
Minna Goods has everything you need for your home from kitchen pantry storage, furniture, rugs, artwork, bathroom and dining room items as well! Proudly bearing their certified B corp certification, Minna Goods creates multi-purpose items made by artisans located in Central and South America which ensures craft preservation and job creation.
Founded by Lauren Conrad, the Little Market offers artisan-made gifts and decor. From storage items, kitchenware, bathroom items, baskets, and decor like pillows, blankets, wall decor, frames, vases, trays, candles and other fragrance items!
The Little Market is a nonprofit, fair-trade marketplace housing ethically sourced and sustainably made items from all around the world.
As always, nothing beats second-hand items. Make sure to check out your local thrift stores, Facebook marketplace, eBay, estate sales, vintage shops and so on! You could also join a local buy-nothing group or check with family/friends who may be getting rid of stuff. The options to find secondhand decor are endless!
There are so many options when it comes to sustainable home decor brands. And a lot of these shops can truly be one-stop shops to decorate your entire home!
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