Earth Day 2018: Sustainable Decor

 
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Last year, I talked about how to create a more sustainable living environment. If you missed that post- you can read it here. But sustainability doesn't have to stop with the structure of your home- it's very easy to incorporate healthy materials into the design and style of your space as well.

Creating a clean living environment has numerous benefits. Decor made from recycled materials such as polypropylene is great for outdoor use. This is resistant to molds and mildew and resilient to the changes that the seasons bring. These materials are durable and strong- which offer a good alternative to traditional products when being used in high traffic settings and around kids and pets. Reclaimed decor embraces the beauty and natural patina of recovered materials. This brings new life to useful objects by transforming them into new beautiful and functional peices that someone else will love for years- and spares them the journey to a landfill. Sustainably sourced products and decor are those that are made from plants and natural materials that grow abundantly in their native environment and are processed and produced to strict standards. A big factor in sustainably sourced products includes safe and humane working conditions. How can you tell if you are buying something that has been ethically produced? Look for Fair Trade certification. Below are just some of the labels to be on the look out for when shopping for certified fair trade items.

 
 Types of Fair Trade Certifed Labels

Types of Fair Trade Certifed Labels

 
 

Below are a few of my favorite brands creating stylish, earth-friendly home decor products.

Recycled Decor

 Mad Mats | Bouquet Outdoor Rug

Mad Mats | Bouquet Outdoor Rug

Mad Mats

Product: Bouquet Outdoor Rug

  • Made from 100% recycled polypropylene (plastic milk jugs, containers, etc.)
  • Fair-Trade 
  • Mold and mildew resistant

About Mad Mats:

"Mad Mats are woven with the highest-grade poly made from recycled plastics; like soda and water bottles, packaging, etc. We sourced state-of-the-art conditioners to make the tubular threads softer and resilient (Amy compares them to “al dente spaghetti”), colorants for brighter, vivid colors, and UV inhibitors to keep them from fading. The result is that our rugs don’t fade, stain, or trap moisture or mildew. Exactly how it should be: no care is carefree!"
 
 RePatriot Flags

RePatriot Flags

RePatriot Flag

Product: American, Military, + State Flags

  • Not made from imported oil by-products
  • Made from high-quality, 100% recycled Eco-Friendly Polyester
  • 15 Plastic Bottles are to make each flag

About RePatriot Flags:

"RePatriot Flag is a veteran founded, America based U.S. Flag manufacturer. We proudly produce eco-friendly American Flags that are 100% re-made in the USA. A veteran owned business, the RePatriot Team is committed beyond the red, white, and blue. Vowing to tirelessly support veteran organizations through charitable outreach and community service, the RePatriot Flag is more than a post-consumer rendition of Old Glory; the RePatriot Flag is a true honor to our Nation and is inherently the most patriotic flag an American can fly!"

 
 Loll Designs | Lollygagger Lounge Chair

Loll Designs | Lollygagger Lounge Chair

Loll Designs

Product: Outdoor Lounge Chairs

  • Easy to clean and requires no maintenance
  • Made with 100% recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) primarily from milk jugs

About Loll Designs:

"Based in Duluth, MN, Loll Designs is a designer/manufacturer of durable, all-weather, outdoor furniture and accessories made with recycled plastic – mostly from single­use milk jugs. Using thoughtful, original designs and unique materials, Loll creates innovative, fun and high­quality products proudly crafted in the USA. Originally, we used recycled post­industrial plastic (scrap that has been diverted or recovered during the manufacturing process), but by 2007, we began sourcing post-consumer plastic (material that has been used by consumers and diverted or recovered from waste destined for a landfill). This is when Loll, as both a product and a company, really started to take shape as a green company. An estimated eight recycled milk jugs go into each pound of a Loll Adirondack Chair, which equals about 400 milk jugs per chair. Plus, our recycled material is 100% recyclable, so its purpose can change again into another useful product when that day comes."
 

Reclaimed Decor

    VivaTerra | Vintage Fir West Linn Canopy Bed

 

VivaTerra | Vintage Fir West Linn Canopy Bed

VivaTerra

Product: Reclaimed Bedframes

  • Made in the USA from 100% reclaimed California Fir
  • Finished with rich water based non-toxic stain
  • Reclaimed wood provides a look and feel that cannot be replicated in new wood.

About VivaTerra:

"VivaTerra was born on the coast of California in 2004 from a vision to provide an eco-friendly décor option at a time when there were few available. Our founders held a passionate belief that there was no need to compromise natural resources or environmental health in pursuit of a beautiful home. As our reputation expanded, it became a go-to for items such as recycled glass accents, block-printed textiles, and reclaimed wood furnishings. "
 
 Fasano Chair | Environment Furniture

Fasano Chair | Environment Furniture

Environment Furniture

Product: Fasano Chair

  • Upholstered in vintage military tent and linen
  • Frame made out of reclaimed walnut

About Environment Funiture: 

"Our upholstery collections only use the ultimate furniture building methods. Made with FSC woods, and an option to upgrade all our designs with organic latex, jute, hemp and wool, these natural materials are not only superior in terms of comfort and lifespan, but are inherently flame retardant without the use of chemicals. We are proud to manufacture all our upholstery in the heart of Los Angeles."
 
 VivaTerra | Teak and Recycled Rubber Lounge Chair

VivaTerra | Teak and Recycled Rubber Lounge Chair

VivaTerra

Product: Teak and Recycled Rubber Lounge Chair

  • Made using sustainably sourced teak wood and recycled rubber
  • Artisan Made in Indonesia
  •  Durably crafted for patio, deck, and poolside settings

About VivaTerra:

"VivaTerra was born on the coast of California in 2004 from a vision to provide an eco-friendly décor option at a time when there were few available. Our founders held a passionate belief that there was no need to compromise natural resources or environmental health in pursuit of a beautiful home. As our reputation expanded, it became a go-to for items such as recycled glass accents, block-printed textiles, and reclaimed wood furnishings. "
 

Sustainably Sourced Decor

 KAZI | Island Paradise Ikiyaga Vase

KAZI | Island Paradise Ikiyaga Vase

KAZI

Product: Ikiyaga Vase

  •  Handwoven by a cooperative of women located in Rwanda
  • Made from all natural fibers of sisal and sweet grass (Similar to bamboo, these plants grow abundantly in the region, which means their use is less taxing on the environment.)
  • Organic dyes are used to dye the sisal

About KAZI:

"Adventure seeking, justice driven friends on a mission to transform the lives of the world’s economically marginalized communities through sustainable and fair wage employment."
 
 Coyuchi | Mediterranen Organic Towels

Coyuchi | Mediterranen Organic Towels

Coyuchi

Product: Mediterranean Organic Towels

  • Made with 100% organic cotton
  • Woven in Turkey
  • GOTS certified (See video below for more info about what GOTS certification means)

About Coyuchi:

"We take expert care to ensure that everything that bears the Coyuchi label is produced and processed to the strictest environmental standards in safe and humane conditions, from the farm to the factory to the store to your home. We rely on guidelines such as those set by the USDA National Organic Program, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the International Labor Organization to guarantee our products meet these goals."

 

 
 
 
 Le Souk Ceramique | Rectangle Tabarka Platter

Le Souk Ceramique | Rectangle Tabarka Platter

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Product: Le Souk Ceramique Rectangle Tabarka Platter

  • Hand-painted in Tunisia
  • Tabarka is a small city in Northwest Tunisia where Le Souk gets the raw clay to produce goods.

About Sobremesa By Greenheart

"Sobremesa by Greenheart works directly with the artisans to ensure fair trade principles are upheld. These artisans forgo machines, decals, and stencils in favor of freehand artistry, which makes each piece in Sobremesa’s exclusive line truly one-of-a-kind. LeSouk Ceramique provides steady work and skills for their artisans and their reliance on human ingenuity over machinery better serves our environment."

 

If you're interested on carrying on the conversation about how to create a cleaner, healthier living space that you and your family can thrive in- join my new Facebook group (like I  just created it, so you won't have to worry about getting bombarded with tons of posts in your feed from a group that you joined an hour ago- aren't those the worst?) 

Happy Earth Day, my friends! 

Peace + Love,

Jamie

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