What is eco-design decor?
Eco-design decor is creating aesthetically pleasing, beautiful interior design while doing less or no harm to the planet. By this, we don’t mean that someone is planting a tree for every virgin plastic-made chair that’s purchased.
Some examples of the ways brands create eco friendly interior design products include:
- Using less water
- Reducing carbon emissions
- Creating cradle to cradle products
- Recycling or repurpose previously used resources
- And more!
Just like there’s a lot of ways to design your home, there are a lot of ways to buy more sustainable and eco-friendly products.
Eco-Friendly Interior Design Products: Retail Sources
The following retail items are available to the general public. This means that you don’t need a designer to purchase any of these pieces on your behalf. Instead, you can shop on your own.
But it never hurts to have a designer help you with these purchases too! From managing shipping logistics, to picking the right kind of rug for a room, or ordering an eco-friendly interior design product that’s actually sustainable, no one regrets having a great designer on their side when a remodel is finished.
The wallpaper of your dreams lives on Bobbi Beck’s site. We’re especially smitten with their Crane Bird Wallpaper in light green. We’re equally smitten with their mission to be the sustainably-made premium wallpaper company. Their made-to-order products are PVC-free and from certified sustainable forests. Their packaging is plastic free, and the print studio runs on renewable energy. Sign us up!
This natural rattan chair is not only a place to land at the end of a long day but a stunning statement piece for your home. You can sit comfortably knowing all of The Citizenry’s pieces are handcrafted in small batches and are guaranteed by the World Fair Trade Organization.
Fireclay Tile is a great choice for any space in your home that needs a tile finish. Made in the USA, Fireclay has pledged to become a zero waste organization by 2023, they are eliminating single-use plastic from production, and reuse 100% of their tile scraps. They’ve also been offsetting their emissions since 2012, and make some of the most beautiful tiles. Check out their brick, glass, hand-painted, and traditional tiles.
Designer Jasper Morrison has created a sconce in four colors that illuminates a whole room rather than a path marker. The beautiful thing about this sconce, beyond its design, is that it is built to last but is also completely recyclable at the end of its life. The sconce can be taken apart because not a single drop of glue is used to construct the lamp.
Armadillo is a B Corp that sells rugs, made by artisans in India. They encourage slow living, and throughout their business leave a “light footprint” on the planet. Every rug purchased supports a village via The Armadillo Foundation, Armadillo’s non-profit.
Eco-Friendly Interior Design Products: Trade Only Manufacturers
Did you know that when someone works with a designer, they get the opportunity to pick from even more sustainable furniture and building materials? Trade-only manufacturers work exclusively with designers, like Spark, to help folks fill their home with meaningful pieces.
If you’re interested in one of the items below, be sure to reach out to us so we can help you with your purchase.
For folks who are passionate about buying products in the USA, Abner Henry should be high on your list. They purchase all of their hardwoods from sustainable North American forests and make each piece in Ohio. We love their hand-forged metal finishes, done by a third-generation blacksmith, and that you never have to use a coaster on one of their table tops!
Before you fall in love with this dreamy light, keep in mind that it’s made to order and expect a significant lead time. That said, we’re sure it would be worth the wait. This style of light comes in a three-light or eight-light option. Plus, their commitment to sustainability spans from biodegradable packaging, to creating LED lights, and housing pollinator habitats on site.
While hardwood floors are beautiful and can be sustainable, they’re often not as sustainable as hemp floors. Hemp Wood is making hemp flooring as sustainably as possible. Their floors have ultra-low VOCs, their company is carbon negative, and their hemp flooring is 20% stronger than hickory.
If you’re looking to customize a stool, Ferns provides you with the opportunity to create a unique piece using wood, leather, aluminium and stainless steel. What we love about their stools are their incredibly long lives. Not only are the stools built to last, but all of the pieces on each stool are easily replaceable, minimizing landfill waste.
How do you create an environmentally friendly design?
The beginning of environmentally friendly design starts with a desire. Choosing to buy sustainable and eco-friendly interior design items is often a personal choice and an investment. If you’ve made it there, you’re off to a good start!
If you’re embarking on your sustainable interior design journey without a designer, you can continue to look through our blog posts. A couple we would recommend reading include:
- Is Wool Sustainable?
- Is Carpet Sustainable?
- Is Leather or Pleather More Sustainable?
- 5 Sustainable Wood Flooring Options for Colorado Homes
- Principles of Sustainable Interior Design
Or, if you want to leave the eco-friendly choices and the design aesthetics to an expert, we’re ready to help. We specialize in sustainable design, and pride ourselves on taking care of the planet in the same ways we take care of your home.