Home is where the heart is. We’ve all heard it before, right? That age-old proverb. It’s the space where we crash after work; where we argue over the TV remote and MOST IMPORTANTLY – it’s where we keep the fridge! Designing your living space is nothing short of personal; how many of us have spent countless hours looking over paint samples, showrooms or budgets? (I need to work on that last one!). The point is, designing your home is far from easy – it’s a process layered with endless decisions, questions and sometimes tears. So, a little help can’t hurt right? In an age of mass-production and fast fashion, we’ve rounded up a list of the top 5 ethical furniture brands for the conscious consumer; helping you to create the home of your dreams.
Meet Myakka. Born and raised in Somerset, this fair-trade furniture brand is all about sustainability. Showcasing a selection of handcrafted furniture and home décor, think botanicals and bold prints meet bohemian vibes! Sourcing unique pieces from India, Vietnam and Thailand, Myakka takes major design inspo from the global traveller trend, combining culture and comfort in one perfect package! Working to reduce their own carbon footprint, this ethical brand is committed to recycling, minimising packaging and replanting resources. What’s not to like?
The White Company
A high street staple, The White Company believes in green – see what I did there? Working to ensure that all timber and paper used in its designs are drawn from ethical and environmentally responsible sources, this brand became a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative in 2014. Famous for its luxury, white homeware and timeless style, The White Company has partnered up with Refuge and The Prince’s Trust; donating 10% of all sales from selected products to the causes. Sounds good to me!
This one’s for the industrialists! The lovers of all things minimalist and modern. Crafting statement pieces from reclaimed materials, Rust Collections is the lovechild of husband and wife duo, Ben and Ruth Adams. Based in Buckinghamshire, these one of a kind furnishings are the product of artisanal craftmanship and custom designs.
Founded in 2007, this family-run business is one hell of a find! Based in Cornwall and built upon an ethical ethos, Sustainable Furniture is reducing retail consumption with its reclaimed wooden furniture. Think shabby chic meets country vibes!
This New York native carries a selection of organic, handcrafted and fair-trade items. An all-rounder, West Elm is based in the US with international stores in the UK, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Australia and the Middle East. Boasting an impressive and wide-spread selection of homeware at affordable prices, you can’t go wrong with this ethical brand!
To find out more about creating an ethical space, click here to read about eco-friendly products for your home!