Little things can make a big difference, that’s why sustainable style has become such an impactful trend. Choose environmentally friendly furnishings when you can, and do your bit to save the planet.
This mid-century style side table has been fashioned from old, reclaimed pine, with brass and zinc handles. Rubricks side table, £249, Swoon.
Crafted from sustainable oak, the Longworth chair features smooth, clean lines and a woven jute seat pad. Longworth Chair, £180, Garden Trading.
A great eco choice, this throw is made from unbleached cotton and linen from sustainable sources. Jofrid throw, £35, Ikea.
On trend and eco-friendly, this basket is made from 100% renewable seagrass. Fladis basket, £13, Ikea.
These towels are made in Finland by a family weaving mill that uses responsible and environmentally friendly processes, and only the best, high quality materials, including linen, wool and cotton. Terva towels, from £16 each, Lapuan Kankurit.
Reclaimed steel legs have been added to this old red trunk to create an eye-catching and usable piece of furniture. Red Trunk coffee table, £620, Smithers of Stamford.
This statement seat is the ultimate in relaxation, made from two lengths of sustainably sourced ash, steam bent and joined together by hand. Amble hanging seat, £1,975, Tom Raffield.
The Finnish mill where this cushion cover is woven is committed to sustainable development and the use of pure, natural materials. Eskimo wool cushion cover in beige, £49, Lapuan Kankurit.
How to Decorate Your Home Sustainably
- Try to reduce how much you buy new, instead re-purposing existing pieces and shopping in antiques shops, vintage outlets, car boot sales and charity shops. The hunt for just the right thing will soon become addictive.
- When you do buy new, check that it has been made using recycled or renewable materials, and produced in an ethical manner.
- Buy pieces that have been made locally rather than shipped across the globe. Ask about their carbon footprint and consider both packaging and how they will be disposed of at the end of their lives.
- Avoid plastics and pieces that have been given chemical finishes, instead opting for natural materials, such as timber, cotton, jute, ceramic, cork and stone. Remember that not all woods are sustainable: look for wood with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.
- Choose paints with low or zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds) or, better still, non-toxic, natural paints.