Being kind to the planet is as easy as making a few changes in your daily life. Reaching for a reusable water bottle, saying no to plastic straws and recycling as much as you can are three simple ways you can do your bit. But what about within your home? In a bid to live more consciously, many brands are now combatting fast home fashion by using ethical production methods and using sustainably sourced materials. Proving that it’s as much about where an item came from as how it looks in your home. Here are 5 of our top brands that are leading the way for sustainability…
Scandinavian design traditions and retro charm run throughout each design from Ferm Living. The brand respects honest craftsmanship and foster long-term partnerships with their manufacturers to create a company culture that promotes balance and transparency. With a focus on quality and beautiful design, they continue to advance their commitment to ethical and sustainable production processes that are kind to our planet, resulting in accessories that make a positive impact not only in your home, but in the environment.
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Nkuku work with natural and recycled materials in all of their home accessories. Committed to sustainable methods of production, they keep air freight to a minimum and review their packaging regularly. From decorative vases to practical stools, many of their products are handmade from recycled materials, and they gather waste that’s leftover from other industries to use in their products including cotton, leather, metals and glass. This act of recycling allows Nkuku to continue to create new and beautiful products with less impact on the environment.
The Basket Room
The Basket Room is an ethical lifestyle brand that create beautifully hand woven decorative storage baskets for the home. Working closely with small farming communities in Africa who turn to weaving in times of drought, The Basket Room aim to preserve the art of weaving and provide weavers with a sustainable income. From harvesting the grass, to rolling, dying and finally weaving, every basket is handmade using traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. Committed to the handicraft of its artisans, they produce ethical, sustainable and stylish accessories with a story.
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Handed By is the leading brand in woven baskets, bags and home accessories. Utilising recycled plastic and bamboo, their high quality accessories are made using only materials that have the least possible impact on the environment. Passionate about fair production, almost all of their products are made by hand in Vietnam and China using typical Asian traditions, customs and handicraft techniques. They offer permanent work to around 300 qualified craftswomen, all of whom work under healthy and hygienic conditions, and during school hours so their children can go to school.
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VIVA are changing the way we drink tea. Striving to modernise tea traditions and take them to new heights, they are dedicated to securing a consistently perfect tea experience for its customers. Each beautifully designed tea accessory is made using eco-sustainable materials, including the packaging it arrives in, and they work with world-class craftsmen to ensure each product is made to last. Behind every cup, strainer or teapot, a significant amount of time has been put into research and development, with nothing but tea lovers’ needs in mind.